Is the Kelly Slater Wave Company coming to San Diego?

June 14, 2016 | Surfing
SeaPort: the project by McWhinney/DJM consortium features a surf pool | Photo: McWhinney/DJM

San Diego could be the first city in the world to feature a public artificial surf pool designed by the Kelly Slater Wave Company (KSWC).

The San Diego Unified Port District plans to make improvements to the city's waterfront, and the McWhinney/DJM consortium was one of the six teams with a project to change the old site.

The proposal for San Diego Bay includes hotels, parks, a fish market, a tuna harbor, parking sites, public markets, business offices, restaurants, shopping areas, a marina, cultural spaces, and water walkways.

If Port Chairman Marshall Merrifield chooses to have a man-made wave pool in the Embarcadero Marina Park North, it will be KSWC's first installment. The company led by Kelly Slater has agreed to team up with McWhinney/DJM.

"Kelly Slater Wave Company is very pleased to exclusively be part of the McWhinney/DJM team's vision for the redevelopment of the SeaPort Village site in San Diego. As surfers, we are aware of San Diego and its long, rich history with the sport of surfing," writes Noah Grimmett, general manager of the KSWC, in the consortium's presentation.

"KSWC also partners with developers to create a unique experience for amateur surfers, adventure enthusiasts, and families to discover the joy of board sports in a recreational destination that embodies an active outdoor and healthy lifestyle that emphasizes exercise and play."

If chosen, the 1.2 million square feet project should be concluded by mid-2020.

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