Watch: Palm Beach Artificial Reef
It's not the sort of surf clip we'd usually run: Just 90 seconds of footage featuring a short crumbling right. Skeleton Bay it ain't. Yet it's not so much the waves that make the video, but what's below them.
You see, this was filmed at Palm Beach Artificial Reef this morning, which, though only 50% complete, is showing a lot of promise. It's breaking on mid-range swells - it was 4-5ft and wobbly on the Goldy this morning - and the reef has multiple takeoff points and a reasonable length of ride.
The reef is designed primarily as a right, though on bigger swells there's likely to be a short, thick left. Also, the swell today was acutely south, but on more easterly swells the takeoff will move about more, making it able to cope with a crowd.
On that score, if you're a Palmy local, no, we're not gonna keep running videos of the reef operating at half-steam, however it's fair to say that right now, many people - and not just surfers - are awaiting the outcome of the reef. A good result is likely to see the Palm Beach reef held up as an example for further projects.
The reef is still on track for an October finish.