Surf in a Box

The notion of creating or improving waves along the coast seemed to lose steam in the 2010s, as building waves from the ground up—literally—moved to the fore.

Wavepools were not a new idea. Pools featuring some kind of water-moving feature were built in Germany, England, and Hungary during the first half of the 20th century. In the summer of 1934, the Illustrated London News reported on a new Empire Swimming Pool in Wembley, measuring 200' x 60', with "surf-producing machinery." The story con...