Main Contractor Appointed for The Wave Bristol  

14th December 2018
Things are full steam ahead on The Wave Bristol and we have recently appointed Andrew Scott as our main contractor for the build phase of the project. With nearly 150 years of experience, the Andrew Scott team has delivered a wide range of public and private sector projects, all of which have been built on quality, innovation and sustainability. We are really pleased to welcome them to the team and look forward to working with them to make our vision a reality. 

Mark Bowen, Managing Director at Andrew Scott Ltd said: 
“We are delighted to be delivering this exciting, landmark scheme as we approach our 150th year of operation. The Wave Bristol will be an outstanding leisure destination, providing fantastic inland surfing for the region and beyond. We cannot wait to get started.” 
The major earthworks on site have been completed and the team can now move on to the construction stage. The 185m long lake that lies at the heart of what we are doing is taking shape and is looking very impressive indeed – we’re pretty excited that in less than a year people will be surfing in the middle of what is currently a field! 
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Surfing Set to Hit the Capital

27th November 2018
We are extremely excited to announce that we are partnering with Lee Valley Regional Park Authority to develop a planning application for a world-class surfing destination in London. The Wave London, would reinvigorate land adjacent to the Lee Valley Athletics Centre in Edmonton, North London, and encourage more people to get outside in nature and get active.

The £40m project would enhance around 100 acres of land in Lee Valley Regional Park and could make London the first capital city in the world to offer an inland surfing destination.

As with The Wave Bristol, the site would allow people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to have a go at surfing, whether it’s a child stepping on a board for the first time, or a pro-surfer training for the Olympics. At the heart of the project will be the surfing lake powered by Wavegarden Cove technology, which creates up to 1,000 quality waves per hour.

The project is at an early stage and a programme of consultation with local communities and interested organisations will take place alongside extensive, detailed site analysis - and subject to the results of this, a planning application will be submitted.

We are currently full steam ahead building The Wave Bristol and can’t wait to open our doors there next autumn. In parallel we will be developing plans for London, working with Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and speaking to local people to make sure our project meets their needs.

Surfing is an incredible sport, which has proven health benefits – both physically and mentally. The Wave London would give people the chance to try surfing and experience these benefits in an urban environment. We want to create a space where people can have an amazing time by connecting with nature, each other and themselves.

Shaun Dawson, Chief Executive of Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, is as excited about the project as we are. He said:

“The Wave London would complement our existing world class sports venues up and down the 26-mile-long Regional Park, including our three hugely popular London 2012 legacy venues providing the best cycling, white water, hockey and tennis opportunities to be found anywhere.

“Lee Valley Leisure Complex was once a sewage works and rubbish dumps. A generation ago we built what was then Europe’s largest leisure centre. Now we hope to bring inland surfing here to create an outstanding new leisure destination for the capital and the region. This marks another exciting chapter in the history of the Lee Valley.”
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16th October 2018

Diggers have been rolling!
4th October 2018
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It’s a massive moment for us here at The Wave - we have teams of diggers and trucks on site. The earthworks team has rolled in and is working hard to build the ground levels, create access and put in services ready for the main construction phase. The project is rapidly becoming a very exciting reality and we are on schedule to open in our doors in Autumn 2019!

We have had a busy 3 months preparing the site. We have carried out extensive and detailed archaeological work, which unearthed some interesting Roman artefacts, including coins, pottery and a variety of ancient relics. These have been logged, preserved and later we hope to display what we have found on site. We have also taken the time to very carefully remove the nutrient rich topsoil and store it carefully so that it can be reused later on, ensuring we get the best growing conditions for our seeding and planting.

Alongside the physical work taking place, the team has been developing a wide range of elements, from food and drink and camping accommodation, to surfboard hire, wetsuits and interior design. It’s all coming together and we can’t wait to share a sneak preview of some of these things with you over the coming months.

In the meantime, we would love your input to help us shape The Wave. We want to give everyone an amazing experience, all year round, in a space where they feel they belong. Be part of our journey, tell us what you’d like The Wave to be by taking our survey. In return for your time, we’ll enter you into a prize draw to win one of five vouchers worth £50. To your favourite store.

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Make sure you are following us on Facebook and Instagram Stories for on-going updates and behind the scenes glimpses of the build as it progresses. 

The Wave Bristol is ON!
1st May 2018
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The Wave Bristol is ON!

- Contract signed with Wavegarden and work starts on site -

The Wave - a visionary project to build an inland surfing destination on the edge of Bristol – is excited to announce that it has signed a contract with its Spanish technology partner, Wavegarden, and has now started work on site. It has also secured the financial backing of Jar Capital Ltd to fully fund the development.

The project will be using Wavegarden’s cutting-edge ‘Cove’ wave-making technology to bring surfing to the city. The Cove technology generates up to 1,000 quality waves per hour, with heights starting at 50cm and peaking at almost 2m, allowing people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to experience the joy of surfing. Whether it’s a professional surfer training for the Olympics, or children getting on a board for the first time, everyone will be welcome at The Wave.

