Spanish engineering firm Wavegarden has announced the start of construction of the world’s largest man-made surf park in Turtle Island, Siheung in the Gyeonggi province of South Korea.
The contract for the project development was signed between Wavegarden and South Korean real estate and theme park developer Daewon Plus Construction in November 2018.
The partnership has been formalised after a year of design and planning between the two parties, resulting in the city’s selection of Daewon Plus Construction as the preferred developer of the project, which is scheduled to open in 2020.
Turtle Island, a new international waterfront destination, is located just an hour away from Seoul and has been constructed on land reclaimed from the ocean.
It will have different water and landside leisure facilities, including hotels, convention centres and marinas.
The Wavegarden Cove surfing lagoon will be the centrepiece of the €2.1bn mixed-use development. The Coveis capable of producing up to 1,000 ocean-like waves per hour, across a range of different surfing areas.
Each area will offer waves of different size and power designed for everyone, from professional surfers to newcomers.
Apart from riding waves, Turtle Island will also offer other aquatic activities such as kayaking, SUP and swimming in zones with and without waves.
Turtle Island, with a beach spanning almost 1km and the capability of hosting thousands of visitors, is expected to become Korea’s surfing and water activity destination for the 10.8m international tourists who visit the region annually, and residents.
Such projectsrequire specialised technological solutions in wave generation, water treatment and civil works. However, the Wavegarden team has perfected all the essentials to design and implement the venture after years of research and development at the demo centre in Northern Spain and having constructed many full-scale facilities.
The machinery,which can produce millions of waves per year, is also designed to recover part of the energy used in the wave generation process to attain the lowest possible energy consumption.
An innovative water treatment system has been developed specifically for wave lagoons to keep the water transparent and clean throughout the year.
Two Wavegarden facilities are under construction in Melbourne, Australia, and Bristol, England, and another 28 contracts have been signed and are in various stages of development in five continents.
Image: Rendering of Wavegarden project in South Korea. Photo: Courtesy of Wavegarden.