Surfing in Kansas....
Or anywhere else for that matter may soon be the norm. It appears the age of high-quality artificial wave surfing may finally be upon us. Now we could go on endlessly debating the philosophical concerns of mimicking mother nature and creating perfect waves on demand without having to wait for the elements to align... but let's not. Setting aside those issues I don't think there's a surfer alive who doesn't get excited watching the new video put out this week from Wavegarden.
The implications for the growth of surfing are pretty mind-blowing. Check the video out and just imagine one of these in every medium sized town in America. Oh, and pay attention at the 4 minute 25 second mark, does that not look like your peaking into a surfer's mind while he's dreaming.... UNREAL!
The Wavegarden 2.0 in Spain is still being tested and not open to the general public yet. They estimate public waves will be open by summer of 2014. Plenty of time to get your board waxed.
Aerial view of Wavegarden 2.0 in Spain.
The implications for surf schools and learning to surf is incredible as well. Learning to surf on perfectly suited, easy breaking waves in a controlled environement will open the option up for millions of kids who live nowhere near the ocean. Think of all the rehab and handicap programs that can be run at facilities like this as well. If you've ever worked at a surf camp or volunteered for something like Surfers for Autism you know how helpful a wave like this could be.