Surf Lakes contracted Australian engineering firm Engenuity Solutions to build a 5 Waves prototype in Yeppoon, Queensland. It’s currently the world’s largest wave pool and consists of a piston-shaped, wave-generating mechanism with a metal donut attached in the middle. This compressed air-powered system’s metal donut rises as air is pumped into it, then plunges down into the water as it’s released, generating waves. Read more for two videos and additional information.
The donut shape allows for the generated waves to spread out in all directions, accommodating more surfers, rather than have them group together in one area. Even crazier, the machine can produce waves up to 8-feet in height.
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We need to ensure the wave machine can deliver hundreds of millions of waves every year for decades for people to enjoy, and for surf park owners to confidently build businesses and developments around,” says Dr. Chris Hawley, managing director of Engenuity Solutions.