The International Surfing Association [ISA] has welcomed the forthcoming launch of revolutionary inland surf lagoons that could host world-class Surfing competitions – a significant step forward for the sport and a sign of the global impact that the latest wave technology is having on Surfing.
Wave pool technology developments are seen as a ‘game changer’ in terms of making Surfing accessible to people around the world and especially those with limited access to the ocean.
Surfer: Ezequiel Gonzalez (VEN), Photo: ISA/Dave Nelson
Surf Snowdonia, one of the world’s most advanced and accessible inland Surfing lagoons, announced it will open its doors to the public on Saturday 1st August 2015 in Dolarog, Wales [United Kingdom]. Meanwhile in Austin, Texas [United States] it has been announced that a similarly significant inland surf park is planned to open in 2016 and will be the first of its kind in North America.
Both parks will use the innovative technology created by Spanish engineering firm Wavegarden®, which has the capability of delivering the longest man-made surfable waves on the planet.
Surf Snowdonia will use the technology to provide consistent and perfectly formed barrelling waves that can be up to 2 metres high and will peel for up to 150 metres. The waves can be generated at the push of a button at a rate of one every minute. Up to 52 surfers will be able to use the 300 metre lagoon simultaneously.
The latest developments are seen as a ‘game changer’ in terms of making Surfing accessible to people around the world and especially those with limited access to the ocean. In addition, as the new technology is capable of delivering perfect waves every time, all the time, the new wave parks have the potential to host ISA Championships and it also opens the door for Surfing to be included in major multi-sport events, including the Olympic Games.
ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, said:
“As the world governing body for Surfing, the ISA is delighted that Surf Snowdonia will open to the public in August. We’re also very happy to hear that a similar wave park is scheduled to open in Texas in 2016. These are historic moments that will revolutionise our sport and enable many more people to enjoy and take part.
“The pioneering and sustainable wave technology that will be applied at these wave parks has shown how we can break down the geographical barriers to the sport. These centres can be created almost anywhere in the world and the innovative, flexible and multi-use wave parks will open up Surfing to many more fans and participants in urban and rural areas – helping to create great local long-term social and recreational benefits.
“The ISA now looks forward to hosting its first world-class Surfing championship at an inland wave park where we can make perfect waves for competition every time. Centres like Surf Snowdonia and the Texas surf park also highlight how Surfing can be easily integrated into global multi-sport events and they can become the blueprint for Surfing venues at major sports events in the future.”
The International Surfing Association (ISA), founded in 1964, is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. The ISA governs and defines Surfing as Shortboard, Longboard & Bodyboarding, StandUp Paddle (SUP) Racing and Surfing, Bodysurfing, Wakesurfing, and all other wave riding activities on any type of waves, and on flat water using wave riding equipment. The ISA crowned its first Men’s and Women’s World Champions in 1964. It crowned the first Big Wave World Champion in 1965; World Junior Champion in 1980; World Kneeboard Champions in 1982; World Longboard Surfing and World Bodyboard Champions in 1988; World Tandem Surfing Champions in 2006; World Masters Champions in 2007; and World StandUp Paddle (SUP, both surfing and racing) and Paddleboard Champions in 2012.
ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 104 countries on five continents. Its headquarters are located in La Jolla, California. It is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (Argentina), first elected President in 1994 in Rio de Janeiro. The ISA’s four Vice-Presidents are Karín Sierralta (PER), Kirsty Coventry (ZIM), Casper Steinfath (DEN) and Barbara Kendall (NZL).