Surf Berlin? Yeah, it’s a thing now with the latest wave pool vision
Berlin, actually just less than an hour outside of Berlin, will host the world’s newest wave pool as Surf Era announced plans this week to build an Endless Surf wave tub.
The city of Fürstenwalde/Spree is accessible by bus, car or train from downtown Berlin and lies on the main rail line from Berlin to Frankfurt. The town has 32,000 residents but attracts a quarter of a million visitors each year to the local water park.
The same water that runs through the heart of Berlin, the Spree river, ebbs through Furstenwalde. Rivers are key to the German surf scene as the Eisbach and Elbe gave birth to the nation’s rapid-surfing culture. Around Furstenwalde Spree are cable parks, SUP areas and a host of other outdoor activities.
“During our development, we paid particular attention to the selection of the wave pool technology,” said Eirik Randow of Surf Era. “The technology efficiently creates big and powerful waves up to 2.1 meters (7 feet). However, the wave will be completely controllable in height, shape and speed to provide an unforgettable experience for every level of skill.”
Randow added that the Endless Surf system. will be pumping out waves every 8 seconds and provide rides up to 25 seconds long.
Endless Surf is another one of the major pneumatic systems on the market today. Surf is created when air is pushed through caissons (chambers) in sequence to produce a variety of wave shapes and sizes. The number of caissons at the deep end of their heart-shaped pool correlates with the wave system’s size. An Endless Surf 1800 has 18 pneumatic chambers and an Endless Surf 4800 has 48 caissons and measures 282m (925.2ft) x 84.5m (277.2ft).
Surf Era is unique in the wave pool world as they offer both a turnkey surf park location and design/consultation services. A German startup, the crew has been working on a Berlin Wave pool for several years, launching initial designs featuring a Wavegarden Cove with retractable roof.
You can here more about Surf Era on our Podcast with CEO Eirik Randow.