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Europe's first indoor surf centre for Swansea

The revolutionary Surf Stream at Swansea Leisure Centre will bring all the thrills of seaside stand-up and bodyboard surfing indoors as part of ambitious plans to attract up to one million visitors a year.
image depicting Swansea's new leisure centre

The Surf Stream will be part of a new 21st century water park which includes a network of indoor pools, slides and waves creating Britain's leading indoor water attraction.

The plans were unveiled by Chris Holley, Swansea Council Leader, and form the centrepiece of the £25 million project to re-open Swansea Leisure Centre in 2008.

Cllr Holley said, "The Surf Stream will excite people and put Swansea on the map by making us the surfing capital of Europe.

"The Surf stream will provide the perfect waves all-day every day for boogie-boarding and stand-up surfing.

"We are transforming the pool area into a 21st century water park with a network of pools, slides and waves for people of all ages.

"These water facilities will be the envy of every leisure centre in Britain.

"Standing alongside the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea will have a new cultural and leisure hub attracting more than one million visitors a year.

"This is great news, not just for Swansea, but the whole of South West Wales."

The leisure centre will boast:

­ Europe's first indoor surfing centre providing waves all-day every day for boogie-boarding and stand-up surfing;

­ An indoor water park consisting of a network of pools, water rides, and slides, including the Masterblaster, the world's first uphill water slide.

­ A lazy river will allow children to body surf, and there will be an interactive pool with play equipment, a toddler teaching facility in the Lagoon Pool and baby classes in the Kids Pool;

­ Multi-purpose sports and exhibition hall for sports, conferences and exhibitions, concerts and a synthetic ice rink;

­ Wales' biggest fitness arena with more than 160 items of cutting-edge equipment and monitoring systems, weights and free-motion machines;

­ Lifestyle library and dedicated fitness facilities for the under-16;

­ Three aerobic studios;

­ Health spa and treatments centre; and,

­ Café bar, internet café, party and function rooms, a nine-metre climbing wall and sound-proof music rooms.

The plans will transform the pool, the main sports hall and the fitness area into a 21st century visitor destination.

Cllr Holley said the fitness area will be the biggest in Wales, featuring state-of-the-art equipment with vistas overlooking the city.

The sports hall will become a multi-purpose arena that will be able to attract major sporting and cultural events to Swansea and accommodate a synthetic ice rink.

This means the first-floor bowls hall will be removed to create extra ceiling space.

And following talks with the city's bowls leaders, the Council will build a new indoor bowls centre in Landore, subject to planning consent.

The leisure centre's exterior will be revitalised by replacing the old concrete panels with clear glass, translucent glazing and timber panelling.

Cllr Holley added, "The leisure centre will bring a huge economic and tourism boost for Swansea and will help to regenerate the city centre. Together with the National Waterfront Museum, the leisure centre will be a major symbol of the Council's ambition to create a cultural and leisure destination that will be the envy of Wales."

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