Founder, Nick Hounsfield comments:

“It has been a long, and at times frustrating, journey along the road to realising my dream of building a beautiful inland surfing destination. However we now have land and planning permission, financial backers, the right technology and an incredible team of experts working together to make the vision a reality. It is all systems go and we are now on site preparing for construction!”

The timeline for development and completion will see the lake being ready and pushing waves for a testing period in the middle of 2019, with the aim of being fully open to the public in Autumn 2019.

Commenting on the decision to use the Wavegarden Cove technology, Nick said:

“As those who have been following the project from the start will know, we have looked at a number of different wave-making options. We were searching for a technology that’s commercially viable, with a high frequency waves of different sizes to suit all abilities. It is essential to us that the technology offers a true ocean-like experience. The Wavegarden Cove meets all our requirements and more.”

Josema Odriozola, Wavegarden’s Founder and CEO, said:

"We are pleased to finalise our partnership with The Wave and construct a Wavegarden Cove in Bristol. We know the UK has a strong appetite for surfing and we're confident The Wave Bristol is going to be a great destination for surfing.”

The Wave will be an inclusive destination. It is being designed to ensure it is fully accessible to all and will give those with disabilities the opportunity to learn to surf, or improve their surfing, in a safe environment.

UK Adaptive Surfer, Spike Kane, comments:
“As an adaptive surfer and active outdoors athlete in the disabled community, I could not be more excited about the development of accessible, world class waves within our communities.

“The Wave Bristol has a vision of barrier-free design that welcomes and accommodates absolutely everybody. I believe that it will be instrumental in the growth and development of adaptive surfing in the UK, Europe and beyond, and hope the approach the team is taking will amplify the need for inclusive, creative design and inspire others to follow suit. I know it will be a beacon of light for me!”

Bruce Daniel, Chairman of surfing England, adds:

“Surfing England in its role as the National Governing Body is hugely excited and supportive of the plans for The Wave. We see it as a facility that will promote the benefits and values of surfing to people across all sections of society.
We hope the recent news that surfing is now an Olympic sport will draw more people into the surfing community, with The Wave as a prime example of the “Art of the Possible” for those in in-land areas. We look forward to working with and supporting The Wave over the forthcoming years”

Summing up Nick said:

“Six years ago I was definitely unaware of what it actually takes to make a project like this a reality. The mountainous waves of paperwork that need negotiating, the countless set-backs, unexpected changes and the huge funding requirements. I certainly had no idea of the patience and tenacity needed to drive this venture forwards. It is an incredible feeling to say we are now on site and I would like to thank everyone who has believed in and supported the project over the last few years.”

The Wave Bristol it will be the first full-size Wavegarden Cove facility open to the public in Europe and the second in the world after Melbourne, Australia.

For more information on The Wave visit

For more information about Wavegarden’s technology visit, or checkout this video

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About The Wave:
The Wave© is bringing surfing, nature and a fresh way of thinking to people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.  We are building exciting, sustainable inland surfing lake destinations powered by the latest Wavegarden wave-making technology.  The Wave© will provide high performance waves for technical development and perfect waves for intermediate and beginners too.

Surfing is a rapidly growing sport and with inclusion in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, it is set to grow exponentially. Surfing’s accessibility has been held back by geographical limitations, weather conditions, swell conditions, wind, tide and daylight hours. The Wave© will be able to overcome all these issues to bring perfect surfing conditions for beginners, intermediates and advanced surfers, as well as being the perfect training ground for our elite athletes in preparation for international competitions.

About Wavegarden:
Wavegarden® is a Basque engineering company dedicated to the research, design, manufacture, commissioning, installation, operation and maintenance of wave-generating systems and lagoons for surfing and other water sports. We remain true to our mission to share the exhilarating sensation of surfing perfect waves with everyone in the world, regardless of ability or geographical location.

About the Wavegarden Cove technology:
Wavegarden’s new Cove technology generates up to 1000 quality waves per hour, with heights starting at 50cm and peaking at almost 2m (6.5ft), allowing people of all ages and abilities to experience the joy of surfing. With the potential to host over 80 users at the same time, the Cove has 6 different surfing zones that offer waves of different size and power specifically designed to provide ideal conditions for everyone, from professionals to newcomers picking up a surfboard for the very first time.

