Last month we heard about The Wave in Bristol getting planning permission, and this week we’ve seen work start on the new locations in Bristol and Snowdonia. These surfing areas on land will be able to host International Surfing Association finals, and this is made easier thanks to waves that will be guaranteed all year.
There’s also predictions being made about surfing becoming an Olympic sport, which would be possible thanks to this new surfing lake in Bristol and Snowdonia. The technology allows for consistent waves created artificially in purpose-built areas.
Over 20 million people love to surf globally, although the ability to make this an Olympic sport has in-part been hindered by the lack of guaranteed waves. There’s a number of countries delivering great surf, but even they lack the ability to guarantee it during the Olympics.
Australia will also create five inland surfing lakes, but it’s the UK bringing regular inland waves first with public operation expected in 2015. You will likely see other wave generation systems like this appear in China, Russia, Portugal, Morocco, and Hawaii in the coming years.
What’s your thoughts on surfing lakes in Bristol and Snowdonia? Would you love to see surfing become an Olympic sport?
The Bristol surfing lake will be able to deliver around 12/13 waves every hour at about two metres high. There’s also a plan to offer night competitions with hi-tech lighting technology, although this is still under consideration.