It has just been announced that The UK Pro Surf tour will be adding a stop at Surf Snowdonia to it’s tour schedule this year, inviting Britain’s best surfers up to the artificial wave pool to battle it out on October 24th.
The event certainly does remove many of the factors that make it so hard for the UK tour to draw in spectators and sponsorship money; there’s a guarantee of waves on the day of the comp (the biggest factor) and there’s a guarantee that spectators will be able to see the surfing as it won’t be hundred’s of metres out to sea, obscured by a thick film of Cornish mizzle. As a result the event has secured sponsorship from Conwy Council and promises a ‘a substantial cash prize in each category’.
“This event will be a major step forward in competitive surfing.” Said Dave Reed, UKPST director “Surf Snowdonia will provide a unique platform: With each wave guaranteed and identical the luck factor is eliminated from the competition. The result will be purely based on a surfer’s ability. With predictable, consistent conditions this venue could be a fast-track for any surfer who wishes to rapidly improve their skills.”
“As a world-first and world-class facility, we are stoked to be – once again – breaking new ground for the sport of surfing,” says managing director at Surf Snowdonia Andy Ainscough. “Being asked to feature on the UK Pro Surf Tour is a fantastic privilege and a great milestone for the sport. The Surf Snowdonia Pro Surf Challenge competition day will be an enormously exciting opportunity for our crowd to witness some of the best surfing and surfers this country has to offer.”
We’re looking forward to seeing who, once luck and wave selection are removed, will take the coveted prize of ‘Best British Surfer In A Two Foot Wave Pool’ and are excited that the UK Pro Surf Tour is the first to add such an event to its circuit.