Boscombe Surf Reef 

Europe's first artificial surf reef is in the final phase of tests in Boscombe, Dorset, England. The £1.4 million project will be ready for surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing and bodyboarding next month.

The reef will not create waves, but acts as a ramp which changes the way the waves break and will certainly improve the quality of the surf and produce a long right-hand ride of around 75 metres for surfers, and a shorter left-hand ride of around 35 metres most favourable for body boarders.

During clean, long period swell, the reef and the inshore banks would all be surfable. The reef at Boscombe is designed to provide a grade-5 wave on a day with good swell which is in the challenging range (Hawaii Pipeline is a grade-8).

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Jamie O'Brien conquers the Rip Curl Invitational at Padang Padang 

It was billed as a gathering of the best tuberiders in the world at the best barrel in Bali, and the Rip Curl Cup Invitational at Padang Padang delivered as advertised.

Jamie O'Brien took home the cup in what will go down as one of the most spectacular displays of high-stakes tuberiding in the history of competitive surfing. The 26-year-old surfing sensation from the North Shore of Oahu battled through a field of 16 of Indonesia's best surfers and 16 of the world's top tube riders to meet legendary Balinese surfer and two-time Rip Curl Cup champion Made “Bol” Adi Putra in the final.

“This is right up there with my Pipe Masters and Teahupoo trials wins,” O'Brien said after being escorted from the beach to the winner's podium on the shoulders of his friends and soaked with champagne. “I got so barreled today, this was the sickest event ever.”

Hundreds of spectators packed the sands of Padang Padang beach to watch the show, as Padangpumped out perfect, smoking six-foot tubes all day long.

“It was as good as it gets today,” said two-time champ Adi Putra after the final. “This is the first time I surfed Padangthis year. I wish it was always like this.”

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Courtney Conlogue 

Courtney Conlogue (Santa Ana, CA), 16, took down the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Grade-4 Supergirl Pro Junior today, defeating an all-star Final in challenging one-to-two foot (0.5 metre) surf in Oceanside.

Conlogue, who just last month took down the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-Star Hurley U.S. Open of Surfing, wasted no time in today’s Final, racking up the day’s high single-wave score (a 7.40 out of a possible 10) on her opening wave with two calculated and explosive backhand maneuvers.

“The conditions were really challenging out there today and it was difficult to find scoring waves,” Conlogue said. “My first wave have a pretty good line on it and I tried to make the most of it.”

Today’s win marks the third in as many events for the young natural-footer, who took down the U.S. Open before a world amateur title in Costa Rica, further cementing Conlogue’s growing reputation as a force to be reckoned with on the international circuit.

“I’ve been putting in a lot of hard work the past couple of years and it’s really rewarding to have it pay off,” Conlogue said. “Hopefully I can just continue to improve and keep working towards my goal of qualifying for the ASP Women’s World Tour.

With a Final that included the likes of 2008 U.S. Open winner Malia Manuel (Kauai, HI), 16, top regional junior Sage Erickson (Ojai, CA), 18, and international sensation Nikita Robb (East London, ZAF), 20, Conlogue’s win was no easy feat, and the Californian was rewarded with the biggest junior women’s purse in ASP North America history, US $5,000.

”All the girls in the Final are really close and we’re all pushing each other to surf better,” Conlogue said. “It’s great that Supergirl would back junior women’s surfing with such a big prize purse and hopefully it’s the first of many.”

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