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Sao Paulo 3, Rio 0. Wave pool race heats up in Brazil

São Paulo is on its way to becoming the wave pool capital of Brazil, and South America for that matter. The city is the southern hemisphere’s most populous metropolis with 12 million inhabitants, and now all will be within driving distance of three wave tanks.

The KSM group opened Praia da Grama last year to rave reviews. Now JHSF, a real estate company specialising in high-end developments, is building two other tanks, Boa Vista and the São Paulo Surf Club

The Boa Vista Village project was announced two years ago and will feature a large PerfectSwell design surrounded by luxury condos. The recently announced São Paulo Surf Club will follow with a similar surf blueprint, but won’t feature the same real estate purchase options. This one is more, as the name suggests, simply a surf club.

“Located on the banks of the Pinheiros River, the São Paulo Surf Club is the first surf club in the city of São Paulo,” says the company on their webpage. “In an exclusive area, in the Real Park development, the surf club offers a complete sporting infrastructure. Paulo Surf Club’s master plan was developed to guarantee the highest level of living and quality of life in São Paulo.” 

Like Praia da Grama and Boa Vista, São Paulo Surf Club will be an exclusive club for members. The three Brazilian tanks are banking on the “sports lifestyle and amenities” package to sell memberships. The club will offer a Surf Clubhouse, restaurant, spa, gym, indoor tennis courts and beach tennis courts.

No opening date is given, but the rumor mill says it will happen sooner rather than later. There is also the Surfland project south of Sao Paulo in Garopaba, a municipality in the state of Santa Catarina. No word on when any of these will open, but we’ll keep you posted.

The developers say the wave will be located on the banks of the Pinheiros River, in front of the iconic Ponte Estaiada bridge.
Photo Sergio Souza/Pexels

SAO PAULO SURF CLUB

The Lowdown: The Sao Paulo Surf Club by JHSF, a real estate company specialising in high-end developments, will feature several other sport facilities and act as a Neo-country club, or “Sports Lifestyle and Amenities” facility. Access to the PerfectSwell waves will be restricted to members and their guests. Looking at the other two options in São Paulo, Boa Vista and Praia da Grama where you have to buy property to surf, this club could be the better bargain.

WavePool Construction Progress: Planning stages.

Accessibility: Mixed use private club.

Wave Generating Technology: New American Wave Machines Perfect Swell design.

Wave’s Technical Information: Both Left and Right Breaks, Length of Wave: possibly 60-100 yards/meters, Semi-hollow to hollow and performance-oriented. 120 -160 waves per hour come in three-wave sets between 1:10-1:30. Waves are waist to head-high.

Hours of operation/Seasonal Hours: Expect year-round surf.

Pool Structure: Concrete pool facility with pneumatic technology.

Waves per hour: 120-240.

Atmosphere: Lux Brazilian country club vibes.

Apparel: Mostly boardshorts and bikinis. 3/2 fulls and spring suits for fall/winter.

BOA VISTA

The Lowdown: This Sao Paulo development follows a trend in anchoring new projects around wave pools. Maybe slightly varying from the norm, the Boa Vista plans show a Surf Lodge (actually a multi-story, swank looking hotel) for visitors making freshwater surf trips. The interesting component here is the huge PerfectSwell technology from American Wave Machines. Reputed to be twice the size of the AWM facility in Waco, Boa Vista will offer surf to residents and visitors.

WavePool Construction Progress: Planning stages.

Accessibility: Mixed use private and public.

Wave Generating Technology: New American Wave Machines Perfect Swell design.

Wave’s Technical Information: Both Left and Right Breaks, Length of Wave: possibly 60-100 yards/meters, Semi-hollow to hollow and performance-oriented. 120 -160 waves per hour come in three-wave sets at between 1:10-1:30 apart. Waves are waist to head-high.

Hours of operation/Seasonal Hours: Expect year round surf.

Pool Structure: Concrete pool facility with sand added set in center of hotel and residences.

Waves per hour: 120-160.

Atmosphere: Lux Brazilian golf vibes.

Apparel: Mostly boardshorts and bikinis. 3/2 fulls and spring suits for fall/winter.

YouTube clip for Boa Vista

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PRAIA DA GRAMA

The Lowdown: This Cove facility will be the centrepiece of a condo development focused on active-living and sports leisure. The pool spit out its first waves in June 2021 and is now the darling to Brazil’s wealthy surf set.

WavePool Construction Progress: Done

Accessibility: Private residences and club memberships.

Type of wave(s): The cove produces everything from gentle knee-high rollers to head-high slabs via their top-secret machinery.

Wave Generating Technology: Wavegarden Cove Technology.

Wave’s Technical Information: Wave height: 2-7 ft, Both left and right breaks, length of wave: 30-100 yards/meters depending on the size of the Cove pool.

Hours of operation/Seasonal Hours: Unavailable, but we’ll keep you posted.

Price Breakdown: Surfers must purchase property or have a membership to access the development’s central wave pool.

Waves per hour: 11-900 waves per hour.

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