Queen’s Baton Relay taken for a surf at The Wave after arriving in Bristol

The baton scaled the waves as part of its 2,500 mile tour of the UK

The Queen’s Baton Relay was taken for a surf at The Wave after arriving in Bristol this week.

The Commonwealth Games is set to begin later this month at Birmingham’s Aston Hall - but not before the baton makes its way around the UK on a 2,500 mile tour.

The baton arrived in London over the weekend before heading to the South West where it popped up at Bristol’s unique surf destination The Wave yesterday (Tuesday, July 5).

Founder of Bristol wheelchair Boccia club, Georgina Moore, handed over the baton to founder of The Wave, Nick Hounsfield, who then took it for a surf.


He was cheered on by a crowd of local school children, Team England Adaptive surfers, The Wave ambassadors, Olympians, and Paralympians.

The baton will now head to the South East of England before travelling up to the East Midlands and Yorkshire.

Thousands of people have been chosen to carry the baton as it makes its way around British soil, with between 40 and 130 people taking part each day.

On a trip covering 2,500 miles and visiting 180 communities, the baton stopped off in Bristol to take to the waves.

As part of its tour of England, the baton will visit Cornwall’s Eden Project; the Lake District; Blackpool Tower and venues from the 2012 London Olympics as well as Manchester’s Commonwealth Games locations from 2002.


Nick Hounsfield leads out surfers at The Wave.