Australia’s Gold Coast can be a real bitch if you hate crowds. The fantastic waves are nearly always slammed with surfers, and a whole lot of them are really, really good. It’s horrible and wonderful at the same time. The crowds, though, are quickly becoming a real problem–the dangers of surfing are severely compounded when there are a million other people in the water, all vying for the same waves. But Australia has a plan to fix it: they’re going to make more waves.
A few days ago, the Gold Coast city council met to discuss creating five new artificial reefs expressly for surfing. Under the Gold Coast Surf Management plan, at least one is already in the works. The reef will supposedly be built in Palm Beach, and will cost an estimated $17 million. If all goes as planned, the reef will created a left and a right that, under the right conditions, peels for nearly 1000 feet in either direction.