Florida may surf the world's first Kelly Slater wave pool

March 17, 2017 | Surfing
Kelly Slater's Surf Ranch: warning, man inside the barrel

And the first Kelly Slater artificial wave park goes to... The champ's home state.

The Kelly Slater Wave Co. (KSWC) is planning the opening of its first man-made surf pool in Palm Beach, Florida, just 120 miles away from the founder's hometown of Cocoa Beach.

The Surf Ranch Florida application was filed by a planning and landscape architecture firm. If approved by Palm Beach County, the 80-acre project will be built within the Palm Beach Park of Commerce. 

In May 2015, WSL Holdings, the parent company of the World Surf League (WSL), acquired a majority stake in the Kelly Slater Wave Co.

Plans to hold a Championship Tour (CT) contest in an artificial wave pool have not been revealed, but it will only be a matter of time before pro surfers start competing in this type of environment, in which wave conditions are the same for everyone.

Surf Ranch Florida will feature a 13-acre lagoon (2,000 feet long by 185 feet wide) and the perfect barreling waves designed by Kelly Slater and his team of engineers.

The 11-time world champion and businessman unveiled his surf pool concept in December 2015. The prototype facility built in Lemoore, California, was only used by Slater himself and a few friends.

On March 23, the Palm Beach County Commission will hold a hearing to consider a request to amend the county's industrial park regulation to allow the construction of this outdoor recreational facility.