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Overview

How big are the surf lagoons?


A standard lagoon will be around 5.5 acres.




What is the layout of the lagoon?


The lagoon is divided into different surfing zones. These include the 'Reef' zones in the central part of the lagoon, which is designed for experienced surfers and the 'Bay' zones which are located at each edge of the lagoon, which are perfectly suited to beginner and novice surfers.




What surfing experience is needed?


We can accomodate non-surfers and beginners through to expert surfers simultaneously. A performance pathway exists for guests to progress through the zones of the surf lagoon commencing in the 'Bay', and improving their skills until they are ready to take on the 'Reef' zone.





Development

In what context can a surf park be developed?


Our surf parks are ideal as a stand-alone, community based, sport, recreation and leisure facility, or as a central feature in large scale, mixed-use, or residential development. It creates a completely new destination built around surfing and a beach based lifestyle.




How long does it take to build a surf park?


About 12 months from the commencement of works on site to the first waves being ridden by our guests.




How much does it cost to build our surf parks?


The costs associated with the development of a park will vary depending upon the location and technical complexity of the site, and the scale of the development. The intention is to make sessions affordable so that surfing can be experienced by as many people as possible as regularly as possible.





Environment

Will your surf parks be designed and operated sustainably?


Yes, the intention is for American Surf Parks to incorporate a combination of LEED engineering, sustainable design, water catchment systems, photovoltaic systems, recycling/re-use of materials and local sourcing to help minimize any environmental impacts. An example is the decision to use recycled, high density polyethylene plastic (HDPE) as the liner for the lagoon rather than a concrete shell.




How much water is used in the lagoon each year?


The net evaporation rate for the lagoon will differ from region to region, but on average the annual water requirement is equivalent to that used to maintain a high quality turf sports oval of a similar size (and only about 6% of what is used to irrigate golf courses per annum).




How much noise is generated by the wave generator?


The wave generating equipment is essentially silent. The operation of the lagoon creates the natural sound of peeling waves, which has minimal overall auditory impact.




Will the surf park look like a natural environment?


We understand that surfing for lots of people is as much about being out in the environment as it is catching waves. We therefore want to create a destination for surfers and non-surfers that provides the feeling of being at one with nature. We will do this through the use of high quality soft landscaping, tree planting and natural materials.





Operations

What are the wave heights and ride lengths at the surf parks?


The advanced waves have a max wave height of 6 feet and last for an average of 17 seconds. The bay waves have a max wave height of 3 feet and last for an average of 11 seconds.




How many waves are generated per hour?


The patented Wavegarden 'Cove' technology can provide breaking waves in the 'Reef' zone and the 'Bays' up to every 4 seconds, resulting in over 1,000 surfable waves per hour.




Is it easier to learn to surf at your surf park?


In short, 'Yes!' Beginners experience a vastly accellerated rate of learning in a Wavegarden 'Cove' compared to the ocean. The predictability of the waves generated in the 'Bays', the length of rides, and the removal of other distractions allows beginners to focus on technique, whilst enjoying closer supervision from surf coach staff.




What about progression for experienced surfers?


Just like tennis or golf, progression in surfing depends on practicing; which is linked how regularly you surf and the number of waves you get to ride. Unlike other sports, surfing requires the right weather conditions being present, and for that to occur in daylight hours, at a time and place you are free to participate. At our surf park these inconveniences are removed, allowing surfers to surf as regularly as they choose, at whatever time best suits them. Wavegarden is also the ideal laboratory to advance your surfing with instant video feedback, consistent waves, training programs with advanced and elite surfers, the advice of sports scientists and coaches, shapers and surf companies experimenting with new gear and technologies all under controlled conditions.




What other activities will be available at the surf park?


You will be able to surf, but also enjoy a wide range of additional activities and services that will create a fantastic destination for surfers and non-surfers alike. Activities that may be offered include various rock climbing opportunities, recoil-free base jumping, zip lining, mega water slides, splash pads and playgrounds for young children, beach styled family pools, yoga classes, and group fitness training.




What will it cost to surf?


There will be different pricing offered depending upon which zone of the lagoon a guest is surfing within, whether it is summer or fall, and whether the guest is an adult or child.





Waves

How big are the surf lagoons?


A standard lagoon will be around 5.5 acres.




What is the layout of the lagoon?


The lagoon is divided into different surfing zones. These include the 'Reef' zones in the central part of the lagoon, which is designed for experienced surfers and the 'Bay' zones which are located at each edge of the lagoon, which are perfectly suited to beginner and novice surfers.




What surfing experience is needed?


We can accomodate non-surfers and beginners through to expert surfers simultaneously. A performance pathway exists for guests to progress through the zones of the surf lagoon commencing in the 'Bay', and improving their skills until they are ready to take on the 'Reef' zone.





Safety

Is surfing at a surf park safe?


Surfing under normal conditions is typically a very safe activity. Our parks are designed with safety as a fundamental priority. At our surf park, most of the hazards of ocean surfing are either avoided, managed or minimized to greatly improve surfer safety. The use of surf lifeguards specifically trained in the lagoon environment and video monitoring systems further enhances guest safety.




I've never surfed before - is it safe for me?


Absolutely! Our park is a safe surfing environment perfect for people of all ages, most fitness and skill levels, and is ideal for introducing the sport of surfing to those who do not have access to waves. It is also a fantastic environment for persons with disabilities to learn to surf. Surfing is now for everyone!




How do you ensure a surfers' safety from the wave generating device?


The wave generating device is located beneath a pier which physically separates the surfer from the device. The pier is shrouded in a mesh barrier that guests cannot penetrate, but allows water to pass through, and has no effect on the size, quality or shape of the wave.




Is it dangerous if a surfer falls of their board?


It is actually less dangerous at our surf park if a surfer falls off their board than in the ocean, as there are no submerged, non-visible hazards below the water surface, and no other surfers/surfboards in the line-up in the ‘Reef’ zone or the ‘Bays’ with which contact could be made.





Energy

How much energy is needed to generate waves?


The Wavegarden ‘Cove’ wave generator is the most energy efficient surfing wave generator available. Our surf parks require about the same amount of energy per annum as would typically be used by a small, indoor aquatic centre.





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