Wavegarden Surf Parks

Wavegarden Surf Parks

How many shakas can one throw on a 20-second wave?

Now I already know what you're thinking: "I've seen water parks and stuff that already have 'wave pools', but they look pretty lame, pretty fat, and filled with old dudes on boogie boards half-drowning whilst smashing into small children." And fair enough, most of the ones we've seen do look pretty lame. And those standing waves in Dubai or whereever look way to fucking hectic for my mid-level abilities (see: stand up, throw Hawaiian hand-gestures to mates, fall down).

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Which brings us to Basque, Spain-based surf diehards Wavegarden, who have been working on something that seems to find a tubular middle ground between the two extremes. This surfing lagoon fires through 120 waves per hour, rolling down as a left- or right-hander, offering up perfectly formed, barreling beasts at a just-right-for-maximum-shredding height.

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The bad news is you'll have to hold the froth a little better than the kid in the above photo is, as Wavegarden are still developing the technology, and the place where these photos and the below video are taken from is their (not open to the public) research facility. Bear in mind, depending on lagoon size, the size of these waves can go up to plenty big enough.

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