Surf Snowdonia uses new Wavegarden© technology to generate 6ft waves

UKs first inland surf centre opens

The UK's first inland surf centre has opened in the Conwy Valley, North Wales.

Surf Snowdonia was designed and masterplanned by Planit-IE for Conwy Adventure Leisure. It occupies the 40 acre site of the former Dolgarrog Aluminium Works, close to Snowdonia National Park, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

As previously reported in our news pages, this is one of the first projects in the world to employ the new Wavegarden© technology, which has been used to generate waves of up to 6ft high, catering for surfers of all levels.

Rainwater from mountain reservoirs fills the lagoon as well as powering a nearby hydroelectric station.

The site's former industrial use led to difficult ground conditions and contamination issues, so the designers used 3D modelling throughout to ensure no material left the site and to achieve the tight technological tolerances.

The £12m facility includes a café/bar, softplay area, retail space, sleeping pods, camping village and 50-metre viewing gallery. It is expected to attract more than 75,000 visitors a year, with the potential of hosting World Championship events in the future.

For information on Surf Snowdonia, visit


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