I for one can’t wait for the day we have inland surfing locations at our disposal and look forward to trying the waves out and having the option to surf even on the flattest of days. The announcement this week that The Wave in Bristol is going to employ Wave Loch technology to generate their waves excites me even further and here in the UK we will genuinely have all bases well and truly covered.
After many months of studies and discussions the founder of The Wave, Nick Hounsfield has announced the news that they have changed direction and have agreed terms with Wave Loch LLC to use their Wavepool Technology in Bristol. The facility, which is planned to open in 2016, will now be the first full-scale lagoon in the world to use Wave Loch SurfPool technology.
Benefits that Wave Loch will bring to the leisure destination include the ability to pump out 6-8 waves a minute that will break through 3 zones and give the potential for 6 people to ride waves at any given moment. The waves will be generated every 10 seconds and break at a maximum 1.5 meter height giving the opportunity for each surfer to catch 15-20 waves an hour. The wave height is fully adjustable and coupled with the 3 different breaking zones, there really will be a wave for every ability at the surf park in Easter Compton, Bristol.
Other news from the team at The Wave this week is that they have also progressed into the final 10 start up businesses still competing for financial backing from Richard Branson in the ‘Pitch To Rich’ competition. The financial support being offered through Virgin Media Business and this competition will be a huge boost for The Wave and we can all help to bolster their chances of winning. All you need to do is register your vote here and it is worth pointing out that by registering your vote you will also be entered into a competition and one lucky voter will scoop £10 000 – now that’s not a bad incentive to help The Wave eh?
You can keep up with all developments and all the latest news from The Wave by checking out the official website here. Are you looking forward to having multiple inland surfing destinations in the UK and are you excited by the news that Wave Loch technology will be employed in Bristol or so long as you get a wave it doesn’t matter to you where it comes from?
Photo Tom Griffiths