England's First Inland Surfing Lake Opens Tomorrow
The lake, which is in Easter Compton near Bristol and is called The Wave, cost around £25 million to build and can generate around 1,000 perfect waves with a height of more than six feet high in an hour.
It's filled up with 26 million litres of water and can pump out a wave at a rate of one every eight to ten seconds.
This amazing new water-based attraction opens to the public tomorrow.
The creator of the lake, Nick Hounsfield, said that he wants 'anyone and everyone' who visits the attraction to have the chance to experience the mental and physical wellbeing benefits of surfing.
Those mental and physical benefits will cost you between £40 and £45 if you're an adult, and between £30 and £35 for children. Those prices will vary based upon the season and the day of the week.
As well as the main surfing lake, there is also a surf shop - obviously - and a restaurant, garden and even overnight accommodation in one of the 25 'glamping' pods located on the premises.
Because the lake is in the Avon conservation area, they've made an effort to make the impact on the environment as small as possible. That means that the pods are all made with sustainable wood fibre, fitted with solar panels, and are timber clad.
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The lagoon is powered by renewable energy and is thought to cost an extra £100,000 each year.
They're planning a second site at the Lee Valley Regional Park in London - used for the 2012 Olympic Games - in the lead up to the debut of surfing at the 2020 games in Tokyo.
Obviously, very few people have the relevant equipment for surfing. That will be available to hire, of course.
Hounsfield is dedicated to surfing and quit his job as an osteopath to pursue this dream, which he claims is about 'sharing incredible experiences'.
He said: "Surfing makes you feel alive. No matter what level you are at, being in the water and having fun is rejuvenating. We are all so busy in our day-to-day lives that we don't take that time out to step back, reset and simply be."
He added: "I wanted to create a place where anyone and everyone can surf on safe waves, all year round, and experience the many mental and physical health benefits it offers.
"The 180m surfing lake is at its heart, but The Wave is not just about surfing.
"It's about sharing incredible experiences with anyone who wants to enjoy them, in a naturally healthy space."
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