In October, The Daily Echo wrote an article, "photos prove that Boscombe Surf Reef works, says snapper Paul Humber." It showed clean, solid waves breaking on Boscombe Reef, generating some 160 comments online. Clearly it displayed what Boscombe Reef is capable of: changing some minds and ruffling a few feathers.
Throughout the fall, Boscombe Reef saw regular swell (by Bournemouth standards) featuring surf contests and continued documentation. One might suggest that had fall / winter 2010 been the 'monitoring period', certain conclusions might have differed.
It's easy to forget that Boscombe Reef is a unique situation, being the only artificial Multi-Purpose Reef to be assessed, reviewed, and documented by the surf community and relayed to the public. As a community, we're writing exciting coastal protection and surf engineering history that is sure to change the future for coastlines around the world.
Now that Boscombe Reef is over a year old, the local surfing community is showing their excitement by continually publishing proof that Boscombe Reef works. The beautiful thing about this situation is that year after year, Boscombe reef will break and surfers will continue to show its performance. It's something we're excited to see at ASR and happy that other surfers can contribute exciting evidence for artificial Multi-Purpose Reefs.