England Gets Europe’s First Artificial Surf Reef

by Ella FAIRCHILD on August 26, 2009

When travelers think of England, the first things that come to mind are probably fish and chips, the Queen, or perhaps its notoriously gloomy weather.  Surfing would probably somewhere near the bottom of the list, but that is about to change next month in Bournemouth, as the coastal city is set to open Europe’s first artificial surf reef.

The reef, which will open on England’s southern coast, will be the fourth of its kind built in the world, but the first in Europe.  The man-made reef, which is composed of sand filled geo-textile bags, hopes to increase the quality of waves in the area, making it a potential hotspot for the surfers of the world.  The reef will cause more consistency in the waves, which will make for smoother surfing and an extension of the surfing season.

The reef took over a year and nearly two and a half million dollars to build, but the city Council of Bournemouth thinks that the investment will be worth it, as more than ten thousand surfers are expected to make the trip to Bournemouth to try it out, creating a boom in the sluggish tourism industry.

The reef is also expected to help out the environment by providing a valuable home for marine life.  Such reefs have already enjoyed success in both Australia and New Zealand.

Thanks to the New York Daily News for the information.  The complete article can be found on their website.

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