For the first time in the history of mainland Europe it is possible to surf world-class waves in the Swiss Alps year long. This is thanks to the new surfing facility developed in Sion by the Alaïa Group, just one hour from Lausanne, which uses the Wavegarden Cove technology. The aim of its founder, Adam Bonvin, a young entrepreneur only 25 years old, is to bring this healthy and fun sport along with the beach lifestyle, closer to Swiss families and surfing lovers. It also aims to offer professional surfers a place to train and companies a venue to hold alternative corporate events. The pre-sales success has been overwhelming, a clear indicator, in these difficult times, that outdoor leisure activities are very much sort after by everyone.
The Alaïa Bay project is especially important for Wavegarden as it fulfills the vision of bringing waves and the sport of surfing to places without access to the ocean. Wavegarden is a Basque engineering company that is leading the surf park sector, with five public facilities open across four continents. The Wavegarden Cove technology offers the market the widest variety of waves and highest user capacity, with the least energy and water consumption. The company has an extremely high growth potential in this emergent sector and currently counting 44 projects in development around the world. It also boasts proven and successful international experience in the design, construction, maintenance and operations and is currently the company with the highest number of surfing facilities open to the public in the world.
Bonvin explained that after investigating all the different options, he selected Wavegarden because, besides being a Europe based enterprise, the technology is also “the most energy efficient system” on the market. On the other hand, the founder and CEO of Wavegarden, Josema Odriozola, said, “It was a veritable challenge to build the lagoon on a footprint that is smaller than usual, without compromising the quality of the waves.”
Odriozola thus emphasised that once again it was possible to demonstrate “the versatility of our technology.” Wavegarden’s Chief Commercial Officer, Fernando Odriozola, highlighted that “From the start the project has had a very interesting vision, seeking to expand the area’s leisure and tourism offering across four seasons. This project also aims to offer an alternative to snow lovers, so they can combine their passion for skiing and snowboarding with surfing. We believe it could be the ideal formula for a profitable business.”
Wavegarden Cove’s 8,000 square meter surfing lagoon offers the most varied wave menu on the market, with 20 different kinds of waves designed for surfers of all ages and levels. Alaïa Bay has a surfing school, so that people who are not experts can get started in this sport or improve their technique. They can also rent the latest surfboards and wetsuits. The school boasts an innovative drying room for surf suits, to ensure that all surfers share an agreeable experience.
To please the most demanding palates and those just curious to enjoy the show, Alaïa Bay has created the Twin Fin restaurant, which will offer the best cuisine inspired from the five continents. The restaurant measures 700 square meters and includes a huge 400 square meter terrace with views over the lagoon.
The 300 square meter surf store is the biggest in Switzerland and contains surfing material, apparel and accessories from the best brands in the Boardriders Group including Quiksilver, Roxy, Billabong, RVCA, among others. For people who like things customized, there will also be a Shaping Room, as known as The Factory, in which craftsmen can shape tailor-made surfboards.