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Surf lake with guaranteed waves planned

Surf lake with guaranteed waves planned

Plans to create the UK’s first ‘Wavegarden’ inland surf lake have been submitted for planning to Conwy Council, North Wales.

Planit Intelligent Environments designed the masterplan on behalf of Conwy Adventure Leisure (CAL) for the scheme known as Surf Snowdonia, which will be located on the 40 acre site of the former Dolgarrog Aluminium Works in the Conwy Valley.

“We think this facility will attract up to 75,000 visitors a year and not just surfers but family visitors. Currently surfers wearing wetsuits chase waves, which may or may not come, but at Surf Snowdonia we’ll generate 6ft consistent waves, so the customer gets want they want,” said Steve Davies, managing director of CAL.

The Wavegarden concept has been developed over the last seven years by a group of hydrological, civil and mechanical engineers. R&D investment totalling €7m has been spent, leading to the construction of a full-sized prototype being built late last year in Northern Spain. The facility has been tested by some of the Pro-Tour’s leading surfers.

WaveGarden will be complemented by a cable wake board lake, activity lagoon, lodge accommodation and a central hub building designed by Seven Architecture.

Subject to planning approval, work is scheduled to begin in early autumn, with completion in 2014.

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