(VRfun18) Tahiti in VR – Reef Break Dive in Raiatea ~ Virtual Reality 5.7k 360º

Dive under a reef break wave in Raiatea in Virtual Reality!

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A reef break happens when a wave breaks over a coral reef or a rocky seabed. Examples are Cloudbreak in Fiji and Jaws in Maui. This one if off the shore of Raiatea in the Society Islands, a short flight from Tahiti before you get to Bora Bora.

A reef break may occur close to the shore, or well offshore from the shoreline, breaking in open ocean and petering out before the wave reaches the shore. Examples include Queenscliff Bommie in Australia and Dungeons in South Africa. In Australia these open ocean reefs are sometimes called Bombora or ‘Bommie’ waves, after the aboriginal word for offshore reef, ‘bombora’. Sometimes reefs which occur in open ocean but which do not breach the surface are also called ‘Banks’. The Cortes Bank off California is an example.

A surf break (also break, shore break, or big wave break) is a permanent (or semi permanent) obstruction such as a coral reef, rock, shoal, or headland that causes a wave to break,[2] forming a barreling wave or other wave that can be surfed, before it eventually collapses. The topography of the seabed determines the shape of the wave and type of break. Since shoals can change size and location, affecting the break, it takes commitment and skill to find good breaks. Some surf breaks are quite dangerous, since the surfer can collide with a reef or rocks below the water.

Surf breaks may be defended vehemently by surfers, as human activities and constructions can have unintended and unpredictable consequences which can be either positive, negative, or unknown.