A PLANNING application has been lodged to transform a Rhyl toilet block into a kite surfing school.
The application for the unused block, located near the Sun Centre on East Parade, has been submitted to Denbighshire Council.
It proposes to change the use of the building to provide office, training and associated changing and drying facilities for the Pro-Kite Surfing School And Club.
Simon Jones, 39, who has been teaching kite surfing for the past four years, said it could make Rhyl a centre of excellence for the sport.
He said: "Kite surfing is a sport that I love and having the opportunity to put so many ideas I have for the sport to use is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
“This new school will not only teach the next generation of kite surfers but will also provide facilities and services that aren’t currently available to kite surfers anywhere in the UK such as changing rooms and drying facilities, as well as a lounge where people can chill out.
“Most clubs do not have these facilities. I'm trying to create a community for kite surfers where people will come and go into Rhyl town centre because they have changing facilities.”
Simon, of Kinmel Bay, has been teaching kite surfing across the globe and says Rhyl offers stretches of flat sand which are ideal for teaching kite surfing.
He said: “This is something I have had on my mind for two years.
“Rhyl could become a centre of excellence for kite surfing.”
Simon is hoping to get the school up and running in time for Easter.
Chris Ruane MP for Vale of Clwyd said: “This is an excellent initiative.
“Kite surfers will animate Rhyl seafront, creating an outdoor spectacle and is a great use of our natural resources – wind, sea and surf.
“Along with the BMX, roadbike and mountain bike track at Glan Morfa and the extensive cycleways we are slowly building a centre of excellence for outdoor sport in the area.
“We need to develop and enhance a vision for outdoor sports in both Rhyl and Prestatyn as both towns are very well placed to benefit."