The BBC reported that the $45 million dollar project is “based on the success of the Surf Snowdonia artificial surfing lake in Wales. ” The company planning the project estimates that it will attract 500,000 visitors annually.
Well, some of those who enjoy surfing artificial waves and live in the south coast town of Bournemouth are, anyway, following the announcement of a new surf resort called “Lagoon Project”.
Boscombe Surf Reef was eventually damaged by a boat propellor, declared “unsafe” in 2011 and left to ruin 750 feet out to sea.
British paper, The Times, called the bizarre fiasco “The $4 Million Wipeout” and officially declared Bournemouth’s surf dream dead.
The $4 million project was expected to enhance the town’s waves in hopes to create a British surfing hub that would restore the local tourism economy–which peaked in the Victorian era (1837-1901). The plan failed.
Hopefully, the Lagoon Project will resurrect Bournemouth’s surf dream and have a much happier ending this time around, at least for those willing to pay for waves.
Read more here: Surfer Mag