Surfing lake in Bristol to go ahead

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.

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Crowdfunding campaign hits target for inland surfing lake

A crowdfunding campaign in Bristol has hit its £150,000 target seven days early.

The Wave Bristol is now close to achieving its aim of creating an inland surfing destination on farmland near the M5.

An artificial lake powered by a wave machine will allow people to try out surfing without heading to the coast, and supporters of the project argue that the lake will provide more reliable surfing conditions than the sea.

The space will also include gardens, a natural swimming pool and an education centre, as well as a training space for future surfing stars.

The crowdfunding campaign has been backed by more than 600 people so far, who have pledged donations in return for rewards like limited edition t-shirts, free surfing lessons, or a place in the digging party which will break ground on the new lake.

We are completely blown away by the sheer number of people that have got behind our project. Thanks to these amazing supporters we have reached our Crowdfunder target with a week to go! With their help we can now kick-start our sustainability aims and make waves of positive change in Bristol. We still have a week to go and we can't wait to see if we can really smash the original target.

– Nick Hounsfield, founder

You can find out more about the project via the website.

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