What’s so great about surfing in the sea anyway? There’s waiting for waves, the tiring wading out bit and, well, sewage sometimes. Surf Snowdonia, which opens today, is offering a striking new inland alternative
I’m about to go surfing but I’m several miles from the sea. I’m in a Welsh valley, surrounded by green hills and lush forest, in the shadow of an old power station. The water is as flat as a lake. That’s because, right now at least, it is a lake. I sit on my board and wait – more out of habit than necessity because where I am it’s shallow enough to stand.
Then the hydraulics whir and gurgle and, as if by magic, a beautifully shaped wave over a metre high suddenly looms behind me.