Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

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.

Jon Bas­sett


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