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England’s first inland surfing lake opens near Bristol

Marshall Janson, from Perranporth, was one of the lucky few invited to try out the new surfing lake. Credit: The Wave

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.

Seeing our first riders today has made all the hard work well and truly worth it. I feel incredibly privileged and grateful to be part of this, as well as excited about the potential we have to bring greater health and happiness to people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

– 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:

£25m
to build the lake
9
years in the making
75
acres of land used near Bristol
26m
litres of water required to fill the lake
90
jobs created as part of the project