Surf Snowdonia Wavepool Closes
Just over eight years ago, on the 1st August 2015, Surf Snowdonia in Wales "made history" by becoming the world's first commercial wavepool.
This requires some qualification, as there were other pools that served up waves, however Snowdonia was the first standalone pool - i.e not attached to a shopping centre or tourist park - that catered purely to surfers. It was also Wavegarden's first commercial pool, and the first time the company had built a left and right off the same unit.
None of those qualifications matter anymore as this week Surf Snowdonia closed its doors. The owners said in a Facebook post: "It's with a heavy heart that we announce the immediate closure of our Parc. To all who've been part of this journey, we're truly sorry.
"We are bitterly disappointed that once again excellent employees are being made redundant. The sad reality is that despite the joy and adventure our waves brought to many as a world-first innovation, the machine has cost us a fortune in downtime, repairs, and loss of business."
Surf Snowdonia was the first and only Wavegarden lagoon of its kind, as by 2019 Wavegarden's 'Cove' was the preferred choice of technology. Though 300 metres long, the wave at Snowdonia constantly bends away from the surfer further reducing power compared to ocean waves.
That said, wave quality wasn't the only factor. A mechanical failure in August last year led to it being announced the waves at the surf lagoon would be switched off for the rest of 2022.
An Adventure Parc Snowdonia spokesman told the BBC: "This summer season has been hampered by the ongoing issues with the wave machine, and the revenues being significantly lower than we would expect.
In July, another wavepool project, Wisemans Ferry Surf Lodge, was scrapped before construction had even begun.