In what almost seems a slightly apologetic insight, Webber Wave Pools debut some improved graphics at the Surf Park Summit but admit their pool is still a work in progress.
Webber’s technology has always appeared to be potentially the most exciting design out there, alongside the Kelly design, containing a legitimate barrel section. “If we can’t protect the asset they can’t commercialise it” says Brandon Lowery “I wish I could tell you more, but I can’t” leaves surfers everywhere hoping that their Smart Parks will eventually break ground. The wave in numbers, “1.5 metre high wave, head high to overhead, 160 by 70 metres covering a little over 3 acres and costing 11 million Dollars for the construction alone.” Says Brandon.
Webber claims this design will produce “500+ perfect waves every hour” and that “They are now in the planning phases for multiple projects around the world.”
“From a technical standpoint, the research undertaken at Delft in the Netherlands and Launceston has been correlated with field studies on the Clarence River in northern NSW, where the surfable 1m waves behave in exactly the same manner as the science predicts. The result of this exact correlation between high level science and exhaustive field studies is a wave pool that generates continuously breaking waves, capable of providing surfers with infinitely long rides around a central island.
“From a business perspective, this design also offers probably an unbeatable wave making rate when compared to the wave pools of the past or present. Making perpetually peeling perfect waves reads well, but it’s the capacity to make many waves, at the same time, on the smallest footprint, for the lowest running cost that will lead to real growth.”Webber Wave Pools
“From a business perspective, this design also offers probably an unbeatable wave making rate when compared to the wave pools of the past or present. Making perpetually peeling perfect waves reads well, but it’s the capacity to make many waves, at the same time, on the smallest footprint, for the lowest running cost that will lead to real growth.”
Essentially this design claims that it will make more better quality waves than any existing design (read Wavegarden). From the presentation you are left with the impression that Greg is unconcerned about being first to market, rather with being ‘the best’ to market. The relatively large cost involved in construction of either the Wavepool, Kelly’s design, or the Webber will presumably hinder instant proliferation once a fully commercial wave is operational, however time is pressing and that luxury will not exist indefinitely.
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