Sean Wade, 39, of Poole, said: "Since it's been finished there has been no swell at all.
"Our season of surf normally starts September time but with the high pressure we've had nothing.
"Yesterday (Sunday) it was licking - it was really good.
"It's like nothing around the beach here because it's hollow. You don't get a really hollow wave on this coast.
"At the moment the wave is better for bodyboarding because it's so hollow.
Brad Petrus, 24, of Boscombe, who has also surfed the reef, said the reef was "aimed towards advanced surfers".
Surfers give their verdict on the surf reef
He said: "It's a shallow reef and if you come off you're going to hit it. When the tides swing it can change the conditions.
"When it was finished we haven't had the conditions we expected. The last few days have been the first swell we've had."
Councillor Beverley Dunlop told BBC News that the surf reef was part of a "huge regeneration project" bringing prosperity to the area.
"It amplifies the natural wave, if there's no surf the reef can't do something out of nothing, but when there is surf it amplifies and improves that," she added.
"It is value for money because of what it is doing for the area. It will all be paid for, it will be self-financing and it's a hugely successful project.
Tourism chiefs have enlisted the help of a specialist team at Plymouth University to monitor the reef's performance over the next 12 months to assess that it is delivering the surfing conditions expected.
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