En nuestro blog hemos hablado en numerosas ocasiones del proyecto vasco Wavegarden que permite la creación de olas optimas para el surf de manera controlada. Es un proyecto que se encuentra en fase de desarrollo y que desde hace tiempo aparece en los medios para informar de avances o de posibles ubicaciones de instalaciones comerciales.

En esta ocasión traemos unas espectaculares imágenes de las instalaciones gipuzkoanas con las olas “iluminadas” ofreciendo un espectáculo nocturno fascinante, y la  información sobre un proyecto en París con fecha de inauguración: 2016.

The Rider Post – 3/4/2015 – Francia

Waves in City : Plus d’infos sur le futur wavegarden parisien !

Deux nouvelles photos (synthèses) viennent de sortir et révèlent enfin le futur décor du Wavegarden parisien ! Alors, qu’en pensez-vous ?. La nouvelle enfle depuis quelques mois : est-ce qu’un wave garden va ouvrir ses portes à Paris ? La rédaction vous propose d’en savoir un peu plus sur ce projet extraordinaire.

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The Rider Post – 22/7/2015 – USA

1ère session de nuit au Wavegarden du Pays Basque

Entre ombres et lumières, une nouvelle expérience pour dynamiser les concepts de piscines à vagues. Le Wavegarden du nord de l’Espagne teste ses nouveautés sur ses fameuses vagues artificielles. Là, il s’agit d’un nouveau jeu de lumières pour éclairer des sessions nocturnes. Les surfeurs (Vincent Duvignac, Natxo Gonzalez, Axi Muniain et Asier Maqueda) expérimentent cette nouvelle technologie qui donnera un second souffle au concept de piscine à vagues.

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Nº1 Night Surfing at Wavegarden

2015 Video Test Series – Nº1 Night Surfing at Wavegarden from wavegarden on Vimeo.

WAVEGARDEN® Night Surfing Experiment

Wavegarden, pioneers in man-made wave technology, recently conducted a series of tests at their headquarters in Northern Spain in order to check how its technology can improve different aspects of the surfing experience. The first of such tests focused on surfing at nighttime, using a state-of-the-art lighting system and featuring the talents of former European surf champion Vincent Duvignac, big wave surfers Natxo Gonzalez and Axi Muniain and Zarautz local surfer Asier Maqueda.

In partnership with a range of leading technical suppliers, Wavegarden is refining their ability to light up facilities at night which, apart from making spectacular imagery, will allow surfers to catch waves before or after work, or school, especially in winter months when daylight is limited.

Night surfing in itself is not a new proposition. Surf competitions have been staged in the ocean at night in the past, achieved by flood lighting the ocean similar to a football stadium. However, night surfing has had limited success as it is complicated to set up, impossible to illuminate a large enough area to fully see the waves approaching, and difficult for surfers to clearly see the wave formation and water texture.

In Wavegarden’s preliminary research, lights are strategically placed underwater to create an effect never seen before, while providing a truly unique experience for the surfers. “Lighting the waves from underneath the water is a new concept and key to Wavegarden’s client proposition”, confirmed Wavegarden’s CEO, Josema Odriozola. “We used software programs to modify the light coverage, intensity, and color. We even managed to install a light on the moving wavefoil to illuminate the wave for the entire length of the lagoon”.

“It was necessary to experiment with the angle and depth of the lights to optimize the reflection inside the wave. Although we understand that external lights will be required at commercial facilities, the focus of this research was below the waters surface”, Odriozola added.

“I’ve surfed at night before but this is something completely different”, explained Frenchman Vincent Duvignac, recognized as one of Europe’s most talented and stylish surfers. “When you surf now seems irrelevant: Natxo and I surfed until 2am and could have kept going except we became completely surfed out”.

Wavegarden’s night surfing test was documented by celebrated French surf photographer Greg Rabejac, who has been shooting surfers at night for over the past 3 years in France, Spain and Morocco.

Last Updated on Jul 23, 2015 by About Basque Country

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