Surfers' Paradise UK



Engineers are planning to create Britain’s answer to Surfers' Paradise by

building a massive wave-generating artificial reef off a South Coast resort.

The boomerang-shaped reef - made out of sandbags and stones - would stretch for hundreds of yards, and generate big surfing waves at the site at Compton Bay, Isle of Wight.

It would be the first reef of its kind in the country, and is aimed at turning the west coast of the Isle of Wight into Britain's surfing Mecca.

Hertfordshire-based quantity surveying firm Curry and Brown is behind the project - and says it will also benefit shore fishermen and cliff stabilisation.

oceanographers and surveyors have submitted a four-page proposal on the scheme to the local council.

The reef is specially-designed to force incoming waves upwards to break over it, and would also create a lagoon for shore fishing.

The man behind the proposal, David Weight, of Curry and Brown, said artificial reefs had been tried in California, New Zealand and Australia, with some success.

"The surf around the Isle of Wight in the winter is every bit as good as that found in Cornwall during the summer. The bigger waves created by the reef would make this site even more attractive to surfers.”

Mrs Jill Fryer, secretary of the local surf club said: "Surfing is a year round sport now, and because of the advances in wet suits it is possible to go surfing even on the coldest day of the year. If the scheme is right Compton could become the prime surf spot for the whole of the south east..”