The Dream cheap north face jacket sale Realized Man-Made Multi-Purpose Reef Produces Great Surf, Reduces Coastal Erosion
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We cheap north face outlet store just launched our new Spring 2010 Surf Online Catalog with the theme Protect Your Break. Inside youll find articles highlighting threatened surf breaks around the world and links to the good work our friends at Save The Waves Coalition are doing to protect those spots, including their exciting new initiative, World Surfing Reserves. The online catalog also features a new video on page 34 with Yvon Chouinard telling stories about surfing at Stanleys, a now-extinct wave not far from Patagonia HQ that was lost forever to coastal development in 1970. But what if we could create new surf breaks to replace lost ones? And what if those new surf breaks had the added benefits of limiting coastal erosion and creating habitat for marine life? Our friend and former Patagonia surf director, Sam George, is working with a company that believes man-made multi-purpose reefs are a viable solution, and theyve just unveiled a project in Kovalam, India that proves it. Heres Sam cheap north face jacket sale George with more on the project: On February 27, 2010, a remarkable natural transformation took place. Working in conjunction with the Indian government, ASR, the world leader in the design and construction of Multi-Purpose Reefs, put the final touches on its latest project in a small beachside resort called Kovalam. The next day, as the very ordinary Indian Ocean wind swell rolled in from the southwest, an extraordinary sight was revealed. The birth of a new surf spot. It’s been a fantasy of surfers since … well, since there have been surfers: the ability to create rideable waves. And create them by design. Because when it comes to shaping the world’s coastlines, the hand of man has resulted in many happy accidents: Hawaii’s Ala Moana, Santa Barbara’s Sandspit, Cape Hatteras’ Lighthouse Jetties, Queensland’s Superbank. The dream has always been to bend the sea and shoreline to our will; to somehow mimic the amazing amalgamation of natural elements that go into the creation of an actual surf spot. This elusive combination of sea-floor configuration and orientation, littoral sand-flow, tidal shift and swell direction has never really been fully understood, let alone reproduced. Until cheap north face for sale now. Just one look at the new waves of Kovalam says it all. But to the scientists and surfers at Amalgamate Solutions and Research (ASR) the dream is about so much more than just rideable waves. If a surf spot like Jeffrey’s Bay or California Street was yours – if you created it – imagine how differently you’d regard it. Instead of simply fretting over the next swell or the next wave, you’d probably start considering the surf spot less like an amusement park and more as an integrated environmental structure, with benefits not only in recreation, but in increased shoreline protection, beach preservation and new marine habitat. In short, your man-made break would serve the same vital ecological functions as do naturally occurring reefs, from stabilizing beaches to shaping great surfing waves. ASR believes we’ve got to start looking at the entire world’s coastline as ours. This means not only protecting and preserving existing surf spots, but also creating new ones in a multi-functional, environmentally integrated manner that enhances both the shoreline and surfing experience.