SmoothStar: why we love this surf training tool

Over at our onsite Surf Retail space we stock a pretty comprehensive range of high quality wetsuits, boards, clothing and accessories.

Surf Retail is a place where we like to showcase the best in new products, design and technology; kit and caboodle that is relevant to you whether you’re a fully signed up surf pro or a just-starting-out beginner.

With that in mind, we were pretty excited when we got the opportunity to become the only Wales stockist of a truly amazing and ground breaking surf training product: SmoothStar.

What is SmoothStar? Well we reckon it’s the closest you’re ever going to get to surfing on dry land. Yes really.

SmoothStar: the surf training tool

Whether you’d like to supplement your wave time with some land-based training, or you really want to work on a specific technique, SmoothStar boards will keep you well and truly stoked.

The SmoothStar boards replicate the surf feel due to the front truck featuring a special turning device known as the SmoothStar thruster.

The thruster makes the front of the board loose allowing the board to turn and drive off the back trucks – the same as you would with surfboard rails and fins. The feel is “rail-to-rail” surfing on land. The turns are not sharp or stiff – they are “Smooth” but as radical as you want them to be. That is why they call it “SmoothStar”!

Once the rider is pushing off from rail-to-rail, this creates a “self-propelling” motion, removing the need to push off the ground with the foot.

This is what our retail manager Josh has to say about Smoothstar:

“I’ve been using SmoothStar boards for a few years now, the connection between my upper and lower body when surfing has improved massively. I now rotate further and compress much deeper through my turns. I love that I can take surfing everywhere with me and it’s also a wicked workout for the lower body!”

Check out our video to see how a SmoothStar could improve your surfing too! 

Surf Retail is open daily from 9am until 5pm. Email us on retail@adventureparcsnowdonia.com for more information about SmoothStar, or to enquire about any of our other retail lines.


WIN EXCLUSIVE USE OF OUR NEW ADRENALINE INDOORS FACILITY!

Have you been to check out our brand-new Adrenaline Indoors facility yet? Had a go on the UK's only extreme kicker slide (expect to fly high), taken on our epic aerial assault course, dared to throw yourself off our 6.5 metre stunt jump towers or braved our 100+ metres of artificial caves?

Then what about this: how do you fancy having this giant of adventure all to yourself and your mates? If that's a yes you need to enter our mega Adrenaline Indoors competition right now. Just head over to Facebook, Insta or Twitter and answer a simple question about what adventure means to you to be in with a chance of winning this truly epic prize.

WHAT'S UP FOR GRABS

Two hours exclusive use of our brand-new Adrenaline Indoors facility for you and nine fellow adventurers - big or small. You must be 18+ to enter this competition, and the prize is suitable for adults and children age 9+ (under 18s must be accompanied by at least one participating adult).

ABOUT ADRENALINE INDOORS

Our brand-new giant of adventure features one of the longest artificial caving systems in the world, climbing & racer walls, leaps of faith, possibly the most extreme slides you will ever encounter - including the UK's only kicker flight slide -  an aerial assault course, stunt jumps and parkour ninja floor trail. There are ‘freefall’ jumps for the fearless, and you can even take a tandem zip line from the rooftop across the surf lagoon! A totally weather-proof day out for thrill-seekers of all ages, Adrenaline Indoors includes a separate soft play zone for younger visitors.

Adrenaline Indoors from age 5+, from £12. Soft play for babies & toddlers, £5, free for under 1s. Find out more and book here.

Please scroll down to read our full terms and conditions. And the very best of luck!

 

 

