Posts Tagged ‘wave’

Perfect Artifical Waves

Monday, February 21st, 2011
The Wavegarden delivers a perfect wave every time

The Wavegarden delivers a perfect wave every time

 

The perfect surfer’s heaven has been born. The Wavegarden is the newest technology in the art of making man-made artificial wave pools and lakes. The surfing project was born in the Basque Country, in Spain, and has already been tested by world pro surfers.

 

In 2005, engineer Josema Odriozola and sports economist Karin Frisch decided to combine their expertise in designing and building sport facilities, particularly skate parks, with their passion for surfing.

 

The goal was quite simple: to build the most realistic surfing experience in perfect waves in locations far away from the ocean. Lowering global construction costs and monthly maintenance investments had to be carefully designed. Watch the Wavegarden artificial wave in action, here.

 

Odriozola and Frisch studied different methods and models of making artificial waves, using computing simulations and small sized prototypes. After six years of research and development, the Wavegarden is finally tested with real surfers. Gipuzkoa, in Spain, will be installing the first artificial surfing unit.

 

Waves are simply perfect. At the same time, they’re fun and affordable, combining technical expertise with a sustainable business plan. The Wavegarden can be customized to deliver size, shape and speed of the waves. The new artificial wave can be applied anywhere: pools, lakes, lagoons, valleys and deserts. The technology used to generate our waves is hidden, either underground or underwater. A maximum wave height of 1.6 metres is recommended.

 

The Wavegarden can create waves up to 3 kilometres in length and generate perfect tubes throughout the entire ride. Is it very easy to setup a new wave spot. All you need is a shallow stretch of water and the water level must remain very stable. Source: SurferToday

Artificial Reef To Promote Surfing

Thursday, February 10th, 2011
The lengths we will go to for the perfect wave

The lengths we will go to for the perfect wave

 

The Boscombe surf reef will be fine-tuned until the end of spring. Europe’s first artificial wave located in off Boscombe, in Dorset, has had problems since early days. The quality of the waves was not impressive, the ride was short and it was only reliable for bodyboarders.

 

After months of public discussion, the Bournemouth Borough Council agreed with ASR Ltd, the company responsible for the installation of the Boscombe surf reef, a complete improvement. The council will pay £55,000 when the work is finished and a further £95,000 if the improvements are successful.

 

The overall cost of the artificial surf reef is of £3m, but the Bournemouth Borough Council had been withholding £150,000 after observing that the main objectives were not achieved. “Everyone is agreed that ASR’s technical refinements are the best solution”, said Peter Charon, Council leader.

 

Fine tuning the Boscombe surf reef is quite complex work. There are 55 huge sand-filled bags placed underwater and 225m out at sea. These heavy bags must be correctly displayed in order to pump quality waves for surfing and bodyboarding.

 

In the end, if the Boscombe surf reef is highly improved, all parts will surely end up satisfied. Source: SurferToday

Surf The Perfect Wave

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010
The perfect wave anytime, anywhere is coming soon

The perfect wave anytime, anywhere is coming soon

 

The website is already on and the details start to emerge. Ten-time world champion Kelly Slater is about to kick off one of the greatest challenges of the surfing world: to create the perfect artificial wave in a controlled environment. “Good quality waves any day is like gold”, says the Floridian surfer in his regular Youtube vidcasts.

 

The surfer-entrepreneur has already named his company. The Kelly Slater Wave Company will be developing engineering techiques that will allow surfers to “rent” overhead waves for half an hour.

 

When will we be enjoying these wave pools? There’s not a precise date, but we know Kelly Slater will make it happen sooner than we think. Source: SurferToday

Surf A Wave Pool

Thursday, October 21st, 2010
Are wave pools the way we'll surf in the future?

Are wave pools the way we'll surf in the future?

 

Wave pools are one of the biggest potential markets in the surf industry. Who’s telling you that? Well, a man called Kelly Slater. In a very interesting debate he had with Surfing Magazine, the 9-time world champion believes wave pools are the future of time saving.

