Europe’s first indoor wave pool designed for surfing is on track to open early next year. The new wave pool in the Netherlands follows a “hull” wave generating design similar to Wavegarden’s Lagoon tech and the Kelly Slater Surf Ranch. The new facility will pump out 149 waves per hour.
The Dutch wave pool project dubbed SurfPoel can produce surf in the 3-to-4-foot range with length of ride averaging around nine seconds. By comparison, the lefts and rights at the BSR Surf Resort are 8-10 seconds.
The hull design, dreamed of and implemented by Australian Steven Schmied over the past 10 years, can be adjusted to produce waves for varying skill levels.
The indoor wave pool is currently under construction in The Hague, just a stone’s throw from the Dutch surfing capital of Scheveningen.