Boscombe Surf Reef

Europe's first artificial surf reef - the Boscombe Surf Reef - is under evaluation after several complaints from local surfers.

The project finished last November, 12 months after the initial plan, needs to be fine tuned as surfers say the waves are too steep, breaking too quickly and the ride is too short.

Also, at low tide, the huge sand bags are too near the surface and surfboard fins may rip off the artificial reef. Dorset surfers think that the perfect waves might kick off if the experts adjust Boscombe's surf reef.

Everyone agrees that the equipment is only suitable for the bodyboarders who do not have to stand-up and bottom turn.


Josh Kerr

A champion was crowned today on the final day of the Rip Curl MP Classic presented by Air Asia X at Duranbah Beach.

There was no shortage of action on and off the beach as the Rip Curl Surfboard Festival kicked off at Marine Parade Coolangatta in conjunction with the MP Classic.

As swell increased for day two of competition so did the surfing performances with competitors raising the level as Australian surfing icon Michael Peterson looked on.

Gold Coast surfers continued to dominate in the tricky 1 metre (3 feet) ENE conditions demonstrating local knowledge at their home break highlighting the importance of a win at the most prestigious regional event in Queensland.


Australia Surfing Team

Team Australia continued its dominance of the junior surfing scene, winning the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Champions for a fifth consecutive year in New Zealand today.

In dramatic fashion, wins to Lennox Head's Tyler Wright and Port Macquarie's Matt Banting lifted Team Australia into the top spot.

Coming into the final day of competition ranked second behind Hawaii, Australia rallied to finish in the lead with 6015-points nearly 1000 clear of Hawaii (5038) in second and the USA (4958) in third.
Australia's win is also their sixth team's title victory since the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship was launched eight years ago in 2003.