Watch: Palm Beach Artificial Reef

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

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.

 

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savanova commented Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 5:25pm

Very promising but do they all come with a wanker on a jet ski?

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wallpaper commented Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 10:42am

like some sort of jetski bukake?

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Carl Warburton commented Monday, 26 Aug 2019 at 1:51pm

Yeah mate jet ski bukake, my wave runner looks like a painters radio

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elfelf commented Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 5:30pm

Awesome to see a new wave created, I'm sure many will be watching to see how permanent it ends up being.

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Garryh commented Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 3:45pm

way better way to create waves than a power hungry wave pool. Imagine just how many waves can be created around Australia's coasts for "not much" of an investment.

WinterSwells

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bukz commented Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 6:10pm

Not much?

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Feralkook commented Friday, 30 Aug 2019 at 4:54pm

$18.2m taxpayer dollars is not much, that does not include ongoing sustainment costs I would think.

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Craig commented Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 5:32pm

Very promising, you can clearly see it bending and focussing the incoming swell lines!

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Sheepdog commented Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 5:34pm

"The reef is designed primarily as a right,"....................
Wow, just what the goldy needs.. Another right hander...

Sheepdog

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Ben Harding commented Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 7:19pm

Unbelievable that they didn't cater to other half on this one..

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stunet commented Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 7:22pm

Well it's primary purpose is to halt erosion, surfing amenity is second and hence less time and money was invested on that side of it.

Also, far easier to shape a right when the predominant swell direction is southeast.

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Ben Harding commented Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 7:33pm

Fair and fair on all accounts... However, at the end of the day it's rock placement and you would think one could essentially flip the positioning for the next one if council decides there is value
in replicating what they potentially have achieved here elsewhere. There were plenty of lefts on a nice South swell out at palmy this morning so it can't be too difficult?

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Sheepdog commented Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 11:02pm

"Also, far easier to shape a right when the predominant swell direction is southeast.'
Hmmm. Maybe.
However SE swells arent the issue if halting erosion is the reefs primary purpose . It's the big cyclone swells from the ene and east. A simple study of caloundra reef would've been handy. Shit hot left that one.
Anyhoooooo Another right hander alongside snapper, rainbow, greenmount, kirra, currumbin and Burliegh... Sweet bahahahaha

Sheepdog

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Faunt Leroy commented Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 8:36am

Well you know what they say....
"There's rights and there's wrongs"

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frog commented Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 7:55pm

Narrow neck never came close to that. May be the proof of concept turning point in coastal erosion control that will spawn many more. Well done.

Frogg

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truebluebasher commented Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 2:01pm

frog - Narrowneck Reef was #1 Nth Surfspot rivalling Top end Spit breaks.
2006-2012 Longest n/w winds Hollow Right Lines outside of points (Tickets only)
Surfers travelled from the Border to surf it, only to be locked out by packed Arena.
tbb wished to surf it 2 dozen times/yr (Too Packed) Settle for twice a year! (Normal)

tbb slot in/out 50m Reef runs in house sized shacks, pull out other side of Flags.
Only needed a bottle cap or Pinky...That Good! tbb 'd get exhausted barrel rolling.
Most times never needing to return to reef as you'd turn to scoop up on way out.
Note: It is true on most days it shutdowns on back-break other tides/swell were OK!

Even go fishing for a lone Left that rises as it bucks to shore (Each a mystery ride)
Don't Worry PB Reef (Left) given time won't let you down....Check Narroweck Vidz.
You'd be surprised how similar the two waves are, as that's why i'm replying.
Not many Go/Drones so vidz are low key,showing a fair sample of Reef waves.

Narrowneck Reef -Swellnet commentator's Film Festival (tbb- 24/8/2019)
https://www.swellnet.com/news/swellnet-analysis/2019/08/19/narrowneck-re...

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JosephStalin commented Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 6:05pm

Pretty impressive so far

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bipola commented Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 6:17pm

its like watching your new born son arriving, lots of optimism.

