As reported on www.bayofplentytimes.co.nz:
Leading surfers doubt whether Mount Maunganui’s $1.5 million artificial surf reef will ever create a world-class wave.
The reef – the first of its kind in New Zealand – is about 250m offshore at Tay St. When the Surfing New Zealand Pro national competition was held at Tay St on February 10-11, not a single competitor tried to surf the reef.
They instead chose to surf the sandbanks to the right of the reef where better waves were breaking.
Members of the surfing community have told the Bay of Plenty Times they are growing increasingly sceptical about the reef’s effectiveness.
Mount-based Cory Scott, who is photographer and photo editor for Kiwi Surf magazine, said he did not see one decent wave break at the reef in eight hours during the recent national competition.
“You see better waves breaking at Omanu or Papamoa,” he said.
Andy Jordan, a former top-level national competitor and surfboard shaper to local hotshot surfer Matt Hewitt – has tried the reef a number of times but said he “wasn’t holding his breath” for it to work.
He had seen a few waves come off it but they were all “pretty crap”. “I don’t think it’s any good at the moment.”