CAMPHILL RIVER SURFING PARK
Wanaka, New Zealand
For the Camphill Surf Park, S2o was hired to find a site, complete a design, and oversee construction of a whitewater park near Wanaka, NZ. The resulting park has been referred to as the world’s best freestyle whitewater park. Users of all abilities come from around the world to watch, surf, and compete on the S2O Design-crafted features at Camphill Surf Park.
Camphill Surf Park was made possible through unprecedented levels of cooperation between Contact Energy, one of New Zealand’s largest utility companies, the Central Otago Whitewater Association (COWA), regional and local town councils, government agencies, and landowners.
The park features two separate waves that attract paddlers of all abilities. The top hole was designed to provide stable side surfing with a wide foam pile that allows for surfing, spins, and basic freestyle practice at all flows. The lower feature is characterized by a fast jet of water used for slalom training and basic maneuvers at lower flows, and a fast, single foam pile wave capable of large airborne maneuvers, at higher flows.