Australia riding the wave of the surf park boom

URBNSURF Melbourne
April
 04,
 2018

The hunt for the perfect wave, the early morning surf check, the tribal meeting point, talk of tides and sets, the long paddle out, the waiting — some of the thrills of surfing are in the anticipation. So you would think it would be sacrilege for a surfer to enjoy something man-made, consistent and predictable like an artificial wave pool. But you can forget Bells Beach, Snapper Rocks or Margaret River; the new surf frontier is nowhere near the coast. Australia is set to become the latest destination to build commercial, artificial surf parks. Melbourne will be first, followed closely by Sydney and Perth, with a dozen others also on the drawing board. Perth-based company Urbnsurf will begin construction on...

Work now underway on Melbourne’s URBNSURF – the world’s first full-sized Wavegarden “Cove”.

URBNSURF Melbourne
April
 02,
 2018

The company expects URBNSURF Melbourne to be pumping out up to 1,000 perfect, 2m high ocean-like surfing waves every hour by Easter 2019. And they're aiming to develop up to ten world-class surf parks in Australia by 2028. From the press release: URBANSURF announced it has now secured $28.3 million in funding to develop URBNSURF Melbourne at Melbourne Airport, the world’s first full-sized Wavegarden® “Cove” surfing lagoon. With planning consent already obtained and construction scheduled to commence in March 2018, Located adjacent to the Essendon Football Club on Airport Drive, and just 16 kilometres north of Melbourne’s CBD, URBNSURF Melbourne has been designed to be an innovative surf sports, leisure and entertainment facility centred around a world-class surfing lagoon. At 2.1 hectares in...

Hume jobs boost as surf park hits Tullamarine

URBNSURF Melbourne
March
 06,
 2018

A world-first surf park at Melbourne Airport will soon be making waves, with construction set to start this month. The $28 million project by URBNSURF has been given final planning approval to bring the world’s first full-sized Wavegarden Cove surfing lagoon to Tullamarine. The 2.1 hectare lagoon is about the size of the MCG and will be able to host up to 84 surfers per hour across six surfing zones. URBNSURF hopes the lagoon will pump out up to 1000, two-metre ocean-like surfing waves every hour. The surf park is expected to open by Easter 2019. URBNSURF founder Andrew Ross said the state-of-the-art facility would provide a safe and convenient surfing experience for all skill levels, year-round. The precinct will...

Melbourne to Get Its First Surf Park in 2019

URBNSURF Melbourne
March
 02,
 2018
 / Blink

After countless press releases, Australia is finally having its own wave pool as news confirms that construction will start this month after raising $28.1 million in funds. The country’s very first surf pool will be built in Tullamarine airport and will use Wavegarden’s Cove tech. The Cove is a simple yet revolutionary piece of tech that mimics the water movement of ocean ground swells to produce perfect waves every single time. It’s highly efficient and lets you alter wave height and frequency in a push of a button. URBNSURF, the company responsible for bringing wave pools in Perth and Sydney as well, will build a surf park that can create “up to 1,000 quality, six-foot ocean-like surfing waves every hour.” That’s pretty impressive when compared to...

Melbourne surf park backed by $28 million investment

URBNSURF Melbourne
February
 28,
 2018
 / Splash

Urbnsurf has announced it has recently secured $28.3 million in funding to develop Urbnsurf Melbourne at Melbourne Airport, the world’s first full-sized Wavegarden “Cove” surfing lagoon. Planning consent has been obtained and construction is scheduled to commence in March 2018 at the site adjacent to the Essendon Football Club on Airport Drive. Urbnsurf expects it to be completed by Easter 2019 The completed project is expected to deliver up to 1000 two-metre high ocean-like surfing waves every hour, servicing up to 84 surfers per hour across six different surfing zones. Urbnsurf’s founder and executive chairman, Andrew Ross says they are delighted to be bringing the southern hemisphere’s first surf park facility to Melbourne. “Urbnsurf Melbourne unlocks the geographic limitations of surfing...

Melbourne, Sydney and Perth are getting huge surf parks

URBNSURF Melbourne
February
 28,
 2018

Surfing inland will soon be possible at Australia's first multi-hectare wave pools. Australian company URBNSURF is constructing three stadium-sized water parks across the country. The Sydney complex is the latest to receive approval and is set to be built at Sydney Olympic Park, 14 kilometres west of the CBD. The massive complex will cover a site spanning three hectares, with the 'lagoon' wave pool covering over two hectares alone. The technology for the park, provided by Wavegarden, will generate 1000 two-metre high waves every hour. The pools will guarantee non-stop surfing opportunities all day, with waves to suit all abilities. As well as being open to the public, URBNSURF will host a surfing academy with multi-level training programs for those keen to...