URBNSURF is revolutionising surfing participation in Australia by making it safer and more convenient for everyone to surf.

Using Wavegarden’s next-generation Cove technology, our aim is to get you in the water more often in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth by creating perfect waves, every day.

Australia’s first urban surf parks will produce up to 1,000 high-quality waves every hour, both lefts and rights, from mellow knee-high rollers to 2.0m powerful, barrelling slabs. With waves pumping out up to every four seconds, you’ll be able to ride for between 16-18 seconds – which is considerably longer than at most popular surf spots.

“This new technology allows the development of urban surfing environments which will make the sport of surfing more convenient, accessible and safe. The versatility of the new technology means we can immediately alter wave weight, shape and power to match the experience level of all surfers. Also, we can adjust the number of waves to cater precisely for the number of surfers in the water at any one time”

– Andrew Ross, URBNSURF’s Founder and Chairman

An advanced model of the Cove, measuring just 50m x 80m, has been generating waves non-stop at Wavegarden’s R&D facility in Spain since October 2016. The result of years of computational fluid dynamics research, the Cove’s patented bathymetry creates multiple surf areas and allows currents to circulate without impacting the quality of subsequent waves (similar to a rip bowl).

The Cove marks a departure from previous wave foil systems. The machinery is modular, and avoids complicated hydraulic or pneumatic systems in favour of a smart and robust electro-mechanical design. Consequently, very little energy is lost in the transmission of forces, minimising running costs and making the technology the most energy-efficient in market.

Twenty of the world’s best surfers and coaches, along with numerous juniors and freesurfers, have been blown away by the Cove’s capability and wave quality.

“It has really, really exceeded any expectations I had, or thought were possible, for a  man-made wave. Three days in the Cove is equivalent to training three months in the sea. As a coach, to have the opportunity where you have non-stop waves with different kinds of sections, it’s pretty much a fantasy land”

– Andy King, Head Surf Coach, Australian Institute of Sport

In late 2016, Surfing Australia’s National Coach Andy King was joined by top professional athletes Matt Wilkinson, Josh Kerr, Sebastian Zietz, Gabriel Medina and Filipe Toledo, each of whom surfed literally hundreds of waves each session.

“The wave is really good, it’s very similar to waves in the ocean!”

– Gabriel Medina, 2014 World Champion

URBNSURF Melbourne, located at Melbourne Airport, will be breaking ground in the first quarter of 2018, with Australia’s first surf park opening to the public by Easter 2019. Construction of URBNSURF Sydney at Sydney Olympic Park is expected to follow later in 2018. Following the recent award of a lease over a site at Tompkins Park, Alfred Cove, URBNSURF Perth has commenced the detailed design and planning phase, which is anticipated to conclude in late-2018.

“Bringing the Cove to Australia is the realisation of four years’ work in the Australian market. We’re excited to finally be able to share this amazing new technology with everyone, and to commence the rollout of URBNSURF in the near future. We want to make it possible for anyone to learn to surf, and to give greater opportunities for Australia’s 1.5 million surfers to simply surf more.”

– Andrew Ross, URBNSURF’s Founder and Chairman

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