Surf Snowdonia II

Surf Snowdonia

Surf Snowdonia

Date

31 August 2015

Location

Dolgarrog, Conwy
SH 77115 67416; 53.18957°N, 3.84064°W

Information

On 19 August, less than a month after opening, Surf Snowdonia announced that the lagoon would have to be closed for several days in order for it to be drained to repair a mechanical fault with the wave generator. The repairs took 10 days to complete and the attraction re-opened on 29 August.

Further Reading

Surf Snowdonia (I);
Surf Snowdonia reopens after fault fixed (BBC News, 29 August 2015)

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Surf Snowdonia I

'Wave Garden' lagoon on the day that it was announced that the lagoon would have to be drained to repair a mechanical fault with the wave generator.

‘Wave Garden’ lagoon on the day that it was announced that the lagoon would have to be drained to repair a mechanical fault with the wave generator.

Date

19 August 2015

Location

Dolgarrog, Conwy
SH 77115 67416; 53.18957°N, 3.84064°W

Information

An aluminium smelter began production in 1907 in the village of Dolgarrog in the Conwy valley. The works was expanded in 1916 to include a rolling mill and in 1920 a hydroelectric power station was built next to the plant to supply its electricity. Smelting ceased in the 1940s and the aluminium factory was finally closed in 2007 and demolished in 2009.

In August 2013 Wigan-based Conwy Adventure Leisure obtained planning permission from Conwy County Borough Council for the development of an inland surfing lake on the site of the former aluminium works. The £12 million Surf Snowdonia attraction opened to the public on 1 August 2015.

The surf lagoon measures 300 m by 120 m and is the first commercial site to use Spanish company Wavegarden’s wave-generation technology. An underwater foil runs along the length of the central pier in the lagoon pushing water upwards and outwards to form a wave whose height can be controlled to be 0.7 to 2 metres. In addition to the lagoon, the attraction also features a glass-fronted café bar, retail facility and on-site accommodation in the form of heated timber camping pods.

On 19 August, less than a month after opening, Surf Snowdonia announced that the lagoon would have to be closed for several days in order for it to be drained to repair a mechanical fault with the wave generator.

Further Reading

Wales surf wave generator starts up (BBC News, 31 July 2015);
Surf Snowdonia lagoon to be drained after ‘mechanical fault’ (BBC News, 19 August 2015);
Surf Snowdonia

Update

Look out for an upcoming post featuring the wave generator back in operation…

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