Craig from "The Surfboard Guide" dropped a review from the URBNSURF pool in Melbourne. Great excuse to do a bit of research and talk about surf pools.
Surf pools drive a lot of discussion. Some are in favour, some are against. It's a trend that's picking up steam and it will be a part of surfing future. It's not necessarily the future of surfing but it will in some shape or form influence the surfing culture.
I believe there's a lot of space for them for a few reasons:
1. Surfing will continue to grow, especially around big metropolitan areas, and it will become unbearably crowded.
2. You can only surf during the day
3. To surf you're dependent on swell, wind, tides.
4. Surfing in the ocean is a lot of waiting and paddling and most of the time not a lot of surfing.
Here's the breakdown of current wave pools by technology.
Palm Springs Surf Club - Palm springs, Florida, US
American waves machines
Point Surf Break
Typhoon Lagoon - Orlando, Florida
Siam Park - Tenerife, Spain
For more information about the research, locations and more head over to Raised Water Research