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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.
You can find out more about the project via the website.
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A lake that could provide more reliable surfing than the sea could be built near Bristol. Plans are being discussed right now.