Surfing wave

Hydrostadium artificial surfing waves

Today, there are three types of artificial surfing wave.

  • Waterjet wave : developed in the 1990s, this type of wave is now outmoded due to the fact that it does not offer a realistic natural surfing experience and poses a risk of injury;
  • Breaking surfing wave : this type of wave perfectly reproduces ocean waves but its real-estate and financial constraints are excessive;
  • River surfing wave : this type of wave lets the operator combine the benefits of an open-water wave that is close to a natural surfing wave with manageable real-estate and financial constraints.

Hydrostadium, creator of a new type of wave

It is the third type of surfing wave that Hydrostadium has created, optimised and patented since 2007.

Hydrostadium surfing wave technology artificially recreates waves found in rivers; the most famous natural wave can be found in the park, Englischer Garten, in Munich : a thick cushion of water picks up speed when travelling down an inclined slope; it then enters a pool, where its speed falls dramatically, thereby creating a hydraulic jump that is used for surfing.

It is an open-water wave, which allows surfers to use equipment that is similar to what is used in a natural environment. It is also continuous, thereby enabling surfers to enjoy a never-ending ride. Thanks to the thick cushion of water and the absence of obstacles under the surfing wave, surfers are not hurt when they fall into the water.

Hydrostadium technology

Hydrostadium technology has been developed on the basis of three main lines :

The instantaneous modularity of the surfing wave in terms of its height and shape: the wave can be altered to create waves that range from one that is suitable for a beginner and relatively flat (around 60 cm) to one that is very steep (over 1,30 m) and suitable for experienced surfers who wish to work on technical moves.

Quality of the surfing wave : Hydrostadium technology comprises systems that flatten the surfing surface completely. Sliding quality is therefore excellent.

Energy consumption : Hydrostadium know-how in the area of hydropower has been used to design a system that is as economical as possible; less than 300 kWh is required to generate a 10 m-wide wave.

In 2017, five European patents, in addition to the 2007 patent, were filed to protect innovative technology.

All Hydrostadium technology can be transported to a natural water head to create a river wave with or without the need for pumps.

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