Testing has been successful and Surf Snowdonia are happy they have addressed the reliability issues at the site.
Apparently the motor that drives the wave mechanism is currently in Austria, undergoing modifications and should be back in Dolgarrog in January.
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.
Although the reason for the tear is still to be investigated, we have seen various reasons being speculated on social media, including a split seam, possible surfboard damage and even some saying damage possibly caused by the scaffolding used to allow spectators access to the central pier at the weekend.
The lagoon needed to be drained to enable the engineers to address the problem, which turned out to be an issue with the wheels that drive the wave mechanism.
As we arrived at Dolgarrog in the beautiful Conwy Valley, it was hard not to be struck by the impressive imagery of the surf lagoon stretching out across the site, which only 15 months ago was the home of a dilapidated aluminium factory.
You will be able to put the kids to bed and sneak off for a wave in the dark, or on the way home after a night shift, and will be able to surf beyond 4pm in the middle of a British winter!
Following on from our article last week when we revealed that the filling process at Surf Snowdonia was underway, we are pleased to be able to report that the Wavegarden surf lagoon in Dolgarrog is now full and wave testing has begun. Two videos we have found on YouTube capture the various stages of the […]
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 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.