Now that plans have been submitted and the prospect of an inland Surf destination in the UK moves that little bit nearer, we thought we would take a look at the proposals for The Wave: Bristol. Using Wavegarden technology the plans are certainly ambitious and the project aims to create a destination where Surfing and nature combine to create a unique educational centre.
Spread over two adjoining farms the site will host a freshwater lake, where the Surfing will take place and can be used by beginners and experts alike. With Wildflower meadows, picnic areas, woodland walks and a natural swimming pool it certainly sounds idyllic and as the site is to offer camping for up to 25 tents you can begin to picture the scale of the place.
Wavegarden already have a working lagoon in Northern Spain but unfortunately for us mere mortals it is not open to the general public, however the lucky few who have been able to try it certainly give it rave reviews. Capable of producing 120 waves an hour, the wave garden pulses two waves a minute, which produce rides of up to 20 seconds. The wave initially breaks as a hollow point break but as the wave travels into the shallower areas, they flatten into perfect foamy beginner waves.
Sounds perfect doesn’t it? Well not everyone seems to think so. Whilst many landlocked surfers embrace The wave and surfers at breaks nearer to the proposed site look forward to hopefully surfing quieter local spots, others claim we will see an influx of newbies rushing into the sport and causing chaos at the beaches with their new found skills. Some fear what the environmental cost will be to the local area, whilst others argue it is no more damaging to the eco system than Surfing already is, after all we all clad ourselves in rubber suits and ride boards made from all sorts of nasties and we quite happily travel all over the globe spreading our carbon footprint.
Here at Surf Report we are keeping an open mind and look forward to seeing the project continue, hopefully even getting an invite to opening day, but we would love to hear your views. For those who are not familiar with Wavegarden or want to know what to expect then check out the video below and let us know – Are you in favour of seeing The Wave completed or do you have you reasons for objection?