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New generation artificial surf technology producing 1000 waves an hour

New generation artificial surf technology producing 1000 waves an hour
May 19, 2017

Leading wave technology company Wavegarden has revealed its latest product, the Wavegarden Cove, capable of generating up to 1000 high-quality waves per hour, from mellow knee-high rides to powerful barreling waves reaching up to 2.4 metre.

Occupying a compact 50 metre x 80 metre footprint, the new unit has been extensively tested and in its current form has been creating waves non-stop since October 2016. Controlled by sophisticated software, this innovative system is able to produce a wide variety of left and right-hand waves, and, at maximum frequency, can pump out two waves every eight seconds.

Unveiled at technology at Wavegarden’s research and development centre in Northern Spain, the Wavegarden Cove is designed to be profitable as a stand-alone facility, and can be up-scaled to produce waves of just about any height and length.

Wavegarden’s founder and Chief Executive Josema Odriozola explains “the high wave frequency enables a high user capacity, which is essential for surfers wanting to catch lots of waves as well as for developers seeking to establish a sound business model.

“The versatility of our technology means we can alter wave height, shape and power in an instant to match the experience level of all surfers. Also, we can adjust the number of waves to cater precisely for the number of surfers in the water.”

20 of the world’s best surfers and coaches, along with numerous juniors and debutants, have been testing the Wavegarden Cove and all have been left in awe of its capabilities.

Andy King, a high-performance surf coach for the Australian Institute of Sport, explains “it has really, really exceeded any expectations I had, or thought were possible, for a man-made wave.

“Three days in the Cove is equivalent to training three months in the sea.”

In testing the technolgy, King was joined by top professionals including Gabriel Medina (Brazil), Sebastian Zietz (Hawaii), Matt Wilkinson (Australia) and Josh Kerr (Australia), each of whom rode literally hundreds of waves per session.

King added “as a coach, to have the opportunity where you have non-stop waves with different kinds of sections, it’s pretty much a fantasy land.

The result of years of computational fluid dynamics research, the Wavegarden Cove’s patented bathymetry creates multiple surf areas and allows currents to circulate without impacting the quality of subsequent waves.

The Wavegarden Cove is available in a range of different models distinguishable by their maximum wave height and length, although the shape and size of facilities are fully customizable. While smaller versions are compact enough to fit in resorts, shopping complexes and private residences, larger facilities can incorporate additional play and swimming areas to significantly increase user capacity.

The length of ride depends on the dimensions of the facility, but on average the wave-riding experience lasts between 15 and 20 seconds, which is considerably longer than at most popular ocean breaks. Much longer rides are possible in larger facilities.

Wavegarden explain that the new technology marks a departure from previous wave foil systems. The machinery is modular, and avoids complicated hydraulic or pneumatic systems in favor of a smart and robust electro-mechanical design.

Consequently, very little energy is lost in the transmission of forces, which keeps running costs at a minimum and makes the Wavegarden Cove the most energy-efficient technology on the market today. Moreover, the Cove comes with a full range of business and operational solutions, ensuring its appeal as a highly profitable investment built around surfing and its attractive beach lifestyle.

With two Wavegarden facilities already open to the public (at Surf Snowdonia in Wales and NLand in Texas) and with the construction of new projects starting soon in Spain (Barcelona, Madrid, Costa del Sol); in the United Kingdom (Edinburgh, Bristol and London); in the USA (New York and Miami); Santiago, Chile; Marrakesh, Morocco; Tel Aviv, Israel  as well as in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth, this evolution both consolidates Wavegarden’s position as market leader and epitomises the Wavegarden ideology of sharing the exhilarating experience of surfing perfect waves with everyone, everywhere.

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