Manmade Surfing Lake Opens Just Outside Cardiff


After 10 years of planning, a huge £25-million surfing lake opened last month in Easter Compton. The site expects to see a multitude of professional surfers train there regularly.

‘The Wave’ creates up to 1,000 waves per hour, of varying sizes using state-of-the-art technology. Until now, only one other full-sized location in Europe has used this technology. Located in Bristol, ‘The Cove’ was the second of its kind in the world, after the original in Melbourne.

The lake is designed so that both beginners and professionals can use it, with waves ranging from 50cm to 1.8m in height.

Creator of ‘The Wave’, Nick Houndsfield, said that It was created with environmental consciousness. It runs completely on renewable energy.

The site also has plans for 16,00 trees and 13.4 acres of wildflower meadowland.

The Wave seen it’s first visitors on Friday 25 October. The first riders were picked from over 350 nominations. First guests included Jenney Jones, Olympic medallist.