To this point, the only thing surfers are really interested in when it comes to their artificial waves is their quality. If it’s rippable, if it’s fast, if it barrels, and if it someday actually does gift us the occasional reprieve from crowds, we’re going to be intrigued. Some of us may even fork out good money for an hour’s worth of such a luxury.
Of course, if you’ve never surfed before or worse, live nowhere near the ocean (poor thing), the boom of wavepool developments all over the world promises the chance to ride waves without needing the sea. An announcement by the French themepark Futuroscope this month introduced two potential firsts to the industry: a portable wave machine tech that can be installed into existing natural bodies of water like a lake and create new environmentally-friendly marine ecosystems in the process. Imagine dropping an artificial atoll/reef into your pool, lake, or even in the actual ocean, with waves spinning out of and around it. That’s more or less how the Okahina Wave Project technology is described, which Futuroscope says they’ll be installing in their science-themed park in 2020.