WSL will not build Surf Ranch Florida

May 31, 2019 | Surfing
Surf Ranch: Florida will not have the world's first public wave pool by Kelly Slater | Photo: WSL

World Surf League (WSL) abandoned plans to build the Surf Ranch in Florida.

In a short statement sent via a public relations firm, the WSL announces the cancellation of the development of the wave pool set for West Palm Beach.

"The nature of this site, including the extremely high water table, exposed unforeseen challenges that made the decision around this unique project clear," states the WSL.

In 2017, Kelly Slater Wave Co. (KSWC) filed an application to build an 80-acre surf park just 120 miles away from the surfer's hometown of Cocoa Beach.

Surf Ranch Florida was supposed to feature a 13-acre lagoon (2,000 feet long by 185 feet wide) and the barreling waves KSWC is known for.

The owners of the Surf Ranch underline that they've learned "important lessons" in this process and thank the local community for the support and enthusiasm has been given to the project.

WSL say that they are "moving ahead with several other locations for wave systems powered by Kelly Slater Wave Technology," and refused to make additional comments.

There is only one Surf Ranch facility in the world. WSL's private wave pool is located in Lemoore, California.