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

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Wavegarden

Wave Gardens

A Wave-garden in Basque Country, Spain; the Wave FolkOla Moviestar in Lima, Peru. Kelly Slater Wave Company and Webber Wave Pool.

Substance may follow but the demand is there.
Keep an eye on Webber Wave Pool and see if they don’t do the best disrupt ever by coming up with that dream.
We have mapped some artificial reefs. bit.ly/asurfr
We know there are others to add to this map. If you know of lots more, ask to be added to the map making.

Wavegarden has been in development since 2005. It works by propelling water over a surface that creates a moving wave with a tube, just as ocean waves form by breaking over coral reefs or a sand bar. Size and speed of waves can be controlled by the Wavegarden technology, which can be installed in natural or man-made lakes and ponds, as well as resorts, aquatic sports parks, and municipalities.
wave-garden.com

More Artificial Reef and Wave pools, follow this link bit.ly/fKNoDg or click the category in the cloud (right hand side =>).

See reviews:
worldprosurfers.com/surfing-features-detail.asp?NewsID=314

sports.espn.go.com/action/surfing/news/story?id=6132257

movementmag.com/_blog/Blend/post/The_Wave_Garden
Cannot wait to try it..

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Locals only – The Problem

Build 13 artificial reefs a day, and 13,000 people a day will take up surfing. Just watch.
By the year 2025, the average surf session might well consist of 1.7 rides per surfer per session. For modern surfers, crowds simply come with the territory, and the territory is finite.
Trying to stem this tide of surfing’s popularity is fruitless. “The lady doth protest too much, methinks,” says Hamlet. It’s the same with every surfer “claiming” his or her territory. We’ll just have to cope.

From:
fortunadaily.com/way-of-the-waterman/the-sportsmanship-of-surfing
by: Drew Kampion
fortunadaily.com/author/drew-kampion

SurfScience interviews Andrew Pitt

SurfScience contacted Andrew Pitt, a surfing reef architect from Australia. His company Surfing Ramps, does consulting and design work for artificial reefs. A student of artificial reef projects, Andrew filled SurfScience in on what has been attempted and why some efforts had better results.
surfscience.com/topics/waves-and-weather/wind-and-weather/artificial-surfing-reefs

International Multi-purpose Reef Symposia

thereefjournal.com
The site includes selected refereed papers from the International Multi-purpose
Reef Symposia held each year throughout the world (since 1997). It shares quality literature to inform and promote the use of multi-purpose reefs in the coastal environment, to mitigate erosion, increase amenity and enhance marine ecology.
8th in Rincon, Puerto Rico, February 2013
International Multipurpose Reef & Surfing Science Symposium
Engineering and Hydrodynamics; Artificial Reef Biology; Surfing Reef Science
Antigua Artificial Reef Designed by Dr. Alfredo Torruella
imprsymposium.org/information
7th in Sydney, Australia, March 2010
Share knowledge on the technical aspects of coastal surfing and seafloor topography. They will present information on; artificial surfing reef design, beach nourishment works, surf break reparations (from degradation) and preservation and other issues that affect coastal topography.
surfingramps.com.au/SurfingSymposium.htm
A short history of the surfing reef symposia from 1997 by Dr J. Borrero
imprsymposium.org/history

Boscombe, Bournemouth, Dorset UK

The final chapter (Aug 2017):
bbc.com/news/uk-england-dorset-40863066
The full story to April 2013
bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset

Here is the text as it came to me in 2010 from Google news alert on artificial surfing reefs:
Boscombe reef gets its first surfing competition (From Bournemouth …
I don’t know what ASR have got wrong in the design, but clearly something
is badly wrong. … As for holding a surfing contest on the reef, well, forget it. …
<bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/.._surfing_competition/>

Update – 2011:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-15427994

It seems a lot of lessons are being learnt on this project.


Ben Mondy, an ex-editor of Tracks magazine and contributor to Surfer, Carve and Surf Europe, was one of the first to surf the new reef at Bournemouth.

Film produced by ACM acmwriting.com. Filmed and edited by Johno Verity

..and then there is this quote from Jim Moriarty:
twitter.com/jimmoriarty
Writing on the blog
oceanswavesbeaches.blogspot.com/
Article:
bit.ly/asrschwartz
Quoting Sean Collins, the founder of Surfline, when asked: Do they get any swell there at all?
“Yes, it doesn’t look like that exposed of a location as it is up in the channel and faces southerly. But when big storms begin to track down through the northern Atlantic in Fall there may some pre-frontal SSW swell that could penetrate up into the channel into the Bournemouth area. Also longer periods WSW swells will be able to feel the offshore bathymetry to wrap into the Bournemouth area. Additionally this area looks much cleaner with better wind conditions than the more exposed west coast.”

My (Jim’s) layman’s version of that is… they could see some Fall waves. So. Let’s not be so quick to label this reef a failure until they’ve actually seen a Fall. We won’t have to wait long as… it’s Fall now.

A link to a map with the location of the reef:
bit.ly/lyChw
See also:
thesurfreef.co.uk

Comment by reeferskeptics

surfers are not impressed with the results seen vs. the anticipated results

on this site:
thebeachsideresident.com/2008/09/john-hearin/#respond

For the weather in the Bournemouth area:
magicseaweed.com/Bournemouth-Boscombe-Surf-Report/12
and/or search for “Bournemouth” (the region) or “Boscombe” (the place) using
bit.ly/ssurfings

See: 
thesurfreef.co.uk
and the “before” photo:
yosurfer.com/photos/photo/304

Wikipedia – Artificial surfing reefs

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artificial_reef
Talks about:
Many coastlines are subject to powerful waves that crash directly onshore. An artificial reef situated 150-300 yards offshore might create surfing opportunities and, by dissipating wave energy, make swimming safer and reduce coastal erosion.

There is also a page:
Multi-purpose reef
A multi-purpose reef, also commonly known as an artificial surfing reef, is an structure located offshore designed to induce wave breaking in a manner that creates a wave suitable for surfing or bodyboarding. Artificial surfing reefs can exist in many different configurations and be built from a variety of different materials. To date there have been fewer than 10 attempts to build such a structure world wide.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multi-purpose_reef

It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Artificial reef.
(Discuss)
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Artificial_reef