The wave pool, as envisaged by Greg Webber, has been in the wings for the better part of a decade.
Earlier this year, Greg announced that excavation work was under way on the first pool of its kind in Queensland.
Webber's pool differs from the tech at Wavegarden and the man-made juggernaut that is Slater's wonder ranch. A kelvin wave as opposed to a solition wave utilised by Kelly et al.
Greg's pool can churn out a total of 500 waves per hour in the waist-to-overhead range in the main channels and 250 knee-to-waist high waves in the learner pools.
Mechanically, this iteration of man-producing-waves is driven by a hull system around an oval pool. There's a looped steel track with carriages attached, like an urban monorail. The hull is attached and can be shifted to help create different size waves.
Anyway, we checked in with Greg to talk future plans and if Kelly's wave has any impact on that...
With the introduction of Kelly’s wave, has your tech needed tweaks to bring it in line with the quality of what Kelly’s has to offer?
No tweaks needed due to Kelly’s wave since we have always had the capacity to make mechanically perfect tubes. That's because we are the only wave pool tech company to have exhaustively tested in the field at close to full scale.
If you can make a cylindrical super hollow barrel at one metre with a prawn trawler and a sand gradient in a river, then being able to engineer and control the method can only be more certain, not less.
Do you feel any commercial pressure with the introduction of so many different types of wave pools coming out?
None whatsoever since we are completely aware of our rivals' methods and the limitations that they suffer.
Sure, each rival is improving in ways, like Wavegarden making the Cove and improving their wave rate, and Kelly making gradient sections and creating some variety. Until we complete our pool, no one will know how far ahead we have always been.
How many waves can it produce and what are the benefits of this system over rival wave pools?
About 1,000 waves per hour but it would take too many lines to explain the wave types in detail, or the customising method, and the zones in which they are supplied.
In simple terms there are 500 waves per hour in the side channels which make the proper surfing waves like a pointbreak and 500 waves an hour into the end pools for beginners which are like beachbreaks.
How soon is it until we see the first Webber wave pool?
This concept seems to have been around for years, why’s it taken so long to come to fruition?
Partly from having Kelly as a rival, which has probably blocked any significant surfing major businesses from approaching us. However, he has also made the industry appear totally viable so he’s helped hugely as well.
Have you built a scale test model? Or is there a tester facility out there - if so, who’s surfed it and what’s the feedback been?
It's about to be started. Within several weeks, the first hole will be dug.