OUR COMPETITION TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1. The promoter is: Adventure Parc Snowdonia Ltd trading as Surf Snowdonia and
Adventure Parc Snowdonia (company no 8220978) whose registered office is
at Adventure Parc Snowdonia, Conway Road, Dolgarrog, Conwy, LL32 8QE.
2. The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 18 years or over
except employees of Adventure Parc Snowdonia Ltd and their close relatives and
anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or judging of the competition.
3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
4. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound
by these terms and conditions.
5. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are via https://
www.facebook.com/AdvParcSnowdonia/, https://www.instagram.com/
AdvParcSnowdonia/ and https://twitter.com/advparcsnowdon.
6. Only one entry will be accepted per person. Multiple entries from the same person
will be disqualified.
7. Closing date for entry will be 31/08/19. After this date the no further entries to the
competition will be permitted.
8. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
9. The rules of the competition and how to enter are as follows: To enter, simply let us
know in the comments on the competition post what the word ‘adventure' means to
you! You can enter via our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter page.
10. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms
and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military
disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or
regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the
competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.
11. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by
any third party connected with this competition.
12. The prize is as follows:
Two hours exclusive use of our brand-new Adrenaline Indoors facility for you and nine
fellow adventurers - big or small. You must be 18+ to enter this competition, and the prize
is suitable for adults and children age 9+ (under 18s must be accompanied by at least one
participating adult).
The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered.The prizes are not
transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any
prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
13. Winners will be chosen at random by software.
14. The winner will be notified by email and/or DM on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram and/or
letter within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim
the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the
winner and pick a replacement winner.
15. The promoter will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected / is
delivered.
16. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final
and no correspondence will be entered into.
17. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by
these terms and conditions.
18. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English/Welsh law
and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England/
Wales.
19. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as
well as their entry. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be
used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be
disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
20. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and
conditions.
21. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated
with, Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network. You are providing your information
to Adventure Parc Snowdonia and View Creative Agency and not to any other party. The
information provided will be used in conjunction with the following Privacy Policy found
at https://adventureparcsnowdonia.com/privacy-policy/
22. Your exclusive session must be booked before 31st December 2019 and is subject
to availability.
23. Please check https://adventureparcsnowdonia.com/shop-category/adrenalineindoors/
to make sure you are aware of any age or weight restrictions for Adrenaline
Indoors activities.


Richard Parks launches Adrenaline Indoors!

The day has finally arrived! We were absolutely thrilled to open the doors to our fantastic new indoor adventure facility, Adrenaline Indoors, for the first time this morning.

This giant of adventure was launched for us by another giant of adventure - former Wales rugby international, record-breaking extreme endurance athlete and all-round Welsh legend Richard Parks. We are so pumped that he was able to be part of our big day.

Packed full of high-thrills activities, Adrenaline Indoors features one of the longest artificial caving courses in the world, as well as climbing & racer walls, leaps of faith, possibly the most extreme slides you will ever encounter – including the only kicker flight slide in the UK – an aerial assault course, air bag stunt jumps and a parkour ninja floor trail.

There are ‘freefall’ jumps for the fearless, and you can even take a tandem zip line from the rooftop right across the heads of our surfers on our inland lagoon!

WEATHER-PROOF ADVENTURES - PERFECT FOR RAINY DAYS OUT THIS SUMMER

Adrenaline Indoors is a totally weather-proof day out for thrill-seekers of all ages. A rain-proof facility with some of the biggest, boldest, most daring of new adventures in the UK. With something for adventurers of all ages, entry starts at £12.

So, what have we got in store for you? Take a look at our adventures below, and head to our Adrenaline Indoors page to book your entry!

ADRENALINE PASS

Awesome parkour ninja trail with extreme slides, bag jumps and aerial assault.

Age 9+, from £12

INDOOR ADVENTURE CLIMB

Clip & climb routes + racer walls, with a stairway to heaven and leap of faith.

Age 5+, from £12

THE GRAVITY PACK

High-rise kicks and thrills on outdoor climbing walls and ‘freefall’ jumps.

Age 7+, from £30

ARTIFICAL CAVING

All the thrills and skills of caving in a remarkable system of tunnels and caves.

Age 5+, from £12

ZIP LINE

The only zip on earth where you can race surfers and waves as you fly over a beautiful inland lagoon.

Age 7+, from £18

SOFT PLAY CAFÉ

Soft sensory play that will keep the smalls happy whilst you relax with a cuppa. Babies under 1 go free.

£5 entry.


Ground-breaking event kicks off construction for Hilton Garden Inn, Snowdonia

We’re digging it! And we've got a very big spade.

We are delighted to announce that following a ground-breaking ceremony on Thursday 18 July 2019, construction is now officially underway for the Hilton Garden Inn Snowdonia – and it’s the first time the Hilton Garden Inn brand has been brought to Wales!

A ceremonial spade was dug into ground at our construction site by deputy minister for culture, sport and tourism, Lord Elis-Thomas, along with Adventure Parc Snowdonia’s chairman Martin Ainscough and our managing director Andy Ainscough.

They were accompanied by Graham Dodd, managing director for Hilton in the UK & Ireland, along with Rob Smith and Mike Smith from HH Smith, the lead contractor for the build.

The 106-bedroom, four-storey hotel will welcome its first guests in 2020 and promises unparalleled views across our world-first inland waves and the Conwy Valley’s beautiful mountains-and-forests landscapes.

