Wavegarden introduces new liner system to the market
This week, Wavegarden announced the successful deployment of their liner system designed to waterproof surfing lagoons. The company reports that this technology has undergone extensive testing at Wavegarden’s R&D facility since 2011 and has been implemented in commercial settings at Praia da Grama and Surfland Brasil.
A reliable waterproofing system is essential to prevent problems and unexpected costs associated with lagoon leaks. In 2008, the Florida surf shop Ron Jon invested millions into a wave pool that suffered extensive damage when wave action eroded the shallow end of the pool. Modern wave pools typically feature a thick concrete bottom to withstand the impact of continuous wave action. However, despite advancements in technology, several surf parks have had to close temporarily to repair damaged concrete bases.
Liners, varying in type and strength, have been proposed as a solution to this issue, with companies like Olympic swimming pool manufacturer Myrtha Pools offering a PVC and steel option.
Wavegarden’s founder and CEO, Josema Odriozola, highlighted the effectiveness of their liner system.
“The civil works and waterproofing of surfing lagoons have historically posed significant challenges in our sector,” Josema stated. “After many years of meticulous research and development, we are excited to confirm that we have an efficient, robust, and proven solution.”
The company claims that their system offers several benefits, including low maintenance and operational costs, resistance to algae and biofilm, and a lower carbon footprint compared to concrete. The material is also 100% recyclable.
The system is said to provide impact absorption, a lifespan of up to 20 years, and a 99.9% operational availability rate for lagoons. It is also adaptable to ground settlements and is more cost-effective and quicker to install than traditional concrete or steel flooring. Additionally, the system includes a leak detection feature and a unique anchoring method that eliminates the need for mechanical fasteners.
The Praia da Grama wave pool, constructed on a farm in Itupeva, an hour from São Paulo, is noted for its bright blue water, attributed to the pool’s white bottom.
Oscar Segall, the developer of Praia Da Grama, praised Wavegarden’s waterproofing system. “Their solution is comprehensive, practical, and aesthetically pleasing,” said Oscar