It’s been a couple weeks since Wavegarden revealed their new Cove technology to the world, and this week they released another video clip from their winter testing sessions, this one featuring Brazilian Super-grom Mateus Herdy getting the Cove to himself for a dream solo session. Endless empty waves, sunny skies, and topaz blue barrels. Don’t get much better than that.
We’ve already talked about how quickly you can develop surf skills in a wavepool like the Cove that offers such a repeatable perfect wave. Wavepools will undoubtedly play a big role in training teams for the 2020 Olympics in Japan, and professional surfing in general, going forward. The learning curve created by removing variables such as tide, swell, currents, wind, and even daylight, is undeniable.
“It has really, really exceeded any expectations I had, or what I thought was possible, for a man-made wave. Three days in The Cove is equivalent to training for three months in the sea.” Said Andy King, a high-performance surf coach for the Australian Institute of Sport, who tested the Cove alongside Gabriel Medina and Matt Wilkinson.
We’ve also heard a lot of comparisons between Kelly’s wave and the Cove. While this wave may be a much shorter ride and the tube isn’t as big as KSWaveCo’s pool, keep in mind this is a testing facility created to prove that the new wave-generating methods works, and commercial versions will be much larger and longer (much like the upgraded Snowdonia and Nland Lagoons vs the Lagoon prototype). Future Cove designs can be built to any scale, even that of Kelly’s in Lemoore.