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March 09, 2008

Surfing London

Image of the surf pool at Venture Xtreme

Incredible as it seems, Brits like to surf. Thousands of 'em don wetsuits and hit the coast (Cornwall is a popular destination) while others head to Africa, Asia, and here in America. But soon there'll be a new destination for those itching to catch a wave(*), London.

A massive new sports complex called Venture Xtreme is being built in an industrial area of London. When it opens in 2011, it'll feature rock walls, skate parks, an artificial whitewater kayaking run, and... jutting out into the river Thames... an artificial wave pool for surfers.

The pool will have waves up to 6 feet high, though they'll often be set lower for newbies and shoobies who can't handle the big stuff. Did I mention the surf will be heated? An hour will set you back 30 pounds.

(*) The new London Venture Xtreme surfing venue is an exception to the rule "When you're itching to surf, the only lotion is the ocean."


Posted by Chris Spurgeon at March 9, 2008 11:06 PM