Surf Snowdonia: a man-made wave in the heart of Wales | Photo: Pignataro/Red Bull

The UK Pro Surf Tour 2016 will feature a stop in Surf Snowdonia, the world's first public artificial surf pool.

The best British surfers will have the opportunity to test and compete at the man-made wave lagoon installed at Dolgarrog, in the north of Wales.

The first-ever surf competition held at Surf Snowdonia was the Red Bull Unleashed 2015. The event was won by Albee Layer and attracted more than 2,000 spectators.

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Thomas Debierre: he won the Boys Under 16 division for France | Photo: Rezendes/ISA

France has claimed the gold medal at the 2016 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship, in Azores, Portugal.

French surfers have reasons to rejoice - they've just won their first ever team gold medal in the World Junior Surfing Championship run by the International Surfing Association (ISA).

With splendid offshore conditions at Praia do Monte Verde, Thomas Debierre won the Boys Under 16 division, and "Les Bleus" resisted the attacks from the Australian team.

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Netherlands: this is what surfing looks like in Scheveningen

Can you imagine how it looks like to surf in the Netherlands? The waves might be green, but when it's pumping you just want to join the local crew.

When it comes to water sports, the Netherlands is usually known for its hardcore windsurfing community. The North Sea nation gets plenty of southwest breeze, and bumpy wind swells.

Dutch surfers don't usually seek perfection. Otherwise, they would never get their boards in the water. Onshore surfing days are part of the experience, and glassy waves are a rarity.

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