Nature Gets a Makeover

Pratte's Reef was made up 200 geotextile sandbags, each weighing 12 tons. Wave warbled slightly as they passed by. Then the bags tore open and sand leaked out. It was a monumental failure.

Build the latest high-tech surfboard and you end up with . . . a surfboard. A piece of equipment. Engineered surf is a different story. That humans can alter, improve, and even create the animating force of surfing itself is an idea that has put hardcore surfing futurists into a state of swoon for over 50 years. By the late 1990s, hundreds of projects for enhanced or artificial surf had been care...

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