Artificial Surf Reef 

Europe’s first artificial surf reef is currently being built in Boscombe, Bournemouth this year and is set to put Bournemouth firmly on the UK surf map.

The reef acts as a ramp which changes the way the waves break. The reef will improve the quality of the surf and produce a right-hand ride of around 75 metres.

As a result, the number of good surfing days will increase. Bournemouth already has an established surfing community, but the reef will draw more visitors to the area, enhancing the water sports on offer which includes kite-surfing, windsurfing, wake-boarding, kayaking, SCUBA-diving, sailing and skim-boarding.

The licence to build the reef was granted by the Marine and Fisheries Agency in December 2007. Land-based construction started on the reef 16th July 2008 with the rolling out of the geo-mat which is the base layer of reef and prevents the reef from sinking into the seabed and being moved by the force of the sea. Weather permitting, the reef is anticipated to be completed by the end of October 2008 surf season. To monitor the progress and view regular updates of the reef, visit www.thesurfreef.co.uk

Specialist construction material for the reef, the ecologically sound geo-textile bags came from Australia, with the webbing base from New Zealand.

Roger Brown, Head of Leisure Services at Bournemouth Borough Council, says: “The area of Bournemouth and Poole already has an excellent reputation as a leading water sports destination, however the reef will make surfing in the UK far more accessible. What we are providing is a good surfing break, in a cosmopolitan, thriving resort alongside great facilities and award-winning beaches.”

Boscombe is currently enjoying an £10million make-over. Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway MBE are designing luxury beach huts in the Overstrand complex, on Boscombe promenade, offering all the mod-cons expected by the 21st century surfer and holiday maker.

Boscombe Victorian Chine Gardens have been transformed, Boscombe Pier end has been demolished and rebuilt and the seafront is being re-landscaped. The surf reef and super beach huts will be accompanied by a surf retail outlet, a surfing school and a glass-fronted restaurant offering fantastic panoramic views of Bournemouth and the Solent. There will also be a catering outlet selling good-quality food-to-go, an RNLI beach lifeguard station, changing rooms, toilets and warm showers, all contributing to the major transformation of Boscombe seafront.

For more information visit www.thesurfreef.co.uk or call Bournemouth Tourism on 0845 051 1700.

Please note – the surf reef will not generate waves, but will amplify the existing surf. It has been reported that the reef will create 13ft waves. This is not correct as the surf reef is expected to increase the size and improve quality of the existing surf.


SOURCE: Bournemouth Surf Reef

Kelly Slater

The standard of surfing at the Boost Mobile Pro pres. by Hurley was nothing short of electrifying today, but per usual, it was eight-time ASP World Champion and ratings leader Kelly Slater (USA) who stole the show.

With a 9.17 and 9.60 in his Round 4 scoreline, Slater had opponent Kieren Perrow (AUS) needing a combination of scores to beat him with half the heat to go. Still, with 20 seconds remaining, Slater pulled out all the stops and stamped his authority on the heat by posting the first and only perfect 10 of the event thus far.

“I’m not sure it was a 10 – it was a good ride though,” Slater said with a smile. “There was some bump on it, but I was able to get just steep enough in the pocket to get a vertical bang on it and I got that reverse at the end and stuck it.”

Slater surfed twice today, beating wildcard and former ASP World Champion Sunny Garcia (HAW) in Round 3 and then Perrow in Round 4. His upcoming quarterfinal opponent Bobby Martinez (USA) was among a bevy of standout surfers today.

Martinez made his heat with a 9.87 and 8.50 to find himself matched up with the Slater, the two-time and reigning Boost Mobile Pro Champion. The two recently went head to head in Fiji, with Slater victorious there, but barely.

“The surfing has been great,” Slater said. “There was some really good surfing in the heat before mine with Bobby (Martinez) and Kai (Otton). Bobby just ended up out-classing him, so we’ve got a rematch now. I’m not sure how I want to approach it just yet – maybe just like that last heat. Lay it on rail.”

