Japan’s Getting A New Wave Pool
Expected to open June 2020…just in time for The Games.
It’s looking more and more like the future of surfing is chlorinated. Building on the success of the BSR Surf Resort in Waco, Texas, and the PerfectSwell technology the facility utilizes, American Wave Machines is throwing down the gauntlet.
Announced yesterday, they are currently undertaking a new project in Shizunami, Japan, called Surf Stadium Japan. Jumping into the deep end, they’re hoping to have folks boosting airs by June 2020 … just in time for the Olympic Games later that summer.
“This project is the realization of a vision four years in the making,” said Tooshihiko Adachi, CEO of SSJ. “With our project we will be able to expand the surfing community, offering recreational surf while at the same time contributing to athlete development.”
And as we speak, the American Dreams development in New Jersey’s Meadowlands is pumping out waves. American Wave Machines is also in the pre-development stages of a facility outside of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Both are utilizing PerfectSwell technology.
In the press release for the Japanese development the company notes that part of the reason the project is moving forward so quickly is to host training facilities for the U.S. and other surfing teams.
“In the near future wave pools will be a key part of optimal training by providing repeat, made-to-order waves.” said Kimifumi Imoto, Director of the Nippon Surfing Association. “PerfectSwell Surf Stadium Japan will offer international Surf Teams the opportunity to train in an environment that closely mimics ocean conditions with natural sets at similar wave and set frequencies found in the ocean.”
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