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Topic Title: Sebastian Inlet - Another idea for improving surf
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Created On: 06/20/2024 07:50 AM
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 06/20/2024 07:50 AM
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TunnelVision

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The idea is simple.
Instead of redoing the jetty, we're going to turn it into Snapper Rocks like wave (not the whole superbank obviously).

How?
Used cargo containers - they are really cheap - deployment shouldn't be too bad (cost wise). Likely under $300k project. Shouldn't need a "study" (though they'll try...)

The cargo containers are only 8.5 feet high but they stack...

We going to add some out at the end of the jetty that angle northwest, and then more at the end of that set that angle mostly west, to create a nook out at the end to trap sand.

In addition to the sandbar reshaping from the trapped sand, then wedge off the containers at the end should push through extra energy.

Thoughts?

I think Kelly could make something happen. We need to get him reaching out to the county commisioners...





Edited: 06/20/2024 at 07:52 AM by TunnelVision
 06/27/2024 03:50 PM
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Central Floridave

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We all have dreams! I remember thinking about improving surf spots all the time back when i was younger. Australians have the right idea on improving beaches just for the surf. Here, we just want to protect the condos. Bleh.
 06/28/2024 04:43 AM
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eastcoastersrule

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It's not just Sebastian Inlet that no longer breaks. Steamer Lane's glory days may be over as the point around the Santa Cruz Lighthouse is literally disappearing "The recent erosion may negatively impact the wave quality for high tide south swells at Steamer Lane due to the rocks falling directly into the area where waves typically break during these surfing conditions." Source: Santa Cruz World Surfing Reserve
 06/28/2024 10:53 AM
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crankit

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I always thought about using old or broken concrete light pole placed off the beach perpendicular to the shore.

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 06/29/2024 05:35 AM
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LBLarry

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How should I list the ways that using metal boxes is beyond a horrible idea ..... alphabetically or numerically?

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 06/29/2024 05:58 AM
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SurfCaster

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Originally posted by: LBLarry

How should I list the ways that using metal boxes is beyond a horrible idea ..... alphabetically or numerically?


Not to mention sand arrangement is not really the problem at the inlet, but rather the altered refraction characteristics off the jetty structure. So doesn't really address the problem. The Inlet wave was gifted by accident but is now likely lost forever, even if they tried to resurrect it they probably couldn't. I think our efforts would be better served on the renourishment problem.

I do like the get Kelly involved idea though. I'm guessing there's a few folks on this forum whose phone call he'd answer

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Edited: 06/29/2024 at 06:03 AM by SurfCaster
 07/01/2024 10:20 AM
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matt_t

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A sand pumping station (like pump house at palm beach inlet) would be a nice start. IIRC, it continued to break for a few yrs after the jetty rebuild.. Go back and look at all the old Mama G (RIP) pics for proof. Once they started pumping sand up north on a regular basis it lost its consistency.

Containers would just get destroyed first real power swell comes through. They would be put to better use as artificial reef / fish attractors a bit further out IMO.
 07/06/2024 04:18 PM
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grdsurf

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The sand at Monster Hole is so far out now that it causes swells to refract towards it and aggravates the north angle in which the swell hits the north jetty. It use to be so much deeper on the north side and the beach was much smaller. It would hold way more swell and even handle NE swell direction. I don't think a decent wedge setup will ever come back. It's amazing how weak it is now compared to the early days. Bummer.

Edited: 07/06/2024 at 04:19 PM by grdsurf
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