The unique concept behind Surf Snowdonia’s lagoon has been developed over the last ten years by Wavegarden, a group of engineers who also happen to be passionate surfers. Based in northern Spain, Wavegarden is the global leader in the design and manufacture of wave generation systems.
The company dates back to 2005, when engineer Josema Odriozola and sports economist Karin Frisch decided to combine their expertise in designing sport facilities – particularly skate parks – with their passion for surfing.
Ten years on, and several million euros of R&D investment later (including the construction of a test facility in Spain), Surf Snowdonia has become the world’s first publicly accessible Wavegarden surf lagoon.
At the push of a button the Wavegarden generates perfectly formed consistently powerful waves which interact with contours on the lagoon bed to produce different wave profiles at different points in the lagoon.
From the expert central area of the lagoon, two identical overhead waves break simultaneously left and right with point-break type rides up to 20 seconds long. A waist-high wave pushes out at an angle to the overhead, towards the outer edges of the lagoon.
Once the waves reach the beginners’ area at each end of the lagoon, the left and right hand waves will become smaller, more playful whitewater waves: the perfect size for all ages to learn and improve their skills.