World Wave Project

The World Wave Project designs improved seabed profiles to create new surf breaks while increasing marine habitat and coastal resilience. Our approach sculpts inert areas of seabed to increase viable habitat and produce more waves, ranging from beginner breaks to world-class barrels. Over time we monitor the local habitat to track improvements in ecosystem health, biomass and biodiversity resulting from these optimized seabed profiles.

Rationale

The components that make a good surfing break come together only rarely, making quality waves a limited resource. As the world’s surfing community has grown to over 35 million members, waves around the world have become more crowded.  This has caused surfers to travel further from home in search of an uncrowded alternative to their local break, growing the global surf tourism industry to over $30B USD annually. By designing intentional seabed profiles and using shaping techniques with a positive long term ecological impact, we can sustainably increase the number of great waves, support more surfers and create the opportunity for tourism in the places it’s most needed.  

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Qamea Wave Project

Fiji, and the Qamea area in particular, was selected due to the high number of ‘almost’ surfing breaks in the area, the social and economic need for more tourism and development in northern Fiji, and Fiji’s Surf Decree to become an international surfing destination and create protected marine areas around every surf break. This is a win-win project, given the works lease is temporary (only during construction), once complete the new breaks are open to everyone to utilise and are protected forever by the Fiji government, and there is the opportunity for positive ecological impact by removing algae from the top of inert reef, allowing living coral to grow again.  

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