Artificial wave projects are popping up all across the US and abroad. From Hawaii to Florida, the US is about to see an influx of mixed use developments with an anchor being an artificial surfing wave.
Honolulu, Hawaii: Haseko Development plans to build a waterfront retail, dining and entertainment, center at its 215,000-square-foot complex at its Hoakalei property. The $300 million project would include more than 110 retail establishments, including nearly two dozen restaurants and cafes, and a collection of shops and entertainment venues that overlook the resort’s 52-acre recreational lagoon. There are also plans for a 10,000-square-foot specialty market and a 15,000-square-foot health club and spa.
Las Vegas, Nevada: An 130 acre extreme sports park with a 15-story hotel that would be built south of the Las Vegas Strip received county approvals Wednesday. Clark County commissioners voted 7-0 to approve plans for $800 million project at the southeast corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Sunset Road. Plans call for a man-made white-water rapids lake, three cable wakeboarding lakes, an indoor mountain biking track, an indoor skydiving attraction and a pool with water slides and “dunk tank towers.” It also would feature an activity tower with rock climbing and bungee jumping, zip coasters throughout the park and a 640-room hotel-casino with convention space, restaurants and two rooftop swimming pools, county documents show.
Waco, Texas: BSR Surf Resort is scheduled to open its doors Spring of 2018 in Waco TX using technology from American Wave Machine. SurfStream® 5-15K square foot venues have capacity of 100’s while PerfectSwell® surf pools and surf venues are 1 acre plus with capacity in the 1,000’s. BSR has been ranked America’s number 1 cable park offering 3500 feet of uninterrupted water, the worlds longest lazy river and the BSR Super Slide, Royal Flush.
Long Island, New York: Four dedicated New York surfers are looking for the ever sought after un-crowded, consistently perfect wave that can be ridden at anytime in hopes to give residents the opportunity to surf a perfect man-made wave whenever they want, at a royalty membership fee to the park. The group hopes to fund this Long Island project through crowdfunding, investors, and selling memberships. The park will operate like a country club at a golf course through memberships. Different tiers of membership platforms will be offered based on pricing. By purchasing a membership, the surfer will have access to perfect, un-crowded waves year-round, and on top of that, a state-of-the-art surf focused facility to use. The facility will be outdoors, and the pool will be heated to 65-70 degrees fahrenheit year-round, even in the winter. At the facility, members will be provided with offerings such as the option to purchase lockers for onsite board storage, or permission to bring a number of friends to surf the pool based on what tier membership they have. To go along with the opportunity to surf perfect waves on a daily basis, features of the park will include a restaurant, bar for post surf beers, and a pro shop, just like you would see at a country club, with the latest gear, apparel and from what we have heard, advice from a house pro by the name of Leif Engstrom. Long Island Surf Park is looking for land and financing to get the project started.
Palm Beach, Florida: Palm Beach County is getting a Kelly Slater Wave Pool. KSWave Co announced they have a building permit in Palm Beach County for #SurfRanchFlorida. It is estimated that construction on the wave pool will begin in 2018, and the pool should be operational by 2019.
Sydney, Australia: Australia’s first artificial wave park will debut in summer 2019. Urbnsurf announced their application has been approved by the New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment. Equipped with the latest Wavegarden technology, Urbnsurf Sydney hopes to become the training ground for the Australian surfing team to prepare for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The $24-million, 3.2-hectare surf pool will be able to accommodate 84 surfers per hour and expects to attract 350,000 visitors per year, and will feature a beach club, bar, restaurant, shops, café, a skate ramp and a climbing wall.