Come and get a little of that boom boom!
Of all the crimes I might be accused of, letting a story run its natural course is not one of them.
Last week, the Occy and Barton-Lynch endorsed wave pool called Surf Lakes opened for testing, and which we duly reported with a lazy phone call to the company’s media director.
“The thing is mind-blowing. Everything about it,” the former Tracks editor Wayne Dart said. “The technology and just the sheer beauty of the backdrop and surrounds. It’s surreal. You look at the footage and it looks like an artist’s impression. You’ve got trees and mountains in the background and this crystal clear green wave breaking down the line.”
He added, “We’re analysing all the numbers, making sure we can get it to full size and not break it, essentially. But, this afternoon, there’ll be waves that are overhead. From an engineering perspective, all the numbers are matching. We’re confident it will handle full-tilt.”
Last night, the company released its first official vision, a carefully curated, and very short, clip of its pool before it broke down and the site was closed.
And which we reported, and spat all over social.
Today, further footage of the tank, this time from Surfing Life magazine, one of the few remaining print titles in this special interest niche still in existence, who’d negotiated exclusive rights to the story.
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With Australia’s first wave pool being currently commissioned and seeing what it can do at 50% first hand, we know at full capacity this thing will blow minds. Hats off to @surf_lakes @markocchilupo and @barton_lynch potential is through the roof! #surfing #wavepools #surflakes #crankitup #pooltoys #poolparty
And, this, my favourite, of the Western Australian surfer Felicity Palmateer. The North Queensland sunset is juxtaposed expertly with machinery so dystopian one expects there to be a large clock somewhere striking thirteen.