THE long-awaited launch of Europe’s first artificial surf reef won’t be this week either, according to Bournemouth tourism bosses.

Weather conditions are being blamed for the continuing delay of the opening of the £3 million tourist attraction at Boscombe.

A tourism spokesman told the Daily Echo: “The surfing conditions are still not right for the launch, we can only get a prediction for the next few days and it now looks like the reef won’t be opened this week.

“It’s all down to waiting for a South Westerly ground swell; only time will tell if the conditions are more challenging next week for RNLI training prior to the reef launch.”

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