15 Apr 2015

Protecting and enhancing surf amenity

We have developed state-of-the-art tools that can be used for a quantitative and integrated assessment of surf amenity for coastal developments.

An estimated USD 7.3 billion global industry, surfing is a significant natural resource for many local economies. With over 20 million participants worldwide, the number of surfers is increasing significantly each year. As such, surfing amenities require ongoing maintenance and protection in order to ensure the long-term sustainability and growth of local communities and economies.

Due to the importance of surfing amenities to local economies, authorities are under increasing pressure from surfing communities to protect surfing resources. This has resulted in a rapid increase in the demand for surf amenity considerations to be incorporated into coastal management plans and as part of the regulatory approvals process for new coastal developments.

We have developed a range of tools to meet the increasing demand for surfing amenity assessments, including: 
  • fully non-linear wave modelling – Volume of Fluid (VOF) wave models enable us to model breaking waves explicitly and accurately
  • surfing amenity quantification modelling – OPTISURF, our numerical model, explicitly integrates key wave variables relevant for assessing surfing quality
  • advanced shoreline evolution modelling – next generation models ensure the highest degree of accuracy and certainty available for investigating potential impacts of coastal developments on complex sandy shoreline environments

These tools provide government agencies and other stakeholders with the confidence and certainty needed to evaluate the potential impact of coastal developments on the local surf amenity.

Read our solution flyer to know more.