Sydney’s first ever surf park, URBNSURF, officially opens to the public

URBNSURF Sydney, the latest surf park development by the URBNSURF group, has officially opened its doors in the Sydney Olympic Park Precinct. Spanning a vast 3.6-hectare site, the park boasts a lagoon comparable in size to the Sydney cricket ground and is designed to accommodate over 1,000 daily visitors, operating seven days a week.

URBNSURF Sydney said they aim to provide an inclusive surfing experience for individuals of all skill levels, offering expert to beginner wave settings. Utilizing Wavegarden technology, the park ensures that members, guests, and first-time surfers can enjoy waves year-round, with each one-hour session providing up to 12 waves per guest.

According to URBNSURF Sydney, the park offers a range of amenities including a Surf Academy, a leisure swimming pool, a skate pad, a Rip Curl retail store, a health and wellness center, and food offerings.

In addition to the surfing experience, food enthusiasts can indulge in a unique hospitality experience through URBNSURF’s partnership with Applejack. Sandy’s, the park’s casual surfside eatery, is now open for guests, with premium dining at RAFI set to launch in the winter season.

Rip Curl serves as URBNSURF Sydney’s exclusive retail partner, offering guests access to leading apparel and technical equipment. This partnership builds upon the longstanding relationship between URBNSURF and Rip Curl, which began with the opening of URBNSURF Melbourne in 2020.

Damon Tudor, CEO of URBNSURF, expressed his excitement about the park officially opening its doors. 

“It’s a huge moment for the URBNSURF team, our shareholders and our strategic partners who have been involved in helping us bring our dream for URBNSURF Sydney to fruition,” said Damon. “Finally seeing the gates open and the wave machine pumping is a feeling like no other. We’re extremely proud to be celebrating this achievement and we are stoked to see our customers ripping it up in the lagoon.”

The NSW Office of Sport provided $1 million to URBNSURF Sydney through the Greater Cities Sport Facility Fund towards the development of the $2.2 million URBNSURF Surfing Centre of Excellence.

Office of Sport Chief Executive Karen Jones said the Surfing Centre of Excellence will provide a world-class high performance centre that will enable surf athletes to combine both in water and out of water elements of training and preparation.

“We are delighted to have supported such an exciting development and are looking forward to providing Australian athletes with a significant competitive advantage in future Olympic campaigns, international WSL Championship Tour and Challenger Series events and tournaments,” Karen said.

Over the next two decades, URBNSURF Sydney is projected to contribute a net economic benefit of $250 million to the Sydney Olympic Park area, solidifying its position as a key player in the region’s recreational landscape. The long-awaited sister park of URBNSURF Melbourne means Australia is the only country in the world to offer two man-made surf parks.

Sydney Olympic Park Authority CEO, Carla Armanet said URBNSURF Sydney will be a unique and exciting addition to the already robust precinct.

“The opening of URBNSURF Sydney will have an immense impact on the local community and their experiences at Sydney Olympic Park,” said Carla. “A first for NSW, and an exciting addition to our active recreation and sports facilities, the wave park is bringing the best of surf culture, education and great waves to the West. Located amongst the Park’s thrill seeking attractions, including the Monster BMX track and proposed Haslams Pump Track – URBNSURF is set to be extraordinary.”

To further solidify URBNSURF’s commitment to safe, controlled, and accessible surfing, the park has joined forces with Surfing New South Wales to foster growth and innovation in the surfing community and shape the future of surfing. The partnership is set to provide unprecedented opportunities for skill development and provide safety initiatives to continue to educate and empower the surfing community.

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