From Tumbleweeds to Tubes: snooping around DSRTsurf & Palm Springs

Sometimes you need Jason Bourne. We sorta have one. Our desert reporter Sean McCoy (even without the fluidity of a dozen languages and kung fu panache) was able to pull up details on two of the four Coachella Valley wave pool projects.

“I stopped by DSRT Surf and The Palm Springs Surf Club to check on progress and it looks like my wave pool spy surveillance shots got me more blue tarps covering those mini a-frames,” McCoy said in reference to a recent spy mission to PSSC which revealed testing of the pool.

At that time he broke the story that PSSC would be using the SurfLoch Wave Systems wavemaker. SurfLoch WaveSystems have been on a roll lately with plans announced for Australia and Spain. When the pool opens next Autumn, it could very well be the world’s first public SurfLoch system.

The Palm Springs Surf Club is hiding its wave pool tests with blue tarps. Photo Sean McCoy.

The Palm Springs Surf Club, the brainchild of Cheyne Magnusson and Kalani Robb is now blocking all views from prying eyes, posting up more blue tarps than a Sunday flea market.

Later in the day McCoy kicked the dirt around at the DSRTsurf location and found it ready, willing and able, but yet to break ground.

“DSRT Surf is exactly that, desert,” he continued. “It’s hard to believe there’s going to be surfable waves here in the future. It is surrounded by a nice golf course and a condo community. I thought I was going to run into Doug Sheres with a shovel in his hand carving out our next surf spot.”

Instagram post from SurfLoch announcing their tech will be used at the Palm Springs Surf Club

DSRT Surf will use Wavegarden Cove technology. The surf park will be run by veteran pros and surf industry personal including Josh Kerr, the Hobgood brothers, John Luff and wave pool connoisseur Shane Beschen. The facility hopes to open in 2022, possibly 2021 if the stars align.

The Coachella Valley is home to communities Palm Springs, La Quinta, Palm Desert and Thermal, all home to emerging wave pool projects.