Yes, despite being one of the world’s largest surfing hotbeds and playing home to famed breaks like Manly Beach, tourism officials in Australia’s largest city have decided to capitalize on emerging wave-making technology and green lit a nearly eight-acre large wave pool, named Urbnsurf Sydney, in Western Sydney.
“Sydney is blessed with a number of great surfing beaches, but access to those beaches and overcrowding in the line-up is becoming an increasing issue,” Andrew Ross, founder of the Wave Park Group, the group developing Urbnsurf, said in a statement. “UrbnSurf Sydney will bring the beach to your backyard, unlocking the geographic limitations of ocean-based surfing.”
Urbnsurf Sydney will be housed in the Sydney Olympic Park, roughly 15 miles inland. It will be built on an abandoned car park, and is expected to take advantage of the Parramatta Light Rail Project, a public transportation project currently underway that will make Urbnsurf accessible to two million Sydney residents in under 30 minutes.
“Forget about Bondi or Manly: You can come straight here to Sydney Olympic Park and get the best waves you’ll find anywhere,” Stuart Ayres, the sports minister for New South Wales (the Australian state that houses Sydney), said in a statement about the project. “The Urbnsurf Park is a massive vote of confidence in the future of western Sydney tourist.”
According to Ross, waves will range from roughly two to six feet and feature everything from barreling waves for performance surfing to rolling white water waves for beginners. He hopes that the estimated 200,000 surfers who call Sydney home will appreciate the consistent, shark-free waves Urbnsurf is able to provide.
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