IOC and ISA confirm qualification process for surfing competition at Tokyo 2020
18th March 2018
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The key elements of the qualification system are as follows:

• 20 men, 20 women.
• Maximum of 2 surfers per gender per National Olympic Committee (NOC).
• Qualification spots will be earned on an individual basis, by name.
• In accordance with IOC guidelines, the qualification events have been determined in hierarchical order of qualification, as further explained below; If two surfers of a gender have qualified through the first hierarchical order, that NOC will not be able to qualify more surfers of that gender through qualifying events lower in hierarchical order.
• All surfers selected by their respective National Federations for their national teams must participate in 2019 and 2020 ISA World Surfing Games in order to be eligible for Olympic qualification. The final details of the eligibility requirements are still under review by the ISA and the IOC.
The hierarchical order of qualification will be as follows:

1. 2019 World Surf League Championship Tour: First 10 eligible men and first 8 eligible women.
2. 2020 ISA World Surfing Games: First 4 eligible men and first 6 eligible women.
3. 2019 ISA World Surfing Games: 4 men and 4 women selected based on their continent. Top finishing eligible surfer of each gender from Africa, Asia, Europe and Oceania.
4. 2019 Pan American Games: First eligible man and first eligible woman in the surfing competitions.
5. Host nation slot: One man and one woman slot will be guaranteed for the host nation of Japan, unless already filled through the above hierarchies. Should athletes from Japan qualify regularly, their slots will be reallocated to the highest ranked eligible surfers from the 2020 World Surfing Games.

Following a landmark agreement with the World Surf League (WSL) in December 2017, the ISA formulated a proposal to the IOC for the complete qualification system. In the months that ensued, the IOC and ISA worked hand in hand to refine the process to promote universal opportunities for surfers and enable for the world’s best surfers to compete in the Games, arriving at the process that has been announced today.

Discussing the news, ISA President Fernando Aguerre said:
“This is another historic moment for the sport of Surfing, and for all of us who have dreamt of our sport’s inclusion in the Olympic Games. The release of the qualification process is a key step on our journey towards Tokyo 2020 and surfers around the world now have a clear path to their Olympic dream. I am excited to see how these incredibly talented athletes perform in qualification with the target of the Olympic podium now within their sight. This process assures true geographical universality, while providing a pathway for participation by the top professionals.

“Olympic Surfing’s debut at Tokyo 2020 promises to be a unique moment. Together with the IOC and Tokyo 2020 we have pledged to bring Surfing’s vibrant culture and youthful energy to the Games in the form of an Olympic Beach Festival, which will run alongside the competition, and give an exciting dimension to the Olympic Surfing experience.

“We are delighted to continue to work alongside the IOC and the Tokyo Organising Committee to put together the best conditions for Surfing’s Olympic debut. I wish the many athletes from around the world the best of luck as they embark on this exciting journey through qualification.”

Saebass and Stu Kennedy visit Wavegarden Cove
16th March 2018
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Hawaiian pro surfer Sebastian Zietz has been surfing at Wavegarden's R&D center in northern Spain each year since 2014. On his last visit, his good friend and fellow pro surfer Stu Kennedy tagged along for a high performance man-on-man training session. “I have got Stu with me and I am excited to see how it goes”, said Zietz. “And I am more excited to just catch a million waves, cause that’s what I like to do”.
Hailing from Lennox Head, NSW, Australia, Stu Kennedy is considered to be one of the countries most well rounded and stylish surfers. Although Kennedy has travelled extensively, and ridden most of the world's best breaks, it was his maiden surf in a man-made wave facility. “It’s my first time to Wavegarden, pretty excited”, exclaimed Kennedy with a grin. “I have never really got to surf a wave pool, so I am definitely pumped on sharing the moment with Seabass”.
Since Zietz’s previous visit back in 2016, the variety of different waves at Wavegarden has expanded considerably. Zietz tested the Wavegarden Cove just days after the new generation technology was being tested for the first time. At that stage, it offered just 1 type of wave, a tubular slab. A lot of work has gone into expanding the technology’s capacity, and now there are approximately 30 different wave types of all shapes and sizes. “It definitely has got a lot of different waves to it this time”, confirmed Zietz. “It’s nice here because it’s not the same wave. The second and third waves are different. And then when they make it bigger and smaller, that’s different too. So it’s nice to get some training.”

The Wave team at the ISA World Adaptive Surf Championships
12th December 2017
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The Wave© founder Nick Hounsfield joined the English Team for the second year to support them in the World Adaptive Games in La Jolla, California. Find out more about the trip and the success of our English Adaptive Athletes…

The Wave London starts it's journey…
27th September 2017
The Wave London

The Wave© London is coming. The Wave© Team have always had aspirations to deliver their strong and inspiring vision to multiple locations. London is clearly an exciting opportunity with a huge number of residents and visitors and many of the social issues which The Wave© Team feel confident they can help with. More details will be released when ready but the aim is to have a London site up and running by the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The Wave Bristol gets planning approval
17th September 2017
The Wave Bristol

The Wave© Bristol has received full and final planning approval from South Gloucestershire Council to develop their inland surf destination using the brand new Wavegarden© Cove technology. The Wave team can now complete the legal processes and prepare for construction. Exciting times!

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