The planned artificial reef at Boscombe, Bournemouth in southern England is going ahead! The whole idea arose from David Weight’s initial research and proposals to Bournemouth Council, dating from 1993. David is a chartered surveyor as well as the Environment secretary for Wessex Surf Club and an executive member of the British Surfing Association – the club felt that David holds certain Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) to the reef project and is entitled to recognition.
The reef group proposed months ago that the reef be called ‘Weight’s Reef’. This was approved at the last two club meetings and ratified at a recent committee meeting.
David has agreed that if the name and title rights are accepted by the Council, David would not sell it other than for the benefit of Wessex S.C. Specifically, this means that if there is another opportunity to get a reef at, say, Southbourne, then David would be willing to sell the name, with the money going into a charitable trust to help fund future reefs.
Construction of the reef has not yet started, but with all the lights going green, Weight’s Reef should be with us by Autumn 2007. The reef will be a righthander offering rides of about 70 metres long. “It should be a fairly challenging break without being too elitist,” says Weight. “It is designed to refract the wave angle so that it will be offshore as far as possible when the winds are from the west. We are hopeful that some ‘harmonic’ effects on the banks to the side and inshore, should create some waves and help provide a increase in capacity. This is much needed following a severe degradation of the beach at nearby Southbourne following re-nourishment there.”
Photo: Boscombe Pier, Bournemouth, UK, where a 70m righthander known as Weight’s Reef should be reeling by next winter. Photo courtesy A1surf.com