I remember messing around in wave pools at water parks as a kid, imagining how cool it would be if they could make a wave pool large enough and powerful enough to surf in. Since then, I have read about several such pools. But this one in northern Spain, built by Wavegarden, is blowing my mind. Here is the description of the lagoon in Spain, from their website:
Wavegarden, industry leader in the design and manufacture of wave generation systems, has built a full-sized demo center in Northern Spain. This first of its kind facility will be used strictly for fine-tuning, testing and as a showroom and is not open to the public.
Located at Wavegarden’s research and development site, the new surfing lagoon generates perfectly formed tubing waves that peel for more than 220 m without losing power or shape. It is the longest artificial surfing wave in existence, and the wave quality, shape, and speed, are suitable for the highest levels of performance surfing.
Here is a video of the wave machine in action–
Wavegarden 2.0 – June 2013 from wavegarden on Vimeo.