Specialist surf engineering company Wavegarden who are based in Spain’s Basque Country have announced that they will be opening their first surfing complex and leisure center in Andalucia in 2020.
The complex which will be located near to the town of Alhaurin de la Torre on the Costa del Sol, will be the first of its kind in the region and feature an eco-friendly surfing installation along with sports and recreation facilities.
The center which will cover around 2.2 hectares will be based around a large artificial lagoon which will cater for up to 90 surfers at a time. The new installation will also have the capability to produce around 1,000 ocean like waves per hour, ranging from small gentle waves for beginners to larger waves of around 2.5 metres for more experienced surfers.
The new surf complex will be highly efficient and at the same time eco-friendly with the ability to minimise the environmental impact, while maintaining maximum energy efficiency.
Other facilities that will be on offer will be a skatepark for those who prefer to travel on four wheels, restaurants, bars, an artificial beach and also a surf shop where surfers can either purchase or hire their equipment. There will also be a surf school where anyone new to the sport can receive professional tuition.
It comes at a time when surfing will be featured for the first time at the Tokyo Summer Olympics in 2020.
Josema Odriozola, founder and CEO of Wavegarden Spain, said: "We are very happy to open the first installation in Andalucía. Andalucía boasts a huge population of serious surfers and also many people who would like to learn to surf, and we are confident that our technology will fulfill all expectations. We want this facility to be a world reference at a time that surfing will become recognised in the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020."
The new Wavegarden surfing complex will no doubt be of great benefit to the Spanish national surf team and will help to prepare them for their Olympic campaign.
Wavegarden are leaders in wave generation technology and already operate a number of facilities around the world including Snowdonia, Wales and Austin, Texas with many other projects under development in Bristol, England, Edinburgh, Scotland and Melbourne, Australia.
For further details, please visit Wavegarden at https://wavegarden.com
Image courtesy of WAVEGARDEN.