Remote sensing, classification and management guidelines for surf breaks of national and regional significance


This website has been created as part of a 3-year scientific research project in New Zealand, funded by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment. The project entitled, “Remote Sensing, Classification and Management Guidelines for Surf Breaks of National and Regional Significance” began in October 2015. The website provides information and resources concerning research on surf breaks in support of their sustainable management. Here you can find out about where and when research is being undertaken, what methods are being employed, and what data is already available.
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  • Ed Atkin

    Ed’s core background is in coastal processes and oceanography, specialising in coastal sediment dynamics, hydrodynamics, wave climate, surf science, multipurpose reefs, and numerical modelling. Read More
  • Dr Shaw Mead

    Shaw’s background is in coastal oceanography and marine ecology, specialising in hydrodynamic and sediment transport numerical modelling, coastal processes, beach management, coastal hazards and sea level rise, off – shore submerged reefs, coastal protection and amenity enhancement, and ecological assessment. Read More
  • Assoc. Prof. Karin Bryan

    Karin is an Associate Professor at the University of Waikato with expertise in surf-zone research; coastal erosion; video-monitoring of beaches, estuarine hydrodynamics and sedimentation; biological-physical interactions in marine systems; and coastal storm hazards. Read More
  • Dr Terry Hume

    Terry has almost 40 years of experience in studying coastal and inner shelf processes, marine geology/coastal geomorphology, sedimentation in harbours and estuaries, coastal hazards and climate change impacts, coastal and estuarine classification systems, and tidal inlet processes. Read More
  • Dr Jordan Waiti

    Jordan Waiti is a PhD graduate from Massey University. He has extensive research experience in Māori Public Health and Exercise Psychology, and has worked alongside a number of Maori communities. Read More


The data being collected as part of this project is freely available for download at Surf Break Data, an online portal of knowledge and information
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The project is undertaking detailed studies at 7 sites in New Zealand: Aramoana, Lyall Bay, Manu Bay, Piha (South), Wainui Beach (Pines), Whangamata, and Whareakeake.
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Please get in touch with our research team if you would like to know more about the project. We are keen to hear everybody’s thoughts and ideas about how New Zealand’s surf breaks should be sustainably managed. Simply click here to go to our contact page.
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Manu Bay Stakeholders Meeting

WORKSHOP DETAILS Date: 25th June 2016 Time: 2pm – 4pm Place: Raglan Town Hall, 7 Bow Street, Raglan, 3225 All welcome.

Whangamata Stakeholders Meeting

WORKSHOP DETAILS Date: 28th May 2016 Time: 2pm – 4pm Place: Whangamata Surf Life Saving Club, Cnr Lowe St & Esplanade Drive, Whangamata. All...

Dunedin Stakeholders Meeting

WORKSHOP DETAILS Date: 14th May 2016 Time: 12pm – 2pm Place: 1 The Esplanade, St Clair Beach, Dunedin All welcome.