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Jun 11, 2013 guy (0)

The perfect wave… in a Basque mountain valley

facility_00facility_06 Wavegarden, industry leader in the design and manufacture of wave generation systems, has built a full-sized demo center in Northern Spain. This first of its kind facility will be used strictly for fine-tuning, testing and as a showroom and is not open to the public. Located at Wavegarden's research and development site, the new surfing lagoon generates perfectly formed tubing waves that peel for more than 220 m without losing power or shape. It is the longest artificial surfing wave in existence, and the wave quality, shape, and speed, are suitable for the highest levels of performance surfing.
Every minute two identical waves break simultaneously left and right with barreling point break type rides up to 20 seconds long. Once the waves reach the bay area, the left and right hand waves transform into smooth rolling whitewater waves; perfect for children, longboarding and surf lessons. The technology is designed to generate 120 waves per hour with an average power of 270 kW and has proven capable of making waves of any size and length, depending on the size of the lagoon. description_01description_02   Wavegarden is the world’s longest man-made wave that creates ideal conditions for surfing, as well as a broadly appealing range of other wave sports such as body boarding, kayaking, and stand up paddling. Early testing and professional feedback show Wavegarden to be the closest thing to an ocean break. Perfect waves of all sizes (standard size between 1,2-1,9 m), lengths (standard length around 18 second surfing ride duration), shapes and speeds are consistently generated in a safe, natural environment using much less energy than any other wave generator in history.description_03 description_04 description_05 description_06 Wavegarden is a safe surfing environment perfect for people of all ages, fitness levels, and skills and is ideal for introducing the sport of surfing to those who do not have access to waves. It is also a great place for the less adventurous to simply play in the smaller swells close to shore. Wavegarden can be installed in both new and existing lagoons, preserving the natural look and feel of the area. All of the technology used to generate our waves is hidden, either underground or underwater. facility_01 facility_05   Watch the video:  

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Once you have been out in the water and learnt to surf, suddenly you will find yourself wanting to know more. The nightly news will feature a story about the waves in Hawaii or a Surf Competition and your ears will prick up. You will find yourself on Facebook or Pinterest just looking at some of the incredible surf photos and surf videos
The below list is not extensive, but its some of our favourite sites to keep up to date with surfing news, check out photos and stories, watch videos and even check out the surf at your local beach

If you have any sites you would like added, just let us know. We love surfing and want to share that with you all

Learn to Surf with Surf Camp Australia

  • Coastal Watch: for local, national and international surf forecasts, videos and surf reports

  • Surfing World Magazine: one of the best magazines around. Check out their website too

  • Surfing Australia:Australia's peak surf organisation. The Surfing Australia website provides access to surf clubs, surfing lessons, surf news, surfing events and much more.

  • Rip Curl: for the best surfing gear around, boards, wetsuits, towels, anything and everything you need to keep surfing

  • You Tube: we know you know it, but click the link and check out this video, then browse for more on everyone's favourite video channel

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Learn to Surf

Last week, Seven Mile Beach played host to a complimentary surf camp providing indigenous youths with a learn to surf experience. Coordinated by Surf Camp Australia and Surfing NSW, the camp was led by two accomplished surfing instructors, Sam and Mitch Douglass who grew up in Currarong, NSW and are both of Aboriginal descent. Throughout their experience at surf camp, the kids learnt how to surf whilst also being educated about beach safety, surf conditions and environmental awareness, all while camping near the beach and eating at our purpose built surf camp! We understand that most of these kids have never had the opportunity to surf or even swim in the ocean before, therefore this experience gave them a valuable insight into the benefits that surfing and ocean awareness bring. For this reason Surf Camp Australia provided the whole experience at no charge to the participants. Check out the video here or check out the photos below!   The experience coincides with the Indigenous Surfing Program (ISP), hosted by Surfing NSW for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders. The Surfing NSW ‘ISP’ aims to attract large numbers of young indigenous communities to the beaches throughout the state. The program promotes health, enjoyment and wellbeing through ocean safety awareness, bringing positive education to remote and local indigenous communities. DSC_5326DSC_5542DSC_6482DSC_5418DSC_5570DSC_7047

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