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World's first artificial surfing lake

BBC News

Transform surfing? Well maybe not. Still it is pretty damn neat. 

The video shows a BBC reporter, Claire Marshall, having a go on a prototype wave pool in Spain, developed by the Spanish company Wavegarden, for Surf Snowdonia.

Surf Snowdonia, opened in August 2015, is an artificial wave pool at Dolgarrog in the Conwy valley, North Wales and is the world's first commercial artificial surfing lake. The weather is still going to be dreadful but at least the water will be less mucky than in what passes for coastline in those parts. Of course I'm just kidding, there is some great surfing to be had in the UK. Just don't forget to bring the thickest wetty you can find, as you'll probably need it.

The Snowdonia pool has a contoured base and a snowplough shaped wave generator widget that can generate three different sized waves, at a rate of one a minute. It can generate a 2-metre (6 ft 7 in) high wave which lasts up to 16 seconds and travel 150 metres (490 ft). The pool is 300 metres (980 ft) long and 110 metres (360 ft) wide and contains six million gallons of water. 

Surf Snowdonia claims this is the longest man-made surf wave in the world.

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