Surf Snowdonia: is it always sunny in Wales?

The contract between Wavegarden and Conwy Adventure Leisure (CAL) has been signed opening way to the world's first artificial wave pool, to be installed in the Conwy Valley, Wales.

The company behind the pioneering Surf Snowdonia project confirmed that a seven-figure first stage payment has been made. UK's first inland surfing destination will open to the public by early summer 2015.

"We have worked alongside the team at Wavegarden for some time now and are delighted to finally make good on our promise of a partnership," says Steve Davies, managing director of CAL.


Thomas Kibblewhite: that's heavy

Thomas Kibblewhite conquered the 2014 New Zealand Longboard Open, at Papamoa Domain, Mount Maunganui, in three-foot surf conditions.

Kibblewhite claimed the Men's Longboard final with a 16.8 point heat total, clear of second placed surfer Zen Wallis by 1.8 points.

He started the final blazing a perfect right hander to jump out into the lead scoring an 8.8 point ride.


Carissa Moore: power and finesse

Carissa Moore claimed the 2014 Drug Aware Margaret River Women's Pro.

The final saw a rematch of 2013 and a seesaw battle at Main Break. It was Tyler Wright who struck first, logging a mid-range score but the Hawaiian answered back, belting a series of forehand turns for a 7.50, overtaking Wright for the lead.

Following a lull, Wright delivered an explosive two-turn combination, netting an 8.00 to regain the lead at the halfway mark in the heat.