Surf Snowdonia – WORLD’S BIGGEST ARTIFICIAL WAVE POOL!!
This video shows normal surfers tackling the worlds biggest Wavegarden designed wave pool, from many different angles. It’s interesting to see how the normal surfers get on surfing the wave. Filmed on 18th August 2015, before the drain and repair works.
There was a strong wind blowing this day also, and the 90 second waiting time between waves didn’t really give the water enough time to settle between some of the waves. Speaking to some of the staff, to get the perfect glassy conditions that surfers crave there needs to be at least 3 minutes waiting time between waves. Still looked fun though and it was better than being flat!!!
Surf Snowdonia is an artificial wave pool at Dolgarrog in the Conwy valley, north Wales, owned by Conwy Adventure Leisure Ltd. It is the world’s first commercial artificial surfing lake and the United Kingdom’s only artificial surfing lake. The site cost a total of £12 million and opened in August 2015.
Surf Snowdonia has a freshwater pool which contains a wave-generation mechanism, based on a prototype built in San Sebastián, Spain, by the Spanish company Wavegarden. It has a contoured base that can generate three different sized waves, at a rate of one a minute. The pool can generate a 2-metre (6 ft 7 in) high wave which can last 16 seconds and travel 150 metres (490 ft). The company claims this is the longest man-made surf wave in the world. The pool is filled with rainwater collected from Snowdonia reservoirs including Llyn Cowlyd. This water passes through the adjacent hydro-power station, originally built to power the former aluminium plant, before being pumped from the tail-race into the surfing pool.
The pool is 300 metres (980 ft) long and 110 metres (360 ft) wide, containing a total of six million gallons of water. A bi-directional snowplough-shaped wave-generation mechanism, towed on a cable between the two central towers, moves up and down the pool on a three-rail track, generating the waves. The underwater machinery, powered by a 2MW motor, is covered with a protective stainless steel netted screen, to keep surfers from any moving parts, yet without impairing the energy of the waves. The water in the pool is cleaned and cycled every 24 hours by passing through ultraviolet cleaners, so that the water can be chlorine-free.
The wave pool can be used by as many as 52 surfers at one time.
On 18-19 September 2015 Surf Snowdonia will host Red Bull Unleashed, the world’s first stadium surf contest, with 24 surfers from around the world.
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