We know that Surf Snowdonia have been struggling with a few teething problems since opening back in August, but we are astonished to hear that this afternoon they have announced they are now closed until the spring of 2016. The facility was always intended to be shut down for the winter period, but a serious mechanical failure with the main drive mechanism that will take 3 months to repair, has meant the team have unfortunately brought the winter shutdown forward by 8 weeks.
The announcement has been made on the Surf Snowdonia Facebook page along with a heartfelt apology and the promise of further investment and an improved surf lagoon for next year. Anyone who has already booked lessons or sessions will contacted in due course and will be refunded in full. This is a huge blow for the worlds first publicly accessible Wavegarden and we can only hope the engineers will iron out the many problems that have dogged the lagoon since opening.
We have been big supporters of Surf Snowdonia and were lucky enough to be at the official opening of the facility, and although the site is a world first and problems were expected we can’t help feeling a tad disappointed with the continuing issues that have included drive mechanism failure and a tear in the liner of the lagoon. Even on the opening day, it did seem as though it was a bit of a panic and a huge rush to get the site open and money rolling in, BUT we would rather see Surf Snowdonia close it’s doors now and make the necessary repairs and carry out intensive testing to see it rise like a phoenix in spring 2016.
For any of you who want to keep up to speed with developments, check in at the Surf Snowdonia Facebook page, where you will also find the official announcement and details of refunds. Let us know what you think? Should Surf Snowdonia close their doors and not open again until the pool is producing the 2 metre barreling waves we were promised, or have you lost all faith in the Wavegarden facility now?