Work to build The Wave, an inland surfing destination on the edge of Bristol, has started on site after a contract was signed with Spanish technology partner, Wavegarden. The project has also secured the financial backing of Jar Capital to fully fund the development.
The project will use Wavegarden’s ‘Cove’ wave-making technology to bring surfing to the city. The Cove technology generates up to 1,000 quality waves per hour, with heights starting at 50cm and peaking at almost 2m, allowing people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to experience surfing.
“It has been a long, and at times frustrating, journey along the road to realising my dream of building a beautiful inland surfing destination. However we now have land and planning permission, financial backers, the right technology and an incredible team of experts working together to make the vision a reality. It is all systems go and we are now on site preparing for construction,” says Wave founder Nick Hounsfield.
The Wave is being designed to ensure it is fully accessible to all and aims to give those with disabilities the opportunity to learn to surf, or improve their surfing, in a safe environment.
UK Adaptive Surfer, Spike Kane, says: “The Wave Bristol has a vision of barrier-free design that welcomes and accommodates absolutely everybody. I believe that it will be instrumental in the growth and development of adaptive surfing in the UK.”