The Hilton Garden Inn will be complemented by additional hospitality facilities you might like to know about, including an indoor / outdoor wellbeing spa, corporate conference facilities for up to 260 delegates, full wedding and events licences, and a destination-dining lagoon-side restaurant.

 

The best adventure destination in North Wales

 

The Hilton Garden Inn is part of our transformational phase two evolution, which represents a total investment of £16 million. It's pretty exciting stuff.

‘Phase two’ includes our new indoor adventure facility Adrenaline Indoors – one of the biggest purpose-built indoor adventure destinations in the UK – due to launch on 1 August 2019 (tickets are now on sale - book now if you want to be one of the first through the doors!).

Our phase two evolution is all about building on what we’ve established since we launched in 2015: a flagship adventure and lifestyle destination for Wales, the UK and beyond. We think the Hilton Garden Inn Snowdonia will be a hugely positive addition to our adventure hub.

We hope you’re as excited as we are. Stay tuned for more news on the hotel as the build progresses, and sign up to our newsletter to be the first to know about bookings when they go live.


A world-first stop for the Adaptive Surf Championships

This week we are seriously delighted to welcome some of the world’s best adaptive surf athletes – including former world champions Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart (AUS) and Bruno Hansen (DEN) – to a very sunny North Wales.

They are here at Adventure Parc Snowdonia to take part in a world-first inland surf competition which we are the very proud hosts of.

 

A world-first for adaptive surfing

The Welsh Adaptive Surf Championship will take place Friday 5 and Saturday 6 July 2019, on our man-made waves. It will be the first international adaptive surf championship to be held on an inland lagoon anywhere in the world.

Twenty-four surfers – male and female – representing thirteen nationalities will take part in the event. The current adaptive surfing circuit sees competitions in Hawaii, Bali, South Africa, USA and Europe. It serves as a qualifier for the ISA World Adaptive Surf Championships which have been held in La Jolla, California, since 2015. This is the first time Wales has hosted a stop on the circuit.

Each of the surfers taking part has overcome significant personal challenges – including limb amputations, cancer, life-changing accidents and paralysis – to excel at their sport at a globally competitive level.

The main sponsor is Abersoch Land & Sea, and competitors include Welsh surfers Ethan Jolosa from Monmouthshire, and Llywelyn Williams from Abersoch.

Llywelyn, who lost his leg after a skateboarding accident, is a member of the organising committee who brought the event to North Wales. He said:

“Surfing is in the lifeblood of so many people living in Wales. I grew up surfing at local beaches like Porth Ceiriad and Porth Neigwl.

“I always wanted to see a Wales stop on the adaptive surf circuit, but the uncertainty of waves and unreliable weather was always a limiting factor. On top of that, access to beaches can be difficult for adaptive surfers.

“That changed when Adventure Parc Snowdonia launched its world-first inland waves. It ticks all the boxes for us: guaranteed surf, fantastic food and accommodation, and world-class facilities in the most beautiful location. The international surfers coming here will get a real taste for Wales whilst seeing the great facilities that are on offer.

“Competing on consistent and reliable inland waves will make for a better competition, and the fact that spectators can get so close up to the waves makes it a much more interesting event."

The event has been generously sponsored by Tony Ford and powerboat specialists Abersoch Land & Sea.

Consistent & reliable inland waves

The surfers will compete in three categories: standing, kneeling and prone.

Standing surfers are typically able to stand on their board and steer, kneeling surfers will surf on their knees or one knee, and prone surfers lie on their board.

Australian Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart is amongst the competitors. In September 2015, at the age of 53, he won the inaugural International Surfing Association World Adaptive Surfing Championship in La Jolla, California. He said: “The wave here is amazing, well worth the two-day journey from Australia. The accessibility, quality and consistency of the waves is a game-changer. Inland waves are without doubt the future of our sport.”

Andy Ainscough, managing director of Adventure Parc Snowdonia said: “A few of the competitors arrived early to enjoy a bit of North Wales sunshine and to get some practice before the big event.

“Watching them surf is technically impressive and genuinely inspiring. We hope we’ll get a good crowd down on Friday and Saturday to watch some world-class surfing and soak up what will be a great atmosphere.”

The popularity of adaptive surfing has grown significantly since the first ISA World Adaptive Surf Championship in 2015. The International Paralympic Committee, the body which oversees the Paralympics, will make a decision on whether to include it in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games later this year.

This year’s international adaptive surf competitive circuit will culminate in the ISA World Adaptive Surf Championship at La Jolla, California, in Autumn / Winter 2019.

