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Gary McCall's photo of Bournemouth

Europes first artificial surf reef is starting to take shape. http://www.surftwisted.com

Average rating of 3.60 from 20 votes

Bournemouth

Spot Location: UK + Ireland > England > Bournemouth

Date Taken: 9th July 2009. 4143 page views since 11th July 2009.

Swell Rating Primary Swell Secondary Swell Wind (+ Gusts) Weather
3ft 4s 263.26°     11
mph
Mostly Cloudy 64°f
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Luke Gartside Aug 28, 2009 Rating: 0

enough bitchin about the costs, this is a website for surfers yes? so surely you guys would rather have your taxes spent on somthing like this rather than nucleur weapons etc. and for those of you who dont even pay british taxes i dont see what the costs have got to do with you anyway your not even paying them? now lets hope its gonna be as good as they say it is.

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alex_pooly Jul 20, 2009 Rating: 1

why could nt the english build this reaf ,would have been a lot cheaper ?

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rexbomb Jul 15, 2009 Rating: 0

Do you idiots realise the reef was a fixed price contract.How the hell can it double the cost.I think there`s been a lot of bad reporting.Have a look at it.Looks like it`s working now

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bazza Jul 15, 2009 Rating: 2

Leisure Services director Roger Brown said: "We were very disappointed and frustrated by the weather. We had to make a decision with the contractor as to whether to demobilise. We felt to guarantee the future success of the reef that was the best thing to do. The top layer remains to be put on which is fundamental to the reef's performance. We felt the risks were too high so we did suspend the work. Because of these delays across this winter, it will cost an extra £350,000 maximum."

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bazza Jul 15, 2009 Rating: 1

Spending £3.03 million (double the original cost) on a surfing reef in an area which has a maximum of 36% days of groundswell (Janruary) is a gross mis-spending of tax payers money. The council hope to make the money back on selling a number of beach huts and the sale of the car park for the construction of some luxury flats (Barrat Homes). Generally these artificial reefs do not work very well and in this time of economic "crisis", one feels that the money could have been spent elsewhere.

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shifty feet Jul 17, 2009 Rating: -2

Maybe all this focus on the cost of the reef is missing the point.You gotta realise the council is goin to make heaps from all the extra rates(taxes)it can reap in from the shops,hotels,businesses near to the reef.If the reef lasts 20 years?? maybe they will make a massive profit from the whole excercise. Why do you think they allowed it to be built at Boscombe and not Southbourne where the coast needed protection as was originaly proposed? To put it in perspective they regularly spend millions on beach sand replenishment every so many years. Lets just see how it all works out before we get ourselves all in tizz. Hey-if its too windy to surf you can bet the kitesurf/windsurf/kayak community will have a ball!!

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RICHSURF Jul 17, 2009 Rating: -1

Yea and have you seen the 'surf pods' or whatever crap name they gave em - feckin expensive and for a shitty central heated shed - crank it up high sit outside and close your eyes, it could almost be the north shore...suuuurrreee!!!

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nelch Jul 15, 2009 Rating: 1

thing is, imagine how much longer and more expensive it would be to put it in a place that actually gets waves.

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bazza Jul 15, 2009 Rating: 0

Spending £3.03 million (double the original cost) on a surfing reef in an area which has a maximum of 36% days of groundswell (Janruary) is a gross mis spending of

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nelch Jul 15, 2009 Rating: 0

thing is, imagine how much longer and more expensive it would be to put it in a place that actually gets waves.

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RICHSURF Jul 15, 2009 Rating: -1

Bout bloody time! Whats the delay like 2yrs or summit - When I was doin a masters in Bournemouth 2yrs ago some bloke from the coastal group around there gave us a tour of the beach and claimed that the artificial reef could see waves upto 8-10ft! Somehow, I doubt it.

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spongeykev Jul 14, 2009 Rating: -1

that is just a pic of one of those square sting rays in the sea life centre

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Bristol boarder Jul 14, 2009 Rating: -1

HURRY THE HELL UP!!

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Kiwi John Jul 14, 2009 Rating: -1

So when do they turn it on???????????

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Kiwi John Jul 15, 2009 Rating: 1

and I thought only the yanks would be sucked in by my sarcasm, come on guys i'm not that fucking stupid.....unless your return comments are sarcastic, to which i say "TOUCHE"

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mattthemullet Jul 15, 2009 Rating: 1

well theres a problem cos Michael Jackson was due to do the inaugural "turning it on" which has caused an obvious delay... ...seriously though I recomend you go check out the reef's website to learn a bit more about it.

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frenchie_devon Jul 15, 2009 Rating: 0

wait wait, you ARE joking..... right?!

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Kiwi John Jul 14, 2009 Rating: 0

I assume it's solar powered rather than mains!

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Kiwi John Jul 14, 2009 Rating: 0

I assume it's solar powered rather than mains!

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WR_Photography Jul 14, 2009 Rating: 2

you are joking right??

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PSALM 77:19 Jul 14, 2009 Rating: 1

what all is going on here? kayakers out? what is being used to make the reef wish my area is progressive like that South Carolina is very anti-surf seems everything they can think of to deter surfers they implement here they would build a break wall not a reef

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