Surf’s up – at the pool

Posted on November 22, 2005 

Surf’s up – at the pool

Scientists have come up with a way to make artificial waves big enough for surfers in swimming pools.

They have designed a rubber reef to create 10ft waves that can carry surfers for up to 70 metres, reports New Scientist.

New Zealand companies ASR and Surf Pools designed the shape-shifting rubber reef which they call Versareef.

Company directors Shaw Mead and Kerry Black spent five years surveying the best reefs in the Pacific to find out which seabed characteristics generate the best surf.

“Then we created computer-controlled, movable pool bottoms to mimic those characteristics and generate really powerful waves,” says Black.

The first three Versareef pools are to be built at the Ron Jon Surf Park in Orlando, Florida, which opens next year.

“This will be the biggest wave facility in the world,” Black says. “I hope coastal and wave scientists will use it too.”

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