Since their debut in the 1960s, wave pools have produced consistent and reliable rollers yet have lacked the power and variety of natural breaks, keeping serious surfers out of the pool. The new Versareef can generate surf that is not only powerful but-with its moving artificial-reef pool floor-adjustable. Computer-controlled pneumatic jacks shift 64
triangular foam and stainless-steel panels on the pool floor, raising and lowering the corners to change the shape of the rubber-coated reef and, hence, the waves they make. The Versareef will debut in late 2006 at the Ron Jon Surfpark in Orlando, Florida, with two pools, each offering several
different waves. Gnarly? Indeed.
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