Largest rapid wave in the US to open in May
Lakeside Surf, with (currently) the world’s largest Citywave is preparing to open to the public on May 1, 2021. The highly anticipated opening has been pushed back multiple times; most recently delayed nearly a year due to the global pandemic.
While the impact of the pandemic has delayed completion of some portions of the project, the world’s largest rapid wave will be ready for its first public sessions. Booking for surf sessions will open on the Lakeside Surf website beginning April 7th.
“We have been unbelievably blessed to be in this position of opening both our parks in May,” Owner Burke Bordner said. “The past year has not been easy, but every time we faced what felt like an insurmountable obstacle, God provided a way.”
Both Slidewaters and Lakeside Surf will be following the Washington State Department of Health Guidance for water recreation facilities. This guidance includes, but is not limited to; capacity restraints, physical distancing requirements, and face-covering guidelines.
The Slidewaters’ COVID-19 Safety Plan is in development, but an overview of what to expect as well as answers to frequently asked questions can be found here.
The Department of Health has provided guidance that allows for limited operation for Slidewaters in phase 2 or 3 of the Roadmap to Recovery, while Lakeside Surf has guidelines for operation in phase 1,2 or 3. Phase 4 guidelines have yet to be developed.
Due to the capacity restraints in both Phase 2 and 3, Slidewaters will rely on a reservation system to help manage guest capacity. Reservations will be required in phase 2 and optional in phase 3. Reservations will be an additional cost on top of admission tickets to Slidewaters.
Phase 2 operations would require a reservation in addition to a ticket or season pass. In phase 3, admission reservations will be available to guarantee a spot for a given day, but they will not be required. If the park reaches capacity, then all guests wishing to enter will be asked to wait until the park is no longer at capacity.
Lakeside Surf is also offering special discount packages.