“But by mid-Saturday morning, the channel was already full, and water was spilling over the bank edge of the Reefs (our advanced waves) and into the Peaks (our intermediate waves).”
URBNSURF’s development and facilities teams worked around the clock, monitoring the flow rate of the water, checking essential equipment, moving hoses and keeping the lagoon in a pristine state.
The rapid changes in weather, water depth and winds led to some key insights. The team quickly learned which winds would create offshore conditions, and just how bright it will be to surf at night under lights. Most days ended in dramatic sunsets and late afternoon glass-offs, giving a taste of what after-work sessions will be like this Summer.
“By Monday evening the water was lapping the shoreline, and on Tuesday we shut off the valves, and the lagoon was still. Ready for waves.”
Over the next few weeks, URBNSURF will be working closely with Wavegarden to ramp up from ripples, to runners, to reeling tubes. It’s a highly technical, considered process, and it’s not something to be rushed.
Once achieved full-height waves, Wavegarden’s founder and inventor, Josema, will begin loading the wave menu (starting with 16 wave types, ranging from heart-in-your-mouth barrels to peeling point break-style walls) and fine tuning the generator to produce perfect waves…. just minutes from Melbourne Airport.
In a statement the company said; “To our loyal, patient fans – thank you for your continued support, and we can’t wait to welcome you for a surf with us soon. We’re still accepting registrations to #surfitfirst, and we’ll be announcing our lucky test pilots next month.”
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