The winning plan from 300 entries was erected at a cost of £6,750 and provided a safe bathing area of 600 feet by 470 feet.
Night surfing proved very popular, made possible by the floodlighting of the beach and net area. The average weekend attendance on the beach was 100,000.
After demolition of the Pier was completed in 1934, the net was extended and secured by four pylons in the bay. The cost of admission was nominal and was able to meet with the cost of constant inspection and repairs. During the war, steel mesh was difficult to obtain and the net had to be removed.