Leitner technology to be introduced at Surf Snowdonia & NLand Surfpark
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 29 June, 2015 - Wavegarden unveiled details of a groundbreaking technology that produces the longest man-made wave for surfing. Marking an historic moment in the surf world, this technology will be introduced at Surf Snowdonia in North Wales this summer and at NLand Surfpark in Austin, Texas in 2016.
The partnership between Wavegarden and Leitner ropeways, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of ropeway systems, started in 2012. In a collaborative engineering effort, Wavegarden and Leitner ropeways conducted extensive R&D by pooling their top electrical, mechanical, civil and computational fluid dynamic (CFD) engineers. This intensive product development process resulted in a sophisticated solution.
The DirectDrive, a gearless drive system developed by Leitner ropeways, coupled with LeitDrive, a system developed in-house, plays a key role in the production of perfect waves. The drive system propels the submerged wavefoil from one end of a lagoon to the other. It creates a linear swell that interacts with the bathymetry design to produce a series of perfect waves that range from 0.5m to 1.9m and offer a wave riding experience between 20 and 35 seconds.
“To develop the technology we required, it was essential to collaborate with a company that makes precision machinery which is highly reliable, even in extreme conditions. LEITNER ropeways systems have been used to transport people all over the place: skiers and snowboarders to the top of mountain resorts and the public to sightseeing locations and urban areas. With a 150 years experience, partnering with LEITNER ropeways was an obvious choice for us,” explained Josema Odriozola, Wavegarden CEO.
Anton Seeber, CEO of Leitner elaborates: “With our DirectDrive technology, we achieved excellent results not only for our ropeway systems but we also increased considerably the efficiency and reliability of our wind turbines and urban transportation. Since our technology is extremely versatile we were looking to broaden the areas of solutions. Today, we are happy to support WAVEGARDEN in producing the longest and best man-made wave for surfing. Our DirectDrive reduces significantly the impact on the environment by saving energy, reducing noise emission and eliminating toxic grease.”
After a decade of perseverance, Wavegarden has proved it is possible to fabricate world-class surfing destinations with quality, ocean-like waves, ideal for surfing, body boarding, stand-up paddling and swimming. A significant milestone in Wavegarden’s history, Surf Snowdonia is the first public installation to implement this revolutionary drive system. Based at the foot of lush, green mountains in the Conwy Valley in Snowdonia’s National Park, the landmark facility will open this summer and is expected to attract in excess of 75,000 visitors a year to check out and surf the Wavegarden lagoon.
Wavegarden and Leitner ropeways are excited and proud to see their technology being implemented and are looking forward to installing the same system in new facilities currently being developed in other countries around the world including the USA, Australia, the Middle East, as well as mayor cities such as Madrid.