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While surf lovers everywhere head to some of the world's most famous surf spots from Bondai Beach to California and even Newquay, very soon they might just be able to catch themselves some wave action inland in Wales. Plans have been announced to open an innovative watersports centre in the country's Snowdonia National Park that will include a lake featuring guaranteed six foot waves thanks to new technology.

 Surf Snowdonia as the venture is being called is an initiative by Conwy Adventure Leisure will be based around eight miles from the coast and yet expects to attract around 70,000 visitors a year. Waves will be produced in the main lake with a breakthrough technology that will create perfect tubing waves at a rate of two every minute. The waves will travel for over 700 ft. at full power, lasting around 20 seconds.

The new surf centre will be created in a multi-million pound development on the site of a former aluminium works and it is hoped will deliver jobs locally within the centre and from the resulting increased tourism in the area. In addition to the surf facilities, plans include an activity lagoon that will provide family oriented activities and lodges to enable guests to stay on site. A wakeboarding lake is also planned. This is set to feature cables to pull wakeboards along to eliminate the need for speedboats and it is hoped that this will bring new people into the sport.

 Surf Snowdonia is set for opening in summer 2014 and when it does it will be the first time that the new Wave Garden technology will have been used on these shores. The system was showcased at a show in Northern Spain recently.

Planners and developers believe that the new attraction will position North Wales firmly on the world adventure sports map building on Snowdonia's existing reputation among hikers and cyclists. The National Park attracts around 6million visitors every year, both day visitors and those staying over. The park is the third largest in the UK. The peak of Mount Snowdon is just over 1,000 metres above sea level and so many who visit the area plan to hike to its summit. The Snowdon Mountain Railway is also a popular route to the top for those who prefer a more sedate experience, or who simply prefer to just walk down rather than up. The Surf Snowdonia centre will certainly add more thrilling adventures to an area that already offers much to activity lovers.
 

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