“It’s like the mafia. Once you’re in – your in. There’s no getting out”
This quote by surf legend Kelly Slater might reflect quite well what the inventors of this artificial wave might have thought when bringing their idea to life – they just could not get enough.
Wavegarden has built a full-sized demo center in the Basque Country, Northern Spain. Unfortunately this facility will be used strictly for fine-tuning, testing and as a showroom and is not open to the public. But hopefully there will be many waves around the globe soon, so there is no need to wait for the perfect conditions, book vacations and travel far to ride some waves.
The new surfing lagoon generates perfectly formed tubing waves that peel for more than 220 m without losing power or shape. It is the longest artificial surfing wave in existence, and the wave quality, shape, and speed, are suitable for the highest levels of performance surfing.
Every minute two identical waves break simultaneously left and right with barreling point break type rides up to 20 seconds long. Once the waves reach the bay area, the left and right hand waves transform into smooth rolling whitewater waves; perfect for children, longboarding and surf lessons.
The technology is designed to generate 120 waves per hour with an average power of 270 kW and has proven capable of making waves of any size and length, depending on the size of the lagoon.
The technology ensures you have a facility that requires minimal civil engineering work, low energy consumption and has a nearly imperceptible visual and auditory effect on its natural surroundings. The only noise you can hear is the sound of the breaking waves.