SNOW­DO­NIA IS ON CREST OF A WAVE . . .

TOP SURFER ON THE PLANET IM­PRESSED AFTER CATCH­ING SOME MAN-MADE WAVES ON SNOW­DO­NIA LA­GOON

Caernarfon Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Owen Hughes

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

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