Wave pool night surfing is a thing thanks to Wavegarden

Thanks to the brilliant minds at Wavegarden, wave pool night surfing is now a thing.

Wavegarden recently conducted a series of tests at their headquarters in Northern Spain. The tests are to check how its technology can improve different aspects of the surfing experience.

The first of such tests focused on wave pool night surfing, using a state-of-the-art lighting system. The surf session featured the talents of former European surf champion Vincent Duvignac, big wave surfers Natxo Gonzalez and Axi Muniain and Zarautz local surfer Asier Maqueda.

The secret to making wave pool night surfing work

In partnership with a range of leading technical suppliers, Wavegarden is refining their ability to light up facilities at night. This new wave pool night surfing, apart from making spectacular imagery, will allow surfers to catch waves before or after work, or school, especially in winter months when daylight is limited.

Wave pool night surfing in itself is not a new proposition. Surf competitions have been staged in the ocean at night in the past. They mostly achieved this by flood lighting the ocean similar to a football stadium.

However, night surfing has had limited success as it is complicated to set up. It is impossible to illuminate a large enough area to fully see the waves approaching in the ocean. It is difficult for surfers to clearly see the wave formation and water texture.

In Wavegarden’s preliminary research, lights are strategically placed underwater. This creates an effect never seen before, while providing a truly unique experience for the surfers.

“Lighting the waves from underneath the water is a new concept and key to Wavegarden’s client proposition”, confirmed Wavegarden’s CEO, Josema Odriozola.

“We used software programs to modify the light coverage, intensity, and color. We even managed to install a light on the moving wavefoil to illuminate the wave for the entire length of the lagoon”.

More wave pool night surfing testing going on

“It was necessary to experiment with the angle and depth of the lights to optimize the reflection inside the wave. Although we understand that external lights will be required at commercial facilities, the focus of this research was below the waters surface”, Odriozola added.

“I’ve surfed at night before but this is something completely different”, explained Frenchman Vincent Duvignac, recognized as one of Europe’s most talented and stylish surfers. “When you surf now seems irrelevant because of wave pool night surfing: Natxo and I surfed until 2am and could have kept going except we became completely surfed out”.

Wavegarden’s wave pool night surfing test was documented by celebrated French surf photographer Greg Rabejac. The photographer has been shooting surfers at night for over the past 3 years in France, Spain and Morocco.

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