21 Mar, 2017

Waveloch

21 Mar, 2017

You could argue that Tom Lochtefeld is the father of artificial wave technology. His Flowrider tech debuted in 1991, and has gone on to see over 100 installations world wide. It has been a huge success for his company, but largely ignored by the surf world since it doesn’t feel like surfing a real wave, and as a surfer himself, Tom has had his sights set on creating real surfable waves ever since. His surf pools have a promising design concept that use a pneumatic air plunging system, but have failed to find the financial backing to build a full size version, and to date only a tabletop model has been created. The city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands has reportedly partnered with Waveloch to build his wave pool into their existing canal system. This very ambitious project was supposed to begin construction last August, but no new news reports have surfaced. The Wave Bristol has been a well publicised surf park project in the UK for a few years now, with a number of delays keeping them from beginning construction, including technology issues. The project originally included Wavegarden technology, but last year they announced a switch to Waveloch for a few months, before ultimately reverting back to Wavegarden when rumors about their new Cove technology were confirmed.

Also, Tom has been messing around with a hydrofoil-boat concept that would turn any body of water into an endless wave pool. No news on that yet either.

  • Wave generation style: Pneumatic Displacement
  • Phase of Technology: Concept
  • Quality of wave for surfing: Unknown
  • Frequency: Unknown
  • Energy cost per wave: Unknown
  • Construction Cost: Unknown
  • Footprint: 1-4 acres
  • Projects: Rotterdam (2017)
Proposed project in the canals of Rotterdam
More of Tom’s ideas in action
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