We are all quite familiar with the fact we live on a coastline fairly famous for its surf. So famous in fact, part of it is named one of only nine world surfing reserves. There’s also the part where it breeds world champions like no one’s business.
What happens though when the winds turn onshore, or (God forbid) we have ourselves a flat spell? Doesn’t bear thinking about, does it?
There’s been talk about a surf wave pool coming to the Gold Coast for a few years now and while it seems like an inevitability at some point in the near future, we can excitedly say that the ‘Endless Surf Wave Lagoon’ — part of a proposed world-class integrated golf and surf resort at Parkwood Village — is about to quell all the waiting and could very much be a reality sooner rather than later.
The proposed plans will complement the Community HUB & High-Performance Centre at Parkwood Village, with the addition of a beach-like lagoon offering quality waves to suit all abilities, from beginner to professional, come rain or shine, 365 days a year!
Endless Surf will be manufactured by WhiteWater West, a world-renowned Canadian-based wave pool and water park developer. WhiteWater West have their sights firmly set on being a global leader in this industry by announcing surf park projects in Paris, the Dominican Republic, Vietnam and more.
Offering safe, predictable, and quality waves up to an impressive 2.4 metres in size in a completely controlled environment, the Endless Surf Pool is set to encompass a natural shape that provides a large ‘beachfront’ for that genuine surf feel. The pool will be complemented by the existing golf course, approved future resort hotel, and some great food and beverage facilities.
Parkwood Village managing director Luke Altschwager said they will spend the next few months working with the community and local council reconfiguring the current approval to accommodate the Endless Surf Wave Lagoon and upgrades to the golf course.
“There is nothing more quintessentially Australian than surfing. We want to make sure Parkwood becomes the heart of sport here on the Gold Coast,” Altschwager said.
“Couple this with a multi-million dollar make-over to the 18-hole golf course and a beautiful family resort, it will be a game-changer!
“The hope is that by 2023, Parkwood Village will be an exciting sports and family venue, which will be renowned across Australia, and training the next generation of world golf, rugby league and surfing champions.”
Lookout Gold Coast, looks like surfing could soon be done both at our beautiful beaches and in-land!
Words by Alex Mitcheson