Construction on Sydney’s $50 million inland surf park, Urbnsurf, officially started yesterday within Sydney Olympic Park. The 3.6-hectare precinct – which will also have workspaces, a cafe, rooftop bar, yoga studio, family-friendly leisure pool, skate park, cabanas and surf shop – is slated to open in early 2023.
When it’s finished, Urbnsurf’s diamond-shaped surf lagoon will be similar in size to the SCG, with the capacity to produce waves up to two metres high – with both lefts and rights – every eight seconds. That averages out to 600 waves an hour, meaning 10 to 12 waves per surfer, bodyboard or bodysurfer each hour. Waves will cater to everyone from beginners to experts, and an on-site surf academy will be staffed with expert coaches for those wishing to improve their bottom turns and cutbacks.
In a statement, Urbnsurf CEO Damon Tudor says the park will offer perfect breaks, no matter the conditions, and will prevent the competition for waves that often happens in natural breaks.
“Being a Sydneysider myself, I know how blessed we are with the beautiful beaches just minutes from the city, but I also know how competitive it can be to catch a perfect wave,” he says.
The park also offers surfers in western Sydney a break within the region.
“Our proximity to Sydney’s CBD, the new M4 motorway and being less than a kilometre from the Olympic Park train station [will make] Urbnsurf Sydney accessible to over two million Sydney residents in under 30 minutes, offering ocean-like waves to locals and visitors alike,” said Tudor back in May.
The Sydney park follows the launch and huge success of Urbnsurf Melbourne – Australia’s first-ever manufactured surf park – back in January 2020. The southern iteration is also the home of Three Blue Ducks’ first Melbourne outpost.
Urbnsurf Sydney is expected to welcome around 300,000 surfers a year. Solar panels will power the main building, while recycled water will fill the lagoon and be used for landscaping.
Urbnsurf Sydney is slated to open in early 2023.