INDUSTRY MEDIA RELASE: 30 May 2017.
Construction is already underway.
Former surfing world champion, Mark “Occy” Occhilupo, has announced he is behind Surf Lakes, the company which has developed Australia’s first surf technology and is currently building Australia’s first surf park.
When complete, Surf Lakes will be the first surf park in the world capable of producing eight separate waves simultaneously. The waves will vary in size and length, allowing for beginners through to experts to surf at the same time. By using concentric waves and multiple point breaks, Surf Lakes is capable of producing more waves per hour than Wavegarden’s Cove or Kelly Slater’s wave pool (2,400 vs 1,000 vs 15 respectively), while also offering a variety of waves from hollow barrels, to gentle beginner waves.
Occy has joined Surf Lakes as its Surf Industry Advisor, providing valuable input into wave design. He is also designing his own break, called “Occy’s Peak”, a barrelling left hander that will be 2.4 metres face height (eight feet) and run for about 60 metres.
The 1999 World Champion and former Pipeline Master said: “Being able to design the perfect wave, then catch it over and over again, is every surfer’s dream, which contrasts with the ocean where the perfect wave is rare.
“What’s even more exciting is that it provides fun for the entire family and I am looking forward to bringing mine to the Surf Lake and seeing the kids surf different waves at the same time,” Occy said.
This is the first dedicated surf park to commence construction in Australia. Initially it will be used a demonstration site as the company intends to license its technology around the world to theme parks and resorts and property developers.
According to Surf Lakes founder and CEO, Aaron Trevis, the goal is to make surfing more accessible, bring it to the masses and to people who currently don’t have access to the ocean or waves.
“While surfing is a popular sport in Australia, 99.5 per cent of the world’s population have never surfed, which is why we believe there is a significant opportunity for the Surf Lakes technology,” Mr Trevis said.
“Surfing is a significant part of our culture and we believe Surf Lakes will provide many opportunities for surf schools, elite training or just for leisure, and with surfing now an Olympic sport, we believe it will be beneficial to national teams for training purposes or even the actual competition,” Mr Trevis said.
Completion is scheduled for late 2017 and when finished it will have the same water volume of approximately 20 Olympic swimming pools.
The artist impression of a commercial Surf Lake (below), featuring 8 separate waves that break simultaneously
Surf Lakes is backed by its Board and a group of Australian investors.
Surf Lakes is currently raising the final round of capital to complete construction and launch the product to the global market. The capital raise is being managed by Axstra Capital – more information can be found at: http://axstra.com.au/surf-lakes/