When Melbourne was plunged into lockdown last year, the one shining light at the end of the extrovert tunnel was URBNSURF. The nation’s first surf park, URBNSURF offers uncompromising barrels at any time of the day, and when it reopened in June, hordes of pale young grommets emerged from their bedrooms and hit the waves. According to the latest announcement from the URBNSURF team, in just a few short months, Sydney-siders will be able to do the same.
Construction on the new AUD$50 million URBNSURF Sydney facility at Sydney Olympic Park kicks off in July, promising to deliver the same flawless breaks Aussies have come to love. Better yet, we now have a first look at the monster new site, which sprawls a whopping 3.2 hectares.
“We’re putting a lagoon the size of the SCG that fires out two-metre waves at 600 waves per hour,” CEO Damon Tudor told The Daily Telegraph. “The 1.8ha lagoon makes it a lot more accessible for people. There are no sharks, the currents aren’t the same, you don’t have bluebottles and you don’t have, potentially, an aggressive surf break that you’re in.”
For time-poor surfers and those looking to get into the sport for the first time, URBNSURF Sydney is a welcomed addition. The new design features a diamond-shaped surf lagoon, similar in size to the SCG that produces perfect, ocean-like waves up to two metres in height. Harnessing the state-of-the-art Wavegarden ‘Cove’ technology, the surf park will be capable of generating a wave every eight seconds, with surfers able to catch around 10 to 12 waves in an hour in a non-competitive line-up.
According to the company, URBNSURF Sydney will also house a licensed cafe with a rooftop bar and beach club, alongside beach cabanas, skate ramps and a fully-equipped surf school academy. “We are thrilled to continue bringing to life URBNSURF’s vision of providing a safe and inclusive way to surf in Australia where people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds can get stoked riding perfect, authentic surfing waves in a safe and controlled environment,” Tudor said.
“Growing up in the west and as a Sydneysider, we are blessed with a stunning coastline of surf beaches, but access to those beaches and crowding in the line-up is becoming an increasing issue. Our proximity to Sydney’s CBD, the new M4 motorway and being less than a kilometre from the Olympic Park train station, URBNSURF Sydney will be accessible to over two million Sydney residents in under 30 minutes offering ocean-like waves to locals and visitors alike.”
Construction of the $50 million development is expected to start in Q3 of 2021, with the company hopeful of a Summer 2022/23 opening. Further still, URBNSURF is planning additional surf parks in Perth and Brisbane, but there’s no word yet on just how those projects are travelling. Right now, the focus is on the Sydney Summer, and there are no complaints here.