Surf’s DOWN

In­land la­goon forced to close for the sec­ond time

North Wales Weekly News - - FRONT PAGE - BY OWEN HUGHES

SURF Snow­do­nia has tem­po­rar­ily closed for four days af­ter a rip in the la­goon liner caused wa­ter to leak.

The world’s first com­mer­cial surf­ing la­goon – which also closed for 10 days in Au­gust fol­low­ing a me­chan­i­cal fault – is ex­pected to have to shut un­til Sun­day.

This will al­low engi­neers to par­tially drain the la­goon to re­pair the tear in the liner at the gi­ant surf la­goon which first opened in Dol­gar­rog, on Au­gust 1.

The fa­cil­ity has just hosted the world’s top surfers at the Red Bull Un­leashed event but Surf Snow­do­nia say it is un­likely the dam­age was caused by a surf board.

A spokes­woman said: “Surf Snow­do­nia re­grets to an­nounce that its surf la­goon will have to close for four days.

“The clo­sure is due to a tear in the la­goon liner which is al­low­ing wa­ter to leak.

“In or­der to carry out the nec­es­sary re­pairs engi­neers need to par­tially drain the la­goon.

“As part of the re­pair process Surf Snow­do­nia will un­der­take an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the likely cause of the leak.

“Surf Snow­do­nia will up­date their cus­tomers with more in­for­ma­tion as the sit­u­a­tion be­comes clearer.”

All cus­tomers af­fected who have ses­sions booked on Surf Snow­do­nia’s surf la­goon will be con­tacted in­di­vid­u­ally and of­fered a full re­fund or a credit on their Surf Snow­do­nia ac­count, which­ever they would pre­fer.

All other ac­tiv­i­ties at Surf Snow­do­nia, in­clud­ing the Soft Play Shack, café bar, re­tail and cof­fee shops will con­tinue to func­tion as nor­mal.

Guests who have ac­com­mo­da­tion booked in Surf Snow­do­nia’s camp­ing pods may still stay on site if they wish to.

A spokes­woman added: “Surf Snow­do­nia is very sorry for the dis­rup­tion and dis­ap­point­ment that this un­avoid­able clo­sure will cause to visi­tors who had ses­sions booked in the com­ing days.

“The com­pany would like to as­sure its cus­tomers that they are work­ing as fast as pos­si­ble to rec­tify the prob­lem.”

Ac­tion from the Red Bull Un­leashed event at Surf Snow­do­nia last week­end that at­tracted thou­sands of spec­ta­tors

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