Blue Dunes proposal

A string of artificial islands off the coast of New Jersey and New York should be an opportunity for surfers to have the islands made in a way that makes the best use of the swell.

This sounds like a bad idea:

‘‘Our idea is to build a chain of islands, like a long, slender banana. The wave action and storm surge will reflect off these islands and go back out to sea rather than hitting the coast.

See the Boston Globe article:
bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2014/..officials-consider-plan-for-artificial-islands

One comment on the site:
by JLErwin3 (03/30/14 11:26 AM)
The thing is, Long Island is, basically, one huge barrier island, with seven-and-a-half million people living on it.

Artificial reef debate at Coffs Harbour

As moves are made to reinforce Coffs Harbour’s breakwalls following the latest storm damage, the concept of an artificial reef to protect the marina from damage continues to gain momentum.

The concept is one alternative being considered by government departments dedicated to ensuring Coffs Harbour remains the only all-weather harbour between Port Stephens and the Tweed.

The option, revealed by the Department of Lands at a Coffs Harbour Chamber of Commerce breakfast in 2009, has captured the attention of surfers, who hope the installation would also generate a man-made surf break.

See more..by Matt Deans

National Surfing Reserves

These are the already great surfing spots.
surfingreserves.org/what-is-nsr.php

National Surfing Reserves are ‘iconic’ places of intrinsic environmental, heritage, sporting and cultural value to a nation. NSR embrace all peoples to enjoy, understand and protect

What about the surf breaks that could do with some improvements?

Taree starts the process

Here is a Google search for “Taree Council’s draft Coastal Zone Management Plan”
Searched 12 June 2012.
Search it again and see what progress has been made.
  1. [PDF] Report – ANZ offices – Greater Taree City Council
    http://www.gtcc.nsw.gov.au/…Planning/GTCC_Emergency_Action_Plan_…
    File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat – View as HTML
    Copying this report without the permission of Greater Taree City Council or WorleyParsons is not permitted. …. Taree Coastal Zone Management Plan.

  2. Wild weather prompts call for Old Bar protection – ABC News 


    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-06-06/wild-weather…/4054952
    6 days ago – Taree Council’s draft Coastal Zone Management Plan is expected to be on exhibition by the end of the month. Local resident Elaine Pearce …
  3.  No compensation under Taree erosion retreat plan – ABC News 

    www.abc.net.au/news/2012-04-10/
    taree-erosion-plan/3940892
    10 Apr 2012 – But Greater Taree City Council has not contemplated voluntary acquisition as … It’s still waiting for its draft coastal zone management plan to be …
  4. Old Bar prepares for double whammy – Local News – News 
    http://www.manningrivertimes.com.au/news/local/…bar…/2580596.aspx
    6 days ago – The Weather Bureau yesterday warned people from the south coast through to  was delivered a double blow by Greater Taree City Council public exhibition period for council’s draft Coastal Zone Management Plan could 
  5. Council seeks fast-track for coast plan – Local News – News 

    16 Dec 2011 – GREATER Taree City Council will write to the NSW Minister of … with comment to the council’s draft coastal zone management plan. It will also …

  • More coast lost at Old Bar – Local News – News – General – Manning 

    4 days ago –  Taree City Council and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage had worked more effectively on the Coastal Zone Management Plan.

  • The Economist chines in

    The Economist considers “the problem”
    the best solution is to find more sites with good natural surf. Another reason why winter is good for surfers,
    more..
    economist.com/node/21550253

    The journal touches lightly on the possibility of  surfing tourism becoming a viable option for African countries but misses making a list of all the countries that are eligible to develop their surfing resources.

    These countries are those anywhere that is not always dark blue on the forecast graphic, Forecasts
    https://makesurf.wordpress.com/forecasts/

    Or not always purple on this other animated forecast:

    NOAA (NCEP WAM) Global Swell Data
    Select “animation” from the bottom of the drop down list called Forecast.

    Paradise lost?

    While these constructions are a good idea they will not of themselves stop surf rage.

    The people behind the idea (below) appear to be:

    http://nielsenbartholomew.vpweb.com.au/
    NIELSEN BARTHOLOMEW a private partnership providing global surfing consultancy for pro-surfers and multinational public companies on many facets of Surf-Biz.

    Here is the publicity:

    Courier Mail
    Wave pools and artificial reefs to fight Gold Coast surf rage problem

    Picture: Tim Marsden Source: The Courier-Mail THE Gold Coast could soon be
    home to world-class artificial reefs and wave pools to combat the rising
    tide of …
    <http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/wave-pools-are-all-the-rage/story-e6freoof-1226263167268>

    The Australian
    Wave pools to fight surf rage

    Local beach breaks under increasing pressure from crowds Wave pools,
    artificial reefs to be introduced within two years Riding the wave – Surf’s
    up in …
    <http://www.theaustralian.com.au/travel/news/wave-pools-are-all-the-rage/story-e6frg8ro-1226263458201>

    Gold Coast Bulletin News
    Wave pools to combat surf rage on Coast

    THE Gold Coast could soon be home to world-class artificial reefs and wave
    pools to combat the rising tide of surf rage. The surfing industry
    generates $3.3 …
    <http://www.goldcoast.com.au/article/2012/02/06/388261_surfing-sport.html>

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    How will raising the expectations of people with bad behaviour improve their behaviour?

    What do you think?