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Boscombe Reef, November 2010

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.

Pier with Boscombe Reef in background

Bowl setting up over Boscombe Reef

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.

Boscombe Reef - right

Dropping in on the left

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.

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Isn't one of the points tho, that the Reef should produce waves like these for a certain percentage of days of the year, and that is one thing it is failing on?

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChelsey

Hi Chelsey,

Boscombe Reef can only break swells just like any other reef in the world, it cannot produce them. So it's impossible to say that it can or should produce waves like these a certain percentage of the year. It all comes down to natural swell patterns. If you have any questions feel free to email us.



January 21, 2011 | Registered CommenterNick Behunin

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