« The interest of this sport is to be in the ocean, not on a formatted wave » – ​​Release


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Contested by environmental protection associations, the surfpark project in the town of Castets, in the Landes, is dividing the surfing community. The subject of wave pools, very divisive, involves issues that are at once ecological, economic and philosophical.

The sun is beating down at the end of the August morning in Castets, a small town of 2,400 souls in the Landes. Glasses screwed onto his nose, Roland Legros, white beard, capri pants and gray T-shirt, points to a row of beech trees. “Opposite, there is a highway and an industrial zone with three Seveso-classified factories. Across the road, a hundred yards from a Natura 2000 zone, you have the plot of 10 hectares where the surfpark is to be built. «  The “surfpark” mentioned by the 67-year-old retiree to Release, it is a large artificial wave swimming pool project, the ambition of which is to accommodate more than 250,000 people per year… 20 kilometers from the beaches of the Landes.

First mentioned in August 2018 for an opening in view of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the site is now rather expected for early 2024, with the sights of the Paris Olympics, where the surfing event will take place on the legendary wave of Teahupoo in Tahiti. The Pelvis « revolutionary », developed by the Spanish Basque company Wavegarden, would be able to generate more than 900 waves per hour. The perfect wave, this myth that always pushes more surf …

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