Swellnet – Wavegarden Stake Their Claim
It’s been nigh on thirty years since the World Inland Championships, the first and only ASP wavepool competition, was held in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The waves for the event were a dismal two feet at three seconds, best compared to a relentless barrage of boat wakes in a choppy chlorinated pool.
Although they could technically be surfed (Tom Carroll won the competition) the Allentown experience made it abundantly clear that there was much work to be done in the field of artificial waves. Few however, would have thought it’d take the best part of three decades before a legitimate wavepool would be built. In the interim there’s been no shortage of ideas, curiosity and commercial desire, but the progress has been inexorably slow and the results wholly frustrating.