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The Wave: IOW 'could attract surf visitors'

Fri 8 Feb 2013

The Wave: IOW 'could attract surf visitors'

The Isle of Wight is well known for its excellent surfing, but with waters around the island particularly cold during parts of the year, a new attraction could soon be drawing surf enthusiasts to the island.

Unveiling new plans for The Wave: IOW, co-founder of the company Tobin Coles said the island could be the perfect place to set up a new in-land wave centre, with the firm's technology able to transform still water into waves of up to 1.6 metres.

He told the Isle of Wight County Press: "The Isle of Wight is a great fit for The Wave - it is rural, has a resident surfing community but also attracts a good influx of tourists every year.

"We are in discussions with a number of key organisations, such as the council and Wightlink, regarding the project but can now confirm that it is definitely our intention to create The Wave: IOW."

He added that the firm is now in discussions with a number of key organisations about opening a new facility in the coming months, with The Wave: IOW likely to prove popular with sports enthusiasts and surfers from across the UK and beyond.

Stuart Love, strategic director of economy and environment for the Isle of Wight Council, added that the island has a long history of outstanding outdoor activities and the launch of this latest venture will only add to that appeal.

Individuals keen on an active getaway while visiting the Isle of Wight might also like to head along to one of the many sports facilities that have recently been updated across many parts of the island.

The Heights in Sandown and Westridge Leisure Centre in Ryde are just some of the many gyms and centres that have seen improvements over recent months.

John Metcalfe, Isle of Wight Council deputy director for economy and environment, said: "It is very pleasing to see the public embracing the new facilities ... and I am sure the number of memberships will increase even more once the first phase of refurbishment ... is completed."ADNFCR-3083-ID-801537698-ADNFCR

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