Earlier this week, Wavegarden dropped a little taster of their new Cove technology.
And, just now, they've finally set loose the full edit featuring Gabriel Medina, Matty Wilko, Seabass, Filipe Toledo, Josh Kerr, Pauline Ado and more at a test facility deep in the Basque Country. The verdict? Seems positive all round. ''There's no shortage of waves that's for sure,'' says Kerrzy. While Gabby said: ''The wave is really good, it's very similar to waves in the ocean.''
The line is still 1,000 waves per hour – and The Cove can be lit up at night for an evening surf. Wavegarden has gone some way to talk about the wave frequency in the short clip below.
“The high wave frequency enables a high user capacity, which is essential for surfers wanting to catch lots of waves as well as for developers seeking to establish a sound business model,” explains Wavegarden’s Founder and CEO, Josema Odriozola. “The versatility of our technology means we can alter wave height, shape and power in an instant to match the experience level of all surfers. Also, we can adjust the number of waves to cater precisely for the number of surfers in the water.”
But perhaps most interesting is Wavegarden's reveal of where they're planning to build; Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Barcelona, Edinburgh and Bristol we knew about. But now, London, Madrid, Costa Del Sol, Tel Aviv, Marrakesh, New York, Miami, Coachella and Santiago have been added to the mix.
According to the Wavegarden, The Cove can be created in a relatively small space, the test facility in Spain measuring only 50m x 80m. The WG team adds: ''The length of ride depends on the dimensions of the facility, but on average the wave-riding experience lasts between 15 and 20 seconds, which is considerably longer than at most popular ocean breaks. Much longer rides are possible in larger facilities.''