- 11 June 2013 | Surfing
Wavegarden has officially announced that the new full-scale artificial wave pool is now operational in the Basque Country.
The surf lagoon installation by Wavegarden generates perfectly formed tubing waves that peel for more than 220 meters (720 feet), without losing power or shape.
The new wave is approximately 1.20 meters (4.25 feet) in face-height providing clean barreling rides of 20 seconds duration that do not lose power or shape during the course of their travel. The technology is designed to generate 120 waves per hour with an average power of 270 kW.
It is the longest man-made surfing wave in the planet and promises "quality, shape and speed suitable for the highest levels of performance surfing".
"Historically, participation in surfing has been limited due to the fact that it is required to be undertaken at specific coastal locations, in daylight hours and is highly dependent upon appropriate swell and weather conditions", says José Manuel Odriozola, CEO of Wavegarden.
"With the development of the Wavegarden, we now have the ability to provide an authentic surfing experience in any location capable of sitting a lagoon".
The technology has been proven through advanced simulation modeling to be capable of making waves of any size and length, depending on the size of the lagoon.
Due to the limited land available in Wavegarden's premises, the surf lagoon featured in the videos cannot offer bigger or longer waves, although the technology is perfectly able to do so.
This first of its kind facility will be used strictly for fine-tuning testing and future research and development efforts, and consequently the facility is not open to the public.
"It's fun for everyone. If you don't surf, you can learn to surf right here!", said Gabriel Medina. "The speed of the wave is perfect", adds pro free surfer Dane Reynolds.
Five facilities are going to be developed in Australia and 25 are planned for the USA, in the next years. Wavegarden has also entered into agreements with more than 10 other affiliates who have financially committed to developing facilities in different parts of Europe and the Middle East.
It is yet to be determined where the first commercial lagoon will be opened, however, the technology promises to bring surfing to places where riding waves has never before been possible.