About Boscombe

Just a short walk east from the pier at Bournemouth, this is the spot that put the spear in the heart of the artificial reef concept. With the reef now gone, the sand still forms banks either side of Boscombe Pier, producing fairly average waves, except in a rare huge W or big SW groundswell when it can get very good. Picks up a bit more swell than Bournemouth.

Source: Boscombe Surf Guide

Ability Level

Beginner - intermediate

Beg Int Adv

Good for all, especially when small.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Competitive but mostly relaxed.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Popular spot with both locals and travelling surfers. Tight take off area. Be respectful and wait your turn.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Mostly average waves from windswells, but can have some excellent days when a rare groundswell arrives.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

OK, rip by the pier.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

OK - can be sewage after heavy rains.

Additional Information


Rips, crowd, pier.


Limited parking in the Overstrand car park.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard, bodyboard, bodysurfing



Best Season

September - February are best when the big swells roll into the Channel.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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