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World first as The Wave to host adaptive surfing championships

By martin booth, Tuesday Aug 25, 2020

A prestigious national surfing competition is taking place in Bristol this autumn.

The 2020 English Adaptive Surfing Open in October will be held at The Wave inland surfing lake.

The fourth annual competition sees surfers divided into categories of standing, sitting/kneeling, prone, assisted, open or visually impaired.

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Nick Hounsfield, founder of The Wave, said that he has always wanted it “to be truly accessible for all”.

He said: “We designed the place with adaptive surfing at the very core what we want to deliver. I’ve been working with the adaptive surfing community for the last five years, and having the 2020 English Adaptive Surfing Championships at The Wave will literally be a dream come true.”

Ben Powis, ops director at Surfing England, added: “Adaptive surfing continues to go from strength to strength, with the Team England Adaptive crew home to some of the world’s best.

“We’re stoked to be showcasing their talent in the world’s first ever Adaptive Champs to be run on Wavegarden Cove technology with our awesome partners at The Wave.”

The Korev Lager English Adaptive Surfing Open takes place at The Wave on October 3. For more information, visit www.surfingengland.org/2020adaptive.

Main photo: The Wave

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