Surf City, Scotland: Edinburgh to revitalize tourism by repurposing quarry to wave lake

On the outskirts of Edinburgh, Scotland, the multi-million-pound project is expected to create more than 80 jobs.

If it goes ahead, Wavegarden Scotland will be at Craigpark Quarry pit near Ratho, a huge artificial lake complete with a machine that can create waves to suit any level of surfer.

Andy Hadden, co-founder of Tartan Leisure Ltd, which is behind the idea, said: “Wavegarden Scotland is a thrilling new concept in the adventure leisure industry. If approved, it could position Scotland as a leading surfing destination as the country already has some world-class natural breaks.

The aim is to reproduce the success of Surf Snowdonia, an artificial lake in the Conwy valley of north Wales, which also uses Wavegarden technology. This attraction had more than 150,000 visitors last year.

Wavegarden, is based near San Sebastián in the Basque region of Spain.

It has been in operation since 2005, when engineer Josema Odriozola and sports economist Karin Frisch decided to commercialise their shared enthusiasm for surfing.

Surf Snowdonia, which opened in 2015, was its first venture, followed last year by the NLand Surf Park in Austin, Texas.

Images courtesy of WaveGarden.

See Global Construction Review article.

See Express article by David Scott.

Watch videos of Wavegarden technology in action.

See WaveGarden website.

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