An Australian wave-generating surf pool with plans to expand into a year-round tourist attraction could open to visitors as early as 2022.
Broadbeach-based Surf Lakes built the facility in 2018 near the town of Yeppoon on Queensland’s Capricorn Coast.
The pool uses ‘five wave’ technology to produce five different levels of waves around the lake, using a giant compressed air piston in the center.
Now, the company plans to transform the site into the “ ultimate surf vacation ” in a $ 187 million development plan submitted to Livingstone Council last month.
The start-up first launched its world first in 2018, which has the highest wave productivity, with hundreds of surfers catching up to ten waves every hour.
In addition to the wave pool, visitors to the eco-tourism resort can enjoy a water park, diving facilities and a skate park, and relax in luxurious accommodations.
If approved, the site – which is expected to be completed in 2031 – will deliver an estimated $ 17.4 million in ongoing benefits to the local economy and create 230 jobs.
In the development phases of the project, the facility is expected to add approximately $ 40 million to the local community annually and create 350 jobs.
The $ 122 million first phase of the two-tier plan would include the construction of a skate park, dive hole, junior playground, solar farm and ‘glamping facilities’, as well as pop-up food and beverage outlets.
Beginner, intermediate and experienced surfers can enjoy the ‘5 wave’ technology of the wave pools, which simultaneously produces five different levels of waves around the lake
The second phase would add 100 short-stay beds, a 75-bed boutique hotel, an inflatable aqua park, a café and a restaurant.
Wayne Dart, general manager of Surf Lake’s global operations, described the facility as a “ huge tourist draw for the Capricorn Coast and Rockhampton regions. ”
“We think Surf Lakes Yeppoon would attract 272,000 visitors by 2026 and 83 percent would be for the surfing experience,” said Mr. Dart. Really commercial.
“This would generate an estimated 31,000 additional visitor nights in the Livingstone Shire, generating $ 4.5 million in additional expenses.”
The $ 187 million proposal includes the construction of a skate park, diving pool and aqua park, and will house guests in ‘glamping’ facilities
The facility hopes to become the premier center for recreation and active tourism in Central Queensland
495,000 people are expected to visit the facility, with 74,000 night visitors, adding up to $ 10.9 million in additional spending.
The start-up has partnered with Place Design Group, the organization behind the initial $ 53 million Yeppoon Lagoon revitalization, for planning and approvals.
Surf Lakes has already received more than 700 international applications from companies and has entered into exclusive territory agreements with potential licensees in Texas, California, Nevada, Tennessee and Hawaii.
Mr Dart said buyers generally fall into three categories; surf enthusiasts, developers of residential or commercial real estate or existing water park operators.
The dazzling surf park is expected to support 229 full-time jobs and generate $ 17.4 million to the local economy and $ 17.4 million in ongoing benefits to the local community.
The approval process is expected to take approximately six months with Surf Lakes to continue to demonstrate their wave shaping technology in the meantime.
The technology provides the most breaks in an artificial pool with a total of ten separate waves – four on the left, four on the right, and two beginner waves.
The five different levels of waves vary in difficulty, size and length and are color coded so beginner surfers to intermediate and advanced surfers can enjoy wave rides.
“From a commercial perspective, the ability to produce 2,000 consistent rides per hour using the unique plunger technology puts us head and shoulders above any other wave pool out there today,” said Mr. Dart.
‘Then you have about 850 yards of’ beach ‘property that you can develop. It’s not just a pool, it’s a lake. The whole thing is amazing. ‘
HOW THE GOLF POOL WORKS
The Surf Lakes system uses what is basically a giant electric piston in the center of the pool.
The huge 1400 tonne ram – the equivalent of three Boeing 747s can produce different types of waves.
The concept is simple: a metal donut is pressed against the water, forming a ring of water that travels perfectly until it hits several concrete banks, creating different surf waves.
“It’s really just a big pressure line, you just push it up and down,” said Aaron Trevis, the inventor of the system.
This creates a ‘tsunami-like’ wave that moves 360 degrees outward – essentially a concentric wave.
This means that multiple surf spots can break at the same time, all from a single power consumption.
The pool can learn on the one hand while they have a professional competition on the other, something that no other wave pool technology is capable of.
Surf Lakes works with the help of a large wave generator, positioned in the middle of a large artificial lake.
Every time the 1,400 ton plunger dives, it requires a tremendous amount of pressure, which must eventually be released.
This pressure is piped from the bottom of the plunger until it escapes in the form of deep white smoke from four adjacent vents.
The bathymetry (bottom contours) of the lake are specifically shaped using advanced CFD computer modeling and contain 8 separate breaks around the perimeter. The wave generator produces a single large concentric wave that radiates outward.
When this wave cuts each reef, a wave breaks and runs the length of the reef before disappearing onto the shoreline. Up to six golf sets can be performed with a short break in between.
The waves vary in size from 1 m (3 ft) to 2.4 m (8 ft) face height, and are suitable for both novice and advanced surfers.
According to the Surf Lake website, the pool is capable of generating a pulse every six seconds, breaking four a-framing peaks (eight waves in total).
That means 80 rideable waves per minute, and in use the system will make 2,4000 waves per hour (allowing the displaced water to re-enter the system).