American Wave Machines Inc. has finished its most advanced wave-generating pool yet in a town southwest of Tokyo, just in time for the Summer Olympics.
With COVID-19 upending normal life in Japan, the company had to supervise construction of the pool, owned by a Japanese corporation, from 5,500 miles away. In early June, company officials generated their first wave on the pool from their Solana Beach office, via a telecommunications link.
Finally, company employees are getting to see their work in person.
“In spite of COVID, supply chain challenges and a state of emergency declared in February 2021, AWM arrived this Monday [June 28] in Makinohara and is preparing for Olympic teams to train at the facility,” said Bruce McFarland, founder of American Wave Machines.