The Avant Garde Diaries

October 25 2011

Michael Schmitz has a unique relationship to water. He's a professional surfer from a country which sits below the sea level. Being a surfer in Holland presents myriad challenges. Surfing on a daily basis isn't a given and the coastline is constantly eroding. The response is Zandmotor -- "An Island in the Ocean."  A sand bar over 100 soccer fields long, Zandmotor is an innovative approach to coastal protection. By wave, wind, & current, the sand bar will spread over 20 years to protect & preserve the Southern coastline in Holland.  All the while creating the best waves in Holland, a wonderful confluence of art and science for surfers like Michael Schmitz. Check out more here