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URBNSURF Melbourne to open in January
With the first waves currently being tested at the near complete facility, the much anticipated URBNSURF Melbourne has revealed that it will open to the public in January.
A post from URBNSURF Melbourne on LinkedIn advises "over the past few weeks, we’ve been dialling up our wave menu with Wavegarden, with 18 wave types being put through their paces – including The Beast, an intense, slabbing, sidewinding barrel that also offers sections for turns and airs.
"In early November we welcomed some of Australia’s best surfers, and icons of Victorian surfing, to catch (more than) a few with us in Tullamarine."
Located on a two-hectare site close to Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport, Australia’s first commercial inland surf park is testing its Wavegarden technology that, when running at its full potential, will power up to 1000 waves per hour.
Generated within an 85-metre pier that runs down the centre of the lagoon, a series of pistons located on the pier then push the water to the left, then to the right, to create the waves.
URBNSURF founder Andrew Ross Ross likens the movement to "moving your hand back and forward like a shark's tail".
Key to the commercial viability of the $30 million attraction is the waves being powered by renewable energy.
The project is powered in part by solar panels installed throughout the site and the rest of the costs associated with running the generator will come from a renewable energy provider.
The facility has also been built using sustainable materials with 18,000 ton of recycled concrete used in the construction.
URBNSURF is currently offering inaugural Foundation Memberships.
For more information, go to URBNSURF.com.
Image: Surfer Nikki van Dijk tests the waves at URBNSURF Tullamarine. Courtesy of URBNSURF/Ted Grambeau, Stu Gibson and Adam Gibson.
27th September 2019 - Coolum revealed as location for proposed $100 million Kelly Slater Surfing Ranch
25th September 2019 - New online surf coaching platform launched in Victoria
16th July 2019 - URBNSURF Melbourne prepares to launch as Australia’s first surf park
21st February 2018 - URBNSURF announces investment backing for Australia’s first surf park
4th August 2016 - New sports confirmed for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games
28th April 2016 - Second URBNSURF attraction to be developed at Sydney Olympic Park
22nd January 2014 - Wavegarden technology to revolutionise artificial surfing
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