It is normally expected that in order to experience the thrill of ‘riding the wave’ or surfing, you would have to find the requisite beach. Technology however, is helping to provide the thrill in unexpected locations that also enable a wider audience to experience the sport.
The Wave is an inland surf destination in Bristol where everyone can surf on consistent, safe waves all year round. It brings surfing, nature and health benefits to people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.
Having taken nine years from planning to completion, the surfing lagoon is powered by 100% renewable electricity, enabling surfing all year round, independent of weather and the tides.
Whilst The Wave isn’t the first artificial surfing lake, its Wavegarden Cove technology does make it a world-first, providing up to 1,000 waves per hour – around a wave every 10 seconds – and generating heights between 0.5 m and 2 m. It is the first destination of its kind in England and offers six surfing zones for up to 80 users at one time.
The facility includes a clubhouse, camping grounds, woodland walks and sensory gardens.
The works carried out by Engineering Fabrication Limited involved erecting support steelwork for the main viewing pier which stretches 125 m into the surfing cove and the external steelwork used around the clubhouse and restaurant. After manufacture, all elements were galvanized prior to installation to provide long term corrosion protection.
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