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An eco-friendly artificial wave generator

March 2021


Surfing is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world with currently more than 40 million surfers on the globe. To meet this increasing demand, some wave pool technologies have emerged. They opened up a new global market and changed the rules of the game in the world of surfing. However, there is a big problem: these wave pools are not sustainable. OKAHINA WAVE aims to improve the biodiversity of degraded aquatic environments by creating sustainable surf destinations on existing bodies of water anywhere in the world. The solution relies on patented technological breakthroughs, a floating atoll associated to a low-energy wave generation system. OKAHINA is the only man-made wave ridable in a natural environment. Not only its floating structure can be set up and dismantled easily with no impact on the environment but it improves the ecosystems degraded by human activity: no concrete and no water treatment needed, no high energy, oxygenation of the water, diminution of cyanobacteria, filtration of plastics, new habitats for the biotope. OKAHINA is also a profitable economic solution in a new global market. It creates jobs and increases the attraction of the territories where the solution is located.

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Label Date March 2, 2021
From France
Maturity stage Prototype testing 1:1 in the lab
Looking For Network, New clients, Visibility, Funding, Partners, Credibility

The environmental benefits

  • Lower the energy consumption (135kW instead of 2MW to 10MW for other existing solutions)
  • 0 concrete footprint when existing solutions typically require between 2 000m3 and 10 000m3 of waterproof concrete
  • Easily transportable, installable and removable
  • Oxygenation of the bodies of water that are victims of eutrophication (like 80% of the lakes in Europe)
  • New habitats for the local biodiversity through the use of artificial reefs and fish nurseries plugged below the floating structures with the help of our partner ECOCEAN
  • Filtration and collection of plastics of all sizes in the water body

The Financial benefits

  • Less than 5 years payback time
  • 2,4X lower in CAPEX than mainstream alternatives
  • Cheapest tickets for the surfing sessions on the market, making it accessible to the most and still bringing 30% operating profitability to the investors

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OKAHINA WAVE is the First Eco-Friendly Artificial Surf Destination.

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Headquarters 33000 Bordeaux, France
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