Surf Snowdonia attracts 150,000 visitors in first year

Surf Snowdonia is the world’s first inland surf lagoon. The attraction opened in the UK in 2015 and has attracted more than 150,000 visitors in it’s first year of operation, doubling the number predicted. 

Published by: Owen Hughes/Daily Post
Published date: October 2016

Surf Snowdonia welcomed more than 150,000 visitors in their first full season – more than double the number originally forecast.

The world-first inland surf lagoon in the Conwy Valley opened to global media interest in August 2015 but suffered a number of mechanical failures in the first year.

But now after a near full season of surfing they have unveiled stunning visitor numbers – which included 18,000 people from overseas. There were 50,000 surf sessions on the lagoon.

They now intend to extend the surfing season further into the winter after solving a minor maintenance issue and following demand for surfers.

Bosses at the £15m facility said they had created 95 jobs.

Managing director Andy Ainscough said: “The majority of our visitors live within a two-hour-drive radius, with London and the South West also making up a significant part of our UK market.

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