Wave pools are all the rage lately. For years, the waves they produced were almost there, but not quite. But now, as technology has gotten better and better and the waves they produce are fine-tuned into exactly what a surfer wants, they’re popping up all over the globe. And recently, Wavegarden dropped a press release that, along with a velodrome company called JPF, it’s building seven more pools in seven different regions of Japan.
Back in 1934, the world’s first wave pool opened to the public. It was at the Wembley Swimming Pool in London, and it wasn’t a wave pool in the sense that we know them today. It was no good for surfing, which, since surfing wasn’t even a blip on the general public’s radar, didn’t matter all that much. The pool was 200 by 60 feet, and electric pistons moved massive paddles, generating waves that swimmers bobbed around in. It was a novelty at best, but the first real seed had been planted.