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Wavegarden SL [1] is an engineering company dedicated to the research, design, manufacture, installation, commissioning and promotion of wave generating systems and lagoons for surfing and other watersports. Wavegarden’s headquarters are in the Basque Country near San Sebastián, Northern Spain.

San Sebastián Place in Basque Country, Spain

San Sebastián or Donostia is a coastal city and municipality located in the Basque Autonomous Community, Spain. It lies on the coast of the Bay of Biscay, 20 km from the French border. The capital city of Gipuzkoa, the municipality's population is 186,095 as of 2015, with its metropolitan area reaching 436,500 in 2010. Locals call themselves donostiarra (singular), both in Spanish and Basque.


Wavegarden S.L.U.
Industry sport, leisure
Founded 2005
Founder José Manuel Odriozola, Karin Frisch
HeadquartersDonostia - San Sebastián, Spain
Products wave generators for surfing
Number of employees
Website wavegarden.com


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Wavegarden was founded in 2005 in Spain when spouses Josema Odriozola (a Spanish Basque engineer and surfer) and Karin Frisch (a German sports economist and surfer) re-channeled their expertise in mechanical engineering and the design of sport facilities into their passion for surfing, convinced that artificial wave technology was the future. Their objective was to combine advanced engineering principles with innovative thinking to produce an authentic surfing experience for everyone, anywhere in the world.

In 2011, the company received widespread media attention across the globe when images were made public of its first full size prototype [2] [3] in the Basque Country (Spain). In 2013, a second bigger prototype was launched to the media and potential customers, offering larger, longer and more frequent rides. [4]

Wavegarden’s staff of 25 consists mostly of engineers, architects, and computer science and fluid dynamic experts working in close partnership with very well-established technical suppliers in the industry such as the Leitner Group. [5]

Leitner Group is an Italian conglomerate, based in the province of South Tyrol, that owns and runs several industrial and equipment companies. Founded in 1888, Leitner formed Leitner Group in a reorganization in 2003. As of 2013, the group employs 3,195 people.


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A Wavegarden lagoon comprises a range of items that collectively make up the wave generating technology. [6] These include the lagoon design and bathymetry, wavefoil and drive system, control unit, pier structure and dissipative shores. The wavefoil is a large hydrodynamic blade that shares similarities with an aeroplane wing and the plow of a snowcat. Moving at a speed of approximately 4.5 to 7 metres per second, the wavefoil shuttles underwater from one end of the lagoon to the other to create a clean swell. The energy of the swell interacts with the shallowing sections of the lagoons bed, causing it to build in size and steepen. [7] Directly induced by the bathymetry, the swell turns into a wave and starts to break. [8]

In 2017 Wavegarden released an updated technology system called Wavegarden Cove. This system improved a number of critical maintenance challenges with the earlier version including; no single points of failure, removal of the underwater hydrofoil and all mechanical components accessible from out of the water. The first projects using this technology will be developed by Urbnsurf in Melbourne Australia and The Wave in Bristol UK.

Wavegarden surf lagoons

On August 1, 2015 the first Wavegarden lagoon called Surf Snowdonia opened to the public. [9] Based in Dolgarrog, North Wales, Surf Snowdonia is a surf resort that is owned by Conwy Adventure Leisure Ltd. [10]

Surf Snowdonia artificial wave pool at Dolgarrog in the Conwy valley, north Wales

Surf Snowdonia is an artificial wave pool at Dolgarrog in the Conwy valley, north Wales, owned by Conwy Adventure Leisure Ltd. It is the world's first commercial artificial surfing lake and the United Kingdom's only artificial surfing lake. The site cost a total of £12 million and opened in August 2015.

Dolgarrog village and community in Conwy County Borough, Wales

Dolgarrog is a village and community in Conwy County Borough, in Wales, situated between Llanrwst and Conwy, very close to the Conwy River. The village is well known for its industrial history since the 18th century and the Eigiau dam disaster, which occurred in 1925. The population was 414 at the 2001 Census, increasing to 446 at the 2011 Census.

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NLand Surf Park in Austin, Texas will feature the second commercial Wavegarden lagoon when it opens its doors in spring 2016. [11]

NLand opened for business on 7 Oct 16.

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