Event details 

  • Come and support these amazing athletes! Admission to the event is free.
  • The Welsh Adaptive Surf Championship has been organised by the Welsh Adaptive Surfing Society and sponsored by Abersoch Land & Sea.
  • Adventure Parc Snowdonia has accessible facilities and viewing areas.
  • Competition takes place 11am – 3pm Friday 5th July and 11am – 1pm Saturday 6th July.
  • A podium presentation will follow the last waves on Saturday.
  • Parking is free.
  • Delicious food and drink served all day at our deli, and out surf side Bar & Kitchen.

Learn to Surf in North Wales

Fancy getting on board with surfing and having a go yourself? We offer surf lessons and waves and paddleboard sessions to all abilities from age 5+, from £35. Please contact us in advance to arrange a chat with our expert coach team if you are a first-time visitor and an adaptive surfer. Find out more here.

 

Friends Surfing North Wales


Network She - Women in Sport Conference at Adventure Parc Snowdonia

 

It’s all about helping one another to move forward 

What does empowerment look like to you?

Last week we welcomed over 120 wonderful women of all ages through our doors – from 14-year-old students through to marathon running 80-year-olds, and many more wonderful women in between.

We were delighted that these great women brought along some brilliant men to be our guests, too.

They were all at Adventure Parc Snowdonia to attend our Women in Sport conference, which we hosted in partnership with North Wales business group, Network She.

We reckon this group of amazing people represents everything empowerment should be about. Supportive, inspiring, positive, encouraging, interested and interesting, and totally unjudgmental. Believers in saying ‘yes’, why not’ and, ‘come on, let’s do it’.

This very special one-day event brought together amateurs and professionals who love sport, individuals and groups who want to get more involved with sport and help others to do the same. It explored some really pertinent issues – from the physical and mental health benefits of being active, to barriers to entry and participation.

The day’s agenda also looked at media coverage of women and girls in sport, what progress has been made (mainstream coverage of this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup is a good example), and what is still to be done. Why don’t we fund and reward women and girls in sport in the same way we fund and reward men and boys? How and when will this change, and what can we do to make it happen?

Our guest list included local youth groups, national outreach networks, schools, colleges, and individuals including Wales Rugby Union players – lovely to see former WRU captain Rachel Taylor again – as well as coaches, development officers, parkrun organisers, run club members, a taekwondo sensei, dedicated PE teachers, teaching assistants, headteachers and representatives from organisations like Cricket Wales, Our Squad, Sported and Street Games.

The conference concluded with an opportunity for all of our conference guests to try out an activity with us. Great fun was had stand-up paddle boarding and surfing, and a lucky few even got the opportunity to try out our brand-new artificial caving system which opens at Adrenaline Indoors later this summer.

 

Network She Women in Sport Conference

 

WOMEN IN SPORT – WHY THE NEED FOR A CONFERENCE?

According to research carried out by Sport Wales, there is still a huge gender gap when it comes to sport participation in the UK.

Around two million fewer 14-40-year-old women than men engage regularly in a sport or activity. That’s despite the fact that 75% of women and girls say they want to be more active. Confidence is often cited as the main barrier to taking part.

It seems such a waste of potential – not just of what women could achieve, but of the happiness, health, joy and sense of achievement they could feel. We hope our Women in Sport initiative will go some way to help bridge that gap.

Nurturing female talent in what has traditionally – but not exclusively – been male-dominated sports, is something we take seriously, every day of the year. The success of Adventure Parc Snowdonia relies on the talent and drive of a whole bunch of wonderful women, from our expert coaches to our marketing department and our customer services team.

Want to find out more? Don’t be shy! We’d love to hear from you. Get in touch with us on info@adventureparcsnowdonia.com

Network She Women in Sport

 

 


CAFE MAMBO IS BACK

Join us on Saturday 22 June as we bring an iconic part of the Ibiza dance music scene back to the Conwy Valley. Our one-day Sunset Sessions festival will take place on the shores of our beautiful inland surf lagoon from 12 noon until 9.30pm.

Dance music festival in North Wales

This is your chance to be part of an exclusive mini festival vibe for a day of music, good times, food, drink and a proper friendly dance crowd here in North Wales. Our headliners include Barcelona native DJ Oliver - he's played the best clubs in the world and made countless festival appearances alongside the likes of Carl Cox, Fatboy Slim, Laurent Garnier, DJ Sneak, Roger Sanchez, Paco Osuna and Joeski.