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bipola commented Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 6:18pm

now we have seen it we all want one

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SurferSam commented Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 6:53pm

Set up looks almost identical to injidup carparks in WA for anyone who’s surfed it. In fact would have sworn that’s where the footage was from based on vid alone

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Solitude commented Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 10:39pm

Jeez I’ve only surfed inji carpark once and it must’ve been a bloody good day if that reminds you of the wave

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Sickaz commented Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 11:27pm

Not sure I understand but, are you suggesting the waves in the footage are better than inji carpark?

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Solitude commented Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 7:47am

Nah I saying I thought inji a much better wave than that

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SurferSam commented Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 6:36pm

Inji hollower on take off then a flattish wall that closes out on shoreline
I reckon if they shallow up the take off it will be pretty much the same
That said I always found inji annoying in that the gold is only on the take off
Maybe they should build a p break right next to it ha ha

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Spuddups commented Sunday, 25 Aug 2019 at 12:14pm

I would often go left at Carparks. A fairly average left to be sure, but usually I'd have it to myself.

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velocityjohnno commented Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 7:17pm

yep Indjy. How cool if it works? Build many of them.

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goofyfoot commented Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 7:43pm

Looks like a fun wave.

10 of those placed in strategic locations on the MP would be a god-send

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surfstarved commented Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 8:05pm

Looks like the best day ever at Middleton and then some, without the herds of SUPs.

Don't let the bastards grind you down

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truebluebasher commented Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 11:25pm

Monday 19th Aug. Dredge packed up for 3rd Time...(possibly for this Swell Spike)
GCCC warn site is out of bounds with or without Dredge- patrolled by Life Guards
https://beachesgoldcoast.com.au/projects/palm-beach-shoreline-project/

Great Clip! Looks like a dawn setting but this sun broke thru from 8:00 am
That explains early Jet Ski Patrol sweep as Beach Life Guard was still setting up.

Drone Pilot had to score sun rays + Time & thread both GCCC Jet Ski & Beach Patrol.
Drone is prohibited to fly over people & on beach & in GCCC exclusion zone...
Pilot would have known how small a window was on offer & risk of fines.
Top shelf contraband for us! Score.

Ben clocked Narrowneck Reef this morning near the Low tide [6:53am] @ 0.3m...
PB Reef resembles a high tide A Frame @ [8:00 am] just one hour on incoming?

Has anyone got an explanation?
Storm bank chink floods the mote surrounding the Sand Tee that Reef sits on...WTF?
Palmy is running on far outer stormbanks with deep middle banks
My guess is a lazy Swell on top of longer lead edge extension work.
tbb is thinking that the bottom of the frame is the middle break & not the shorie.

Back to that Jet ski being the only craft permitted in video..not surfers or Drone!
Note: Jet ski is white with Yellow rescue scoop + GCCC Dark blue Jacket?
Jet ski sits still & wide Patrolling take-offs on exposed reef like Teahupo'o channel.

Coastal sweep Life Guards like Mick, often pit-stop the best banks & chat with crew.
Jet ski Rider is most likely a super cool Life Guard.(Letting the Palmy crew Surf Reef.)
If anything the jet ski presence kept the numbers down.

To be fair,Lifeguards are privy to a lot more info than us & happily share Reef updates.
eg: Life Guards told tbb when PB Reef 1st broke & how much damage it copped.

Thanks for contraband Merch...This comment will self delete in 5.4.3.2.1..........................

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Billyw commented Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 1:31am

This crumbly right excites me so much more than all of the wave pools. The variety of waves breaking on the reef, the way the swells form up as they march towards it - this makes me want to go surf and I am a goofy with a distaste for fat rights

B Dub

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Justint commented Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 7:31am

i hope it keeps the crowds away from better waves on offer

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frog commented Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 8:20am

Tight take off spot. Won't handle a big crowd. But rock based waves can handle bad winds quite well if you aren't super fussy. So day to day it will not always be packed. Locals will barely notice the crowd impact on other spots but, on the points, sometimes all it takes is for a handful less people to be hanging in your zone at a particular hour of the day to let you grab a swag of good ones. Every new spot or good bank somewhere has a sort of invisible and subtle flow on benefit across multiple line ups.

Frogg

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freeride76 commented Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 8:36am

totally agree Frog.

if they could put 3 or 4 of these things in, or 10......it would make a very big impact.

