Plans have been submitted to build a £25million wave park with a surfing school close to Nuneaton.
The proposals would see a 5.4-acre artificial surf lagoon along with an outdoor heated pool and other facilities at Coleshill in Warwickshire.
Its planned location is only about a dozen miles from the geographic centre of England – Fenny Drayton in Leicestershire – with developers describing it as the “most landlocked” park of its type.
With the closest surfable ocean waves more than 100 miles away, this new facility will be a haven for surfers and those keen to try the sport for the first time.
The site is forecasted to create 100 new jobs and attract up to 250,000 visitors a year.
The park, which will be known as Emerge Surf Birmingham, will also feature a perimeter track for Onewheel electric skateboards, as well as other amenities under the roof of a main “hub” building.
Steve Price, Founder and CEO of Emerge Surf, said: “It’s an incredibly exciting time in the development of surfing. The mental and physical benefits of the sport are increasingly understood and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will hugely increase levels of interest and participation.”
“In parallel, the significant strides made in wave pool technologies have the potential to make the sport accessible to all.”
“Our vision is to not only provide a world class surfing experience for surfers of all levels, but also a wide range of complementary activities.
Building work at the 15-acre site could start later this year, subject to planning permission being granted, with doors opening in spring 2021.