Boscombe surf reef: come one, let's make it a world class wave

The Boscombe surf reef will be fine-tuned until the end of spring. Europe's first artificial wave located in off Boscombe, in Dorset, has had problems since early days. The quality of the waves was not impressive, the ride was short and it was only reliable for bodyboarders.

After months of public discussion, the Bournemouth Borough Council agreed with ASR Ltd, the company responsible for the installation of the Boscombe surf reef, a complete improvement. The council will pay £55,000 when the work is finished and a further £95,000 if the improvements are successful.

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Surf students: always willing to learn

Eighty students from Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, France, Spain, Italy, Colombia and Japan will participate in the Student Surfing Festival, to be held in Sydney on the 12th and 13th of February. Students from all over the planet will compete in the waves of Curl Curl Beach.

The open contest in a partnership between the Brazilian Surfing Institute (Ibrasurf), STB and Surfing NSW. All student surfers will compete in the following categories: University/Vocational Students, High School Students, Ladies Open and International Students.

The main purpose of this event is to integrate local and overseas students, promoting entertainment and cultural exchange between surfers from different nationalities.

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Bede Durbidge: the speed surfer

GPS technology is about to enter professional surfing competitions. For the first time in the history of official surfing contests, surfers will have the choice to embed a GPS device powered by ‘VX Sports’, in their jerseys and record their speed on each wave.

The Quiksilver Pro and Roxy Pro Gold Coast will test surfers' speed levels, in Snapper Rocks, Australia, from February 26th to March 9th. The ASP World Tour will determine the fastest competitor on the planet in 2011.

The innovative GPS device will bring new excitement levels and be beneficial to training as well. Pro surfer Bede Durbidge has already experienced this thrilling technology. He was clocked at 29.2 kph [18 mph] while doing a massive front side air. "I got to test drive the GPS unit and it was unreal," said Durbidge. "I was so surprised; I couldn’t even feel it in my rashie. It’s going to be exciting to see who the fastest surfer on tour is."

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