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Germany, an abandoned coal mine, and the world’s largest wave pool, ever

27 October 20

On an abandoned coal mine three-hours from the North Sea in the eastern Ruhrm region, a group is planning two giant wave pools and a standing wave.

The group pledges that the project will use renewable energies and have a reduced carbon footprint.

They also boast that no untouched land will be absorbed into the project, which is a big plus when it comes to area approval.

In winter when the town of Werne is adrift in snow, two German universities (RWTH Aachen and TH Cologne) will use the surf tanks for hydraulic and civil research purposes. The team behind the project includes experienced developers, hydraulic engineers, finance and marketing experts working under the management of Dr. Michael Detering.

There is momentum behind this project with the town website featuring the surf park design on its website landing page.

Sounds amazing. Sounds perfect – as so many first-push projects do. We connected with Carl-Luis Scheer of Surfwrld to answer a few of our questions and to go into detail about the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ of Germany’s latest wave pool concept.

Two pools is a unique concept. Will each be the world’s largest wave pool or will it be the combination of the two wave pools that back your claim as the world’s largest?

As you mentioned, we are planning two surf pools. The first one will be built in the first construction phase, the second one later on. When both surf pools are open, Surfwrld will be the largest surf park in the world.

You are also adding standing waves – which technology?

We are currently in talks with several suppliers of standing waves. Due to that, we cannot disclose any further information on this one, but we will keep you posted.

Was it easier to plan the wave pool on an abandoned mine rather than starting construction in an open area?

There are many reasons we are going to build Surfwrld on an abandoned mine in Werne. When the mine was closed in 1975 many buildings were removed and the owner rehabilitated the site. Since then, the area is an industrial wasteland. The location of the area is great – 10 million people within one hour’s drive, 20 million within two hours – and we can provide a sustainable use for the brownfield, avoiding “new land use” which is common for other installations. We also know the area very well because of several (soil) surveys done by the owner. And it is just a five-minutes off the Autobahn.





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