The first glimpses of the newest wave pool in the game, Surf Lakes’ research and development facility in Yeppoon, quickly went viral back in October. Despite its Mad Max aesthetic, the unique technology received glowing reviews from some of Australia’s best and brightest – including Occy and Barton Lynch who are ambassadors for the company.
It was only a matter of time, really, before investors and licensees jumped on board to bring the tech to different locations around the world. Apparently, the response has been overwhelming.
“Well over 200 parties have actively been seeking information about how to purchase a Surf Lakes license and at least six parties are positioning to begin construction in 2019 with a view to opening commercial surf parks using 5 Waves technology in 2020,” explained Surf Lakes.
The six locations earmarked for development, the company said, include one in California, Arizona, Western Australia, London, Spain, and Brazil. All six “intend to commence construction in 2019 with completion in 2020.”
Surf Lakes CEO Aaron Trevis is optimistic about how quickly the commercial operations could get off the ground. “We now believe that three or even four could commence construction next year, and be open to the public within 24 months,” he said.
Apparently, each licensee has developed their own business model, one of which plans to cater to the elite. “One particular site is intending to cater for the high net worth market by adding a 5 Waves Surf Lake within their existing private gated-community. They already have a world-class golf course, clubhouse and other resort-style amenities,” explained the release. No indication, though, where that site would be located.
Other licensees, on the other hand, plan to open “high volume facilities” for the general public.
As we’ve learned with Kelly Slater Wave Company’s planned facilities in Florida and Japan, who last we reported haven’t broken ground, it’s one thing to plan a facility, it’s another to actually build it from the ground up.