Conwy Adventure Leisure said that proposals for their Conwy Valley Water Attraction; Surf Snowdonia is gaining a solid foundation and plans are gaining pace. An official planning application has been submitted by Nick Lee from NJL Consulting to develop the 40-acre site at the former Dolgarrog Aluminum Works in the Conwy Valley area.
The family fun zone and activity lagoon would be adapted to suit the public preferences, with inclusion of ski jumps, water slides and blobbing facilities. The projections would mean an expectation of 75,000 visitors a year, with 100 new jobs created for the area.
The mission is to create a “spectacular water-sports family focused on adventure and attraction”, which will generate 6ft high waves for surfers. Conwy Adventure Leisure’s managing directory, Steve Davis said “The plans for Surf Snowdonia are really gaining momentum and we’re delighted to see such a warm response to the proposal from the local community and key stakeholders.
Surf Snowdonia will be a world class visitors attraction that will really showcase North Wales as the heart of anyone adventure, no matter how close or how far they visit from. The creators of the idea are based in San Sebastian in Spain – and the technology dates back to 2005. Engineer Josema Odriozola and sports economist Karin Frisch decided to combine their expertise in designing and building sport facilities, particularly skate parks, with their passions for surfing.
These two were both convinced that world class waves could be generated for any level of surfer – anywhere in the world, without an ocean required.
The technology can be installed in both new and existing lakes and ponds, preserving the natural look and feel of the area – where all of the technology used to generate the waves if hidden underground or underwater.
A decision is set to be announced in autumn and if planning permissions is granted, it is hoped that construction will commence in September of this year, with the project being fully complete by 2015.