Surf Lakes: repairs completed, testing underway

August 2, 2019 | Surfing
Surf Lakes: the concentric wave system should be ready ready for licensees in early 2020 | Photo: Dany Taylor

Surf Lakes announced the conclusion of the improvements, upgrades, and repairs of their full-scale prototype wave pool.

In late 2018, and after a soft launch, the R&D structure built in Central Queensland, Australia, was closed for maintenance.

The engineering team behind Surf Lakes said they needed to fine-tune the concentric wave system to produce full-size overhead rollers.

"We are now undertaking further testing and working through a detailed process to refine the systems, machine, and software to maximize efficiency," Surf Lakes noted.

The Australian wave pool company believes that rigorous tests "will continue for several months."

Surf Lakes: developers are still trying to improve the overall quality of the artificial wave | Photo: Dany Taylor

Not Yet Perfect

According to Surf Lakes, engineers will execute several design changes and technical improvements.

But they're also trying to figure out how to optimize wave shape at different sizes using the current reef bathymetry.

Founder and CEO Aaron Trevis and his team admit that the five wave types produced by their innovative wave machine are "not yet perfect."

However, they have been able to pump four consecutive six-foot waves, and adjustments to reach eight feet will be made in the upcoming months.

Surf Lakes state that all testing is expected to be completed in late 2019, with the commercial design ready for licensees in early 2020.

Until now, The Lagoon, in Bournemouth, is the only project announced using the Australian wave pool technology.

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