ALL SEEING EYE
HOP ON BOARD FOR A BIRDS-EYE VIEW OF YOUR FAVOURITE SURF SPOTS
Now whilst this feature is generally about the geography and insights in to the natural surf world we couldn’t resist an aerial peak at the world’s first commercial Wavegarden at Surf Snowdonia.
The old industrial site in the quiet village of Dolgarrog is a marvel when you can see the scale of the operation from above. 1. The pods. The little Hobbit hut sheds are simple but toasty and give you a front row view of the wave between sessions. 2. The teepee. This is where the parties happen for events and is a brill addition to the place as it can be whatever it needs to be. Bar, buffet, meeting room or very large changing room. 3. The showers, shitters and we suspect the control centre for the mechanics of the wave. 4. The hydro power station getting its gravity laden juice from reservoirs up in the hills. You can either walk up the pipes to the ridge for the epic view of the Conwy valley or you can be a lazy arse and drive up. Renewable energy next door is handy eh?
5. The main building home to offices, reception, surf shop and most importantly for punters: the bar and restaurant. Cracking burgers and pizzas are on offer along with decent craft beers. The brekkie you get if you stay in the pods is sweet too not to mention the wifi and coffee. 6. The splash and crash pool. Think Total Wipeout for kids and folks that love messing with physics. 7. The academy building where lessons and the dark secrets of surfing are imparted. 8. The pontoon. The chicken wire lined pontoon protects you from the wave generating gubbins underneath. Take off spots depending on ability are marked on it for both directions. It takes a while to get used to taking off next to a fence but you soon forget about it and concentrate on whacking off … the lip.
9. The plough of doom. The secret machinations under the water are just that. From what we know it’s basically a snowplough kinda deal driven by ski lift cable technology. The motors are housed in the concrete islands. You never quite get used to the weird hum as everything kicks into gear. All you need to know is when you hear it start paddling as if your life depends on it!
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