"TOKYO (AFP) - Japan plans to build its first artificial reef to respond to the growing number of surfers as more Japanese enjoy kicking back on the waves, officials said Wednesday.
The western prefecture of Wakayama, just south of , plans to make a reef out of natural stones and shaped like a boomerang, which would produce waves of up to 1.5 meters to 2 meters (6.6 feet).
The reef will be built on sand, which will be safe for beginners, he said.
It will be built six meters below the water surface and will measure 50 meters (165 feet) by 4.5 meters (15 feet).
Construction is slated to begin late December or early January 2008, Naka said."
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