World’s largest wave pool officially opens in South Korea
Asia’s largest wave pool, Wave Park powered by Wavegarden, officially opened with a formal ceremony and a surf session in Siheung, South Korea this weekend.
The centrepiece of Wave Park, a mixed-use real estate development, is the world’s largest Wavegarden Cove surfing lagoon. New technology means the South Korean site offers longer waves and barrels and a wider variety of waves than any other surf park currently. The landmark surfing lagoon has opened its door to the public this weekend.
Wavegarden´s newest project offers more than 20 different wave types ranging from small knee-high beginner waves to long, steep barrels. New to the wave menu is a world class air section.
“I have surfed every credible wave park in the world and this was my best surf experience,” said Jacob Szekely, WSL Airbourne surfer. “The clear water and the wide variety of awesome open face and barrel waves is incredible. However the air new section is simply insane. On the first day of testing I landed the best aerial of my life.”
Wave Park is located on a new 167,000 m2 waterfront development on Turtle Island, less than an hour’s drive from Seoul. The first stage of the US$2billionn project was completed in just 18 months and provides aquatic activities like kayaking, SUP and swimming in zones with and without waves. Stage 2 of the development includes six hotels, convention centers, marinas and museums.
Josema Odriozola, CEO of Wavegarden said: “We are delighted to bring the incredible sport of surfing and beach lifestyle to South Korea. With consistent waves of different sizes and shapes, Wave Park is going to be the new beach of Seoul and the place to surf for families, professional surfers, and everyone in between.”
The function was attended by a 100 VIPs, the maximum number of guests permitted due to Covid-19 regulations. The gathering assembled the key people responsible for bringing the project to life including Sam-seop Choi, CEO of Daewon Plus; Lee Jaemyung, the Governor of Gyeonggi Province; Im Byeong-taek Mayor of Siheung City; Juan Ignacio Morro, Spanish Ambassador and Wavegarden’s Founders Josema and Fernando Odriozola, Karin Frisch and their sons.