Slater’s pick for form surfer of the event – Dane Reynolds (USA) – wowed again today and took out World No. 2 Joel Parkinson (AUS). Currently campaigning for a record ninth world title, Slater was obviously pleased about that, but isn’t letting his guard down. Always the mathematician, he is already looking at how the ratings will change when the surfers start to their two low results – only 9 of 11 events count toward an ASP World Tour surfer’s final tally.

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Rebecca Woods

Rebecca Woods (AUS), 23, has defeated fellow ASP Women’s World Tour campaigners Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 20, and Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS), 23, as well as Brazilian icon Tita Tavares to claim the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 4-Star Billabong Girls Rio.

Woods with 8.83 single-wave score bested her fellow finalists, earning the event title and moving up to No. 2 on the ASP WQS.

“I got heaps of waves on my head when I was paddling out and I was thinking ’Please God send me a good one’ and it came," Woods said. "I am stoked because the heat was really hard. It was my first time facing only ASP World Champions in the same heat and definitely gives me a lot of confidence and a good value for my victory."

“This result gave me a lot of confidence for ASP Women’s World Tour event which will happen in the next few days here in Rio de Janeiro," Woods said. "I am enjoying Rio de Janeiro, it’s my first time here. The city is beautiful, good waves. I just hope the sun will come up tomorrow and the conditions get better on the next days."

Woods claimed the ASP WQS in 2005 while fellow Australian Miley-Dyer followed suit the following year. Gilmore is the reigning ASP Women’s World Champion and the Final was rounded out by former ASP Women’s World Tour campaigner Tavares, who led in the beginning, but was unable to maintain throughout the Final.

"I am stoked," Gilmore said. "I didn’t know about this guest place in the ASP Women’s World Tour event, but Rebecca got the best wave and won. It’s my first time in Rio, and I like the waves here. I would like to surf in Prainha, where I know the waves are stronger and I hope to have time to visit the tourists place in Rio."

Tavares receives a wildcard into this week’s Billabong Girls Pro Rio, event No. 4 on the ASP Women’s World Tour.

The Billabong Girls Pro Rio will be webcast LIVE via www.billabongpro.com/rio08

BILLABONG GIRLS PRO RIO - ASP WQS 4-Star

FINAL
1 - Rebecca Woods (AUS)
2 - Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
3 - Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS)
4 - Tita Tavares (BRA)

SEMIFINALS
1: 1-Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 2-Tita Tavares (BRA), 3-Silvana Lima (BRA), 4-Tais de Almeida (BRA)
2: 1-Rebecca Woods (AUS), 2-Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS), 3-Nicola Atherton (AUS), 4-Monik Santos (BRA)

QUARTERFINALS
1: 1-Taís de Almeida (BRA), 2-Silvana Lima (BRA), 3-Krisna de Souza (BRA), 4-Valeria Sole (PERU)
2: 1-Tita Tavares (BRA), 2-Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 3-Melanie Redman (AUS), 4-Juliana Quint (BRA)
3: 1-Rebecca Woods, 2-Jessi Miley-Dyer, 3-Samantha Cornish, 4-Layne Beachley (AUS)
4: 1-Nicola Atherton (AUS), 2-Monik Santos (BRA), 3-Serena Brooke (AUS), 4-Gabriela Teixeira (BRA)

CURRENT ASP WOMEN’S ASP WQS RATINGS:
1: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) – 9.695 points
2: Rebecca Woods (AUS) – 7.855
3: Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) – 7.520
4: Rosanne Hodge (AFR) – 7.415
5: Paige Hareb (NZL) – 7.120
6: Bruna Schmitz (BRA-PR) – 6.790
7: Jacqueline Silva (BRA-SC) – 6.725
8: Alana Blanchard (HAV) – 6.695
9: Laurina McGrath (AUS) – 6.645
10: Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) – 6.155
10: Bethany Hamilton (HAV) – 6.155


SOURCE: ASP