Surfing’s greatest invention since the surfboard?

A concept for a floating dock that lets you walk out on top of the water to where the waves are breaking is set to revolutionise surfing.

Surfing could be made dramatically more accessible by a dock that lets you jump onto waves at the back of a surf break. Imagine how popular it would be at Bondi beach!

Like all great inventions, The Dock is such an obvious idea that you wonder why someone didn’t think of it before. Created as a concept by Canadian boat dock maker Candock and Stab surfing magazine, the floating, flexible dock was towed out and anchored off a Bali beach earlier this year.

In the video above, several top surfers use it to catch waves. According to Candock “Celebrities including Noa Deane, Ozzie Wright, Balaram Stack, Imaikalani Devault, Yago Dora and Mitch Coleborn volunteered to experiment a new way of catching their favourite waves: from a floating dock judiciously held in place and perfectly mirroring the motion of the waves.”

The surfers loved the experience although some reported afterwards that the power of the waves would sometimes make the floating dock snap and turn like an angry eel that you wouldn’t want landing on you.

While Candock points out that this was a PR exercise to demonstrate the robustness of its floating docks under the enormous power of waves, it has undoubtedly set in motion the rise of floating docks for surfing. Once all issues have been ironed out we can see one anchored at Bondi Beach, for example.