New project aims to bring Endless Surf to Gold Coast in two years
Australian media outlets reported a new development sighting on a golf-and-boat heavy section of Queensland. The project will be just five kilometers inland of the Gold Coast’s famous turquoise water and just 20 minutes down the road from the famed rights of Burleigh heads.
The Club at Parkwood Village is a well-established leisure destination already and serves the local community of more than 500,000 with a mix of sport and family activities. It’s also a hub for high-performance sport and the training center for the Gold Coast Titans rugby league team.
The project is a $200m mixed-use development of commercial properties a new 200+ bed hotel and residential apartments centered around an Endless Surf pneumatic wave pool. Parkwood is in good shape to make this happen since the site is all within the existing location and zoning parameters.
“What we’re hoping for is the best wave pool in Australia, if not the world,” said developer at Parkwood Village Luke Altschwagger. “Having the surfing Mecca of Australia having an Endless Surf wave pool is a perfect fit for our active community, and it anchors a whole new level of economic investment in the area.”
Parkwood signed a deal with Canadian company Endless Surf. Their design uses a unique heart-shaped pool with pneumatic wave drivers sequenced by sophisticated software to create surf. Wave programming can be done on a per-surfer basis, something totally new in the industry. The company has several pools in planning, including Vietnam, The Domincan Republic, Melbourne, Paris, England and elsewhere.
“Endless Surf represents the most cutting-edge surf technology today, offering an authentic vibe in an attractive and welcoming setting, while providing great, flexible waves for all types of surfers – which is why we’ve chosen Endless Surf,” said Altschwager “Plus it is a family run company with an approach to business much like ours, driven by a sense of purpose to provide the very best experiences that enhance lives.”
Developers feel the area is ripe for a wave pool. Last year Surf Lakes put forth news to build in nearby Robina and Urbnsurf has sights on another nearby Gold Coast location.
Endless Surf’s Paul Chutter is excited about the partnership adding it’s a great fit for the two companies.
“There are those projects which epitomize what we are trying to do, with great clients who contribute to our collaborative approach – Luke and the Parkwood team are a perfect example of this. They share our passion for pushing technological boundaries, putting Endless Surf as the heart and soul of their development in order to build a vibrant community hub. The venue’s existing high-performance sports focus will lend itself to this world-class surf showcase and help develop the talents of a whole new generation of local surfers.”
The next step is to take the plans featuring the Endless Surf pool design to the local council and if all goes through, Altschagger says they could be open in as little as two years.