Yesterday I stepped out of my comfort zone, and tried a surfing lesson at the newly opened The Wave. I’ve swam all over the world, and met many a surfer on my travels, but I’ve never actually tried it. Until now.
Opened this week, The Wave is an inland surf destination just outside of Bristol where everyone can surf on consistent, safe waves all year round. The first inland surfing venue in the northern hemisphere to use Wavegarden Cove technology providing over 1,000 waves an hour.
We arrived early, it was freezing, and I hoped that the water would warm up to tropical temperatures. But I was firmly assured that once we had all the wetsuit, gloves and boots on, we wouldn’t feel the cold.
Fuelling up in the cafe with a hot coffee and hot chocolate before hand, we were shown around the space. What a club house. Beautiful open plan, cafe. restaurant area, with shop selling surf wear and merchandise. All with wide open views of the lake and the surf.
Wetsuits squeezed on, my god they are thick! And need to be, so that the cold isn’t felt so you can enjoy surfing all year round. Much hilarity as we pulled them on, getting stuck and helping each other out. Wrangling wetsuits are never easy. But essential pieces of kit.
Once outside, we met our surf instructor, Rob. Who took us through the safety procedure and some tips on stance, paddling and balancing on the board.
Soon, we were wading into the water. Thank goodness for those wetsuits. We didn’t feel the cold at all! The state of the art tech, the Wavegarden cove technology is groundbreaking and can generate up to 1,000 waves per hour, ranging from 50cm (1.7ft) to almost 2m (6.5ft) in height. providing a steady wave every 8-10 seconds.
Heading into the middle of the lake, where the waves are less in height and strength, perfect for beginners like us. Rob showed us how to line up, take turns and how to ‘catch’ our first wave. The boys took it it immediately, flying through the surf, loving every second of it.
Dan and I face planted into the water many times, but we still got back on the board and enjoyed every second of it. Both boys managed to stand, and surf into the shore. With whoops and congratulations from our ever positive coach Rob.
The hour passed quickly, and soon we were taking the boards back in. Exhausted, exhilarated and vowing to go back again.
Warming up back in the restaurant we enjoyed delicious burgers and I had a chicken, chorizo and butter bean stew – which was incredible.
We loved it! And want to go back again and again.
The Wave is now open to the public, you can book to surf or to book lessons – head over to their website to find out more.
The Wave, Bristol
Collaboration Note: We were kindly gifted this experience for the purpose of this review. Thank you for supporting the posts that make this blog possible.
Images: Top set by Lou Archell. Surfing images by Cabin.