2020 English Adaptive Surfing Open at The Wave is ON

We are so excited to today bring you the news that the 2020 Korev Lager English Adaptive Surfing Open is ON… and at The Wave in Bristol! – we are beyond stoked.

Rumours have been rippling through the Adaptive Community about the location of this event and we are incredibly proud to officially announce The Wave as our 2020 hosts, a world class venue where accessibility and inclusivity has been at the forefront of its design and strategy since day one.

This is a first for Surfing England and The Wave as they host the iconic event for 2020. The Wave have been committed to supporting Adaptive Surfing for the past 4 years, enabling us to run the competitions and supporting Team England Adaptive at the ISA World Para Surfing Championships (formally ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships).

We are now on the 4th English Adaptive Open, an event which has grown exponentially over the last 4 years and is well recognised by International Athletes. We are proud for all that has been achieved, and especially excited for 2020 to deliver this at The Wave.

Nick Hounsfield, founder of The Wave shares the stoke; “Ever since I started to think about creating The Wave, I knew that it had to be truly accessible for all. 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 5 years, and having the 2020 English Adaptive Surfing Championships at The Wave will literally be a dream come true – both for me but also for all our staff and supporters who have helped build my vision for The Wave. We can’t wait to host this amazing event!”

Founder of The Wave Nick Hounsfield sharing the stoke with Surfer Ethan Jolosa. Background, surfers Llewellyn Sponge Williams and Charlotte Banfield. Photo: ImageCabin

Ben Powis, Ops Director at Surfing England says “Adaptive surfing continues to go from strength to strength, with the Team England Adaptive crew home to some of the world’s best, and 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.”

Team England Adaptive Manager Andy Joyce states “it’s such fantastic news that the event is going ahead after so many others have been put on hold. On behalf of the surfers and support team I’d like to thank The Wave for supporting adaptive development and creating this opportunity to develop our social and community bonds.”

This is a ground-breaking event that will showcase homegrown and international talent. Every surfer that will travel to the event will have their own story, which shapes the event to make it one of the most unique and exciting in the World. This is an incredible marker for English Surfing.

History will be made on Saturday 3rd October as we host the first English Adaptive Surfing competition on an artificial wave – see you there.

  • What: 2020 Korev Lager English Adaptive Surfing Open
  • When: Saturday 3rd October
  • Where: The Wave, Bristol

The Contest will run on the Advanced Setting of The Wave, and also the Beginner section on the inside of the pool. This caters for all levels of surfers to be able to enter and join us for the day!

Important information released on Contest Format and Entry: https://www.surfingengland.org/2020adaptiveinfo

Surfer Bruno Hansen cruising on a right. Photo: Global Shots

Thanks to Team England Adaptive Team Manager Andy Joyce, Head Coach Matt Harwood and Director of Stoke Spike Kane for the support.

Thank you to our Event Partners; The Wave, Korev Lager, Caravan and Motorhome Club, dryrobe, Surfdome, PADSTOW ROCKS, Shower in a Can, Clarke Willmott, Panoptic Motion, The Wave Project, Surfability UK CIC

For all Event enquiries, including Commercial Sponsorship, please email: hannah@surfingengland.org

For more information on The Wave & to book a surf, visit: www.thewave.com

Please note the Event will run with considerable COVID19 measures and Risk Assessments in place. In the instance of further lockdowns or changes in Government guidance Surfing England and The Wave hold the right to cancel.

Its all friendly until the waves roll through. English and Welsh Adaptive surfers waiting for the next set. Photo: The Wave

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