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Garryh commented Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 4:00pm

Why stop at 10...why not build 200 new reefs between Sunshine to the north and Warrnambool to the south. C'mon every one of you have looked at a spot somewhere and thought about how much better it could be with a few tweaks. Doing this would be low cost infrastructure (boosting jobs, economy and property prices). Doing this would also reduce carbon (we'll be happier to surf at home and forgo wave pools). Do it for Australia. Do it now. Let us all rally to the cause

WinterSwells

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wallpaper commented Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 10:38am

the music would drive you mad though

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JJD commented Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 12:01pm

Is the Goldy obsessed with skis?

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shauntomson1 commented Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 12:50pm

Hi Stu,
Seems like huge potential.
Let us know on construction details and materials - reef, geotextile bags, costs, construction time, who's paying for it, how far out, life expectancy - what's going on beneath the surface?
Thanks!

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truebluebasher commented Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 8:01pm

Palm Beach Reef Readers re: next post...tbb apologizes to crew & Stu

Positive Vibes is an open Fan Mail Letter to Shaun Tomson.

tbb is honoured to have the Tube Master surf with swellnet crew.
A welcoming gift of sorts ...results of a Gold Coast Surf Comp.

Sat 11th Nov 1989 XXXX International Classic Surfers Paradise + Womens / Mals
Small surf saw light weight groms knocking down the King Pins...
First Sunny (Get well) & Occy then our fav' Shaun a bit later Pottz & local Kong.
News Article has Shaun's round 2 results, so why not share it around.
Sounds like a lousy gift from a fellow Swellnetonian (Comp results are not on WSL).
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/120860159

Anyhow instead of splitting the scene,Shaun humbly sat with local GC spectators.
tbb's chance to greet surf idol & Shaun was genuinely kind spirited.
[Autograph] To tbb (Surfing Is Living) Shaun Tomson '89...treasure it!

Truth was tbb had given up on Surf Scene & mostly came down to see Shaun surf.
Life changing events & always Shaun's (Surfing is Living) stared back at me.
Many here know Shaun as Ambassador of Youth Mentoring, evident back then.

Never did tbb have the motivation to surf again if not for my Surf idol.
2000 & Life had changed & tbb needed answers hard & fast.(Surfing is Living) Yes!
But this time true to myself kind to the Ocean 100% real natural transformation...

Shaun's power carves & deep Barrel turns are the bare bones of tbb's Bodysurfing.
Shaun's progressive counterweight speed pedal, pivoted surfing in new directions.
Wider stance affords Shaun barrel rotations that we bodysurfers continue on with.
Bodysurfers Pivot speed & adapt shape to suit any wave motion back under over.

Alternatively Kids Doubledecker Bodysurfing on Dad as 100% eco family vehicle.
I read recently that Shaun bodysurfed with son Mathew /(Condolences *
Similar tragedies played out at local kid's schools & still do sadly.

Today tbb too often hobbles into the surf but craves the ocean's healing power.
Surfing is Living now central to wellbeing, feel hopeless without it! (Thanx! Shaun)

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shauntomson1 commented Monday, 26 Aug 2019 at 1:31am

Thanks for the good vibes!

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stunet commented Monday, 26 Aug 2019 at 9:11am

Unreal post, TBB. 

You probably already know point #1 in the Surfer's Code that Shaun drafted: Never turn your back on the ocean.

A maxim with layers of meaning, I use it with my son's when scrambling around on the rockshelves near home, and I've even adapted it to use while coaching my eldest boy's soccer team ("Never turn your back on the ball!"), but the most profound is the meaning you've epitomised, even if you can't surf, never forget what the ocean has given you. Even when I'm not near the ocean I think of it and draw energy from it.

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ojackojacko commented Monday, 26 Aug 2019 at 12:33pm

onya tbb - gold as usual

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truebluebasher commented Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 1:19pm

Predatory Pirate Shark circles Palmy Reef.

tbb tipped you all off about clued up Life Guards (Get the latest ins & outs on Reef)
Hot Mail from Pirate Squad...

Avast Ye! Booty Call.

