When artificial waves first hit the scene, many surfers turned their nose up at the idea, opting for the purity of a wave generated by Mother Nature. There are still plenty of die-hard surfers who feel that way, but there are also a lot more who have opened their minds to the idea of surfing artificial waves. Surf parks and wave pools are being built all over the world, indicating that the sport of surfing is going through a major revolution. If you’re looking to catch one of the world’s best artificial waves, here are some of the best places on the planet to do it.
The Cove (by Wavegarden)
Wavegarden set the pace for artificial wave surfing by opening the world’s first artificial surf park in Spain. Today, Wavegarden has opened their “Cove” parks in the United Kingdom, Texas, and there is one currently being built in Brazil.
Surf Ranch (Kelly Slater Wave Co.)
Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch in Leemore California might be the most famous artificial wave in the world right now. Slater’s Surf Ranch has been making an artificial (and near-perfect) wave since it opened in 2015. Right now, the California location isn’t open to the public. Plans were made to open a public Surf Ranch in Palm Beach Florida, but the plans were canceled due to an issue with high water tables. As of now, there is no news about a public park opening, so if you want to surf Slater’s artificial wave, you’re gonna need to know somebody!
BSR Surf Resort
The waves at the BSR Surf Resort in Waco Texas are unique because they’re generated by pumping air into the water. This results in waves that are less predictable than most of the other artificial waves around the world, but for surfers looking for a more natural feel, that’s a good thing! Each wave generated at BSR Surf Resort is between three and eight feet high, and the rides last from 10 to 15 seconds. The waves mimic beach breaks, peeling waves, and point breaks, so it’s a great spot for surfers who don’t live near popular surfing coast.