London could be the first capital city for ‘inland’ surfing

London could be the first capital city for ‘inland’ surfing

Surfers Jessica Rowe, Veranika Lim, Sophie Hellyer and Frank Hodgson cross London's Millennium Bridge. Image: John Nguyen/PA

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

London could become the first capital city in the world to offer inland surfing under plans being drawn up.

The £40 million project is based on 100 acres of land in the Lee Valley Regional Park and would target people of all ages and abilities, from a child trying surfing for the first time, to someone training for the Olympics.

The Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and surfing firm The Wave said the scheme would bring visitors and jobs to the area in North London.

Consultation with the local community will take place before a planning application is submitted.

Shaun Dawson, chief executive of Lee Valley Regional Park Authority said: "These proposals have the potential to create a stunning new regional leisure hub bringing health, fitness, sport and outdoor activities to millions of people along with many new jobs.

"This leisure development would complement our existing world class sports venues up and down the 26-mile-long Regional Park, including our three hugely popular London 2012 legacy venues providing the best cycling, white water, hockey and tennis opportunities to be found anywhere."