Artificial Reef Serves Up Indian Surprise

13 May 2010 0 Share

An artificial reef built on the west coast of India appears to have served up an unexpected, quality left hander


You can see the line of reef that has been dumped by ASR.

You can see the line of reef that has been dumped by ASR.

Working in conjunction with the Indian government, NZ-based Artificial Surfing Reefs Ltd completed construction of India's first Multi-Purpose Reef in February, 2010. Footage of the wave shows a decent left peeling nicely and occasionally barreling along a stretch of beach which reportedly only ever offered close-outs.

The primary purpose of the reef is to mitigate coastal erosion from monsoon waves in the small town of Kovalam. The reef also creates an excellent habitat for marine species.

Ironically the artificial reef was commissioned and built to stop beach erosion, not create surfable waves, yet it appears to have succeeded at both.

ASR has been behind artificial surfing reef projects at Narrowneck, on the Gold Coast, in NZ and the UK, so far with less than spectacular results.

While the Narrowneck reef has improved the width of the beach, and produced the occasional decent wave, it is generally considered a non-event as a surf spot, and there have been varied reports of an ASR project at Mount Maunganui, with ASR declaring it a success and many locals damning it as a failure.

Either way, the reef at Kovalam, near the souther tip of India, at this early stage appears to be one of the better artificial surfing reefs thus created.

- Tim Baker

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