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We’ve known for a spell that Kelly Slater Wave Company had its eyes set on Palm Beach, Florida for its surf ranch deux. And thanks to some fine local journalism, we’ve also known that Surf Ranch Florida plans to host 83,000 people per year, be a training facility for WSL athletes, and host an annual event.


For a minute there, the future of Surf Ranch Florida hung in the balance due to the concerns of the good people of Jupiter Farms. During a public comment period, they pointed to the only other commercial surf park in existence – NLand in Austin, Texas – noting homes nearby were flooded when the park had to close to repair a rip in its liner.

Anyway, despite the brief holdup, the Palm Beach County zoning commission, with support from Mayor Paulette Burdick approved KS Wave Co and the WSL’s application. South Florida’s putting in a pool!

Kelly took to Instagram to announce the news:

“Well…it’s official…” said Kelly in a post. “We have a building permit in Palm Beach County for #SurfRanchFlorida. I’m beyond proud and stoked to see the first of our developments at @kswaveco going to my home state of #Florida. Thank you to Mayor Burdick and the city commissioners for your approval and support of the project. Also thank you to #JupiterFarms for your comments and support. Looking forward to being neighbors. I keep joking about it but it might be true that now I can move back home now and surf as much as I want! Cannot wait to see a bunch more stoked people riding waves. This is gonna be fun.”

As of yet, there’s no news on timelines or estimates for completion of Surf Ranch Florida.



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