Ben Player: he got barreled at Surf Lakes

The Association of Professional Bodyboarders (APB) is studying the possibility of running an APB World Tour event at Surf Lakes, in Yeppoon, Queensland.

Alex León, CEO of APB, visited and surfed the newly-debuted wave pool, and saw great potential for a professional bodyboarding contest.

Surf Lakes features five different peaks. "The Wedge" is one of them. It's a hollow wave designed specifically for bodyboarders. The slab could very well host an APB World Tour event in 2019.

"Myself and Ben Player just went to North Queensland to test out the new wave pool. I was blown away with the technology that these guys have created!" expressed Leon.

Alex says that the wave pool is "absolute game changer" and, when asked about running an Australian contest there, he answered: "World Tour event coming..."

Alex Leon: the CEO of APB says there will be a World Tour event at Surf Lakes

Ben Player also had the chance to become one of the first bodyboarders to ride Surf Lakes.

The three-time world bodyboarding champion (2005, 2007, and 2013) joined former world surfing champions Mark Occhilupo, Joel Parkinson, and Barton Lynch for the wave pool's demo day.

The 40-year-old bodyboarder from Sydney was ecstatic with the invitation to ride Australia's first artificial man-made wave.

"It was such an amazing experience to get a chance to ride Surf Lakes last week. The wave is a 50 percent of the size for the site," said Player.

"There are four other spots to surf in the facility. Can you imagine it at 100 percent? It's perfect for a boogie. It's slab heaven!"

Surf Lakes developed a unique technology capable of producing up to 2,400 waves per hour in the world's biggest surfing lagoon.

"5 Waves" uses a giant 1400-ton plunger to produce a ring of water that travels across different bathymetric variables, producing ripples for all levels of surfing.