 

Slater showed a two-week trip to the Mentawais, as an example. “Any one hour you’re in the water, you’re probably going to catch six or seven waves an hour. So for any hour in the water you’ll surf for a minute, meaning five minutes of surfing a day, or 50 minutes of surfing. In two weeks. if you could go an hour from your house and get five minutes of good wave-riding any day you wanted, who wouldn’t do that?”, he stated. That’s why the Floridian believes an excellent wave pool might be a good bet for the future, even if surfers demand the “organic experience of going surfing”, in an open ocean.

 

Slater says a quality wave pool is a 10-20 million dollar investment and spends a lot of electricity.

 

Pools in water sports are not new. One of the most famous venues is ExCeL London, an international exhibition and convention centre that has already seen an indoor windsurfing competition of the Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA). In the last years, there was a special project for the Docklands, in London, but the main developer of Silvertown has gone into liquidation and the surf centre with it. Another surf park – bigger and better – is currently being studied for the same area of England’s capital.

 

One of the best and most clever technical suggestions has been made by Webber Wave Pools. This Australian company presents waves that break constantly around a circular island within a doughnut shaped pool. The pool generates at least 5 waves at all times. Watch it, HERE. Source: http://surfertoday.com

93 Surfers Ride A Wave

Monday, September 27th, 2010
Guinness World Record? Not this time.

Guinness World Record? Not this time.

It was close, but the Guinness World Record for the most surfers riding the same wave remains 110 set at the 2009 Earthwave Beach Festival at Muizenberg Beach in Cape Town after today’s best effort at the same venue came in at 93.

 

Despite the ideal offshore winds and gentle rolling half metre waves, the unseasonable rainy weather reduced the field from last year’s record 443 to ‘just’ 228 participants. Even though nearly 50% of those who took part managed to catch and ride the same wave for the required five seconds, they could not improve on the existing record. “What a fantastic effort by Cape Town’s surfing community,” enthused Dene Botha from Kahuna Promotions, founders of the Earthwave concept that leverages the immense interest around Guinness World Record attempts to highlight climate change and raise awareness of sustainable lifestyle options. “We may not have been able to improve on the record, but the rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of the hundreds of people at the beach for longboard and SUP events and Earthwave’s program of environmental awareness was the best in the 4 year history of the festival,” Botha added.

 

The two day event included stop No. 3 of 5 on the SA Longboard Series and the first course racing events at Muizenberg in the rapidly growing Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) discipline. These ran in conjunction with talks by organisations such as 350.org and the Climate Action Partnership, who calculated carbon footprints, displays on marine life by Save Our Seas and demos of wind turbines and solar panels by 3rd Rock Energy.

 

Noordhoek local Justin Bing won the Open division of the longboarding ahead of Michael Grendon, Alfonso Peters and Dylan McLeod from Port Elizabeth. Bing moved into the lead on the series standings with the next event scheduled for the Eastern Cape in six weeks and inaugural national series will be finalised in Durban early next year. Tarryn Kyte won the Women’s division, Muizenberg local Papi Makanyane took the Juniors, Deon Bing the Over 35’s and Gary Van Rooyen the O/50’s. The super-fit van Rooyen also placed fourth in the Coreban SUP racing, behind winner Greg Bertish, runner-up Peter Peterson from Germany and Jono Rosslind, another competing in both events.

 

The host of activities during the festival included a Dig for Gold for the youngsters, spinning trials run by Spin 4 Charity, an outstanding display of big wave and Earthwave photographs by Nic Bothma, fund-raising by the Shark Spotters, who provided additional staff for the record attempt, and also the Sunflower Fund who do sterling work on behalf of those with leukemia.

 

Earthwave also featured a transformation component organised by Surfing South Africa and the Ticket to Ride Foundation, supported by Sport & Recreation SA and the Lotto, which brought 15 youngsters from Masiphumalele to the beach where they also received a hearty meal thanks to Compass Bakery. Source: http://surfertoday.com

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