Nick Hounsfield is founder of England’s very first artificial surfing lake, The Wave. Based near Bristol, the £26m man-made lagoon uses Wavegarden cove technology to generate up to a thousand waves per hour.
The lake – based on a 70 acre farmland site – opened in 2019, and a second site is anticipated in London. The Wave has just launched a new project in which children from the Greater Bristol area with poorer mental health will be able to try surf therapy on prescription from their GP.
Hounsfield tells The Guardian he wanted to create a health and wellbeing destination “that was safe and cohesive,” open to people who might feel excluded through “disability, illness, age, gender, background, income, fears.”
The osteopath, surfer and entrepreneur is also a Director of both Surfing England and British Surfing, which leads the British Surfing Team through qualifications to the Olympics.
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