Like surfing but dislike saltwater, paddling, seaweed, duck dives, and other vexations visited upon traditional surfers by the natural world? Fed up with surfing the UK’s moody and unreliable waves? Well maybe get your self down to a surfing wave pool, where man has taken the place of the Almighty, and clunking machinery pumps out artificial waves according to a strict timetable, and your surfing will progress by leaps and bounds to the rhythm of the manmade shred.
Surfing Wave Pools: Surf Snowdonia Wavegarden
Surf Snowdonia, which uses Wavegarden technology, opened for business in the summer of 2015, and is currently the UK’s only proper wave pool for surfing. Located in the village of Dolgarrog in the mountains of North Wales, the facility consists of a “surf lagoon” that’s about the size of six football pitches and is divided by a central pier, with a left-hander breaking towards it on one side and a right-hander breaking towards it on the other. Experienced surfers surf close to the pier, where a head-high wave breaks once every 90 seconds, providing rides of around 20 seconds; meanwhile waist-high waves break along the outer edges of the lagoon, perfect for intermediate surfers. At the lagoon’s end, beginners learn to surf on the whitewater.