|dc.contributor.author||Peryman, P. Bailey||
|dc.description||This background research report was prepared
by Bailey Peryman for the Gisborne District
Council in the summer of 2010/11.
The report was part of a summer student
internship and has not yet been peer reviewed.||en
|dc.description.abstract||This study investigates what is necessary to identify surf breaks and
their associated values to provide for their sustainable
management in the coastal environment under the RMA.
Surf breaks are a finite natural resource and a source of recreation
for a diverse and increasingly large range of participants.
Approximately 7% [310,000] of New Zealanders are estimated to
surf on a regular basis1. Surf-riding contributes to the well-being of
participants by promoting health and fitness and cross cultural
and intergenerational camaraderie. All this is based on a very
simple experience - riding a wave, in particular a wave with the
right characteristics - a “surf break”. It is said that “only a surfer
knows the feeling”.
Gisborne is as close as New Zealand comes to a surf town, famous
for its high quality, stress-free waves (Bhana 1996; Brunskill and
Morse 2004). The town is made for surfing as far as surfers are
concerned; a wide range and intensity of beach breaks, points,
river mouths and reefs, for big waves and small, learners to ‘crusty
old seadogs’ – Gisborne has it all. The town has a number of
surfboard manufacturers, retail outlets and surf ‘schools’, and is
also known for the number of world class competition surfers it has
produced over the decades (Brunskill and Morse 2004).
The need for recognising surf breaks in policy is important in light of
rapidly increasing demands influencing land and water (fresh and
marine) usage and ultimately affecting the integrity of the coastal
environment. Surf breaks and their users provide a unique lens for
viewing these competing interests given their location in the
‘mixing zone’ – the confluence of both land and aquatic based
effects on the environment.
In order to recognise and protect surf breaks effectively an
understanding of the values, features and characteristics of surf
breaks is required. This is achieved through consultation with
experts familiar with the natural qualities of surf breaks and
consulting people with experience and knowledge about surf
breaks. This process is illustrated through this study.||en
|dc.publisher||Gisborne District Council||en
|dc.relation||Original report available from www.gdc.govt.nz||en
|dc.rights||Copyright © Gisborne District Council||en
|dc.subject||New Zealand coastline||en
|dc.title||Surf break identification and protection in the Gisborne District||en
|dc.type||Commissioned Report for External Body||en
|lu.contributor.unit||Department of Environmental Management||en
|dc.subject.anzsrc||150404 Sport and Leisure Management||en
|dc.subject.anzsrc||050205 Environmental Management||en