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Designing waves for the people


The objective of this project is the creation of Wavegardens all around the world. A Wavegarden is a place where surfers can practice surf: a lagoon in which a mechatronic device creates waves that could fulfil surfers expectations. According to the report “Blue Growth Scenarios and drivers for Sustainable Growth from the Oceans, Seas and Coasts, Third Interim Report, March 2012“ an important niche in coastline tourism is represented by nautical sports. For example, 10 million people in the world travel each year to wind and wave surfing destinations and the trend is growing, and 500 thousand more people every year practice this sport. Surfing is ranked in the top 20 most popular and fastest growing sports in all countries, cultures and demographics. The surfing industry, with an economic impact in the range of US$100 billion, is estimated to continue its growth in the years to come. The ‘stoke’, or feeling, of surfing, which has been limited to the lucky few who live near quality surfing waves, is now accessible to everyone thanks to Wavegarden.

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José María Soroa 25, Bajo
20013 Donostia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 50 000