HOW MAKING TO MAKE WAVES FAKE WAVES
Wave pools let anyone enjoy a surfing safari, and pros like the machine-made barrels because they are consistent and customizable. Several Olympians have practiced in Waco, Texas, at BSR Surf Resort, which uses a pneumatic system called PerfectSwell from American Wave Machines. Here’s how it works.
1/Twenty-four air pistons along the pool’s rear wall fire sequentially at intervals with only microseconds between them.
2/Each volley can release more than 1 million pounds of thrust, sending swells of up to 150,000 gallons surging forward.
3/The pool floor imitates rolling undersea topography, pushing the water up and down to increase the wave’s size and power.
4/Breakers dissipate in a 180-degree arc along three sides of the basin, which holds a total of 2.7 million gallons of faux ocean.
5/Surfers rest in the shallows at the edges before paddling out for another ride on waves that can be as tall as they are.