Surf's up in Rotterdam's Steigersgracht Canal
August 13, 2014
Though Rotterdam isn't generally associated with surfing, a new aquatic attraction due to be completed in June 2015 could well change that. Set to be located in the city's Steigersgracht Canal, the RiF010 project will feature a wave pool that boasts a 1.5 m (4.9 ft) high wave every 7.5 seconds, in addition to other water-related activities.
The project follows an initiative by Rotterdam City Council that featured several city-enriching ideas for locals to vote on. RiF010 won the lion's share of the vote and has thus been backed a total of €3.6 million (around US$4.8 million). Once it's built, any profits will be directed into other similar projects for the local community, including the creation of additional water sports facilities for the city's youth. The organizers also promise that tickets will be relatively inexpensive.
In addition to the wave pool, RiF010 will also accommodate kayaking, scuba diving, body boarding, and swimming. A wooden "beach house" will be installed, with a viewing terrace and cafe for people to watch the water sports. Design Boom also reports that the wave pool, which is still being developed by the Delft University of Technology, will additionally create naturally-purified water inside the canal.
RiF010 will be open from April to November, and suitable for use by disabled people, children, and the elderly. However, the organizers do recommend investing in a decent wetsuit for the cooler months.