North County Times 8/27/12

As the San Diego Association of Governments begins a $22.5 million beach sand replenishment program to repair the county’s eroding shoreline, Surfrider Foundation will do video monitoring to see how the new sand affects the surf.

The organization will videotape surf at six San Diego County surf spots every morning, and enlist volunteers to analyze how high the waves are, how long they last, how long surfers ride them, the quality of the saves, and what type of breaking pattern they follow.

As sand is added to the beaches, it can disrupt the wave patterns, changing the surf, changing the characteristics for which each beach is known. While beginner surfers often gravitate to slower, sloped waves, more advanced surfers would choose fast-breaking plunging or tubular waves, a white paper on the project stated.

The goal of the monitoring program, scientist and Surfrider volunteer Tom Cook said, will be to preserve the traditional characteristics of each surf spot, with the recognition that surfers of varying experience levels prefer different wave types.

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