Wavegarden facilities are designed to blend into the natural surroundings, requiring minimal civil engineering work and causing very little visual and auditory effect on the surrounding environment. The wave generating machinery is designed to recuperate and reuse part of the energy created in the wave generation process and with little energy lost in the transmission of forces from the machinery to the water, efficiency levels could not be any higher.

Clients can also rely on our technical and engineering expertise to ensure that not only the wave generator but the overall facility is as sustainable and natural as possible.

Surf Snowdonia in Wales and Nland Surf Park in Texas both use rainwater to fill their lagoons. Land regeneration may provide additional environmental benefits, with sites dramatically improving as a result of a Wavegarden project. For instance, Surf Snowdonia is constructed on a formerly contaminated aluminum site that has been regenerated, repurposed, and revitalized into a healthy plot of land. It can now offer group adventures and education to the local community and visitors in the naturally vibrant surrounding environment.

Comparison of CO2 Footprint from creating Waves versus CO2 Footprint from Trips to the Beach.

We considered how far your home should be from your favourite beach and the nearest Wavegarden Lagoon to work out the distance at which surfing at Wavegarden Lagoon has a lower carbon footprint. The calculation was based on the following hypotheses:

  • Your car is a utility vehicle and you travel by yourself.
  • You spend an hour and a half surfing at Wavegarden Lagoon.

This is a rough calculation and is only based on the direct energy used by the car and wave generator. It does not take into account the energy used to build the Wavegarden Lagoon, the roads or the car itself.

The study shows that your carbon footprint would be less if you surfed at your Wavegarden Lagoon, provided that it is at least quarter of an hour nearer to your home than your favourite beach.

surf related C02 emissions

Wavegarden Lagoon (WG) versus Car Comparison (CO2 kg)

Wavegarden Lagoon
WG average energy/hour (kWh/h) 270,00
No of surfers/hour 30,00
WG energy/hour/surfer (kWh/h) 10,00
Hours surfing at WG 1,50
WG energy/surfer (kWh) 15,00
CO2 emitted per session and person at WG (kg) 7,43
Average petrol consumption per car at 100 km/h (l) 8,00
No of persons per car 1,00
CO2 emissions per hour and person in car running on petrol (kg) 18,80
Car distance to equal the CO2
Car total minutes (return journey) to match CO2 emissions in WG session per person 24
Car minutes per section (return journey) to match CO2 emissions in WG session per person 12