The location has been revealed for the southern hemisphere’s second man-made surfable wave, and it’s 35 minutes from Sydney’s CBD.
URBNSURF Sydney will feature an enormous wave pool in the Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush. The pool sits on a three hectare block, which is slightly smaller than Tempe Ikea. It'll include lighting, meaning you can surf night and day, as well as a cafe and rooftop bar, wetsuit and board-hire.
The operators claim the pool will generate waves from half a metre to almost two metres high, with three different zones to accommodate both beginners and more skilled surfers.
The announcement comes hard on the heels of a pool announced for Melbourne, which will be located near that city's airport. Speaking to Broadsheet Melbourne earlier this month, Wave Park Group’s Executive Chairman Andrew Ross said “We solve that huge problem of the inconvenience of surfing and unlock it geographically.”
While eyebrows may rise among those who don't think of surfing as particularly inconvenient, it's definitely not convenient for those living in the west, where it would usually take 35 minutes or more to get to a beach.
“What we are offering is surf all day, everyday, under lights at night, and in controlled situations,” says Ross.
URBNSURF will open in Sydney Olympic Park in mid-late 2018.