It feels completely alien to be heading inland to find the perfect wave, but that’s exactly what awaits us at Surf Snowdonia. This £12 million project is Britain’s first ever surfing lagoon, and promises the longest man-made waves on the planet.
The car we’ve chosen for the journey is Audi’s compact SUV, Audi Q5. Combining refinement and strong performance with fantastic practicality, this 3.0 TDI quattro model is the perfect machine for the job. As we arrive and unstrap our surfboards from the Q5’s roof rack, we’re left awestruck by the sheer size of the lagoon. ‘It’s over 300m long and contains 33,000 cubic litres of water,’ explains Andy Ainscough, Operations Director at Surf Snowdonia. ‘At the touch of a button we can create the perfect wave that breaks for more than 150 metres.’