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Overview

How big are the surf lagoons?


A standard lagoon will be around 5.5 acres.




What is the layout of the lagoon?


The lagoon is divided into different surfing zones. These include the 'Reef' zones in the central part of the lagoon, which is designed for experienced surfers and the 'Bay' zones which are located at each edge of the lagoon, which are perfectly suited to beginner and novice surfers.




What surfing experience is needed?


We can accomodate non-surfers and beginners through to expert surfers simultaneously. A performance pathway exists for guests to progress through the zones of the surf lagoon commencing in the 'Bay', and improving their skills until they are ready to take on the 'Reef' zone.





Development

In what context can a surf park be developed?


Our surf parks are ideal as a stand-alone, community based, sport, recreation and leisure facility, or as a central feature in large scale, mixed-use, or residential development. It creates a completely new destination built around surfing and a beach based lifestyle.




How long does it take to build a surf park?


About 12 months from the commencement of works on site to the first waves being ridden by our guests.




How much does it cost to build our surf parks?


The costs associated with the development of a park will vary depending upon the location and technical complexity of the site, and the scale of the development. The intention is to make sessions affordable so that surfing can be experienced by as many people as possible as regularly as possible.





Environment

Will your surf parks be designed and operated sustainably?


Yes, the intention is for American Surf Parks to incorporate a combination of LEED engineering, sustainable design, water catchment systems, photovoltaic systems, recycling/re-use of materials and local sourcing to help minimize any environmental impacts. An example is the decision to use recycled, high density polyethylene plastic (HDPE) as the liner for the lagoon rather than a concrete shell.




How much water is used in the lagoon each year?


The net evaporation rate for the lagoon will differ from region to region, but on average the annual water requirement is equivalent to that used to maintain a high quality turf sports oval of a similar size (and only about 6% of what is used to irrigate golf courses per annum).




How much noise is generated by the wave generator?


The wave generating equipment is essentially silent. The operation of the lagoon creates the natural sound of peeling waves, which has minimal overall auditory impact.




Will the surf park look like a natural environment?


We understand that surfing for lots of people is as much about being out in the environment as it is catching waves. We therefore want to create a destination for surfers and non-surfers that provides the feeling of being at one with nature. We will do this through the use of high quality soft landscaping, tree planting and natural materials.





Operations

What type of waves can be generated?


The lagoon is capable of generating a variety of waves, from gentle, spilling beginner waves, right through to high-performance barrelling waves up to 6 feet in height. The size and speed of waves in the lagoon can be varied, making it suitable for all skill levels, from beginner to expert.




How are the waves made?


Waves in the lagoon are generated by moving water over a shallow profile that causes a wave to form, and then fold on itself - just like an ocean swell becomes a breaking wave when it moves over a reef or a sand bar. In the case of the Wavegarden 'Cove', water is moved by a mechanical device located along the central axis of the lagoon. The device displaces over 30 tonnes of water, and gets it moving at over 20 feet per second to create a perfectly formed surfing wave.




Are the waves always the same size and type?


Waves in the 'Peak' zone and the 'Bays' can be mechanically identical in the size and shape (which creates an ideal training environment), but can also change to some degree in height and speed, and can also 'section'. These variations can be created in real time during the course of a ride. Additionally, removable features can be added to the floor of the lagoon which create close out sections to enable airs and floaters to be performed.




Is the wave powerful, does it have 'push'?


The beauty of the Wavegarden 'Cove' wave generating technology is that energy is constantly imparted into the wave through the movement of the wave generator as it completes a cycle. This ensures that waves have consistent power, shape, height and speed through the full ride.





Waves

What type of waves can be generated?


The lagoon is capable of generating a variety of waves, from gentle, spilling beginner waves, right through to high-performance barrelling waves up to 6 feet in height. The size and speed of waves in the lagoon can be varied, making it suitable for all skill levels, from beginner to expert.




How are the waves made?


Waves in the lagoon are generated by moving water over a shallow profile that causes a wave to form, and then fold on itself - just like an ocean swell becomes a breaking wave when it moves over a reef or a sand bar. In the case of the Wavegarden 'Cove', water is moved by a mechanical device located along the central axis of the lagoon. The device displaces over 30 tonnes of water, and gets it moving at over 20 feet per second to create a perfectly formed surfing wave.




Are the waves always the same size and type?


Waves in the 'Peak' zone and the 'Bays' can be mechanically identical in the size and shape (which creates an ideal training environment), but can also change to some degree in height and speed, and can also 'section'. These variations can be created in real time during the course of a ride. Additionally, removable features can be added to the floor of the lagoon which create close out sections to enable airs and floaters to be performed.




Is the wave powerful, does it have 'push'?


The beauty of the Wavegarden 'Cove' wave generating technology is that energy is constantly imparted into the wave through the movement of the wave generator as it completes a cycle. This ensures that waves have consistent power, shape, height and speed through the full ride.





Safety

In what context can a surf park be developed?


Our surf parks are ideal as a stand-alone, community based, sport, recreation and leisure facility, or as a central feature in large scale, mixed-use, or residential development. It creates a completely new destination built around surfing and a beach based lifestyle.




How long does it take to build a surf park?


About 12 months from the commencement of works on site to the first waves being ridden by our guests.




How much does it cost to build our surf parks?


The costs associated with the development of a park will vary depending upon the location and technical complexity of the site, and the scale of the development. The intention is to make sessions affordable so that surfing can be experienced by as many people as possible as regularly as possible.





Energy

How big are the surf lagoons?


A standard lagoon will be around 5.5 acres.




What is the layout of the lagoon?


The lagoon is divided into different surfing zones. These include the 'Reef' zones in the central part of the lagoon, which is designed for experienced surfers and the 'Bay' zones which are located at each edge of the lagoon, which are perfectly suited to beginner and novice surfers.




What surfing experience is needed?


We can accomodate non-surfers and beginners through to expert surfers simultaneously. A performance pathway exists for guests to progress through the zones of the surf lagoon commencing in the 'Bay', and improving their skills until they are ready to take on the 'Reef' zone.