The International Surfing Association (ISA) has declared its support for the introduction of new technology that could make it possible for surfing to be included at major multi-sport events.
Developed by Spanish engineering company Wavegarden, the new technology has the ability to produce the longest man-made surfable waves in the world. The technology will feature at two inland surfing lagoons in both the UK and US. Surf Snowdonia in Dolarog, Wales will open its doors in August, while a similar inland surf park is planned to open in Austin, Texas next year.
Although details of the Texas venue are yet to be unveiled, Surf Snowdonia will use the technology to produce waves as high as two metres and that will peel for up to 150 metres. Waves can be generated at a rate of one each minute, while as many as 52 surfers can use the 300-metre lagoon at the same time.
ISA president Fernando Aguerre welcomed the introduction of the technology and highlighted how the new parks could be used to stage professional events in regions where access to surfing facilities is not yet available.
He also said the technology could be used at other venues, which in turn could lead to the sport being included in major multi-sport events such as the Olympic Games. The ISA is one of 26 sports federations to have submitted an application for potential inclusion in the Tokyo 2020 Games.
“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,” Aguerre said.
“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.
“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.”