Wavegarden SLis 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 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.
|Founder||José Manuel Odriozola, Karin Frisch|
|Headquarters||Donostia - San Sebastián, Spain|
|Products||wave generators for surfing|
Number of employees
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 prototypein 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.
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.
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A Wavegarden lagoon comprises a range of items that collectively make up the wave generating technology.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. Directly induced by the bathymetry, the swell turns into a wave and starts to break.
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.
On August 1, 2015 the first Wavegarden lagoon called Surf Snowdonia opened to the public.Based in Dolgarrog, North Wales, Surf Snowdonia is a surf resort that is owned by Conwy Adventure Leisure Ltd.
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