Proceedings of the 32nd International Conference

Supplementary Files

Boscombe reef surfing pictures
Surf Conditions at Boscombe
Boscombe Reef Shoreline Response


multi-purpose reef
coastal protection

How to Cite

Mead, S. T., Blenkinsopp, C., Moores, A., & Borrero, J. (2011). DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE BOSCOMBE MULTI-PURPOSE REEF. Coastal Engineering Proceedings, 1(32), structures.58.


The Boscombe Reef is a multipurpose reef structure designed primarily for the enhancement of surfing amenity at Boscombe, Poole Bay, England. The reef was designed to maximise the small and generally poor-quality surfing wave climate of the eastern English Channel coast. The reef was constructed from 54 large, sand filled geotextile containers ranging in size from 1 to 5 m diameters and 15 to 70 m long with a total volume of approximately 13,000 m3. Construction of the reef began in the summer of 2008, was suspended during the following winter and was completed in the late summer of 2009. The reef is now in service and provides a high intensity right hand surfing ride of up to 70 m and a shorter left hand ride of up to 30 m. Although the reef was not designed as a coastal protection structure, monitoring of the morphological response supports that the reef promotes shore protection through the formation of an inshore salient.


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