URBNSURF and Wavegarden unveil 'The Cove' technology for their Aussie wave parks
Set phasers to "farkn frothn", friends.
A few weeks ago we introduced you to the team at URBNSURF, a group of awesome folks working to bring fully functionable wave parks to three capital cities in Australia - Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. At the time the east coast parks had been approved, but it was only recently the Melville City Council approved WA's one, to be installed at Tompkins Park on the Swan River in Alfred's Cove. Exciting times indeed.
One of the major selling points for URBNSURF has been their much-discussed, but little-seen new technology, The Cove, created in conjunction with Wave Garden and the Wave Park Group. Promising 1000 waves per hour of varying sizes and style (barrelling, long walls, smaller for beginners etc.), they've finally unleashed some actual footage of The Cove in action. And well, it looks glorious. They tested it at their research facility in Spain with a bunch of pro surfers and high performance surf coach Andy King, who said: "It has really, really exceeded any expectations I had, or thought were possible, for a man-made wave. Three days in the ‘Cove’ is the equivalent to training three months in the sea."
Check out the full video below, and try to contain your excitement as the park's march towards their respective opening dates of Q3 2018 (Melbourne), early 2019 (Sydney) and late 2019 (Perth).