For UK-based surfing enthusiasts who aren’t local to a coast, the Surf Snowdonia makes it possible to catch great waves, even when you’re stuck inland. The man-made lake was recently opened in North Wales, where it can produce the world’s longest artificial waves and is considered the closest thing to an ocean break. Fun for surfers, body boarders, and kayakers alike, the attraction took nearly a decade to complete and is the site of a former aluminum factory.
This impressive facility was built by a company called Wavegarden, and it measures almost a thousand feet long and 400 feet wide. To produce the massive waves, it uses an underwater plow to roll them as high as six-and-a-half feet high for nearly 500 feet. The waves also change as they travel the length of the pool, which helps create a more realistic experience for up to 36 participants at a time. In addition to surfing, visitors can also enjoy a restaurant, a coffee shop, and onsite camping.
Soon, North Wales won’t be the only place with this innovative surf spot. Wavegarden has plans to build the Nland Surf Park in Austin, Texas in 2016.