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Tired of waiting for just the right surfing conditions to hit the coastline? Well, Sydneysiders, the perfect swell is coming your way soon — and you won’t even need to rely on good weather to bring out the board and wetsuit!
Australia’s first-ever surf park, URBNSURF, has already launched in Tullamarine, Melbourne, and the public will soon be riding its waves in the new year. After partnering with engineering firm Wavegarden, a leader in wave generation technology, URBNSURF’s Wavegarden Cove is the largest lagoon of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Capable of creating set after set of 18 different types of waves, the new surf park is revolutionary.
The lagoon at URBNSURF Melbourne has officially been filled, but as water shortage in Australia is a pretty big issue right now, they've made some innovations. The park has already made efforts to reduce its environmental footprint by adopting water sensitive urban design principles in the construction process to ensure it can harvest and retain rainwater for use on-site where possible.
The experts approve, too. Their soft launch has already had the likes of World No.10 Nikki Van Dijk, Louie Hynd, Mitch Crews, and Otis Carey (among others) test out the ocean-like waves; check out the park’s premiere video, “Beast-Mode”, to witness all the fun YOU will get to experience soon enough.
Plus, the parks’ amenities make it a place you can hang out all day. The facility hosts lawns with firepits, plush daybeds for spectators, hot tubs, and healthy café fare from Sydney favourite Three Blue Ducks. Let’s just say if you’re making the trip to Melbs, summer 2020 is going to be epic.
If you thought that was exciting, next up is the Sydney project, which is set to break ground at the Olympic Park mid-2020. “It’s the perfect location for us,” says Andrew Ross, the founder of URBNSURF, a businessman and lifelong passionate surfer. “The Sydney Olympic Park is the geographic and demographic heart of the city, and for anyone that lives in the western areas, we know how difficult it can be to travel to the beach.”
Ross’ brainchild came after some contemplation. How do you make surfing more convenient, more accessible, and safer? URBNSURF, he says, allows people to engage with the sport—enjoyed by more than 20,000 Sydney residents—more frequently. Forget poor weather conditions. Forget crowding in the lineup when it’s the absolute perfect day to surf. Whether it’s day or NIGHT (thanks to LED lagoon lighting), you can catch a wave at any time. As they say, it’s all about #surfmore!
But hey, don’t worry if you’re not already an experienced surfer. The park has an extensive wave menu, soon to be dialled up another notch or two, to cater to all levels. “From absolute beginners and little kids surfing the mini waves to pro surfers taking on the ‘Beast’, there’s something here for everyone,” Ross explains.
Much like the Melbourne park, the Sydney venue will have a licensed café, surf shop, an academy to help train you, and countless amenities such as beach cabanas, skate ramps, cycleways, lagoonside pools, and a kids playground, meaning everyone, including spectators, will be kept entertained on their day out.
No word on what favourite Sydney café venue will score the space, and it’s unclear when the park will be open (it could be as far away as 2022), but we’ll update you as the project moves forward. Sydneysiders, brace yourselves — things are about to get crazier over here in the new decade.
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