According to NSW Sports Minister Stuart Ayres, the new $24 million wave pool – which will be built over the current P5 car park in close proximity to the ANZ Stadium – will rival Sydney’s beaches.
“Forget about Bondi or Manly, you can come straight here to Sydney Olympic Park and get the best waves you’ll find anywhere,” Mr Ayres states.
“Sydney Olympic Park is a thriving business, entertainment and sporting precinct.
“It’s already a hive of activity, from the skate parks to mountain cross; we can now throw surfing into the mix.”
Wave Park Group has recently announced that it has been chosen as the main exponent of the project at Sydney Olympic Park, which will cover over 3.2 hectares. The wave pool will be named Urbn Surf.
In addition to the lagoon, there will be a shop, cafe, restaurant and bar, as well as changing rooms, first aid and lifeguard rooms. Moreover, a surf academy will provide visitors with teaching and training equipment.
Wavegarden wave generating technology will create authentic surfing waves ranging from 1.7 to 0.6 metres high. As such, both novice and seasoned surfers will be able to practice without travelling to the beach.
“The best part about the Wavegarden technology is that it can cater for everyone across a range of surfing abilities — from those just learning, right through to elite athletes and their high performance training needs,” explained Andrew Ross, Wave Park Group founder and executive chairman.
“Waves will range from up to 1.7m high, pitching waves, that are designed for the highest levels of performance surfing, down to 0.6m high, rolling white-water waves, which are ideal for beginner surfers.”
The lagoon will be able to accommodate up to 80 riders at a time, catering to both beginners and experienced surfers.
“Waves will form cleanly and break with constant power and shape throughout the ride, which will be the equivalent to riding high-quality, ocean-based waves of similar sizes.
“Sydney’s 200,000 plus surfers will have another option available to them, day and night, year round, within a short distance of the Sydney CBD,” Mr Ross said.
Construction activities are projected to begin in mid-2018 and UrbnSurf Sydney will open to its first surfers in mid to late 2019.