First glimpse of Surf Snowdonia Wavegarden - video

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Swellnet Dispatch

A trio of lucky surfers blew the top off the first sets at the Snowdonia wavepool this week. Jayce Robinson, Alan Stokes, and Jarrad Howse chistened the world's first commercial wavepool dedicated just to surfing.

How did it fare? Take a look...


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bonza Friday, 31 Jul 2015 at 9:50am

perfect shark control measure

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udo Friday, 31 Jul 2015 at 10:23am were up and running .....cmon show us the ever promised 2 metre barreling waves.
How long before you got bored with it do you hour would be me.

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Craig Friday, 31 Jul 2015 at 10:08am

Looks super fun, but.. looks like you can't really pump out onto the face for a cutty as you'd get too close to the main centre structure? Be nice to get out of the pocket when you want.

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box Friday, 31 Jul 2015 at 10:36am

What??? No air reverses???? That ain't surfin'

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arnie Friday, 31 Jul 2015 at 10:41am

Summer in Wales?

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50young Friday, 31 Jul 2015 at 10:43am

Kelly could an Air Reverse over the centre structure and then go left!

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noshow Friday, 31 Jul 2015 at 11:01am

Yeah not seeing any tubes, but looks pretty fun and would definitely surf it! - Pretty interested to see however, if it provides enough waves for the park to make a profit - Wave pools certainly seem to be evolving in the wave quality they produce but their commercial viability is still questionable in my mind - Still, I'd rather get in the car and hunt proper waves anyday rather than 'pay per wave' which doesn't quite seem like surfing to me

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geoffrey Friday, 31 Jul 2015 at 12:50pm

i agree sort of no show but i definitely think there is a market for it. a bloke who lives in say, sydney, and has an hour round trip to go and check 1 beach that will probably have 60-100 people on it, then have a 30 minute drive to check around the next headland to find the same crowded shit, then go home frustrated and pissed off, hes the type of bloke they will market it at i think. might be a big nighttime thing for all the cashed up 30-60 year old executives etc. theyd just have to put it in the right place. and thatd be sick cos it would stop them all driving down here on the weekends ;) build 100 in sydney i say!

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trippinpete Friday, 31 Jul 2015 at 6:21pm

The footage reminds of rick kane in arizona or an 80's 5 turns to the beach kinda comp. The little movie from the wavepool in the UAE was better with the bikini clad girls frolicking whilst dion was ripping.Not sure to many welsh girls own bikini's though. Looks kinda fun and will definately progress from here. not for me.

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thermalben Friday, 31 Jul 2015 at 6:29pm

I'd definitely surf it. But I reckon it'd become boring after a while. That being said, it's a bloody good alternative to flat day fun. 

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Spearman Friday, 31 Jul 2015 at 6:40pm

This looks far better than the prototype in Spain and just goes to show how with the right modelling and space the size can be jacked up. I reckon this is a big thumbs up to the local government and developers to have the balls with going ahead with this.
Not a barreling wave as they have marketed but it looks fun and there wouldn't be one surfer in the world who wouldn't want to practice their backhand attack on this, granted not a great power pocket or trough but the scale and effort to create this is engineering used for stoke. About time!

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batfink Friday, 31 Jul 2015 at 7:10pm

Have to admit that although it's small you would be pretty happy to see that at your local, with nobody around.

Don't necessarily hate it, but don't love it either, but I might be one of those 30 - 60 year old (not quite) executives that geoffrey speaks of.

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mibs-oner Friday, 31 Jul 2015 at 8:01pm

This could be fun. But where's the 6 footers they talked of. In saying that, how many of us have a wave at home where you can bash out 5 or 6 reos on. Show me the bazzas and I'll show you my money

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athome Friday, 31 Jul 2015 at 10:37pm

Looks ideal if you eat vegetarian factory made bacon, drink non alcoholic beer, smoke legal scientifically altered herbs, drive a volvo, ride chinese made surfboards, have
a life size doll with holes in all the right places and own a bluetooth headset

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udo Saturday, 1 Aug 2015 at 5:05am

A bit more Snowdonia.
The Definitive Surf Snowdonia edit : Vimeo

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poo-man Saturday, 1 Aug 2015 at 6:41am

That looks like a lot of fun if you had it to yourself and a few mates. It would be interesting to see a clip of Toledo and Medina in one of these.

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trippergreenfeet Saturday, 1 Aug 2015 at 7:13am

Few clips here, from 1st day of testing onwards. Check one of the instagram vid links...showing some bazza potential.

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box Saturday, 1 Aug 2015 at 7:36am

Well that vid of the SUPs using the place will go down in history as the most ugly surfing seen by mankind.

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blow-in-9999 Saturday, 1 Aug 2015 at 4:32pm

Yuck I'd rather stay home. Shories at half the size look more fun atleast I can pull in, do flips ect.

Theres enough size there just no shape still. Here (

) is a Northern NSW break at similar size (2-3'?)... I know which one I'd rather. Plenty of other breaks like this that work in all sorts of swells around here (n nsw / SEQ) too.

Edit: I imagine something like that has safety / insurance problems for a wave pool

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freeride76 Saturday, 1 Aug 2015 at 7:32pm

Looks fun enough for a go once or twice but for 50 quid an hour? No thanks.

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mk1 Sunday, 2 Aug 2015 at 7:42pm

I've surfed worse. I'm impressed these guys are out there getting it done.

