ABOUT 5 WAVES TECHNOLOGY

5 WAVES technology works by creating concentric waves that radiate outwards from the central wave device (CWD). The waves break upon a variety of submerged reefs and shorelines. Each reef is contoured differently so as to allow the wave energy to dissipate and therefore create waves which break at different speeds, shapes and sizes. Up to 10 separate surfing waves can be generated from each “pulse” of the CWD.

Following seven years of research and testing, Surf Lakes have developed technology that provides numerous advantages and allows for targeting of broader water sport based markets.

WAVES FOR ALL ABILITIES

LEVEL 1

BEGINNER

The Level 1 Beginners area is the white-water that rolls through the inside of the reefs. Beginners can learn to paddle, catch waves and stand up on soft boards.

LEVEL 2

INTERMEDIATE

The Level 2 Intermediate wave is a rolling beach break – a gentle wave that’s easy to catch, ride and learn to do turns. This wave is also suitable for longboarders.

LEVEL 3

ADVANCED

The Level 3 Advanced wave is a slightly larger wave, with a steeper take-off and more critical sections for advanced turns as well as aerial manoeuvres.

LEVEL 4

EXPERT

The Level 4 Expert break starts with five second barrel, followed by a section for advanced turns and airs. The size, take off, speed and power of this break is suitable for training, competitions and events.

LEVEL 5

PRO

The Level 5 Pro break is a heavy slab, suitable for high level surfers and bodyboarders. The face height is over 2m, the largest of all our waves. It features a steep, difficult take-off with a fast, heavy barrel.

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WAVES FOR ALL SURF CRAFTS

SHORT BOARD

LONG BOARD

SUP

KNEE BOARD

BODY BOARD

SURF SKI

HOW IT WORKS

The science and engineering behind Surf Lakes is truly revolutionary. Unique bathymetric designs of our pool floor mimics nature and helps us to produce such natural waves. The floor design interacts with our patented wave mechanism where one central swell generates 10 separate waves to the surrounding reefs and beach breaks.

Surf Lakes operate similar to a ski resort, with waves colour coded based on their level of difficulty. Beginners can feel safe and secure knowing which waves to surf as they learn and improve their skills, in a controlled environment. The beauty of our design means you don’t have to wait for a specific session that suits you, just paddle across to the right break.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

IS THE LAKE IN YEPPOON OPEN TO PUBLIC?

The Surf Lakes R&D facility at Yeppoon is a prototype only and will not be open to the public. It was built with the sole purpose of proving the Surf Lakes’ 5 Waves technology, as well as being the base for further refinement to the machine and operations. Our intention is to then sell licenses to potential clients. We anticipate the first commercial site to be open to the public within the next 24 months. Sites are earmarked in locations such as the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, US, UK, Brazil, NZ and more.

HOW BIG ARE THE WAVES?

Testing in mid 2019 at the R&D facility has demonstrated wave-face heights of 2.4 metre at “The Island” break, the largest of the four reefs at the site. With further refining we expect the waves in a commercial lake to be larger due to the potential for a larger “stroke” ie top to bottom movement of the Central Wave Device. In 2020 we intend to further “tune” the machine and increase stroke height therefore increase waves height. Stay tuned! We are also toying with the “drop velocity” of the machine at present, as the speed in which the CWD drops from the designated stroke height heavily impacts wave power and speed. This adds another dimension to potential wave variety.

HOW DO WE MEASURE THE WAVE HEIGHT?

At Surf Lakes, we measure the height of the wave face. At our largest break, called “The Island” we have achieved a wave face height to date of 2.4m. This is measured from wave trough, to top of the lip as the wave is about to break. “The Island” is a Level 5 wave (the most difficult) and is also the largest due to it being positioned closest to the wave making machine. At Occy’s Peak, which is designed as a Level 4 wave, the wave face height is slightly smaller.

CAN YOU HAVE DIFFERENT SIZED WAVES AT ONCE?

Yes, the mechanism can run tiny swells, through to very large swells. A chosen break design can be configured so that the waves are of similar shape regardless of swell size, or can be different as the swell increases. Our team of experts work with the developers to customise their design and give them the best options for their location and target markets.

IS IT NOISY?

The compressed air release can be silenced to a chosen level and can be very quiet if preferred. The “attenuator/exhaust” system can redirect any residual sound to a suitable location so that the lake can be virtually silent, apart from the sound of booming waves and shouts of excitement.

DO YOUR WAVES FEEL LIKE OCEAN WAVES?

Yes they do. Because of the orbital particle motion created by the wave generator, the waves behave just like ocean waves and you can feel the wave draw the surfer back into the face with a “trough” in front of each wave. The five types of waves are each different in power so the hollower waves have a more pronounced trough and with the easier waves it is less obvious. The end result is that the waves are the same to catch and ride like equivalent ocean waves.

In addition, even though the initial swell is circular, because of the refraction of the swells, the actual surfing face becomes straight then concave, in that it bends towards the surfer, rather than away from the surfer. Some of the waves do this more than others, so it creates a variety of experience.

ADVANTAGES

MORE WAVES

Up to 2,400 waves per hour

LESS WAIT TIME

Up to 200 surfers at the same time

HIGHEST WAVES

Up to 2.4m wave face height

ALWAYS OFFSHORE

360° guaranteed offshore conditions

SUBSCRIBE

1 (WHITE)

BEGINNER

The Level 1 Beginners area is the whitewater that rolls through the inside of the reefs. Beginners can walk out, learning to paddle and stand up on soft learner boards.

2 (YELLOW)

INTERMEDIATE

The Level 2 Intermediate wave is a rolling beach break – a gentle wave that’s easy to catch, ride and learn to do turns. This wave is also suitable for longboarders.

3 (GREEN)

ADVANCED

The Level 3 Advanced wave is a slightly larger wave, with a steeper take off and more critical sections for advanced turns as well as aerial manoeuvres.

4 (RED)

EXPERT

The Level 4 Expert break starts with five second barrel, followed by a section for advanced turns and airs. The size, take off, speed and power of this break is suitable for training, competitions and events.

5 (BLACK)

PRO

Level 5 is a heavy slab, suitable for high level surfers and bodyboarders. The face height is up to 2.4m, the largest of all our waves. It features a steep, difficult take-off with a fast, heavy barrel.

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