Mount Reef Dream Turns Into Re­al­ity!

Adventure - - Justrandom -

Af­ter a gru­elling two week con­struc­tion pe­riod in­stalling the sec­ond half of the Mount Reef, the par­tially com­pleted reef started to show its ca­pa­bil­i­ties on Wed­nes­day 4th Oc­to­ber. A small 1.5 me­tre north-east­erly swell gen­er­ated awe­some waves on the reef through­out the day pro­duc­ing fast hollow right hand bar­rels and up to 50 me­tre rides on both left and right hand breaks. Ap­prox­i­mately 50 surfers sam­pled the new break through out the day on Wed­nes­day. Mike Smith, Di­rec­tor of RPM, was first in the wa­ter at 6 am and scored the reef to him­self for half an hour. “I took off on my sec­ond wave just to the right of the peak and dropped down the steep wall into hollow over head bar­rel. I made it right along the length of the bag be­fore it spat me out at the end. I was def­i­nitely pleased with how it was work­ing. Pretty awe­some for the Mount!” A group of young surfers were es­pe­cially ex­u­ber­ant, hoot­ing at one an­other to take off on ever more chal­leng­ing waves. The group couldn’t get enough of the rides that the reef de­liv­ered and surfed the reef for over 8 hours!

De­spite the reef still not be­ing com­pletely fin­ished, waves were break­ing as ASR Ltd, the reef de­sign­ers, had pre­dicted with a steep crit­i­cal take off lead­ing into and a fast, ‘tub­ing’ wall on the set waves. Dr Kerry Black of ASR Ltd said “It’s fan­tas­tic to see it start­ing to work just like our com­puter and lab­o­ra­tory mod­els pre­dicted. We’re very pleased that all the de­sign work is start­ing to be proven on the reef. Once it’s com­pleted ac­cord­ing to our spec­i­fi­ca­tions we’ll see hollow bar­rels break­ing left and right with con­sis­tent 70 me­tres rides in both di­rec­tions.” Dr Black sent a group of his staff from ASR on a field trip to the Mount to ‘gather some sci­en­tific data’. “We left Raglan at 5 am to ‘study the reef’ at the Mount” said Dr Jose Bor­rero who works for ASR Ltd de­sign­ing reefs for other projects around the world. “When we first pad­dled out, I was re­ally im­pressed. The drop was steep and fast, but make able and the wave had the speed and power of a proper reef break you would find in In­done­sia, just not as long.” Dr. Chris Blenk­in­sopp agreed, “The wave isn’t for begin­ners, it’s a fast steep take off and quite shal­low over the reef at low tide. We’re look­ing for­ward to learn­ing even more from study­ing the way this reef works and in­cor­po­rat­ing it into our fu­ture de­signs.”

“We’ve worked so hard over the last year to get it built” com­mented Dave Neil­son, Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of the Mount Reef Trust who has been man­ag­ing the con­struc­tion of the reef. “We got as much done in the last 10 days as we did in the pre­vi­ous 10 months be­cause the weather was per­fect for con­struc­tion. We’ve still got three days work to fin­ish the right han­der and an­other four to com­plete the left once the sand has cleared from top of it. Mother na­ture needs to oblige with a big swell to clear the sand fol­lowed by a flat pe­riod to fin­ish it off - hope­fully not too big an ask!”

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