Surf Lakes refines system, plans for live webcasts and virtual tours

Wave pool makers Surf Lakes reports they are busy working on a new liner at their Yeppoon research and development site among other things. The company said that testing has been carried out recently on several surface options with one standing tall, and being seemingly unbreakable under weight-loading and stress testing.

The new solution is reported to be stronger and less expensive than other options.

“We are very excited about being able to offer such a great solution,” said CEO Aaron Trevis. “We know liners of wave pools have been an issue in all technologies, so this just adds another plus to what we can offer.” 

While the lake has been emptied for the upgrade to occur, further fine-tuning of the reefs are also being carried out by Surf Lakes.

“Being an R&D/test facility, we are obviously thinking that everything can always be improved,” added Trevis. “With this in mind, we will continue to trial different variances with everything, including the reefs as well as the machine.”

Before Christmas and prior to the current COVID-19 lockdown, the Surf Lakes wave pool was conducting regular testing. Improvements were made to the machine and as such in future testing the stroke height can be increased.

“Lockdown easing pending, we expect to be hosting live demonstrations again in the second half of the year. And in the event that international travel will still be restricted we have been investigating best technology for the delivery of live webcasts which will highlight virtual tours.”

How Surf Lakes Works

As the wave is pressed out from the center plunger, it meets the bathymetry forming various breaks including The Slab, Occy’s Peak and a beachbreak. In a company released a YouTube clip they explain at length how they were busy shaping the bottom contours of the new facility to create this variety of waves.

“We have eight breaks, so when we run six waves per set, this gives 48 rides per set, so running 50 sets per hour gives 2400 rides, plus learner breaks and shore breaks,” stated Aaron Trevis.