The UK’s first inland surfing lake opened recently, and kicked off in style with an opening ceremony to mark the occasion.
A group of 20 first riders were selected from over 350 nominations to ride the very first public waves in Bristol.
There were people from all walks of life in the line-up including an 11 year old boy who lost all four limbs through meningitis, Olympic medallist Jenny Jones, environmental campaigners, members of the public that had overcome adversity and British surf legends.
The 25 million pound complex is the brainchild of Nick Hounsfield and Craig Stoddart, who believe it will create the opportunity for people to battle health issues with activity, and a closer connection with nature.
Commenting on the day, Nick said “It’s amazing to finally be able to show people what we have created and I’m unbelievably proud of our team who have got us to this point. Seeing our First Riders today has made all the hard work well and truly worth it.”
“I feel incredibly privileged and grateful to be part of this, as well as excited about the potential we have to bring greater health and happiness to people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.”
“I wanted to create a place where anyone and everyone can surf and on safe waves, all year round, and experience the many mental and physical health benefits it offers.”
The Wave boasts an incredible surf experience, with few crowds and up to 1,000 waves per hour.
It can provide a small swell for beginner surfers who are just getting a grasp of the sport, or 6ft+ hollow beasts for veterans looking for a new form of excitement.
Every aspect of the surfing experience, from perfect waves and supportive coaching, to tried and tested wetsuits and boards, has been designed to ensure that surfing really is fun for everyone.
As the site develops it will also offer beautiful gardens, meadowland, woodland and family-friendly camping, opening in spring 2020.
If you’re new to surfing, lessons are on offer and with waves coming regularly and in perfect form it promises a fantastic way to gain experience.