The opening of Surf Snowdonia makes Wales a serious contender as world class adventure destination ahead of Wales’ Year of Adventure in 2016.
The opening of Surf Snowdonia in Dolgarrog in the Conwy Valley on 1 August gives Wales another iconic adventure tourism attraction and makes it an adventure destination to rival any in the world.
Wales now has the world-first inland surf lagoon, the longest zip line in the northern hemisphere, the biggest zip zone in Europe, giant underground trampolines and world class mountain biking tracks –which are all pulling in millions of pounds worth of revenue to the Welsh economy every year.
The innovative surf facility has been constructed on the site of a derelict aluminium works once owned by global aluminium giant Alcoa and is another example of how tourism is giving a new lease of life to former industrial sites and creating local employment.
The facilities include a separate fun activity pool, a café bar, retail space and coffee shops, an indoor soft-play facility and camping pod accommodation.
The surf park is a game-changing facility for the world’s surf scene. It will use unique wave-generating engineering and technology to produce powerful and consistent waves of varying heights up to 2 metres, in a 300m long lagoon. The lagoon itself will be filled by rainwater from Snowdonia mountain reservoirs. Its development is being closely watched the world over, gives surfing an opportunity of becoming an Olympic sport, especially as Surfing has been shortlisted as a possible extra sport to be included in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.