You no longer have to go to Brittany, Landes, or even the Basque coast to surf in France! Wave in Paris is open in the 15th arrondissement, rue de la Croix-Nivert. For all surfers and riders in Paris, this is the occasion to discover or rediscover gliding sensations you could not enjoy before or you even forgot.
At first glance, Paris and its surroundings are nothing of a traditional surf location. No fine sand, no rough sea, no tides. Athletes in Paris are more used to the smell of manmade grass and boules banging and the heat of tennis fields. When one lives in the PAris area an loves gliding sports, there is no choice but going somewhere else! But between the endless lockdown phases, and lockdown exit steps, travel restrictions and the many health uncertainties, it is hard to go to the seaside.
Wave in Paris is simply the first indoor static surf wave facility. Inside the 1,200Sqm building, you first discover the aquatic area, the one interesting surfing lovers the most. Participants will be able to surf a static artificial wave. "There'll be two boards" head of communications Loïc Revol from Maraga - the company behind the Wave in Paris project - says. "A flowboard where one'll stand on the board, and bodyboard, where one will lie on. One cannot sell surf like that because this is not surf - speaking properly. But, this is an activity miking different gliding sensations: surf, snowboard, skateboard. In terms of thrills, it truly is a mix of the three", he explains.
To provide this mix of sensations, Wave in Paris used an exclusive technology in France, the Flowride, considered as the world reference of static waves. And it does not only involve spraying water on an inclined plane to create a wave. "It also enables to give access to the youngest willing to try bodyboard from 4 years old for instance", the manager adds. "Flowrider uses a stretched canvas to prevent injuries. There are other technologies using other materials but one is more likely to get hurt, here there is no risk at all". Two changing rooms are avaialble. Like what can be found in indoor gyms.
In addition to accessibility and safety, Flowrider also enables to reduce water and electricity flow as much as possible. "To give you an idea, we enjoy a closed water use grid, the pool has a 160 cubic meter capacity, which equals the water consumption of 4 households. It's less than a public swimming pool", Revol adds. The idea is not to cut the bill off but being ecofriendly.
Of course, Wave in Paris does not limit to water sports. On the first floor, a space dedicate to squash with 4 fields and two changing rooms for players. On the ground floor, a "club house" area from which you can see the static wave. The restaurant of the facility will be managed by Rice Trotters, a company well-known by the founders of the project. "We've already worked with them, they provide fast and tasty food using a short and ecofriendly cycle", Maraga manager details.
But how was the Wave in Paris created? In 2016, the city of Paris launches a call for project for “Paris terrain de jeux” [playground Paris]. Among the winners, there is the Maraga company proposing to create a surf area with a man-made wave by La Croix-Nivert. "Both founders have discovered this activity and it happened it could be included in the call for projects which was mostly developed for unknown sports, not necessarily open to all", Revol confesses. It is the Paris city hall that named the Croix-Nivert area as the place to house the first indoor manmade wave. To make this new complex, the company invested about 4 million euros. Furthermore, Maraga is not new in terms of little-known sports complexes in Île-de-France: in 2015, the company already built the first indoor padle complex in the Paris area, set in Sucy-en-Brie.
During Paris Olympics 2024, surfing competitions - one of the four guest disciplines - will take place in Tahiti. At this time, it is very likely that Wave in Paris will be used by the OCOG and Paris City Hall - partner of the event - as the ideal bridge between the challenges completed on the other side of the world and the City of Lights. It has it all to make spectators from all over the world dream.
Wave In Paris
107 Rue de la Croix Nivert
75015 Paris 15
Réservations à l'heure - à partir de: €20
Ouverture prévue mi-juin 2021