Wavegarden UK is under fire in Bristol

January 20, 2012 | Surfing
Wavegarden: the Bristol view

The first public official artificial wave park in the world is being attacked by environmentalists, authorities and residents of the city of Bristol.

Wavegarden UK, which has been announced for the British coastal city for spring 2013, is being accused of promoting large commercial food or drink companies in the surf pool projected for the Avon Gorge area.

The "Friends of Avon Gorge" believe the site is not suitable for a commercial venture and that the artificial surfing installment will threaten the local wildlife.

The Wavegarden Bristol is an idea of Nick Hounsfield and Tobin Coles, supported by Chris Hines. The entrepreneurs defend the surf park and the absolute respect for Nature.

"For us, the surrounding gardens will be equally important as the wave and will be specifically designed to provide a healthy, educational and sensory experience", says Nick Hounsfield.

The entire plan features a botanical garden a sensory garden, as well as the typical facilities that are frequently seen in any sports centre: a changing room, a cafe and several public indoor spaces.

The Bristol Wavegarden artificial wave project is £5 million investment. If you support the construction of a surf park in the British city, sign the petition.