Surf Snowdonia, the artificial Wave Garden in Wales, has been forced to close for the winter, eight weeks ahead of schedule. The closure has been brought forward because of a serious failure of the main drive mechanism of the wave generating machinery.
Wave Garden engineers estimate that the fault will take a minimum of three months to repair which means that, even if all goes to schedule, the facility wouldn’t be be up and running again until early December. Even in a couple of wet suits, North Wales would probably be a little chilly for riding barrels. The scheduled reopening is Spring 2016.
Surf Snowdonia opened to plaudits from both the surf industry at large, and the main stream media back on 1st of August this year. Since the doors opened, they’ve been teaching up to 300 hundred surfers a day how to stand up, catch waves, and ride.
However, this is not the first forced closure of the site due to technical problems. Just weeks after opening, Surf Snowdonia temporarily closed as the reservoir had to be drained to repair a different mechanical fault.