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Surfing has become global and Scotland is jumping on board

Andy Haden

By Andy Hadden, co-founder of Tartan Leisure Ltd, developer of Wavegarden Scotland, and director of the Scottish Surfing Federation

As a surfing ambassador in Scotland, and at the board of directors of the Scottish Surfing Federation, I take every opportunity to spread the word about our emerging scene internationally.

Recent trips to Switzerland, a landlocked country in Central Europe, have remained unchanged thanks to breakthrough artificial wave technology at Wavegarden’s state-of-the-art facility, Alaia Bay. However, surfing in the Swiss Alps forced me to walk 7,000 miles away to a place called Turigasaki Beach, where a monumental moment is about to come this weekend. Surfing is finally recognized as a sport when the late Tokyo 2020 Olympics begin.

Audiences around the world are looking forward to finally seeing the extraordinary level of skill needed to perform at the highest levels of surfing and being inspired by these highly talented athletes.

Like many Scottish people, I’m proud of our beautiful country, but I also realize that surfing in cold waters is limited and the weather is unattractive to the outdoors. .. I don’t share that view at all. Using wetsuit technology as-is, outdoor activities, exercise, and cold water immersion are all undeniable evidence of good mental and physical health. We already have some of the best waves and beaches in the world to learn how to surf.

The development of Wave Garden Scotland next to Ratho’s Edinburgh International Climbing Arena will be more than a great surfing destination. Set in a beautiful 60-acre country park, it’s a place for family, friends and professionals to surf, study, relax and stay.

Facilities include everything. Children can learn at a pace that suits their age and development, and older adults can become “silver surfers” with underwater training that includes physical fitness and balance. Importantly, this is a sport celebrating adaptive athletes, and another Wavegarden Cove facility, The Wave in Bristol, has done a great job at the recent Adaptive Surfing Open. Under the controlled conditions of inland facilities, it is only a matter of time before surfing is included in the Paralympics.

Surfing is something that everyone can enjoy, regardless of their abilities, and when our facility opens, we have a clear opportunity for the general public to experience the world’s most ambitious taste of sport. I’m not the only one in this vision. The Scottish Surfing Federation is now at the top of the wave, as Scottish surfing is the most popular ever. They understand that it could be one of the UK’s most exciting destinations, and that Wavegarden Scotland plays a vital role in shaping future plans to supercharge and transform Scottish surfing. confirmed. future.

Along with the games in Tokyo, surfing will also be held at the 2024 Olympics in Paris, Los Angeles in 2028 and Brisbane in 2032. Few things excite me more than the thoughts of a new generation of surfers training in Wavegarden Scotland for these games. And future tournaments. The idea of ​​Scottish surfers and landlocked Switzerland winning Olympic medals is no longer a dream.

Surfing has become global and Scotland is jumping on board

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