After years of planning, permission has finally been granted to build a Wavegarden Cove at Craigpark Quarry near Edinburgh.
The set up will largely mirror that of the Britain’s first artificial wave, located in Snowdonia, with on site accommodation, a cafe and a restaurant, however the complex is also set to include a zip wire, water tubing area, play park, bike track and a snow-sports training jump. Integration into existing travel links will mean it’s accessible from Edinburgh city centre, as well as the surrounding area.
“We are thrilled that the plans for Wavegarden Scotland have been approved.” said Andy Hadden, the co-founder of Tartan Leisure Ltd, the company behind the development. “We believe that this facility will deliver many benefits for the local community and for Scotland by offering world-class adventure leisure amenities alongside a wonderful country park, for walkers, runners and cyclists to enjoy. Alongside this, we expect to create up to 130 jobs and generate up to £11m for the local economy every year.
“Another very exciting aspect of Wavegarden Scotland is the opportunity to nurture surfing and sporting talent. With Scotland’s own surfing team starting to make a mark on the global surf scene, we hope to inspire the next generation of surfers, life guards, and active outdoor enthusiasts.”
Scottish champ Mark Boyd added:
“We welcome Wavegarden Scotland’s visionary project and look forward to practising our sport in safe and consistent waves. Having this facility will give the Scottish surfing team a huge edge when it comes to future competitions, to have this as a base will do wonders for the sport.
“Scotland’s surf scene is growing and we have some exciting home grown talent breaking onto the scene. With surfing making its debut as an Olympic Sport at Tokyo 2020, Wavegarden Scotland will play a key role in encouraging and developing future Scottish surfers and putting this fantastic sport in the spotlight.”