This Man-Made Welsh Lake Makes Surfable Waves That Travel for 150 Metres

By Andrew Liszewski on at

It took almost a decade to construct, but the site of a former aluminium factory in North Wales, is now home to a man-made lake that can produce the world’s longest artificial waves. If you’re a surfer living in the UK, it’s time to pack up your VW van and make the pilgrimage to Surf Snowdonia.

Built by a company called Wavegarden, the facility measures 300 metres by 120 metres, and uses an underwater plough travelling along a central track to produce waves as high two metres that roll for 150 metres. The wave also changes as it runs the length of the lagoon based on the contours on the bottom, which helps provide an even more realistic experience for up to 36 surfers at a time.

This technology won’t be unique to the UK for long. Over in the States in land-locked Austin, Texas, a Wavegarden facility will float along in 2016. Nland Surf Park will function exactly like Surf Snowdonia does, providing surfers with artificial waves they can ride for over half a minute. [Surf Snowdinia via Gizmag]