A Surf Reef between Burleigh -Surfers Paradise...

Mermaid Surf Reef..to Upzone a 2nd Wall Street Bank @ Millionaires Row?

Well! Blow me down Pirate Squad! A big Yo Ho Ho from ye olde Swellnet Crew.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oDO-An9zpY

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wayne reynolds commented Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 2:36pm

A good idea.. Although it will cause gutters to form in close...and most of that beach will have a channel of deeper. Water in close..

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wayne reynolds commented Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 2:38pm

I've got a better plan.. It bends the swell.. Wraps around like a reef - point.

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yorkessurfer commented Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 4:02pm

Maybe the Chinese owners of the new Jewel development in Surfers could fund such a reef to protect their $1.4 billion dollar investment?

Might even help them sell a few apartments to cashed up wave riders? I’ve heard they’re struggling to find buyers willing to drop $1.5 million plus for a 2 bedroom beachfront apartment.

I’ve got a somewhat more humble unit across the road from Jewel and took this picture of a mate from South Oz who came up to defrost a few weeks ago.
It looks impressive if you’re into that kind of thing?

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adam12 commented Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 4:20pm

Wow, the one on the left looks dodgy. Are they supposed to look like they are about to fall over? With all the problems with sub standard apartment builds in Australia that have come to light recently, dunno if I would want to buy one in that development, or any development for that matter. Fuck the Gold Coast is ugly in parts. Waves are good though.

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wax-on-danielson commented Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 4:21pm

I lived in Palmy about 5 years ago and GCCC sent out a questionnaire asking what people think they should do to improve the Gold Coast. I filled it in and said, why don’t you build a bunch of reefs for surfing. I guess no one else bothered sending it back so they had no other ideas.
Your welcome.

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mg7 commented Sunday, 25 Aug 2019 at 9:43am

HAhahahaha

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yorkessurfer commented Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 4:27pm

Its one of those IPhone panorama pictures so there might be some distortion involved adam. But I agree about the questionable building standards for a lot of new builds. You’d be crazy-brave to be buying off the plan these days. As for the structural integrity of the Jewel design, time will tell I guess?

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savanova commented Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 5:48pm

Nearly every town with a school has a flash skate ramp or 3 supplied by rate payers to keep the kids off the streets. The same $ investment by coastal councils in reefs like this would have multiple the benefits, provide another outlet for the kids, help slow coastal erosion, jobs in construction and even create new fish habitats. Forgot the shooters fishers farmers lets start the surfers party and make Australia Great again.

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Feralkook commented Friday, 30 Aug 2019 at 5:04pm

Oh yea, farmers only feed us, bloody useless spending money on them, we can give them jobs building reefs so we can surf. Priorities right.

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frog commented Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 6:27pm

If the beach width builds significantly and the beach front is obviously protected in future storms this type of reef would move towards the top of the list for future billions to be spent on coastal erosion control around the world. If not, such reefs will be more of an occasional novelty.

Cyclone season will be watched with interest by surfers, aussie councils and even the almighty U.S. army engineering corps to see which way the dice falls.

Frogg

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truebluebasher commented Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 10:03pm

Winter 2015 -2019 Jewel Surf Reef is a Sand Bommie.. (No Car Parking cordon)

Jewel development was the largest Sand Contribution in 10 years or this century.
(28T / 5mins) or 336T /hr) enough to fill to goal posts in a stadium.
Crew can help, are we talking...1.2.3.4 Sand Bommies. (see below amount)

Story goes in 2013 GCCC bulldozed Northcliffe Iconic Dune for Narrowneck erosion.
You can see Northcliffe Dune to right @ ( LG Tower) in beneath photo
Jewel development was asked to resupply Northcliffe & Surfers Paradise Beachfront.
The rest '113,000m3' was pumped as a Sand patched Cape in front of Jewel
From the Surf Cams the Bommie/s stick out like "Dogz Balls".

2017 (winter)Rainbow heaved up either side of Jewel Bombie to dovetail storm bar.
[Jewel represents the white Blocks on Pump Grid] Easy to see it gets ruled out.
http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/gold-coast-beach-nourishment-38539.html

The Jewel Cape is still there today in some shape or form...re: Surf cams!

https://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/lifestyle/beaches-and-fishing/a-sta...

