HISTORY

It all started with a ripple. Learn more about the journey from idea to prototype to full scale model.

2013

The idea is born

“It all started from a ripple really. I was throwing rocks into water with the kids when the idea hit me. What followed was a lot of research, looking at how nature makes waves, how one swell interacts with multiple reefs and beaches. Nature was the inspiration because we wanted the waves to be as natural as possible.”

Aaron Trevis, Founder and CEO

2014
Small Scale Demo

Small Scale Demo

An Indiegogo campaign helped fund a series of tests, starting in a backyard swimming pool, attempting to discover the best shape of device needed to create a credible wave. Pictured here is the 1:25th scale model.

2016
Building the Team

Building the Team

From the pool to a 1:10th scale model on a friend’s farm where, with help from another of Surf Lakes’ founding directors (Dr Chris Hawley) they were able to produce a powered device that could generate well-shaped waves. This model was successful in attracting another founding director (Reuben Buchanan). Pictured here is the second prototype at a 1:10th scale.

Another Scale Achieved

Another Scale Achieved

Sufficient money was raised to produce a much larger, 1/5th scale model, on a property outside of Melbourne. The tests and the resultant photographs and video were successful, both technically and in attracting investors to the company. This process paved the way for the full-scale prototype now operating in Yeppoon.

2017
Under Construction

Under Construction

The success of the 1:5th scale site led to securing a 15ha site in Yeppoon, Queensland and the subsequent design and construction of our full scale prototype. In the same year, Mark ‘Occy’ Occhilupo was engaged as Surf Industry Advisor and global interest in the technology grew further.

2018
TARGETED WAVE HEIGHTS ACHIEVED

TARGETED WAVE HEIGHTS ACHIEVED

In 2019 sights were set on a target wave face of 2.4 metres. During Phase 2 testing this wave face height was achieved at The Island Level 5 break and ridden by Ben Player. In later tests, and after more tuning of the machine, it has been realised that full stroke of the plunger and therefore full wave height has yet to be achieved. Expect this to come in 2020! With this in mind business momentum continues as we sign further Exclusive Territory Agreements with licensees from Australia and around the world.

2019
Full Scale Waves Achieved

Full Scale Waves Achieved

Further refining and phase 2 testing led to our target full size wave of 2.4m being achieved in 2019. The business momentum continued as well, signing further heads of agreements with licensees from Australia and around the world.

2020
CWD stroke heights of 4.48 metres

CWD stroke heights of 4.48 metres

In August 2020 CWD stroke heights of 4.48 metres were achieved, producing waves at The Island and Occy’s Peak which were well over head. Coby Perkovich became the first to tackle The Island left finding plenty of room to move in the well rounded barrels. The distribution of the video content created world wide excitement and a huge increase in licensee interest ensued.

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