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How Barr+Wray’s wave pool system works


Barr+Wray worked in conjunction with Whitewater to produce the surf at Typhoon Lagoon (although Murphys Waves also claims credit for the Orlando pool). The system uses water to displace water – incredibly effective but not very precise – in the creation of waves. It’s a setup that works like the world’s first surf park, Big Surf in Arizona. Likened to a giant toilet because the water is dropped from elevated tanks into the pool to produce waves, the basic premise did kick off the wave pool revolution. Barr+Wray claim design credit for Typhoon Lagoon Florida, Sun City South Africa, Sunway Lagoon Malaysia and a few others.

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