Under headlines of world’s first inflatable artificial reef, a concept has been heralded that uses sand anchors to install an inflatable sail-like structure “the size of a large roundabout” offshore.
Troy Bottegal believes that where the ocean meets the submerged sail, the result will be a steady supply of surfer-friendly waves.
He is probably right but the Kickstarter project’s funding goal was not reached on November 24, 2014.
I am scanning this search for someone that has made calculations on the physics of the forces involved:
Click the link for an updated search – from SurfingSites.net
Faking it – an article by Matt Clark addresses the questions:
- So How Do Wave Generators Work?
- Are They Sustainable?
- Bringing Surf Culture Inland?
- Where and When Can I Try It?
- If a surf park came to your hometown, will you rush to try it?
The Masterplan of the Wavegraden site at Bristol, UK
© 2015 – Wavegarden
The BBC tell us the end (maybe) of this story and they also have a good timeline of the trials and tribulations.
Here are our pages on this topic:
ASR Surf Reef projects
The pier at Boscombe
The full story to April 2013
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:
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.
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From the local paper:
From the Courier Mail:
Baffle Creek as the regional area prepares to hit the world stage with a world-first in surf wave technology.
If approved, it would become the first surfing wave pool in Australia, beating plans to establish similar projects on the Gold Coast and at Ipswich.