Of all the places across the globe with people starving for waves, Oahu is probably at the bottom of the list. But that’s not going to keep the phenomenon that is today’s wave pool arms race from hitting the island. In fact, there’s more than one horse in the race for, with one developer saying they’d like to construct a 400-unit resort featuring a Kelly Slater Wave Company pool while another has secured the rights to a Wavegarden lagoon.
Surf City Hui LLC announced they are looking at three sites on Oahu with fundraising initiatives to begin soon. That resort could be open by 2019, according to Tyler Greene, Managing Partner for Surf City Hui LLC. “Teach them the right way, teach them about the history of surfing, teach them how to respect the water and and the locals and the culture of surfing” he said.
The proposed Wavegarden facility will be built by Honokea, the same company that designed Austin’s soon to be opened NLand Surf Park. Their search for a site has included meetings with Hawaii’s Community Development Authority, with few details of an site known at this point. Their West Oahu resort will be themed around the iconic Endless Summer.
So who builds it first?