Surf Lakes is already making waves in Queensland
- 26 October 2018 | Surfing
It's on. Surf Lakes, the world's fourth surf pool concept, is already pumping its first waves in Queensland, Australia.
After long months of preparation and uncertainty, the full-scale prototype designed by Aaron Trevis and his team delivered the first surfable waves.
Mark Occhilupo and his son Jay were the first to test the artificial wave pool. A few days later Occhilupo and Barton Lynch took their families to the coastal town of Yeppoon for the soft launch.
The pre-inauguration day saw Joel Parkinson, Laura Enever, Felicity Palmateer, Korbin Hutchinson, and Mitch Crews giving the new toy a go.
The wave pool company named their technology "5 Waves." It uses a central wave machine to create multiple waves of varying difficulty, length and size to happen simultaneously around a specially designed lake.
At full commercial capacity, it is capable of producing up to 2,400 perfect surfing waves each hour. Nearly all types of boards are accepted: shortboards, longboards, SUPs, kneeboards and even surf skis.
Surf Lakes plan is to license their "5 Wave" technology around the world, as well as construction, commission and provide various services to each facility.
"5 Waves" can work as a standalone surf park, or incorporated into larger entertainment precincts, such as integrated resorts or theme parks.
"Aaron Trevis started it 15 years ago by actually throwing a rock into the water and watching the ripples disperse. It's incredible what he's done," notes Occhilupo, ambassador and minority shareholder of Surf Lakes.
A Metal Donut That Makes Waves
Unlike its predecessors Wavegarden, Kelly Slater Surf Ranch, and BSR Surf Resort, Surf Lakes uses a huge 1400-ton plunger - the equivalent to three Boeing 747 - to produce four types of waves.
In theory, it's a simple concept - a metal donut is compressed against the water and forms a ring of water that travels perfectly until hitting several concrete banks, creating different surfing waves.
Visitors can choose between "The Beach Break" (a gentle rolling wave for beginner surfers), "Occy's" (a high-performance wave inspired by Duranbah, Occhilupo's favorite surf spot), "The Point" (a fast and demanding wave), and "The Wedge" (an advanced, hollow wave designed for bodyboarders).
The surf pool system will pump sets of between three and six waves, with a six-second interval, allowing eight surfers to take off simultaneously on the four right and left-hand waves, plus two beginner rollers.
According to the surf pool firm, the system allows for up to 200 surfers and learners each hour. It's the largest surf lagoon on the planet with its 80 megaliters of water volume.
Surf Lakes, a Gold Coast-based company, hopes to produce a perfect eight-foot barreling wave soon. When that happens, it will become the biggest man-made wave ever created.
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