On September 29, 2018, news broke that the Center for Disease Control was investigating the death of 29-year old Fabrizio Stabile from a brain-eating amoeba known as Naegleria fowleri. Investigators had reason to believe the New Jersey surfer had contracted the very rare amoeba during a visit to the brand new BSR Cable Park earlier in the month in Waco, Texas. It was devastating news for the Stabile family and potentially a massive blow to the wave park industry.
In 2011, the first images were leaked of Wavegarden’s full-sized wave pool prototype in San Sebastian, Spain. Four years later Wavegarden opened its first public facility at Surf Snowdonia in North Wales. That same year the world saw the Surf Ranch for the first time. NLand Surf Park opened its doors in Austin, Texas in 2016 with plans for several more Wavegarden parks to open across the world. And BSR Surf Park opened earlier this year with an American Wave Machines system. Different locations, different technologies, and different companies making them. Man-made surfing experienced a revolution in less than a decade and there was no reason to think it would slow down.