Nestled within the picturesque village of Dolgarrog and the rolling hills of North Wales as a backdrop, is the surfers’ playground, aptly named…….Surf Snowdonia.
Since its opening back in 2015, it’s been the name on every UK surfer’s lips and the pros & cons well documented.
For me it was my second visit and I was joined by two good friends and a frothing Irish team rider Eoin McCarty Deering, all keen to see what the mechanical wave had to offer.
In comparison to our mellow 4hr road trip, Eoin’s route to the wave park is a story in itself……..a 2.30am ferry from Dublin, hitchhiking with the Irish army (en route to Sweden) from Holyhead to Bangor, joining up with a group of Irish football supporters on their way to the Euro’s and the last leg, a lift to the wave pool by the resident electrician. It’s clear to see that Eoin was desperate to get a bit of SS action.
After our brief coffee fueled wait, it was our turn to have a piece of the action. What proceeded was an afternoon of fun, as the four of us traded wave after wave in our 2 x 1hr sessions. It’s surprising how many waves the lagoon generates in an hour. We were well into double figures each, that opening up a post surf debate for us comparing this to a session at your local, busy beach break.
The evening was spent chilling out in the onsite bar/restaurant area, talking tales and planning our next adventure. The delicious food, great atmosphere and a few cold beers topped off an amazing day. One last thing for us to do was walk the few hundred meters around the lagoon to our onsite pod accommodation, perfectly positioned for a bird’s eye view of all the surf action.
The place is a great for those wanting to have fun, catch plenty of waves and perfect those frustrating manouveres. The staff we met were all friendly, polite and happy to offer assistance when requested, making the trip that little bit more enjoyable.
It’s definitely worth giving it a go and plans are already in place for a return team trip later on in the year.
Surfing definitely is fun