At Surf Snowdonia, Britain’s first ever surfing lagoon, the surf is always up. A derelict smelting factory deep in the Welsh countryside has been transformed, promising the longest man-made waves on earth. The £12 million project provides a surfer’s paradise at the foot of a mountain, with a wave every 60 seconds, meaning surfers can practice specific manoeuvres multiple times without fear of the wave quality changing.
An innovative system allows for three different types of wave to be created at the same time; a 2-metre wave for experienced surfers, a 1.2-metre wave along the sides for those at intermediate level, along with beginner bays at either end. To create this, a snow plough-shaped arm moves from one end of the lagoon to the other, dragging the water over specially shaped reefs to create the different waves that allow for perfect conditions for everybody, and every experience.
To get to Surf Snowdonia, the vehicle of choice is the compact SUV, the Audi Q5. Navigating the winding welsh roads, the 3.0-litre TDI quattro model proves perfect for the job, hugging cambers and curves like a dream. Two surfboards fit comfortably on the Q5’s roof rack, with no effect on the flawless balance. Such an impressive outline could only be dwarfed by the 300-metre long lagoon stretching to the horizon.
Paddling out to the centre of the immense lagoon with Jo Dennison, Welsh National Surfing Champion and Head of the Surf Snowdonia Academy, it is time to experience what this vast machine is capable of. As wave after wave of perfect water comes surging through the lagoon, it is clear this is an unbeatable surfing experience. The power of the water continues to be echoed in the power behind the wheel on the drive home, the perfectly consistent drive, just like the effortless waves.
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