Taking the waves

The Wave, the UK’s first surf lake, opened in Bristol on the weekend. Using Wavegarden Cove technology, the 180-metre long lagoon’s wave generator is capable of creating up to 1,000 waves per hour ranging from 50cm to almost 2m in height. Under normal operations, a new wave will be generated every 8-10 seconds. The facility is being powered by 100% renewable energy.

“From the outset of this project 8 years ago we had always said that we must be powered by renewable energy,” said Chris Hines, Head of Sustainability at The Wave. “It would be simply unacceptable for relatively comfortable UK surfers to surf waves powered by fossil fuels which would contribute to climate change and specifically sea level rise and acidification of the oceans.”

Closer to home, Urbnsurf’s surf park at Tullamarine in Melbourne is getting closer to commencing commercial operations.

The $40 million facility on Airport Drive also uses Wavegarden Cove technology. Solar panels will be installed across the facility (total capacity unknown) and according to Urbnsurf founder Andrew Ross, the search is on to secure a long-term renewable electricity supply contract for the wave generator.

Another Urbnsurf project in the works is at Sydney Olympic Park, which will also be powered by renewables.