Is the time of inland surfing here? That’s what Wavegarden hopes to accomplish with its man-made wave prototype located just outside of Zarautz, deep in the Basque Country of Spain.
After seven years of trial and error, this 30 yard pond lined in black plastic now offers waist high rip-able freshwater wave surges, and has captured the attention of the surf world, including Owen Wright, Mick Fanning, and Bobby Martinez. The reality for people of all ages and surfing levels to enjoy a “real” surfing experience beyond the oceans of the world is almost here.
The idea for Wavegarden started when engineer Josema Odriozola and sports economist Karin Frisch decided to combine their expertise in designing and building sport facilities with their passion for surfing. Their goal was to create the most realistic surfing experience in perfect waves. In fact, their entire team is composed of passionate surfers, whose aim is to share the amazing sport and healthy lifestyle of surfing with others not fortunate enough to live near natural waves.
The wave itself will provide rides up to 30 seconds in a “Pointbreak” style of wave, both right and left simultaneously. It will allow most surfers two decent turns (four if you’re Jordy). The wave size, speed, and shape can be altered at any time, even during a ride. The maximum height of the wave will be roughly 5.2 feet on the face. But, with enough skill a rider can achieve a tuberide of unheard of length. Moreover, it uses a low environmental impact and an energy consumption average of only 350kwh.
If all goes to plan, the technology will be pumping man-made waves down a river for the public to surf by the Spring of 2012. Wavegarden already has commitments for facilities in the Middle East, Europe and America, including WaveGardenHawaii, a 6 acre pool in Oahu.
For further info, check out http://www.wavegarden.com.