Snowdonia Surf Centre Opening Summer 2015
£4m funding for a new surfing centre and “wave park” in Snowdonia has been approved.
The Surf Snowdonia project in the Conwy Valley is due to open summer 2015.
The inland surfing lagoon have waves up to 2m (6ft) high, set within a wave garden with lagoons, water slide, wakeboard lake, lodges, restaurant, retail and play facilities and parking for up to 250 cars.
Tourism Minister Edwina Hart called it an “iconic attraction for Wales” during a visit for a ground-breaking ceremony at the site.
“Surf Snowdonia will add a unique facility to an existing cluster of world class activity tourism products in the north Wales region and will drive growth by attracting additional higher spending visitors.”
International Surfing Association president Fernando Aguerre said the centre would be suitable for world-class contests and could pave the way for the sport to be adopted by the Olympics.
He said: “Surfing no longer has geographical restrictions - venues can be built away from the coastline efficiently and sustainably. We can now reach new surfing participants and fans who have never been to or even seen the ocean.”