Wavegarden: we want a surf pool in the Sahara Desert

The era of the artificial wave is coming. The progress toward producing the perfect man-made wave is arriving on a monthly basis. Let's take a look at the most famous surf pool concepts in the world right now.

In the coming years, there will be individual buttons for classic overhead barreling right-handers, punchy ramps and lips, and three-foot waves for beginners.

Despite the high installation costs, there are multiple wave pools and surf parks being installed everywhere, from Asia to North America.

Wave pool technology has evolved a lot since Japan's once innovative surf pool closed its doors in 2007. If the Seagaia Ocean Dome had survived the test of time, it would undoubtedly compare well with the latest trends.

The main artificial wave companies, surf pools, surf machines and surf parks are:

The Cove by Wavegarden

The Cove by Wavegarden

The first to unveil a retail concept was Spain's Wavegarden. They've developed one of the best artificial surfing experiences ever seen.

The Wavegarden is no longer a prototype and is breaking down barriers in Surf Snowdonia (Wales, UK), and NLand (Austin, Texas). The Zarautz facility in the Basque Country, Spain, continues to be a test site for the developers José Manuel Odriozola and Karin Frisch.

Surf Ranch by Kelly Slater Wave Co.


While the surf community and surf entrepreneurs seem to be anxious to ride and build copies of the beautiful Wavegarden, there is one man taking notes - Kelly Slater.

The Kelly Slater Wave Company promises what at present seems impossible: the best robotic surf ride in the history of the sport.

"Cool, they made a wave, but I think you'll all be very happy when you see what we have in store," said Slater on his Twitter account, after the Wavegarden crew unveiled their creation.

In December 2015, the surfer-businessman revealed his Surf Ranch, a dreamy wave pool capable of pumping flawless tubes. The Surf Ranch is closed to the public, but the first commercial facility is set to open in Florida in 2019.

PerfectSwell by American Wave Machines


American Wave Machines (AWM) followed a different concept and developed the PerfectSwell, a technology that pumps air into the water.

Their purposely imperfect wave simulates point breaks, beach breaks, and peeling waves that reach between three and eight feet.

The first public wave pool powered by AWM is the BSR Surf Resort, in Waco, Texas. Each ride lasts between 10 and 15 seconds, but it has been considered the closest experience to an ocean wave.

Surf Lakes

Surf Lakes

Founded by Aaron Trevis, Surf Lakes is an Australian surf pool company with Mark Occhilupo and Barton Lynch as full-time ambassadors.

Their wave pool prototype is being built in Yeppoon, Capricorn Coast, Queensland. The technology generates concentric waves and promises multiple breaks. The system pumps eight separate waves simultaneously, and they will vary in length and size.

Webber Wave Pools by Greg Weber

Webber Wave Pools by Greg Weber

Webber Wave Pools is an Australian company founded by Greg Weber. He believes he has one of the smartest technical models for creating waves in the middle of nowhere.

The mastermind behind this brand says that his concept "...makes multiple, real, perfect waves that continually break all the time. The riding time per wave is 60 seconds."

However, he is yet to deliver a full-scale structure of his artificial wave formula.

Point Break Surf by Murphys Waves


Murphys Waves is a Scottish company that has been making wave for a long time. This artificial wave machine generator has equipped Siam Park, in Tenerife, Spain, where Dany Bruch invented tow-in windsurfing.

The ride is relatively long and consistent. The waves can get to 12 foot, and several characteristics may be adjusted in the central computer.

SurfKing by Barr + Wray


They are one oldest wave pool manufacturers in the world.

The SurfKing wave machine, which can be found in Florida, South Africa, Malaysia and Korea, produces waves up to eight feet high in a controlled environment.

At Malaysia's Sunway Lagoon Theme Park's, you can hit the surf in the "...world's largest man-made surf beach, backed by the world's largest wave churning machine." For surfers in Kuala Lumpur and surrounding regions, it's probably the best option.

At Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, and every 90 seconds, waves crash to the shore of a pool that's twice the size of a football field.

Flowrider by Wave Loch


Wave Loch has developed and installed artificial static waves that generate endless joyrides. Their 360° business model is capable of turning the entire surf pool complex into a profitable leisure activity.

Their FlowRider system is available in dozens of countries from Aruba to the United States and has become one of the most famous standing waves on the planet. It even crowns world champions.

UNIT Surf Pool by UNIT Parktech


The world's first floating surf pool was born in Cologne, Germany. It is a stationary wave system that can be quickly installed in a lake or river.

The UNIT Surf Pool uses the natural water flow to generate a low energy consumption deepwater wave. It is available in five sizes, and the whole structure can be shipped worldwide in standard containers.