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7th International Surfing Reef Symposium 2010
The 7th International Surfing Reef Symposium was held in Sydney, Australia on Friday 19th March 2010 at the Scenic Room, Bondi Surf Club. Barton Lynch, 1988 World Surfing Champion was the Symposium MC. Andrew Pitt was the 7th Symposium Director and event founder.
The aim of the one day conference was to share knowledge on the technical aspects of; coastal surfing bathymetry, seafloor topography, artificial surfing reefs, multi-purpose-reefs, beach nourishment works, hazard removal, reef 're-profiling', surf spot maintenance and reparations, preservation (Surfing Reserves) and other coastal issues that impact submerged surfing topographies.
Case studies included; Cables (WA), Narrowneck (Qld), Mt Maunganui (NZ), Bournemouth/Boscombe (UK), Superbank (Qld) and Bargara/Burkitts (Qld).
Speakers included (2 page pdf Abstracts highlighted):-
Andrew McKinnon, Gold Coast legend, Surfing Contours Snapper to Kirra
Professor Andy Short, University of Sydney, (National) Surfing Reserves
Dr Shaw Mead, ASR, Multi-purpose reefs
Angus Jackson, Corbett & Evans, ICM, Narrowneck reef monitoring - 10 years on
Andrew Pitt, Surfing Ramps, Bombora controlled beachbreaks
Joao Brilhante, President ASSM, Surf & Harbour Protection Reef, Mosteiros Azores
Ed Couriel & James Carley,Surfing Reefs - Dollars and Sense
Florian Brehin, Phd Candidate Florida InTec evolution of Sebastion Inlet USA
Greg Redgard, 'reef-profiling' and hazard removal, Bargara Qld Aust
Simon Brandi Mortensen, DHI Group, NS3 computer modelling of surfing reefs
Councillor Elizabeth Re, Artificial surfing reefs in WA, a Councillors perspective
Javier Leon, Phd Candidate, Wollongong Uni, Cabo Blanco Peru
Discussion moderator, Dr Justin Meleo
The Symposium Steering Committee, Professor Andy Short, Dr Justin Meleo, Edward Couriel and Andrew Pitt.
For a pdf copy of Symposium Proceedings (36pgs, 8.5mb)including the Welcome Speech, list of attendee's, profile of Barton Lynch and all Abstracts.
For a copy of the Registration Form (pdf 773kb)
For more information, please contact: Andrew Pitt, Symposium Director
email@example.com phone (Australia) 0432 177 811
Photos from The 7th International Surfing Reef Symposium 2010, view from the venue, Barton Lynch, Shaw Mead, Bobbie Corbett, Joao Brilhante, Andrew Pitt, Stephen Barrett, Bondi Beach, Simon Brandi Mortensen. All photo's by Steve Hayes
In March 1997 the 1st International Surfing Reef Symposium was held at the Manly Pacific Parkroyal Hotel, Sydney Australia. (Download a copy of the original brochure 353kb). The symposium provided a forum for discussion and debate on surfing reefs, disseminated information and stimulated community momentum for coastal projects that improved wave breaking quality. Andrew Pitt was the event founder and 1st Symposium Director. Key note speakers included Wayne ‘Rabbit’ Bartholomew, Dr Kimo Walker, Dr Kerry Black and Professor Andy Short. The event attracted an audience of influential people from the surfing industry, government and research institutions. Subsequent Symposiums were held in the USA (1998 & 2005), New Zealand (2003), Indonesia (2006) and South Africa in 2009. Puerto Rico will be hosting the Symposium in 2012.
more information and papers from previous Surfing Symposium can be found at,
The Reef Journal edited by Dr David Phillips & Dr Jose Borrero, aims to share quality literature, to inform and promote the use of multi-purpose reefs in the coastal environment, to mitigate erosion and increase amenity, www.thereefjournal.com
"Artos', Cables Artificial Surfing Reef, Perth Australia. photo courtesy Life on Perth