Quarry conversion project would include Wavegarden technology
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 21 February, 2017 - An abandoned quarry in Ratho wants to be the next European surf destination. Wave Garden Scotland developer Tartan Leisure Ltd wants to to turn the area into an outdoor adventure destination, much like Surf Snowdonia in Wales which was also built on the site of an old quarry.
The group will submit planning applications in late spring that include a cafe, surf shop and training academy as well as waves for a variety of skill levels. According to an artists rendering (but not confirmed) the wave will use Wavegarden’s new left-and-right-peak technology.
"Wavegarden Scotland is a thrilling new concept in the adventure leisure industry,” Andy Hadden, the co-founder of Tartan Leisure Ltd told The Scottish Sun. “If approved, it could position Scotland as a leading surfing destination as the country already has some world-class natural breaks.”
Hadden is referring of course to the breaks in Thurso at the northern tip of Scotland which hosted the O’Neill Cold Water Classic WSL events for several years.
The Scottish Surfing Federation has thrown in their backing for the project.
"We fully support this fantastic project and will continue to work with Tartan Leisure Ltd to ensure it fits with the best interests of Scottish surfing,” said William Watson, President of the Scottish Surfing Federation.
Wavegarden technology is currently used in Texas and Wales with future projects planned for Barcelona, Bristol and Australia.
More on the project here