- 16 February 2011 | Surfing
The perfect surfer's heaven has been born. The Wavegarden is the newest technology in the art of making man-made artificial wave pools and lakes. The surfing project was born in the Basque Country, in Spain, and has already been tested by world pro surfers.
In 2005, engineer Josema Odriozola and sports economist Karin Frisch decided to combine their expertise in designing and building sport facilities, particularly skate parks, with their passion for surfing.
The goal was quite simple: to build the most realistic surfing experience in perfect waves in locations far away from the ocean. Lowering global construction costs and monthly maintenance investments had to be carefully designed. Watch the Wavegarden artificial wave in action, here.
Odriozola and Frisch studied different methods and models of making artificial waves, using computing simulations and small sized prototypes. After six years of research and development, the Wavegarden is finally tested with real surfers. Gipuzkoa, in Spain, will be installing the first artificial surfing unit.
Waves are simply perfect. At the same time, they're fun and affordable, combining technical expertise with a sustainable business plan. The Wavegarden can be customized to deliver size, shape and speed of the waves.
The new artificial wave can be applied anywhere: pools, lakes, lagoons, valleys and deserts. The technology used to generate our waves is hidden, either underground or underwater. A maximum wave height of 1.6 metres is recommended.
The Wavegarden can create waves up to 3 kilometres in length and generate perfect tubes throughout the entire ride. Is it very easy to setup a new wave spot. All you need is a shallow stretch of water and the water level must remain very stable.