Indoor surf centre for Cardiff

It is hoped the new attraction will boost the economy


The new Surf Rider will be based at Cardiff International White Water

Plans for a £2 million indoor surf centre in Cardiff Bay have been given the go ahead.

Based at Cardiff International White Water (CIWW), The Surf Rider will have an 1.5m high wave that can be ridden by up to eight people at once. It is due to open in 2013.

Nigel Howells, executive council member for Sport, Culture and Leisure said: “We estimate the new facility will attract an additional 18,000 users to CIWW, which will of course lead to a boost for other businesses.”

South Wales’ coast is a popular outdoor surfing destination and Stu Bentley from the Welsh Surfing Federation says you can’t beat real waves. “When you’re in the sea you’ve got the natural elements moving in different ways,” says Stu.