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Policy on Artificial Surfing Reefs


Ratified by Surfrider Foundation Board of Directors on February 6, 2005

The Surfrider Foundation opposes any degradation or depletion of existing artificial or natural wave-riding resources due to the development of man made structures or activities in the coastal zone. In all instances, any development that results in the loss of the resource must be avoided.

If experimental or artificial reefs are constructed to restore already lost or damaged wave-riding resources, a thorough environmental impact analysis along with a monitoring and research component must be an integral part of the process. This must include baseline and long-term post project monitoring of nearshore coastal processes, ecological impacts and recreational conditions.