Located just 9 kilometres south of the Perth CBD, and situated on the banks of the Swan River, the proposed site is situated in a 22 hectare sports and recreation precinct that currently caters to multiple field sports (Tompkins Park).
“Perth is blessed with a number of idyllic beaches, but the surf quality at those beaches is often poor, with overcrowding in the line-up also becoming an increasing issue,” said Wave Park Group Executive Chairman, Andrew Ross. “URBNSURF Perth will bring the beach to our backyards, by unlocking the geographic limitations of ocean based surfing.”, he added.
This announcement is the realisation of a three-year dream for Mr Ross, having surfed the original Wavegarden surf lagoon in Spain in late 2012. And like many Perth based surfers, Mr Ross spends much of his time wishing he were more conveniently located to better surf.
“URBNSURF Perth will provide greater opportunities for those that love surfing to engage with their sport, and for non-surfers to learn how to surf. The safety and convenience of URBNSURF Perth will make it an ideal venue to pick up the sport and to rapidly improve.”
The surfing lagoon will feature world-leading, Wavegarden® wave generating technology which delivers waves catering to a broad range of surfing abilities – from those just learning, right through to elite athletes, catering to their high performance training needs. Waves will range from up to 1.7m high, pitching waves, that are designed for the highest levels of performance surfing, down to 0.6m high, rolling white-water waves, which are ideal for beginner surfers.
Waves will form cleanly and break with constant power and shape throughout the ride, which will be the equivalent to riding high-quality, ocean-based waves of similar sizes.
As well as having amenities like a pro store, surf training academy, a licensed café and a function centre, URBNSURF Perth will also be home to a climbing wall, parkour trail, skate course and other lifestyle sport opportunities.
URBNSURF Perth has been orientated to suit the prevailing south-westerly sea breeze, optimising the potential for offshore conditions during most of the year. Advanced LED lagoon lighting systems will illuminate waves from under water making night surfing available. The facility will also feature sustainable design, renewable energy, and water saving systems, in keeping with Wave Park Group’s strong environmental sustainability ethos.
If everything goes as planned, development activity could commence in late 2017, with the first riders taking to the waves at URBNSURF Perth in late 2018.