Kelly Slater says Palm Beach County wave park will open in 2019

Discussion in 'East Florida' started by JeffOst, Oct 27, 2017.

  1. headhigh

    headhigh Well-Known Member

    Jul 17, 2009
    Great summary of ALL Kelly's accomplishments... :rolleyes:

  2. Betty

    Betty Well-Known Member

    Oct 14, 2012
    “In a zoning application, Slater laid out a proposal that would allow pro surfers to train at the facility and the possibility of an occasional contest. However, Slater has been quiet about who else might be allowed to use the pool, and how much wave time would cost.”

    I guess it’s not open to the public?
  3. JeffOst

    JeffOst New Member

    Oct 27, 2017
    Don't know -- he has been really quiet about that.
  4. sisurfdogg

    sisurfdogg Well-Known Member

    Jun 17, 2013
  5. LongIslandBro

    LongIslandBro Well-Known Member

    Jul 21, 2017
    True story:
    I got a buddy in manhattan who's dad is a real estate developer (mucho $).
    They own Mangos nightclub in Orlando and now hes building the worlds tallest roller coaster in Orlando.
    What does this have to do with surfing?
    He's also building a wave pool next to the roller coaster that will open in Summer 2018 (hopefully)
  6. cepriano

    cepriano Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2012
    idk why they never put those things somewhere inland.putting a wavepool in a state that has the ocean doesn't really make sense,atleast to me.why would I pay to go surf when I can actually go surf in the ocean lol.

    probably wont even be open to the public
  7. Betty

    Betty Well-Known Member

    Oct 14, 2012
    There’s a zillion surfers in Florida and about 17 in Iowa. So, on days the waves are poor, maybe people line up at the wave pool?
  8. Kyle

    Kyle Well-Known Member

    Sep 9, 2011
    "On days the waves are poor" i.e. 350 days a year here in south FL
  9. Kyle

    Kyle Well-Known Member

    Sep 9, 2011
    Why would he build it here if it is just for training pros? Why not just have them come out to the one out west. Or there are places in more northern parts of FL where the land is half price.

    The spot he picked to build it makes it obvious to me it will be open to the public. I live in Jupiter so it better be open to the GD public!
  10. LongIslandBro

    LongIslandBro Well-Known Member

    Jul 21, 2017
    Jupiter is the northernmost tip of the "Greatr Miami" area. (Dade/Broward/PBC).
    It's the 5th biggest media market in the country.
    Millions of people live there, and tens of millions of people visit there annually.
    Tourons WILL drive up from Miami to surf it.
    Watch the traffic in northern PBC get outta control.
    It will be open to the public FER SURE.
  11. ClemsonSurf

    ClemsonSurf Well-Known Member

    Dec 10, 2007
    This touron will drive there from SC to surf it.
  12. fl.surfdog

    fl.surfdog Well-Known Member

    Dec 6, 2010
    If it's open to the public....guaranteed...a middle income person could not afford to get in the line up.
  13. Kyle

    Kyle Well-Known Member

    Sep 9, 2011
    Makes things easy for my wife. No need wondering what I want for the bday or xmas every year!
  14. scotty

    scotty Well-Known Member

    Aug 26, 2008
    I zoning applications down there are anything like zoning applications are here in Maryland, it goes something like this:

    Step 1: apply for project that is small, and less of a stretch of existing zoning matters (i.e. its a closed training facility not an amusement park)

    Step 2: Build the "training" facility open it up for the limited use proposed, but allow the public in for a few "special occasions" give the local surfers a taste especially well connected kids whose parents are on the county council / zoning board.

    Step 3: Push the envelope, apply to allow the public to use it, and complain that jobs will be lost if the business isn't allowed to expand.
  15. stinkbug

    stinkbug Well-Known Member

    Dec 21, 2010
    Aren't the KS wave pools like $75 for 2 or 3 waves? What if you blow it on your first wave, do you get a rebate for another?
  16. UnfurleD

    UnfurleD Well-Known Member

    Jul 13, 2016
  17. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

    I smell sellout.......
  18. headhigh

    headhigh Well-Known Member

    Jul 17, 2009
    Prices like that are why I gave up snowboarding.

    If I get a free-of-charge invite I may try it, until then i'll be surfing real waves.
  19. SJKC

    SJKC Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2014
    It will be interesting to watch as a business model. I would imagine the initial investment will be quite large between preparing the site and purchasing/licensing the actual wave making technology. Then you'll have ongoing costs for engineers to run and maintain it. Insurance, safety personnel and equipment could be expensive too. Everything about this operation will be incredibly specialized. All of that and you get a limited amount of waves every day that you can charge people to ride, depending on how much down time there is. Assuming this isn't a charity, they'll need to make a profit too. I'm sure it'll be incredibly expensive until the technology becomes more widespread and the initial demand for a man made wave eventually reaches its long term level. I'm sure there will be thousands of people ready to fork their money over to try it for at least a few years. I wonder how long it will take to turn a profit. This has trust fund investor written all over it if WSL doesn't build the facilities itself.