Kelly Slater announces the plan for the world's largest wave pool


On Tuesday, surf legend Kelly Slater announced plans to build the world's largest artificial wave in the Coachella Valley in California, the AP reports. Using Kelly Slater Wave Co. technology is expected to be built sometime early in 2021, with an expected opening date next year.

"We are delighted to have another KSWaveCo design, and I am personally pleased to create a new wave, a stand-alone design that is not available anywhere else in the world," Slater said in a statement. “It can become a blueprint for new developments around waves and surf parks, and is in line with some of my original ideas since launching this project. I can't wait to get started. "

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Slater Surf Ranchil Lemoores, CA. Photo: Perino

The complex costs about $ 200 million and includes a number of eateries, up to 600 condos (between $ 1 million and $ 5 million), a full-service recreation center with a private club, a 150-room hotel, as well as many other adventure sports offerings. The main attraction, however, is the 18 million gallon artificial wave, which can hold 25 surfers at a time, and multi-wave capabilities for all surfers' skills. It is also advised that these amenities (excluding eateries) are only available to hotel guests, residents, and club members and their guests.

Fun fact: The 400-acre plaza in La Quinta, California, was originally approved for 750 homes and an 18-hole golf course, according to the AP. Oddly enough, new plans for a massive wave pool will consume less water than a previously approved golf course.

While wave pools have been buzzing around the surf world since Slater released shots of his perfect artificial wave in Lemoore, California, it has been a whirlwind for companies developing their technology to pump out high-quality waves to foam surfers around the world. And now that the 11-time World Champion is backing the biggest project known to date, it's definitely interesting to see what new surf parks are opening in the near future to compete with KSWaveCo.


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