Surfing, in the mountains of Wales?

Work on Britain’s first ever "surfing lagoon" is to begin in the mountainous region of Snowdonia, North Wales this year, with another planned for Bristol, England shortly after.

A prototype lagoon has already been built in a secret location in the Basque country of northern Spain by a company called Wavegarden.

Machinery beneath the surface of the lake is capable of simultaneously generating two waves per minute. The company says the waves have been optimised for surfing, with a "tubing" form and sufficient energy to peel for more than 220m without losing their shape.

The waves can be adjusted to give different heights, up to a maximum of about 3m. Their consistency raises the possibility of making surfing into a competitive sport.

Wavegarden’s design for a surfing lake (Wavegarden)

The Snowdonia project, to cost $13m (£7.7m) will create an artificial lake about three times the size of London’s Wembley stadium at the site of a former aluminium factory in the village of Dolgarrog in Snowdonia National Park.

Mount Snowdon, Snowdonia National Park

Wavegarden was formed in 2005 by Josema Odriozola, an engineer, and Karin Frisch, a sports economist who were both surfers. They spent six years developing the technology that is used to generate the waves.

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