Latest project of global stoke gets new life with funding
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 11 January, 2017 - Originally slated for opening in 2015 but hit with delays due to a variety of factors, including a change in wave-generation technology, The Wave in Bristol has found new momentum with two key investors.
The project plans to build an inland surf, cultural and lifestyle centre with a heavy emphasis on sustainability that will include a High Performance Surf Centre in collaboration with Surfing Great Britain.
But the project hit snags, as many wave parks have, and many thought the project was done for, kaput. But recently The Wave director Nick Hounsfield announced that the park will be pushing out waves in 2017 and open to public in 2018.
"At the end of the summer we were made an offer for one third of the construction cost by a large investment fund,” said Nick Hounsfield. “This was a really exciting moment for us and it began a momentum, which has not stopped. One month ago, a significant investment fund pledged to stand beside us to see The Wave in Bristol built."
Hounsfield added that they have a number of critical paths to navigate in the first 10-12 weeks of this year before construction starts and to expect a key update in February or March.
The Almondsbury project will create, according to The Wave website: "Perfect waves for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Three surf zones. Head high waves for advanced surfers, waist to chest high secondary waves for intermediate and knee to waist high beginner waves. High performance surf centre for elite athletes and aspiring professionals."