Wales’ perfect new wave: Snowdonia’s inland surfing lake

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.

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