THE WORLD’S FIRST INFLATABLE REEF BREAK
Friday, 31 October 2014

Plans for the world’s first inflatable artificial reef with the purpose of creating tailor made peaks has been designed. Troy Bottegal plans to introduce, manufacture and install the world’s first eco-friendly inflatable surf reef, in Perth November 2015.

The way that swells, moving from deep water, interact with any given coastline is the very thing that deciphers the style of waves you surf, no points awarded to anyone already aware of this. Until relatively recent years, we have relied almost solely on mother nature to decide the whereabouts and style of waves we surf – you probably remember the initial hype around the largely unsuccessful artificial reef in Bournemouth on the UK’s south Coast and a more convincing attempt at a multi-purpose reef in India. Perhaps Troy’s new design may be an easy way of generating adjustable peaks wherever the need may be.

The air inflated sail-like structure, will be anchored in shallow water, producing rideable waves where previously there was only closeouts. His patent covers all shapes for these inflatable, underwater structures, with the intention of eventually taking the design to various locations worldwide, it could be modified to style numerous types of wave.

The project requires funds of $100,00 AUD to get started which will allow for a two month testing period to explore the effects of sand erosion around the anchors, corrosive effects on the chosen sail material, effects of sand movement at the site and the advent of storm occurrences on the installation.

Troy has also made a video to help depict his invention.
VIDEO, MORE INFO & KICKSTARTER HERE

FROM TROY:
I need your help to fund the manufacture and installation of the worlds first AIRWAVE at a beautiful beach in Perth. I have permission from the local council, a dive team and sail manufacturer and I am ready to go.

All I need are sufficient funds. I have the drive to do the rest.

This project is about making possible, the first ever installation of an air inflated dome-like structure, in shallow water, to produce an A- frame with a rideable face, where previously there was only a closeouts! All without detrimental effects to the environment.

If this project is successful, it will completely alter the way we think about creating waves artificialIy. I have invented and patented, the world's first  inflatable surf reef.

Imagine how amazing it would be if you could quickly install a wave - producing surf reef underwater, by merely anchoring a uniquely shaped sail on the bottom, blowing it up with air and then waiting for the next swell to produce waves on it! Imagine how quick and easy for there to be no waves at your local beach the day before and the next day a perfect peak.
 
My patent covers all shapes for these inflatable, underwater structures, so the possibilities for changing ocean swells to waves in millions of locations worldwide, are endless
Risks and challenges

The unique challenge is the unknown factors the ocean brings to the installation and testing, such as erosion of the sand around the anchors, corrosive effects on the chosen sail material, effects of sand movement at the site and the advent of storm occurrences on the installation. I am committed to testing the installation over a two month period to figure out all these issues as they arise. We also have available, the assistance of a major ocean engineering firm to provide additional testing and data management. This will allow us the ability to professionally capture all data to ascertain improvements needed accurately.

Source: IndoSurfLife.com





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