Surf Ranch Reveals Plans To Make Development Accessible For All
The World Surf League (WSL) has today announced it had developed a model which would provide more experiences and greater accessibility for all, making the proposed Surf Ranch Sunshine Coast available for beginners, families and professionals alike.
WSL & Wave Co APAC General Manager, Andrew Stark, said that following consultation with hundreds of locals over the past year, WSL is committed to an accessible and affordable wave experience on the Sunshine Coast.
The only Kelly Slater wave system in the world is located at Lemoore in California. It features a 700m long perfect wave and is primarily purchased for daily exclusive use.
“The premium Kelly Slater wave experience will of course be retained, but we want to make sure that local surfers and surfing enthusiasts can both enjoy the iconic tourism asset. That is why we will be adding two new wave formats to the technology for the wider public – a ‘learn-to-surf’ wave and a shorter intermediate wave to allow greater frequency and use by more guests at an affordable rate,” said Stark.
Mr Stark went on to say that Surf Ranch Sunshine Coast would be an asset that has something for everyone including a farm to plate dining experience, bar and infinity pool overlooking the wave, all open to the public.
“Whether you’re surfing the wave or just want to sit, relax and watch others, Surf Ranch Sunshine Coast will be a complete experience for all.
“We are very excited about being able to present an authentic Australian surf experience, without compromising the unmatched quality of the Kelly Slater wave experience,” said Stark.
The broader development will also include a swimming lagoon, casual dining precinct and a skate park, making it an experience that the whole family and locals can enjoy.
“Rounding out the surf experience will be an amphitheatre catering for music concerts, festivals and events. This will be used to hold surfing tours, events as well as national club and local community events,” said Stark.
Mr Stark said that while pricing was still being developed, costs for surfing the wave and enjoying the ancillary benefits of the development, would be in line with Australian market expectations and not based on the American model.
The $1.24 billion, privately funded, master-planned project will create 10,000 jobs over ten years.
The wave pool will anchor a broader tourism and residential development and, subject to further community consultation and approvals, could also include:
- a 6-star surf-lodge;
- hotel and apartments
- Indigenous cultural experience centre;
- a school;
- residential development
- farm to plate cuisine and other food and beverage experiences;
- vast green public spaces and public waterways; and
- an environmental experience centre.