Well here we are, just 22 days away from Surf Snowdonia officially opening its doors on August 1st and we are pleased to be able to tell you that it is all hands to the pumps (quite literally) as the worlds first publicly accessible surf lagoon is currently being filled with local mountain water. The process got underway earlier today and is expected to be complete within 18 hours and all being well, the lake will be full by close of play tonight.
In total there will be a staggering 33 thousand cubic metres of water in the lagoon, which will be cleaned using filtration and UV disinfection and is being pumped in at a rate of 1800 cubic metres per hour. All the water that will be used at the Wavegarden facility in Dolgarrog will pass through the local RWE hydroelectric plant and will help to power 20 thousand households per year.
The water being used to fill the lagoon is coming directly from the nearby Lyn Cowlyd lake and is pure Snowdonia rainwater, and for those of you concerned about water shortages you needn’t worry, the region averages 2000-3000mm of rainfall per year, which is way more than the 100 thousand cubic metres needed at Surf Snowdonia.
It is remarkable to think that only 13 months ago the site was an industrial wasteland and testament to the hard work put in by the team that in just over a year, they have cleared the area, built the lagoon and have reused and recycled 400 tonnes of metal and 25000 cubic metres of concrete. Fair play! So, we only have 3 weeks to wait until the big opening day at Surf Snowdonia and are over the moon to see the lagoon being filled and the project well on track for the August 1st opening. Are you as excited as us to hear that Surf Snowdonia is being filled with water and have you booked your slot yet to try the UK’s first inland wave?