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So how does one build a wave pool in a canal in the center of Europe’s busiest shipping city?

Edwin van Viegen is leading a wave pool development in the center of Europe’s busiest port city, Rotterdam. He has been working on this project for several years and experienced the usual surf park ups and downs. But this wave pool, Rif010 (pronounced riff-ten) has the unbridled support of major city planners and various local government agencies – a major win for any project. As such, it’s moved relatively quickly, at least by European bureaucratic standards, to cross the finish line once it opens this summer. We wanted to find out how a brave idea like building a wave pool in downtown Rotterdam came to be. Edwin was gracious enough to share his story.


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