Location : Sri Aman, Sarawak, Malaysia.
A tidal bore occurs along a coast where a river empties into an ocean or sea. A tidal bore is a strong tide that pushes up the river, against the current. A tidal bore is a true tidal wave. A tidal bore is a surge. A surge is a sudden change in depth. When a channel suddenly gets deeper, it experiences a positive surge. When a channel suddenly gets shallower, it experiences a negative surge. Tidal bores are positive surges.
Not all coasts feature tidal bores. In fact, there are few places where tidal bores occur. The river must be fairly shallow. It must have a narrow outlet to the sea. However, the estuary, or place where the river meets the sea, must be wide and flat. The coast’s tidal range – the area between high tide and low tide – must be quite large, usually at least 6 meters (about 20 feet). When all of these conditions are met, a tidal bore is formed. (National Geographic)
How I wish the organiser could be more creative in drawing repeat customers like me. Perhaps, they should make available boats for people to experience the thrill of riding the wave and charge a fee. I would be the first customer if there was such a service provided. Most visitors would rather be part of the wave than just mere spectators. Besides it’s a business opportunity for the local boat owners as well.
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