Surf la­goon SHUT

Me­chan­i­cal fail­ure closes surf cen­tre un­til 2016

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

68 work­ers lose jobs as Surf Snow­do­nia closes for win­ter

SURF Snow­do­nia is clos­ing early for win­ter af­ter the latest me­chan­i­cal fail­ure at the surf­ing la­goon. The clo­sure is ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately and means 60 sea­sonal staff have had their con­tracts ended early while eight per­ma­nent work­ers have been made re­dun­dant.

The world’s first in­land surf­ing fa­cil­ity, which gen­er­ates the long­est man­made waves on the planet, opened to great ac­claim on Au­gust 1 this year.

But the Wave­g­ar­den tech­nol­ogy fa­cil­ity in Dol­gar­rog, Conwy Val­ley, has since been af­fected by a num­ber of me­chan­i­cal faults and has had to close on three sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions. The most re­cent break­down is due to a se­ri­ous fail­ure of the main drive mech­a­nism of the wave gen­er­at­ing ma­chin­ery.

Engi­neers from Wave­g­ar­den es­ti­mate it will take a min­i­mum of three months to re­pair.

Martin Ain­scough, chair­man of the Ain­scough Group which owns Surf Snow­do­nia, said: “This is a very dis­ap­point­ing day for us all at Surf Snow­do­nia, and we know it’s es­pe­cially dif­fi­cult for our ex­cel­lent staff and for all the peo­ple who have booked to come surf­ing with us.

“We are in the process of no­ti­fy­ing all cus­tomers who have booked ses­sions and we will re­fund all pay­ments.

“Dur­ing the win­ter clo­sure pe­riod we will be mak­ing fur­ther in­vest­ment in or­der to im­prove the surf la­goon and broaden our of­fer.

“By spring 2016 we hope to open for our first full sea­son with an im­proved of­fer. We also hope to re-em­ploy many of the ex­cel­lent peo­ple who have worked with us this sea­son.”

Sea­sonal staff have been laid off early and some per­ma­nent work­ers made re­dun­dant as the fault at Surf Snow­do­nia will take three months to fix

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