Gaia will build Portugal's first Wavegarden

September 22, 2015 | Surfing
Wavegarden: the city of Gaia prepares to ride the artificial wave | Photo: Wavegarden

Portugal's first Wavegarden surf pool will be built in Vila Nova de Gaia, in the north of the country.

The artificial wave park is set to be installed in a camping area, near Madalena, less than 500 meters away from the local beach.

Vila Nova de Gaia, shortly known as Gaia, is a Portuguese city located south of Porto, the nation's second-largest urban center. Gaia is also known for its quality beaches, challenging point breaks, and port wine cellars.

The mayor of Gaia, Eduardo Vitor Rodrigues has confirmed that the 10-million euro investment will be concluded in two years, and it will occupy an area of 20 hectares.

"The equipment will be the result of an excellent coastline. This is an example of private initiative that will certainly benefit Gaia," underlined Vitor Rodrigues.

Gaia's Wavegarden will be developed and commercially explored by SVQinvest, a company specialized in developing projects in active tourism and leisure. The firm represents Wavegarden in Portugal, Angola and Mozambique.