Earlier this week we reported that Surf Snowdonia will open it’s doors and public surf lagoon on the 1st August and now we can reveal just how those 20 second waves will be created. Using similar technology to that used in snowploughs and ski lifts, a wavefoil will be pulled along a central underwater track, chucking up a barrelling wave either side of the foil.
The wave generated is shaped by the contours of the lagoon and will peel for up to 150 metres along the lake. The computer-operated wavefoil (shaped much like a snowplough) will be dragged back and forth by a gearless ropeway drive system which, for safety is covered by steel mesh. Experienced and intermediate surfers can look forward to catching around 18 waves per hour, whilst surfers in the beginner bay section will potentially get to paddle for 27 waves per hour.
The diagram above gives a detailed breakdown of the layout at Surf Snowdonia and as well as the Wavegarden Lagoon, also shows the various buildings, surf pods and main hub building housing the retail and food area. Either end of the lake will be known as East and West Bay and the waves either side of the central pier are to be called the North and South wave.
The machinery needed to create the UK’s first manmade inland wave is now in place and we expect filling of the lagoon and testing of the equipment to get underway within the next couple of weeks. Incidentally the lake will be filled with rainwater from the local Welsh mountains, which will pass through a hydroelectric plant on it’s way to the facility in Dolgarrog and will also mean the water onsite will be chlorine and salt free.
We can’t believe that after only 13 months of construction, Surf Snowdonia becoming a reality is only weeks away and look forward to visiting the site to see the wave foil in action. Full details on opening times, session prices and other news can be seen at the official Surf Snowdonia website. Let us know what you think of the snowplough technology being used to generate the waves inland in Wales?