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Check out the world’s first artificial surfing lake — you gotta love the future

Welcome to the future, where waves flow at the push of a button.

Scientists and engineers in the U.K. have created the world’s first artificial surfing lake. According to the project’s engineer, the owners of the lake are able to fine-tune every aspect of the wave to create the perfect surfing conditions — from the wave hight to the speed at which it flows.

“We have a powered run here at 150 meters,” an engineer explains in a video interview with the BBC (below), “but we can build as long as we want.”

While the lake’s wave settings are not yet self-serve, we can’t help but wonder what it would be like to customize our own waves by smartphone. Sure, the Internet of things works well with air conditioners and refrigerators, but what about the Internet of waves?

The new wave lake, currently under construction by a company called Surf Snowdonia in the mountains of North Wales, is expected to open for business in 2015.

The news story, including footage of the lake’s construction, is available in full below:

22 comments
Rafael Valente
Rafael Valente

foda, né? Já tem um na Espanha, no mrio do nada também!!! Hora de se mudar para UK !!!! abs

Borja Rivero
Borja Rivero

VentureBeat, the company that has developed this technology Wavegarden) is not located in the UK but in the northern part of Spain (as is the lake in the video). Their first commercial implementation will be built in the UK though.

Josh Phillips
Josh Phillips

Looks wicked but it looks too safe, more danger = more fun

Sean Lade
Sean Lade

Jade Jones, Josh Phillips - check it out Welsh surfers :)

Steve Ardire
Steve Ardire

Sure, the Internet of things works well with air conditioners and refrigerators, but what about the Internet of waves?


Funny ;-)

Edwin Lap
Edwin Lap

how is this different from the Wave Garden in Spain?