Wavepools are springing to life all over the world. Quick stock take at some prominent locations; London, Miami, Paris are all inline to get the wave pool treatment. Texas already has two, Barcelona, Sydney Melbourne, Perth, potentially Tokyo, Lemoore has the Slater ranch and now, the Netherlands is getting Europe's first indoor wave pool, which looks completely different to anything that's come before.
At the start of the month a company called 24/7 Waves and a developer BDP signed a letter of intent to lease the former Reparco hall on the Binckhorst in The Hague to house the indoor pool. It's a space of around 2,400 square metres and the pool's hoped to be operational by the end of this year.
Acoording to 24/7 Waves: “After years of research and technical development, among others with the TU Delft, Morfis Architects and a renowned Australian wave pool technician, 24/7Waves have developed the perfect indoor wave. With 149 waves per hour, which last 9 seconds and can be adjusted in shape and up to one meter in height, the surf pool offers the possibility to create the perfect wave for every level, from pro to beginner, thanks to a worldwide unique technology.”
New tech it is then. Different from the Wavegarden or Slater or American Wave Machines. As you may know, the Netherlands has a thriving surf community (see HERE), but will this new tech stand up alongside the aforementioned juggernauts? Right now, the company's running a crowd funding campaign to get the project off the ground. You can view that HERE.
Jeroen den Otter, managing director at 24/7Waves: “When searching for a suitable location for the surf pool, there were a number of requirements on the list: sufficient surface area, the area around The Hague, good accessibility for both public transport and cars and a dynamic, entrepreneurial environment. All these elements came together in the former Reparco hall at the Saturnusstraat on the Binckhorst in The Hague. To have found a location in The Hague, the surfing city par excellence, is amazing.”