We want Waves! Does it Barrel & Do Jewel Tradie Surfers get to Surf it? Read on...
https://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/news/gold-coast/surfers-havent-quit...

https://brisbanedevelopment.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/aerial.jpg

https://res-3.cloudinary.com/cre/image/fetch/w_800,h_449,c_pad,f_auto,q_...

Yes! There is a Good Surf Bank here but there is No Parking...see Northcliffe SLSC [P]
PB Reef equally plans aged care Hi-Rise ...Beachside [P] is closed to all but tradies.
WSL Comp (Beachside/Snapper [P] Closed to all but Site Workers)[P] Not for surfers!

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bukz commented Tuesday, 27 Aug 2019 at 4:54pm

Banks are all gone after cyclone earlier this year.

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yorkessurfer commented Sunday, 25 Aug 2019 at 7:45am

Great info on the Jewel development TBB cheers!

It’s been an interesting 5 years to watch the site evolve, from the demolition of the old Oriana hi-rise and surrounding apartments to a massive hole in the ground, the sand from which formed great banks for quite some time.

Then the towers slowly rose from the space causing traffic chaos and people avoided the area which was ok with me apart from the construction noise and dust.

The fact that 2000 construction workers took every spare car park in the area from 6:30am every morning, six days a week certainly helped keep the crowds down in the water too!

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truebluebasher commented Sunday, 25 Aug 2019 at 1:30pm

Thanx Yorkessurfer...(tbb never paddled over to this bank, just mopping up slops).

Aug - Oct 2018 Jewel A Frame Tradies Strike Action (What was that all about?)

Despite Chinese Developers changing hands & wives shopping as Project Managers.
Contracts were mostly set in stone under Oz trade laws.

Developer did find one loophole that allowed a shop around for cheaper deals.
Mayor was very supportive of this loophole to allow resort to adapt to market needs.

Once Hi-Rises reached finished height the developer played his underhanded card.
Aug 2019 Developer informs a New Hotel Operator hinges on Fit -out Redesign.
New operator allows Developer to re-quote for cheaper non union labour & goods.

Multiplex checked contract & sure enough such a loophole may exist.
End of Aug : The Sparkies lit the fuse...
Sept : 150 at risk workers walked off site.
Oct : 900 took strike action (crew may recall Anti-Tate Placards at picket)
Strikers maxed out Wharf Rd Tower 31 cul de sac not the narrow thru-esplanade

(Pause) far out tbb...spare a minute for a exclusive local Surfing Session.
1840's 1st Local Raft Surfer Ned's grave haunts @ GC Hwy Park (Yes Haunts)
https://www.facebook.com/277693176398194/posts/ned-harper-the-son-of-a-c...
Wharf Rd was a hang for mid '70's "Up themselves skegz!"
Monaco St Pool Party Chix > swing by Wharf Rd Surfer's hovels
Isle of Capri Pool Party Chix > swing by Enderley Ave Love Ratz Nest.
Chevron Island Skater Chix hooked up with the Chateau Boys
West < > East Road links forged the (Ave' > Hi-Rise Named Surf crews).

Safe to say the 'Locals Only' culture ruled out any Club establishment.
Skatecrews-('75)Kings [P] ('76)Mobil Servo ('79)1st Skatebowl @ Monaco Street.
('79) Local Bands: Ratpack/Strand(Esplanade)/Estates would parody the scene.
Notable mid 1970's Bali surf pioneers spawned from these hangs.

Wharf Rd- Sth Coffee Rock outer right Bommie stokes inside left to the North.
Telltale reminder of the former Nerang River Mouth Entrance.
Northcliffe (Sand Dune re: Above post) being the former "North Head"
Jewel Bommie buries Ghostly Ned for good this time...let's let'em think that!

Back to the picket line...
Matter of interest that Hotel was only one building yet all 3 tower's crews walked out.
Word is, it was less about Hotel redesign more about removing union trades & labour.

Mid Oct : Workers Victory! Keep jobs no matter what ...Strike was over!
tbb is only guessing that extra employment services may be shopped not existing?

