The West Country is to get its first surfing centre - not on the coast, but inland. Planners have today approved a £6m scheme for an artificial lake, complete with wave machine, on farmland near Bristol.
Its supporters argue it will provide more reliable surfing conditions than the sea itself, as Bob Constantine reports.
An artificial surfing lake in Bristol has been given the go-ahead. South Gloucestershire councillors have approved a £6m artificial lake with wave-making machine on farmland at Easter Compton.
Backers claim it will be the first of its kind in the world offering access to anyone, and could be open by next summer.
England's first inland surfing lake could be given the go-ahead by South Gloucestershire councillors today.
The Wave Bristol hope to create the £6 million facility on land at Easter Compton near the M5. The lake would be able to generate waves nearly 2 metres high, at a frequency of 120 an hour.