The world’s longest man-made surfing wave is set to open in north Wales, marking the transformation of a heavily polluted aluminium works into a lake serving up six-foot barrels once a minute. Surf Snowdonia will open on 1 August on the former site of the century-old Dolgarrog aluminium factory, between the green-wooded slopes of the Snowdonia national park and the river Conwy. The £12m facility is 300m long and produces waves by pulling a snowplough-like wedge along under the water. The wedge travels 180m in 19 seconds under a central pier, before being sent back the other way and producing another pair of waves in the other direction. “We had to convince people that, though it looked like a crazy idea, there were one or two sane people behind it,” said Steve Davies, the managing director of Surf Snowdonia and formerly a full colonel in the army. Cleaning up the site was a major task, Davies told the Guardian: “A century of aluminium smelting had left its mark in terms of contamination.” Eighteen tanker-loads of heavy metals and hydrocarbons were removed from the site. About 25,000 cubic metre of materials were pulled from the old foundations, crushed and then re-used…. Read full this story
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