All was well until early Dec when tragedy struck.
Super heavy Electrical conduit bulkhead collapsed striking 3 workers.
One worker was pinned underneath fracturing his pelvis,all 3 went to hospital.

Apparently the Bolts were ridgy didge, best to use bluetack to hang your masterpiece.

(Cracking Up!) It's a Hi-Rise thingy... Be cool if you could just lower yer outrage a tad.
https://iview.abc.net.au/show/four-corners/series/2019/video/NC1903H028S00

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frog commented Sunday, 25 Aug 2019 at 11:37am

Should have used thicker bamboo reo from the sound of it

Frogg

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mlb33surf commented Sunday, 25 Aug 2019 at 12:23pm

Good luck getting a park to surf in Palmy the way the corrupt GC council is approving all the high rises in the area.

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wayne reynolds commented Sunday, 25 Aug 2019 at 4:41pm

Jet skies should be banned out there..no need for it.

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wayne reynolds commented Sunday, 25 Aug 2019 at 4:42pm

Jet skies would attract big sharks.

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peabo commented Monday, 26 Aug 2019 at 11:21am

So how much did this thing actually cost?

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stunet commented Monday, 26 Aug 2019 at 11:58am

$18.2 million.

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bukz commented Monday, 26 Aug 2019 at 9:57pm

That stupid tram line extension to Burleigh with all the problems it will bring and no real world solution for moving people more efficiently, will cost $670M. With that money they could build more than 40 of these reefs from Narrow Neck to Tugun.

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Surffrother commented Monday, 26 Aug 2019 at 9:04pm

I check out your vids and stuff regularly and you post some good stuff. As someone who has been surfing this exact spot for years, can I ask that you leave it alone? It's not a pumping international break on the world stage. It's just one point on a suburban beach with better banks within a couple of minutes drive in either direction. The idea of having loads of outsiders thinking this is the place to be due to media attention is pretty annoying and potentially mucks with the average but quiet local spot that a few enjoy. Cheers

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boxright commented Tuesday, 27 Aug 2019 at 9:03am

How have you been surfing it for years when it's only existed for months?

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lilas commented Monday, 26 Aug 2019 at 9:09pm

I'm in love already : )

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truebluebasher commented Tuesday, 27 Aug 2019 at 1:27am

tbb-"Wall Street Timeshare Trolley buoys Offshore Bank".(GCB [f] Aug/25th/2019)
No subscription needed @ GCB [f](1 free load & clear history to reread)
https://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/business/development-palm-beach-tow...
Reformed whiteshoe mobster Norm Rix : "With Hi-rise comes better facilities!".
"It's gonna upgrade the whole area & bring it into the 20th century"

Silly old man! Hard to hide the fact that the complete opposite plays out everyday.
Note (Pines Centre is 'omitted' from Tram 'up zone' of Palm Beach/BH/GC Hwy)

State Govt shut down Playroom Venue (No Pokies = No Lease) Deen Bros- KKrash!
Council sold Palm Beach Bowls Club (Senior's Hub) Now Units + Cafe
BHds Catholic Church sold to developers was 3km's now 6km's from Palm Beach

Fed Govt Sold off PB & Burleigh Heads Post Offices (< GC Hwy 10kms >)
State Govt BH Fire Station 3kms > West BH 5kms ([email protected]) (Bilinga-7kms)
State Govt BH Ambulance 3kms is now > West BH 5kms
Firey agrees that Aged trapped in Hi-Rises farthest from Fire /Ambo invites tragedy.

These Big Banks 'ANZ/Westpac/Suncorp' vacated Tugun/PB/BHds now (<20KMS>)
PB Mechanic once @ (19th Ave) now > West BH 5kms
GCHwy south servos (< 11km's >) Were once 5 soon Zero. (1 Nth gone/maybe 2)

(Timeshare Trolley) 8 Trams/hr x 250 (Govt-2031) = 2,000/hr (Train =3 x capacity)
Double Decker Buses (Built @West BHds) Capacity (2019) timetables.
Local -16 buses/hr x 116 = 1896 + Skybus-238/hr + Coaches -118/hr = 2,212/hr
Local Jobz bus betters Tram frequency + greater capacity (Save $b's no Disruption)
Qld made Trains can deliver 3x more passengers than Tram (Govt's own stats 2031)
Trains or Buses can easily press the case for upzones but hardly the Tram.(A Big lie!)

