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Video: Mick & Owen hit Spain's Wavegarden

 Mick Fanning & Owen Wright © Rip Curl


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Artificial wave pond provides flat day fun

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 4 October, 2011 : - - What do you do when there are no waves and you are totally frothing to surf with your friends? You visit a Wave Garden of course! You may ask yourself what is a Wave Garden. A Wave Garden is the very first technology that produces perfect waves, adaptable to a wide range of environments and locations. Ripcurl International team riders Mick Fanning and Owen Wright escaped the flat conditions in Hossegor, France and travelled to the Basque Country of Northern Spain to try out this phenomenon.

Owen Wright: “We drove into the middle of nowhere and arrived there and discovered a massive pond. You paddle out and its flat and all of a sudden this wave starts. I couldn’t figure it out where to take off at the start but it was the best looking left I’ve ever seen. Mick and I had a re-match after Trestles and he took me down! He did like 800 turns on a wave and I managed to do just one. But I reckon I got him on the dismounts at the end, you have to jump off really quick or you will end up in the horse paddock next door.

Mick Fanning: “It was the funniest day, was all time! I broke Rick Kane’s record from the movie North Shore where I dominated the Wave Pool….ha ha ha. It was really hard at the start to surf the wave and to figure out where to paddle. It definitely had plenty of power which surprised me, was so fun! This is something that will really take off, with all the technology of today we will see these types of wave pools in places like Las Vegas or in the middle of Australia where kids and adults get the opportunity to learn to surf where they might not have had the opportunity to do so otherwise. It’s the future.

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