We love Surf Snowdonia... both my kids love surfing and I have spent hours, literally hours, standing either waist or neck deep in the sea, waiting for a fairly average wave to come along to give them that little extra push to get up on their boards so when Surf Snowdonia arrived in town, I in particular was very excited...
There is lots more to do at Surf Snowdonia than just surfing and as we have sat and watched people on the 'total wipeout' type course called crash and splash on previous trips, this time the kids gave it a go. They had two friends and as they are 'older kids' they were ok to do without an adult hot on their heels (as I have mentioned before, these early teen years are hard to navigate on 'family fun days out'!).
One thing I love about Surf Snowdonia is the atmosphere. It is, as you would expect laid back, but the process of getting to your lesson or activity is also really simple with clear instructions and lots of space. Getting kids sorted in wetsuits in a hot changing room is enough to put anyone off, but these things seem to have been addressed. Getting the wet suits is easy and the changing rooms are airy, roomy and the right temperature. The directions to the academy to clock in for your activity once you are suited, are again simple and clear. I am highlighting the simplicity and ease of things for the simple reason I go to lots of activities with friends with kids and it is these things that can make the whole experience really stressful!
So the activity itself. The crash and splash is set into 2 sections; the inflatables and the climbing wall with log turner etc and the session lasts for an hour. The inflatables section is tiring but the kids were soon racing each other to get good times and by the end doing summersaults off the last slide. Again, about the atmosphere here; obviously all health and safety is in place, but it is not stuffy. No whistles going every 5 mins telling you to stop having fun. Actually I thought the life guards were great as they got involved and encouraged everyone to enjoy it; one of my guys did a summersault and I assumed they were going to get pulled up on it but no, the lifeguard smiled at them and gave a thumbs up! On the more technical side of the activity with the log roller and climbing wall, the guard there was also really good showing them how to do it and making things harder for them once they mastered it. You don't normally see this and it really stood out to me that the team were going that extra mile as opposed to just standing there looking on.
After everyone was out and dressed we had burger and chips and Jude went to try out the new half pipe installed on the East side of the lagoon. This is definitely worth doing. It is £25 per head and everyone came out smiling having had a really good time. When asked if they enjoyed it, it was a thumbs up from all. There is lots to do at the Surf Snowdonia site. There is a cafe, a restaurant, a soft play area and a shop so if you are not up for getting in the water, there is plenty to keep you occupied; if you have a skate board, take it with you, great surface to skate around the place as well as the new half pipe.