SNOWDONIA IS ON CREST OF A WAVE . . .
TOP SURFER ON THE PLANET IMPRESSED AFTER CATCHING SOME MAN-MADE WAVES ON SNOWDONIA LAGOON
CURRENT world number one surfer Jordy Smith has come to North Wales to test out the Surf Snowdonia lagoon.
In a bid to tackle the man-made waves, the surf star found a gap in his busy competition schedule and headed to the Conwy Valley.
The 29-year-old South African put the inland wave lagoon through its paces.
He said: “The surf has been quite small in California so it was good to ride several waves in a short period of time.
“The wave is very different to waves in the ocean but it does offer a few fun sections to do some turns.
“It’s a pretty crazy place to be honest.
“I look around and it’s just surrounded by mountains and lots of greenery which is beautiful.
“I’m excited to be part of a time when artificial wave lagoons are launching across the world.
“The technology is continually improving and this is just the beginning. The wave has been really fun.
“They’ve been running it at 90 second intervals, so you can really get a lot of reps which is something rare which you don’t get in the ocean.
“You don’t usually get the opportunity to ride that many waves on such a consistent basis, and so, yes, obviously, with the wind swirling around, we’ve had some onshore conditions, some offshore conditions. So yeah, the best of both worlds.”
Jordy Smith is currently top of the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour rankings.
Looking to the future generation of surfers, he was delighted to learn that the lagoon now had 60 young people signed up in the local surf club.
He said: “That’s incredible – to have 60 kids just learning about the ocean, how the waves break and where they’ve got to position themselves to be able to catch them. I think they’re definitely going to benefit at a rapid pace.”
World number one surfer Jordy Smith at Surf Snowdonia and, inset, left