Regarding wave pools, or surf parks, Drew Kampion, the associate editor of The Surfer’s Path, said:
“This is not surfing except in its most limited sense.
“It may replicate real waves and it can teach riding and balance. But 90 per cent of surfing is paddling out among the elements, breathing in the negative ions in the sea air – and wave machines fail to capture any of that.”
Alternatively, Jimmy Wilson at Surfing Magazine presents another perspective on the wave park in his analysis of why the Orlando Surf Park failed:
What do you think? Is Drew Kampion right? Or, is there some value to the surf park?
Does the absence of surf make the heart grow fonder for surfing? Or make us appreciate the gift of waves that much more?
Photo from a story by The Daily Mail