The stalling behavior is a feature of the Wells turbine that limits the generated output power of power plants using this turbine. The NEREIDA wave power plant installed in the harbor of Mutriku in the northern Spanish shoreline constitutes an excellent example of this phenomenon. This article deals with the modeling, simulation and control of an oscillating water column unit within the NEREIDA wave power plant. The stalling behavior is investigated and two control strategies are proposed to avoid it. The first control approach is the airflow control which aims to adjust the airflow in the turbine duct using a proportional–integral–derivative controller tuned with the water cycle algorithm. The second control approach is the rotational speed control adjusting the rotor speed using the rotor-side converter of the back-to-back converter which is wired to the doubly fed induction generator. Results of comparative studies show a power generation improvement even relative to the real measured data.