Ever wondered what happens when you take some of Australia's greatest rippers and put them in a giant steam-punk-esque tub, that comes equipped a 360 degree weapon of a wave? Well, allow this 13-minute breakdown of Surf Lakes' new, and vastly improved, plunger wave to showcase exactly that – and oh boy, does this thing look fun.
Yeah, there's a slabby number going on as well. You'll recall young Jay Occy met the floor attempting this thing a few months ago. Now, after those wizards further dialled in the tech, it's a makeable, powerful, barrel(able) heavy, keg -- and one that Dingo Morrison got to grips with tout suite, as evidenced further below.
The interesting thing throughout this cut though? That big ol' plunger's only operating at 75 per cent capacity. Let that sink in for a moment -- we've not even seen this tech fully juiced yet.
You're probably wondering, who had the idea to manufacture a giant Mad Max/apocalypse wave in Yeppoon, Queensland? Well, a little over a decade ago, a mild mannered Aaron Trevis was skimming rocks across a shimmering lake with his then small children. And like all Dads eager to impress the young’uns, he started tossing in bigger and bigger rocks to make a larger splash.
As the rocks broke through the water's surface, and after the splash had settled, Aaron noticed the micro swells fanning out to connect with the shoreline, where perfect ant-sized barrels peeled one after the other.
Being an engineer, a surfer, and trapped in a city without waves, he posed the question: 'What sized rock do I have to throw in to the water to make waves people can surf?' Aaron immediately began testing that theory in his pool.
Fast forward to 2018 and the first surfable waves were produced in a man-made, eight acre pond by the new and proudly branded company, Surf Lakes. The rock was replaced by a 1,400 ton steel unit, that looks more like an upturned boat bobbing on the surface, and as the metal giant plunged into the deep-water core, out poured perfect wave after wave across four peaks. (Note never before in history has a 1400 ton unit been raised and lowered every six seconds.)
Over the next two years, further testing, tweaking and refining allowed for the waves to grow and become more consistent. And, just a few months ago, back in August, the above cut was shot and edited – and honestly, it may just be some of the best surfing seen in a wave pool.
Surf Lakes have clarified that the facility is a prototype for R&D purposes and a commercial facility will operate with zero noise and will look nothing like the rustic hulk seen in the video, – but as mentioned above, this beast is only running at three quarters of its full potential. Wonder what's going to happen when your protagonists above sample the pool at 100 per cent capacity? We'll keep you posted on that. For more info, go HERE.