A few years ago, back in 2011, Wavegarden released the first footage of their wave. The surfing world began buzzing about it and hasn’t stopped since. Looking back, it’s amazing how far the technology has come in a relatively short period of time. Just a few days ago, word filtered through our little world about Wavegarden’s newest tech: The Cove.
A little more than five years after that first footage was released, Wavegardens are pumping out waves in Wales and Texas, and have more pools slated for Africa, Australia, the US, Europe, and the Middle East. Kelly Slater’s pool, of course, cannot go unmentioned–there are undoubtedly big plans for it in the competitive surfing world. Like it or not, wave pools are here to stay, and they’re going to be a part of surfing’s future. I surfed the NLand pool and have mixed feelings (which will be on display here in the near future).