The news comes as The Wave: Bristol reveals the location for one of the first Wavegarden attractions in the UK. The company has completed a deal to locate the attraction, which creates ideal surfing waves in a purpose built outdoor lagoon, at Over Court Farm in Almondsbury on the northern outskirts of the city. The 40 acre site will accommodate a surfing lagoon measuring approximately 300 metres long by 100 metres wide and is planned to open towards the end of summer 2014.
Colliers International is the preferred business and real estate advisor of Instant Sport, the Spanish engineering firm behind Wavegarden, and is currently providing market and business feasibility advice to three Wavegarden development sites across the UK located in North Wales, the Isle of Wight, and the Bristol location.
The full-sized demo centre, which launched in Spain this week, is a first of its kind facility which creates the longest artificial surfing wave in existence. It is for industry presentation only and is not open for public use.
Seán Young, Director of Destination Consulting at Colliers International:
“This is a truly innovative and exciting new leisure destination experience. The technology is now proven and the quality of the visitor experience is there for all to see. Our initial commercial viability work suggests the potential for very strong returns given the right location and site. Global interest has been exceptionally strong with Wavegarden exclusivity deals confirmed for 18 sites across the world”.
Wavegarden provides both a beach environment and a world-class surf spot targeted at all surfing abilities. The lagoon generates two perfectly formed tubing waves at minute intervals that peel for more than 220 metres without losing power or shape. The wave quality, shape, and speed are suitable for the highest levels of performance surfing. Once the waves reach the bay area of the lagoon, the left and right hand waves transform into smooth rolling white-water waves; perfect for children, longboarding and surf lessons.
The technology is designed to generate 120 waves per hour with an average power of 270 kW and has proven capable of making waves of any size and length, depending on the size of the lagoon.
Colliers International has been working with developers interested in Wavegarden as a stand-alone facility or as a central feature in large scale mixed-use developments. It is attracting interest as both an anchor leisure destination for resorts or leisure parks, and as a completely new and singular destination built around surfing, wave sports and the beach lifestyle.