The Wave: Bristol is officially open

October 26, 2019 | Surfing
The Wave: Bristol: this surf lagoon produces 1,000 waves per hour | Photo: Wavegarden

On October 25, 2019, The Wave: Bristol officially opened to the public.

A group of 20 "First Riders" were selected from over 350 nominations to ride the first public waves at the British surf lagoon.

They included Marshall Janson, an 11-year-old boy who lost all four limbs through meningitis, Olympic medallist Jenny Jones, and several European pro surfers including Jayce Robinson, Reubyn Ash, Vincent Duvignac, Ben and Lucas Skinner, among others.

There were also ordinary recreational surfers, environmental campaigners, charity founders, a school teacher and her students, riding the transparent waters for the first time.

The 180-meter long wave pool is the second Wavegarden installment in the country, but the first to feature The Cove technology.

The Wave: Bristol is the first public wave pool powered by Wavegarden's The Cove. The surf lake was filled with 26 million liters of water.

The Wave: Bristol: the lake is filled with 26 million liters of water | Photo: Wavegarden

Open All Year-Round

The £25 million project occupies a 75-acre site, which includes a 180-meter surfing lake, a clubhouse, cafe and bar, surf shop, gardens, woodland, and meadowland.

Twenty-five safari tents will open during spring 2020.

Sixteen thousand trees and 570 meters of new hedgerow will be planted on the site, along with 13.5 acres of wildflower meadowland.

The Wave: Bristol can produce up to 1,000 waves per, i.e., around a wave every 10 seconds. Wave heights start at 50 centimeters and peak at 1.8 meters.

The brand new European surf pool is located on the edge of Bristol, close to the M5, and it will be open year-round.

Depending on the time of year and day of the week, a one-hour surf session costs £40-45 for an adult and £30-35 for a child.

A surfing lesson will cost £55-60 for an adult and £45-50 for a child and includes a wetsuit, boots, and surfboard.

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