With perfect wave after perfect wave now rolling across the once placid lake at Dolgarrog, in the Conwy Valley of North Wales, it is clear to see that the surfing world has been successful in taking on the challenge to create an artificial, yet realistic wave to ride, with the ocean not even in sight.
The brand new Surf Snowdonia is an outdoor, artificial wave facility, which uses WaveGarden technology to deliver waves that can be surfed for up to 150 metres, and at varying heights to suit different abilities. With a high frequency of 18 waves per hour, many people are arguing that this new way to surf is far superior to the often inconsistent and dangerous ocean.
However, there are others who insist that, although impressive, the monotony and predictability of this state-of-the-art wave machine will never be able to match the variety or rawness that surfing in the sea offers.
Whichever side of the argument you land on, there is no denying that Surf Snowdonia’s benefits far outcry any negatives. Over 100 people are now employed here, and many of the employees are from local towns and villages, where unemployment has been a real struggle in recent years. With this boost in employment, and the inevitable gains that tourism will bring to the economy, this new surfing haven is sure to be welcomed by locals.
If you want to try surfing for the first time, improve on skills you’ve already gained, or want to mix with the pros, without having to venture to the beach, then head over to http://www.surfsnowdonia.co.uk/ to book lessons and on-site accommodation. Surf’s up, ADAPT readers!