They have been seen in swimming pools, water parks and lakes… but never in the sea. At least, not until now. At the Barcelona Boat Show you can test out a wave maker, installed for the first time ever in the waters of a port, according to Clément Courtaigne, president of My Wave, the company which has come up with this invention to enable you to go surfing regardless of geographical restrictions or bad weather conditions.
And there you have it: although it appears contradictory and downright impossible, surfing in Port Vell over the next few days will be a reality. The device that makes it possible features an advanced pumping system in front of an inflatable structure on a slope, collecting water from underneath and propelling it onto the platform at high pressure. As a result, a sheet of water is produced that simulates the angle of a breaking wave which allows you to glide over the top of it riding a surfboard. More experienced surfers can create spectacular turns and patterns with this new activity which has been christened surf flow.
Maybe it will never produce the perfect wave that thousands of keen surfers travel the world in search of – especially off the beaches of Australia, California and South-East Asia – but it does recreate the emotions experienced when surfing almost anywhere else, and it can do so on every day of the year.