Occy’s Promoting A New Wave Pool
That promises to produce 2,400 waves per hour.
Building a wave pool in an area as wave rich as Queensland sounds a bit counterproductive. But Brisbane-based company, Surf Lakes Limited doesn’t have time to listen to that sort of negativity. As they’ve already broken ground on a new wave pool in the Brisbane area that’ll cost reportedly around $15 million.
Surf Lakes promises to offer a wholly unique design. One that incorporates a large central pump that creates waves (both lefts and rights) in a full 360-degree range. If you’re having trouble picturing that, imagine a tower in the middle of a lake making waves all the way around it. Or, just look at the photo below:
Apparently, the waves promise to mimic ocean waves (don’t they all?) at the lowest energy cost compared to other technologies. Furthermore, Surf Lakes claims it’ll be able to produce 2,400 surfable waves per hour. A number that seems incredibly ambitious (and might cause some surface chop). Especially when compared to another high-volume wave pool, The Cove, which claims it’ll be able to produce around 1,000 waves per hour.
Also, they’ve picked up a big name to help with PR: Occy. Mr Occhilupo has officially joined the Surf Lakes team as a “Surf Industry Advisor,” and has been attending official investor and media presentations, the next of which is at the Novotel in Manly tonight. To further honour the marriage between legend and brand, Surf Lakes promises to feature “Occy’s Peak,” a wave designed by Occy himself, at their pool as well.
Construction is scheduled to be completed late 2017. It’ll be set up initially as a demonstration site, showing off the quality of the waves it produces to potential licensees from around the world. Other than a few artist renderings, there’s been no official media released showing off Surf Lakes’ tech. So at the moment, comparisons of Surf Lakes to other artificial waves like Kelly’s wave, The Cove, and more are best left up to the imagination.
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