Surf Secrets Revealed
Artificial Surf Reefs (ASR) co-founder Kerry Black has been profiled by CNN. Black, a former Waikato University professor, has spent the last few years perfecting the world’s first fully adjustable computer-controlled reef. He expects the technology to revolutionise indoor surfing and to potentially turn it into an Olympic spectator sport. “I think the sport is going to change radically,” says Black, who cites environmental issues and overcrowding as already having an impact on its traditional practice. “There are a lot of surfers now. The quality of the surfers has gotten better so we need to have better surf breaks … I think the planet has a really limited number of resources and surf breaks is one of the things that are limited.” ASR’s first indoor reef will be launched at the Ron Jon Surf Centre in Orlando, Florida.