In most surf parks, surfers glide along a rectangular pool with artificial waves, according tomedia New Atlas. Unfortunately, such an arrangement limits the number of people who can surf at the same time. . . That’s what the 5Waves system does. The system, designed by Australian engineering firm Engenuity Solutions, consists of a large pool with a piston-like wave-generation device in the middle. The latter is powered by a compressed air system that rises when pumped into a pool and then drops into the water when the air is suddenly released.
Since the mechanism is circular, the resulting waves diffuse from it in all directions. This means more surfers can be accommodated, as they are not all squeezed into the width of a standard pool.
The bottom of the 5Waves pool is divided into different regions, forming five different types of artificial reef faults, resulting in five different types of waves — which is why the system is named. Depending on what kind of surfing style users like, they will choose the right area in the pool. In addition, the size of the wave can be changed by adjusting the height of the wave generator before falling.
The system was commissioned by Australia’s Surf Lakes, which is already running a full-featured prototype in the Queensland town of Yeppoon. Some groups are reportedly interested in licensing the technology, which should happen once its creators ensure it can be commercialized.
“We need to make sure that the wave machine can deliver hundreds of millions of waves a year for decades to enjoy, and give the owners of the surf park the confidence to build business and development projects around it,” said Dr Chris Hawley, managing director of Engenuity Solutions. “The data from the prototype test stoist is also used to further optimize the performance of the machine, ensure ease of construction, improve power efficiency, and bring the highest standards of safety design to every element. “