Inner City Surfing
With surfing featuring in the 2020 Olympics, will future world champions train in London?
The unveiling of the Wavegarden Cove technology in Spain revealed a system that can produce a decent wave every 8 seconds. That adds up to 1000 waves per hour, from foam friendly ankle-bashers for beginners to a head high barrel for the pros.
“The high wave frequency of the Cove enables a high user capacity,” explains Wavegarden’s Founder and CEO, Josema Odriozola. “Our technology means we can alter wave height, shape and power in an instant to match the experience level of all surfers.”
Wavegarden Cove is the latest technology from the Wavegarden, the company that made Snowdonia into an inland surfing hotspot. With a new built in energy saving feature the frequency of the surf can be regulated to meet the demand for waves, two surfers couldn’t cope with a wave every 8 seconds!
Surfing in London is now a possibility
The current model built in Spain measures 50m x 80m and can create a variety of wave types. The compact lagoon makes it a potential option for urban developments. The brownfield space surround London’s Dome could be a second home for city surfers facing the 6 hour Cornwall commute. 15 minutes on the Jubilee line and your dreams come true. Why isn’t this on the front page of Financial Times?
The technology takes into consideration space, energy and volume of waves required to meet the demand. “It is essential for surfers wanting to catch lots of waves as well as for developers seeking to establish a sound business model,” explains Odriozola. “Also, wave frequency can be adjusted to cater precisely for the number of surfers in the water.”
Surfing at the foot of the mountains in North Wales sounded like a dream but the reality is a glamping hotspot with weekend surfing slots booked out. Founded in 2005, Wavegarden is a Basque engineering company dedicated to the research, design, manufacture, commissioning, installation, operation and maintenance of wave-generating systems and lagoons for surfing and other water sports. You can visit the amazing Surf Snowdonia in the Conwy Valley in North Wales for the full surf experience.