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Waiting in vain

October 27 2009 | Artificial reefs, Jim's Blog,
by Jim

The dialog around the artificial reef in Boscombe, England is getting heated. The reef, created by New Zealand's ASR, is overbudget and late. Today, a lone voice called to give Boscombe a chance to prove itself. Ok, we'll wait (it's not as if we have a choice in the matter).

The fact that it didn't break last week or isn't breaking today is side-stepping the point. On any given day the best waves in the world aren't working. The point for the taxpayers who paid for this is "what will the return on investment be for the Bascombe reef?"

Of the total 365 days in any year going forward how many days will this reef have surfers on it? Will the reef attract new surfers from other areas? How will those new surfers the reef attracts impact the local economy?

Sure, we'll wait and see. But one thing is for sure... a whole lot of eyes are on Boscombe.
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