Oliver will be joined by DJs Andy Joyce, Ed Mackie, Hollie Profit plus loads more, plus the unmissable Pulp Disco and Sweet on Sax.

BUY TICKETS 

Entry is for over 18s only, £13 + bf from Skiddle. Limited tickets available, buy quick before this one sells out!

 


Adrenaline Indoors is Now on Sale!

It's big news we bring you today - we are delighted to announce that tickets are now on sale for Adrenaline Indoors!

Featuring the kind of obstacles and jumps you might find expect to find in a stuntman’s repertoire, this colossus of indoor family adventure will open its doors in time for summer 2019. Stay tuned to our newsletter to be the first to get all the news about our grand opening weekend!Adrenaline Indoors North Wales Slides zip line

CGI of Adrenaline Indoors

THE PERFECT FAMILY ADVENTURE

Think Gladiators meets The Krypton Factor, with all sorts of adventures to discover: 9 & 12-metre climbing walls, one of the world’s longest artificial caving courses, flight towers, extreme kicker slides (you want to see how extreme the drop is on these slides), leaps of faith, an aerial ninja assault course, parkour floor trail, a via ferrata and tandem zip lines!

This is high-thrills, all-weather, all-action adventure - the perfect family day out in North Wales! And yes, you'll be relieved to know (given our recent soggy weather) that it's also the perfect rainy day out too.

Adrenaline Indoors Climbing Walls North Wales
CGI of Adrenaline Indoors Climbing Walls

THE RETURN OF THE BEST SOFT PLAY IN NORTH WALES

Mums, dads, nains, taids, grannies, grandpas and anyone who looks after the little 'uns will be delighted to hear that our brilliant Soft Play Cafe is back in time for summer 2019!

This is a dedicated soft play zone for the under 7s, a great way for babies, toddlers and young children to have fun, explore and burn off some energy.

  • Free parking,
  • £5 entry per child
  • Free for babies under 1.

Head to our Adrenaline Indoors page to check out all our brilliant new adventures.  To avoid disappointment, we strongly recommend you book your activity ahead of your visit.


NEW ADVENTURES FOR HALF TERM

Did you know that surfing is just the start of our adventures?

Brand new for this season, you can now enjoy a whole range of family-friendly activities from our adventure parc here in North Wales. Check out our Explore Outdoors page for more information on how to get started with SUPing, gorge walking, coasteering, mountain biking, climbing and abseiling.

Our Explore Outdoors activities are led by expert local instructors and are the perfect way to get out to explore the beautiful landscapes of Snowdonia and North Wales with your friends and family*. All the equipment you need is supplied, all you need to do is book in and show up for a super-fun day out.

If you'd like to make a night of it, we also have half-term glamping accommodation available for £85 per pod per night. Each pod sleeps up to four guests in one double and two single beds, with breakfast, lunch and dinner served over at our surf side deli and diner.

*Minimum numbers apply. Please see individual activities for details.

 

 


HALF TERM HOLIDAYS ARE HERE AGAIN!

Half term holidays are here again! And whilst school may already be out for some, it’s not too late to book a little family adventure in North Wales for you and your gang.

Love to laugh and try new things with your kids? We still have slots for surf available with or without tuition - the perfect way to kick back and have fun during your time away from the school run. Our surf sessions are suitable for all abilities, and from age 5+. Give it a go! You can book here.

Have you seen our brand new Explore Outdoors activities? Brand-new for 2019, you can now book in with us for exciting day and half-day activities in mountain biking, gorge walking, coasteering, abseiling, SUPing and rock climbing.

Fancy something a little more low key? Our surf side cafe bar and deli will be serving up tasty meals and treats from breakfast time until 9pm every evening. We love our new menu which features loads of tasty local produce, from our burgers and beers through to our cheeseboards, cakes and puddings. We hope you will too.

And if you fancy making a night of it, stay with us! Our super-comfy glamping pod accommodation is just a short walk from our waves. Each of our pods sleeps up to 4 people - and at £85 per night per pod you'd be hard pushed to find a better value night away for you and your gang.

If you do come and visit during half term, you'll see that construction for our new Adrenaline Indoors facility is nearing completion. The excitement really is building now - Adrenaline Indoors is our brand-new nature-inspired high-thrills adventure experience where 12-metre climbing walls, meet stuntman jumps, extreme slides and an artificial caving course. And that’s just for starters! We'll be releasing our first booking for Adrenaline Indoors very soon, with a launch date of early July. Sign up to our newsletter to be one of the first to know.