How the Surf Lakes wave pool design works

Surf Lakes

Anyone who has tossed a rock into still water and watched the ripples fan out comprehends the Surf Lakes system. Mix in elementary bathymetry knowledge and each one of us believes we could design such a machine. But we can’t. A pneumatic system pumps hydraulics to move a giant central plunger up and down at a specified height and speed. Adjustments to the height and velocity at which the plunger is dropped, affect the intensity and size of the waves. Once the central wave-making device falls in a pre-programmed manner, swells radiate out in 360-degrees. The swells interact with up to five different breaks to create a wide variety of surf across all skill levels. Surf Lakes can produce 2000 waves per hour at anywhere from 2-to-8 feet in height. Popular and internet celebrity breaks include The Island, Occy’s Peak and a level 3 wave groomed for aerials. The other breaks are designed for beginners and intermediates.

The breadth and scope of building one of these wave pools can be daunting, and Surf Lakes now offers two sizes for different development targets and budgets. Surf Lakes Standard has a smaller footprint and is designed for the beginner to intermediate markets. Surf Lakes XL is meant to be a premium surf destination or resort appealing to all skill levels. Each system produces 2000 waves per hour. Currently, the prototype in Yeppoon Queensland is becoming a public-facing surf park.

The WavePoolMag Technology Guide is a working document detailing the latest technology in wave production. Much like the surf park space itself, this page is constantly evolving and growing. Check out the full category on WavePoolMag

Included in the WavePoolMag guide is technology from: Kelly Slater Wave Co., Endless Surf, Surf Loch, Wavegarden Cove, Wavegarden Lagoon, PerfectSwell, Murphys Waves, Barr+Wray, Xing Feng, Olas, SwellSpot, Surfwrld, Waveprizm, SwellMFG, OkahinaWave, Webber Wave Pools, WaveSEG, Surf Lakes, Surf Poel

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