Last week Surfstich’s Basque neighbours at Wavegarden dropped this clip and wow are we excited! It seems the European wave wizards have upped the size and power on a previously developed setup, and with the endorsements of Dane and Taj credibility has skyrocketed.
Wavegarden 2.0 – June 2013 from wavegarden on Vimeo.
Unlike artificial snow, the Wavegarden has the potential to match, or even be better than the real thing. Here at SS we’re losing our minds over the video, but we still had a few questions so we got Wave Garden’s head of media Felip Verger on the line for some answers…
So Felip, it looks great, but when can we have a go?
We, at Wavegarden, are a technology company and have designed and patented this technology. We are not planning to run any “wavegardens”, but rather to sell installations to customers (who will be running them. Think of us like makers of snow guns, our customers are ski resorts, not the skiers and snowboarders.
I see. So how much to put one in our backyard?
It’s impossible to tell, it depends on many variables. Let’s just say a minimum of three million Euros. A team of investors in Bristol in the UK have estimated they they’ll charge 15 pounds ($25.00AUD) p/hour once their facility is up and running.
Was it hard to get Dane, Taj and the world’s best surfers to test it?
No, not at all. They had all heard of the project and seen the previous videos, so it was easy to get them during the down days of the Quik Pro France. All surfers want to experience new waves! Taj actually sent us a very nice e-mail from Fiji this week, he was stoked on the video.
Is it possible to increase the size? What’s stopping you from making it double overhead?
In a bigger lagoon you can make bigger waves, and also much longer ones. If you have a lagoon one km long, you can make a one km long wave non- stop, keeping the shape and the speed and the power of the wave along the whole journey.
So there you have it, the future of surfing is here.
Now we just need three million Euros…