Timetables...(Helensvale 'Nth Tram Hub- Gold Coast Airport 'Sth Tram Hub)
Train = 25 mins (Was '2016' now >2038) Plundered by Mayor to feed Tram clan.
Bus = 53 mins (Cancelled Jan/'18 for utra slow xtown Tram 2018)
Tram = 1hr 41 mins * GC Tram is longest slowest line in Southern Hemisphere.
How Slow? Slower than South Coast Steam Train. Toot! Toot! Move that Tram!
City loses 2.5hrs productivity a day for State Duties /Council Rates piggy bank.

That's not the worst...
All OZ Cbd's offer free City Loop ...all but Gold Coast Tram that devours Tourist's Toll.

GC Seniors get free 'Bus Travel' to hospital + citywide.(Sounds Cool Huh!)
Senior free rides do not extend to Tram's or Trains or Ferries.
Each advancing Tram stop is one less Free Bus Stop for seniors.

Here's the kicker! Trams refuse Buses to shoulder their old prime GCHwy Route.
Seniors either must walk to town or blow pension on Tram.(This is kept quiet!)

eg: Reality of Aged Care Hi-Rise living.
Seniors 1.5km trek to Chemist/Shops, returns dragging Trolley bag in hot sun or rain
Again Senior walks to PB Tram Hub for a bus to Pines Library / Medicare .
Aged Care >Walks > PB > Pines Bus > Robina Bus > S'port Bus > [Hospital] @
8 buses by 5:30pm. If bus runs 5 mins late then gran is left out in the cold.
tbb is not saying who or why but most elderly need to visit the Hospital.

State Govt/Mayor are doing this day by day city wide...Elderly are lost in Transit!
Note: Elderly don't touch on but wave on...meaning they leave no trail? (Not smart!)

Reef Tram Station (Really!) tbb thinks that logistics demand it so @ Maccas!
Florida Garden's Station (Monaco St.) is the sister Station for many reasons.
19th ave also feeds west & also has a Cnr Servo set back just enough for station.

Most other stations side the GC Hwy or centre Single Lanes..(Here centres 4 lanes)
Station @ 4 lanes / Bus Turn / pull up Lanes + Footpaths as 40m across minimum.
19th Ave / GC Hwy is 30m across...See: 7/11 looks up for redo.[P] goes west of site?
tbb reckons that's why Sunland + Aged Care jumped in quick on developments here.
Sure they get a good sell point but also get ahead of the Tram eating into their pie.

[disclaimer] tbb did send a Tram study paper to relevant city leaders last year.
Indeed! A fraction of that appears in above lot...
PS: Any can Google Earth a tour behind the Timeshare Trolley...
40 shops for sale + 20 wastelands + 20 Abandoned sites + 5 rundown sites.
Tram eats glitter-shits out Govt vice trail- xxx/TAB/Chem'/Pawn/XXXX in next shop.
Reminds tbb of a Goodvibes comic strip...Garlic Prawn Reef?

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Erik999 commented Tuesday, 27 Aug 2019 at 8:59am

It's a good right, bit like Rincon, but as everyone sees, it needs t b or hav a left where there are, already so many rights. Also wuldn't it b beta built at a beach that has swell but no form ? Goofies or die ! Glen Murdoch S.A.

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truebluebasher commented Tuesday, 27 Aug 2019 at 11:39am

tbb confirms that an outer right bank did exist here with the former narrower beach.
On big days it stepped down into the 21st ave Groyne's fast Right hollow faced wall.
Overflow would stoke up wide reverse groyne 'natural Left Bommie' @ 24th Ave.

tbb knows so, as he was inadvertently fed back out into rip roaring right-left combo.
Twin peaks combo trawls 600m ...too exhausting for basherz & most boardriders.
Good sized deep patch dead zone between the two was hard to swim out of.

