Artificial waves: surfers will design their own rides

The Sunshine Park, Australia's first artificial surf pool, will be able to pump 500 waves per hour, on the Sunshine Coast, in 2016.

The project, which will be built by Waterplay Pty Ltd, at Steve Irwin Way, in Glenview, on the Sunshine Coast, will embed Webber Wave Pools technology. The $90 million investment promises to create 250 jobs.

The Sunshine Park will feature an artificial surf pool, waterslides, canoeing tracks, 120-room hotel, restaurants, and holiday village. It will be fully built in three years, with the wave pool opening earlier.

Greg Webber, the developer behind Webber Wave Pools, has revealed that two different pool sizes - 160x90 meters and 200x100 meters - will produce 1.6 and two-meter waves, respectively.

Regular visitors will be able to build their own surfing profile so that they can customize the look of each wave, with a RFID wristband. Pro surfers will also design their favorite wave ride for amateur surfers to test it.

"The site is perfectly positioned on a well-established tourism route near commercial operations such as a service station, quarry and nursery and in close proximity to other tourist attractions such as Australia Zoo, the Glass House Mountains and the Sunshine Coast Hinterland," explains David Baird, the project spokesman.

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