Surf Lakes to open wave pool on the Gold Coast in 2020

February 25, 2019 | Surfing
Surf Lakes: the concentric wave technology is heading to the Gold Coast | Photo: Surf Lakes

Surf Lakes announced the construction of its first public wave pool on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.

The creators of the central wave machine concept will build their first public artificial wave structure near Robina, the company's hometown.

"We have selected an appropriate site in a central location that is easily accessible for residents and tourists," notes Mal Borgeaud, CEO of Surf Lakes.

According to the Australian wave pool developers, the construction works will kick off in late 2019, and the facility is expected to open to the public in the second half of 2020.

"Surf Lakes will have a positive impact on the community and will be a boost for tourism, employment, and the local economy," adds Borgeaud.

The technological concept behind Surf Lakes - named 5 Waves - was initially conceived in the early 2000s by Aaron Trevis.

The Gold Coast-based surf company uses a concentric wave system to produce up to 2,400 waves of varying difficulty, length, and size per hour.

A 1,400-ton plunger is compressed against the water and creates a ring of water that travels across the pool and concrete banks, creating different types of waves.

The first full-scale demonstration site was built in 2018 near Yeppoon, on the Capricorn Coast on Queensland's Capricorn Coast.