1980- 21st Ave Groyne.1990's Right Stepdown got as heavy as Little Groyne Kirra.
1970-1990's was the best for natural 24th Ave Left Bommie modern era.
1970's Bommie was an iconic Snorkelers Reef as Surfers hardly knew about it!
'70's PB Bommie-Goofs Guy Ormerod,Blacky,Glen (Rocky)Rawlings,Shaper-Veggie.

Today both the Groyne & Bommie are near smothered over with Currumbin Ck sand.

You could say the Reef right is tracing a similar line of 1995-2005 combo era.
Only difference being the Reef will likely choke the natural Bommie for good this time.

As said, the locals will have to shop a new left off Reef. (re: Narrowneck rogue Left).
It will take a while to come on but Palmy is renowned for stoking freak Left Drainers.
What will a 'Typically accidental' Reef Left look like?
(Note: for study purpose only...not for profit!).
Crew thanx 'Sam Fleming' for quality YouTube Surf flick of Narrowneck Reef Left.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCJz_4wpOKY

PS: tbb can't recall a PB Groyne Left break as (South) left side always filled in 1st.
Creek/River Training Walls run longest Lefts & occasionally into mouths.
1990's- 2000 Big Kirra Groyne has a slam down Left on South wall Cooly. Anymore?

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Oliver commented Wednesday, 28 Aug 2019 at 5:36pm

This is sick!

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Gonesurfing commented Wednesday, 28 Aug 2019 at 6:24pm

I love that song by Awolnation. The guy in the vid reminds me of myself when I haven't surfed for two days.

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truebluebasher commented Wednesday, 4 Sep 2019 at 1:07pm

29th July 2019 tbb site update -
GCCC rep...Reef is 80% complete...
(Just the deeper strike plate collar + filling in Top Deck gaps) A couple of weeks tops!

12th Aug 2019 Palm Beach Reef Beachfront Aged Care Tower is approved.(100 >No)
Aged Hi-Rise is most distant to Ambulance [+] Fire services + no beach/path access.
Precedent allows developers to tombstone elderly as Cat 5 barricades...(All say Aye!)

19th Aug 2019 ( Machiavelli ships out of Palmy for the 3rd & final time?)

4th Sept 2019 ...tbb site update thanx to...(Council-crew / Locals / Hi-rise Tradies)

*All confirm that Reef Project finished on 19th August 2019.
*MachiavelIi is now dredging Broadwater pipeline to TOS. ($20m over budget)
http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/documents/bf/Long_term_release_Overview_...
*GCCC 19th Ave workers are excavating [Phase 2.5] {The Reef Dedication Stone}
*GCCC 19th Ave 'A-Line worksite' has Limited [P] during week days.
*Work-site Buoys & Perimeter Flags stay to comply with Marine Safety Guidelines
*Buoys & Flags are said to stay for 3 month leeway as a requirement...(Policing?)
*19th Ave Parking has been capped @ [2P] + School NO-[P]...for Workers/Surfers.
*New [P] Signs are not enforced as of update, most believe they soon will be. (Check!)

PS: Incoming Tide 1m @ 1m Sth-swell & not one set looked like capping Reef.
Life Guard Patrol never bothered the 3 surfers 'breaching' the site on the shorie.
Note: Please feel free to correct any of tbb's 'unofficial onsite updates'...

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truebluebasher commented Tuesday, 17 Sep 2019 at 1:34pm

17th September 2019 (tbb site update)

[ Palm Beach Reef remains closed until Harbours Marine approval ]

*Top boulders were removed to sit reef under the low tide mark
* Locals are still waiting to see if Jump offs are an ongoing option
* All in all the Reef has only shaped up half a dozen times.
*Left hander has shaped up although rare.
*Few hours either side of low tide is still the best

Large commemorative cairn was recently cemented into place

Wednesday 2:00 pm 18th September 2019...GC Mayor cuts the ribbon...
Dedication Plaque is laid to officially declare 'Palm Beach Reef' completion.

tbb & swellnet crew again thank Palm Beach Surfers for sharing info...Cheers!