SURF RANCH TO STRENGTHEN OLYMPIC BID
The developer of the proposed Surf Ranch on the Sunshine Coast says the custom-built wave poolcould boost Queensland’s bid to host the 2032 Olympic Games.
Consolidated Properties Group CEO & Chairman Don O’Rorke says the Surf Ranch proposed at Coolum will present new opportunities for elite surfing competitions.
“The Surf Ranch represents an evolution in the sport of surfing and is designed to produce the ‘perfect wave’using Kelly Slater technology. Surf Ranch Sunshine Coast will allow surfers from all over the world to come and train at the facility in advance of the Olympic Games, bringing some of the world’s best surfers to the region.
World Surf League General Manager Andrew Stark says the Surf Ranch Sunshine Coast could be the best place to host a world class event, considering the timing of the 2032 Olympic Games.
“While our facility is not being built primarily for the Olympic Games, it significantly strengthens the regions bid as it can provide a stadium style event with options for ticketing and a level playing field for competitors.
“With a range of collocated facilities, such as tourist accommodation and dining, Surf Ranch Sunshine Coast will have the supporting infrastructure required to make it a destination event for athletes and supporters alike.
“Normally we would look to places like Snapper Rocks, which is well known in the surf community, however in August, when the Games will be held, the surf is generally pretty flat in that area,” he said.
“We know that the Surf Ranch will never replace the unpredictability of the ocean, but it can enable the success of the Olympics and showcase the best South East Queensland has to offer at that time of year.”