A SOUTH Gloucestershire surfing lake is to host a national competition for the first time.

The English Adaptive Surfing Open will be held at The Wave near Easter Compton in October.

It will be the first time the competition for surfers with disabilities has been held on artificial waves, with homegrown and international athletes set to compete.

Nick Hounsfield, founder of The Wave, said: “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 of what we want to deliver.

"I've been working with the Adaptive Surfing community for the last five years, and having the 2020 English Adaptive Surfing Championships at The Wave will literally be a dream come true.

"We can't wait to host this amazing event!”

Ben Powis, ops director at Surfing England said: “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.”

The 2020 Korev Lager English Adaptive Surfing Open is taking place on Saturday, October 3.