Still wondering about the choice of location though???

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freerider. Monday, 3 Aug 2015 at 1:59pm

Dudes--seems your all forgetting one thing--this ain't free--a 1 hour surf costs 50 to $70 dollars an hour. So a 2 hour surf--twice a week --equals $200 to $280 dollars a week..or $800 to $1160 a month. At these prices--the novelty of riding a chlorinated wave will wear off pretty fast....No one--should ever have to pay anyone--to ride a wave....Peace.......

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freeride76 Monday, 3 Aug 2015 at 2:03pm

Exactly. At that price a two foot shorey starts to look very attractive.

Most people would do it once or twice for the novelty but as a regular gig?

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offshoreozzie Monday, 3 Aug 2015 at 2:55pm

"Most" of you guys are spoiled for waves though. I've moved miles off the ocean to Toronto, Canada and get to surf sloppy shit on the great lakes (and infrequent US east coast and Central Am trips). I'd love to have one these close by... sure doesn't beat the real thing but when you ain't got much it looks pretty fucking great t me haha

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udo Sunday, 21 Feb 2016 at 11:11pm

Pommies are at it again another wave pool : Wave Bristol

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truebluebasher Tuesday, 18 Oct 2022 at 8:49pm

Wavegarden Lagoon 33,000 cubic metres / 6m Gallons (UV Recycled/24hrs)
300m long x 110m wide
50 waves/hr =
3 advanced (L/R) 12-18 waves/session.
4 intermediate (L/R) x 2 splits waves riders 12-18 Waves/Session
6 Beginners share the hollowed out Keg dregz (The tail end is most shallow & hollow)
18m pounds + 16m pounds Hilton Adventure Garden Centre
2014 Welsh Govt invest initial 4m pounds + 3.9m pounds

April 2015 Fire
July - Surf Snowdonia Open
Aug - Lagoon is drained for Mechanical Fault
Sept - Red Bull International Comp Crowd 2,000
Sept - Lagoon is drained for tears in Lining
Oct - Lagoon is drained for Main Drive 3 month long Repairs
Closed + Floods delay 2016 reopen...

March 2016 Reopens then Closes Pool > drained due to Wave Generating Machinery
No reopen time given?
July / Aug Concerts
Oct - UK Pro Tour Comp
Oct - Early closure Lagoon is drained for unforeseen work.

March 2017
July - 2 day Electric Wave Music Festival
Oct - Current #1 WSL Surfer Jordy Smith + Ellie Turner
Oct - UK Pro Tour Comp
Oct 2017 Europe Surf Park Summit


March 2018 Waves, Mud & Mountains + reopen
July - 2 day music fest
Aug - Girls on Board > Grog / Sound waves season
Aug - Lagoon is drained for fault in Wave Generating Mechanism (Refill delayed)
Sept - UK Pro Tour
Oct - O'Neil / Jordy's Rookie Rippers
Oct - Early Close to accommodate expansion until Spring
Nov - Rebrand to Adventure Parc + Zip lines

March 2019 International Chix Day Session (ONLY)
Easter Reopen
June / July / Sept Celeb Actor / Ski Sessions

July : Adaptive Comp
Aug/Sept - Celeb Model promotes Cocktails & Chix Season
Oct - Park confirms new Winter Sessions
Nov - Waves, Mud & Mountains ( Ironman Event)
Dec - Xmas Surf Sessions (Only)

March / April 2020 Open Delayed by Covid to September
June Covid Closes the Park beyond September until 2021
Whole 2020 Closed due to Covid

Jan 2021 Covid Year loss 1.2m pounds
Jan - Local Water Group : Surf Snowdonia ongoing releases cause Embankment Erosion
March - Covid delayed
April- Covid delayed
May - Reopen-Welsh Govt funded 3.9m pound / Activity Garden / 106 bed Stalag Hilton
July - Adaptive Comp
Aug- UK Surf Pro Tour
Oct/Nov Halloween Night Sessions
Dec- Surfing Santa + Winter sessions

Jan 2022 Lovers Sessions
Feb Lagoon is again drained for 'Essential Maintenance'
Easter Re Open
July 2022 Adaptive Comp
Aug- Ben Gravy (Possibly invited to last Session)

Aug Lagoon is drained for Foil mechanical failure
2022 Closed "Water Shortages"
Oct -Welsh Tourist Boss pleads for owners not to sell up!

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seeds Tuesday, 18 Oct 2022 at 8:50pm

Beautiful area. I wouldn’t even think of surfing there. I just don’t get it.

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truebluebasher Tuesday, 5 Sep 2023 at 8:36pm

Timeline Continues
Oct : Room with a View of the Line Up. (Far bank looks a bit cannibalized)
Nov : Locals : "These Wave Pool photos are said to be misleading as Wave Machine is shot!"
Talk of Investors to repair Machine / Immigrants in Accom / Local's Passes being useless...

Xmas Adventure Promos + Surfing Santa

2023 NYE
Surfing Promo

However! Still no waves...1st April Waves will Return...

Feb /March : The park seems to be running flat water Surf lessons & bookings for April

March : Paddle Boarding packs

2nd April : List Spring Surfing

1st May : Waves are running during 3hr am slots only (Beginning of the end...)

14th June Wave Machine breaks again...Other Water activities Ok for Summer! (Repair after Summer!)

2 Sept 2023 ( Machine is too expensive to repair ) Park Closure > Money returned to Ticket holders.
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