England’s first inland surfing lake opens near Bristol

A select group of surfers have become the first to ride the waves at South Gloucestershire’s new inland surfing lake - the first of its type to open anywhere in the country.

They were selected from more than 350 people who volunteered to test the attraction before it fully opens next month.

Pupils from St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School in Bristol were some of the lucky few chosen to give it a try, while professional surfers from Cornwall were also present.

The Wave is the brainchild of founder Nick Hounsfield, who has spent the past nine years working on the project.

Watch moment The Wave lake is filled with water for the first time:

What a day! It’s amazing to finally be able to show people what we have created and I’m unbelievably proud of our team who have got us to this point.

Nick Hounsfield

Among the first to catch a wave at the lake was 11-year-old Marshall Janson, from Perranporth, who lost his limbs to meningitis.

Marshall pictured his instructor Ben. Credit: The Wave

The Tottenham Hotspur fan described the waves as “powerful” while instructor Ben said he was “stoked”.

I’m stoked. I’m just happy for him. I just wanted to see him surfing and he’s done it. I’ve got to take my hat off to him.

Ben, The Wave instructor

The Wave in numbers:


to build the lake


years in the making


acres of land used near Bristol


litres of water required to fill the lake


jobs created as part of the project