Wavegarden: truly incredible

The Wavegarden offices have been very busy, in the past month. The artificial wave project has been unveiled to the world and thousands of media and business requests reach the headquarters of surfing's next big thing.

Creating artificial waves for surfers is not new. There are dozens of wave pools in several countries, but Wavegarden goes further. SurferToday.com had the privilege to exchange a few words with Josema Odriozola, co-founder and technical director of Wavegarden. The next wave prototype is a work in progress.

Where was installed the first surfable prototype of Wavegarden?
The first, and only one so far, prototype of Wavegarden is in our facilities near Zarautz, in the Basque Country North of Spain.

For how long did you fine tuned the project until near-perfection waves?
Ten years, since we started and six years full-time.

What is the average period of the waves?
In our next prototype there will be a wave constantly breaking the whole time.

Can you tune the speed of the ride?
The speed of the wave is of 6m/s. Having said that, you can adjust it a little bit to make a particular section faster or slower and add an element of variety to your ride.

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Surf speed: turns are fast

The best surfers in the world have already checked their best speed records, in the 2011 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, in Australia. The GPS tracking device has delivered data for the first waves of the season.

In Snapper Rocks, Mick Fanning is currently the fastest surfer. The Australian champion recorded a maximum speed of 39,1 km/h. In second place, Joel Parkinson stands with 34,6 km/h. Bede Durbidge is third (33,6 km/h) and 10-time world champion Kelly Slater places in fourth (32 km/h).

The benchmark can be set in the 45 km/h mark, in the near future, experts say. Also, it's interesting to check the overall distance, too. Parkinson leads the way with 3996 metres of waves already ridden.

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Finn MacCools: sunny but rocky

Ireland is pumping the surfing world. After showing off the power of "Prowlers", the local big riders have unveiled another pearl of Irish tow-in surfing.

"Finn MacCools" is the new giant of the European wave kingdom. The surf spot was discovered recently by Alastair Mennie, Andrew Cotton and Lyndon Wake. The big wave scenario breaks in front of the famous Giant's Causeway, in the North Coast of Antrim. Watch the video of Ireland's next big thing.

Initially, "Finn MacCools" was surf paddled, but the team returned with war gear for a professional tow-in session and a group of photographers and videographers. The conditions were incredible and even sunny.

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