Wave technology company launches AI video capture system

Wavegarden announced their latest development, CheckMySurf, which provides surf park operators and customers with a video capture, replay, editing and distribution service.

The fully automated system leverages AI technologies, including face recognition, to deliver an extensive array of innovative features to the surf park industry. Crafted in-house to capture every ride within the Reef and Bay areas of Wavegarden’s surfing lagoons, CheckMySurf is connected to the wave generator and outdoor LED screens positioned alongside the take-off area.

The integration allows surfers to instantly view wave replays as they return to the lineup and also provides real-time session information, including wave details, time until the next wave, and important safety announcements for surf lagoon operations. Wave pool operators can showcase targeted advertisements and branded content, further enhancing the overall experience.

“We have been very focused on creating a practical system for surfers to review their waves and improve their ability, while delivering an intelligent and easy solution for surf park operators,” explained Josema Odriozola, Wavegarden’s CEO. “Having the system connected to the wave-making machinery and large outdoor screens is by far the best option.”

Surf parks equipped with the system will have a video playback monitor for surfers to view their last ride.

CheckMySurf is equipped with 4K professional-grade cameras and intuitive zooming capabilities to accurately recognize the identity of each surfer throughout the entirety of the lagoon.

The system generates individual clips for every wave and allocates them to each surfer immediately following sessions. This allows customers to conveniently watch, download, and share their waves thanks to the fully automated digital distribution platform.

Italian pro surfer and WSL #9, Leo Fioravanti, recently used the system to practice his first-ever backflip at Alaïa Bay in Switzerland

“The new video tech is really amazing, actually,” said Fioravanti. “You just review your wave on the big screen and then try to implement improvements on the next wave. It helped me get the backflip dialed, just check my Instagram.”

Surfers can pay to download their session in a series of clips.

CheckMySurf is turnkey for surf park operators. Antennas and bracelets are not required, and the system can be integrated into the existing booking section of the website, allowing customers to register and pay for the service. In the process, clients are not transferred to external websites.

The software and most of the hardware, except the LED screens, are supplied and installed without any capital outlay. The business model is based on a revenue share.

Wavegarden extensively tested the system at their demo center and at Alaïa Bay. The company said they ensure that it operates in compliance with GDPR data protection. The system is being installed in all future Wavegarden projects.

“We have worked hand-in-hand with Wavegarden to install and develop CheckMySurf over the past 12 months”, said Pauline Clerc, Head of Sports at Alaia Bay, Switzerland. “The technology – with its AI powered big screen replays and downloadable videos – is bringing a new dimension of analysis and satisfaction to all of our customers, from beginners all the way through to pro surfers.”

Odriozola admits that there is more on the way: “Currently, we are developing an automated biomechanical 3D coaching tool,” explained Odriozola. “The AI breaks down the motion of the surfer’s body to extract structured data from each video frame. It analyzes the biomechanics of surfing maneuvers and offers valuable improvement recommendations.”