RISK OF MISSING WAVE ON REEF
PROPONENTS of a second artificial surfing reef must have their vision and engineering watertight, otherwise they could risk a folly. The artificial reef at Cable Station in Mosman Park shows how the best intentions can end up creating something else.
While the ‘Cables’ reef apparently produces a great wave in the right conditions, it does not take pressure off other breaks and is tackled by experienced riders only on a few days.
Surfers in the carpark near the western suburbs reef said a Scarborough reef would be welcomed if it took congestion off ‘The Point’ break at Trigg. However, if any new reef has a great or frequent wave, or both, it could generate its own overcrowding issues. The choices ahead may be an average but very frequent wave that is friendly to all, tourists included, or a great wave unusable by some, even for competition. Making the right choice will ensure the reef’s design fits its intended purpose.