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The Reef Journal – the science around surfbreaks

The scientific journal, The Reef Journal, includes selected refereed papers from the International Multi-purpose Reef and Surfing Science Symposia held throughout the world since 1997.

The next symposium will be held in Rincon, Puerto Rico, February 19 – 21, 2013 and includes a number of papers that are pertinent to protecting surfbreaks.

Volume 2 of The Reef Journal has just been published, please click on
the link to access the PDF (it is quite large, but good reading)

The Reef Journal Vol. 2

This edition is dedicated to Prof. Lee Harris from Florida, USA, and Matt Skellern from the Bay of  Plenty, NZ (and ex-Surfbreak Protection committee member) who made significant contributions to coastal engineering and planning, respectively, particularly with respect to the development of MPR’s and the protection of natural surfing breaks.

Both have passed away since Volume 1 was published where they both had papers included, and we acknowledge the passion for the coast that they shared with many people throughout their lives.

Two maori proverbs symbolise the work of these coastal people, which encompass both collaboration and excellence:

Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou
ka ora ai te iwi
With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive

Whāia te iti kahurangi
Ki te tūohu koe, me he maunga teitei
Pursue excellence – should you stumble, let it be to a lofty mountain


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