We know that the surf breaks adjacent to the port are important to local surfers.
Using the best modelling tools available, any potential changes to the size and quality of these surf breaks due to the development of 6 Wharf were assessed using internationally-recognised criteria — specifically, the wave qualities that are important to surfers or the ‘surfability’ of the waves.
The results show that the design will successfully retain the existing character of the surf breaks and that port development and local recreational activities can continue to co-exist. We’ve worked with local surfers to outline how the research has been carried out and to hear their views.
For specific details on our surf break investigation work and outcomes refer to Volume 1: Section 15.3.4, Surfing, of the Assessment of Effects on the Environment, which can be downloaded from the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council website here. Further details can be found in Appendix D to the AEE, section 6.