WavePoolMag SoCal desert wave pool update for Summer 2024

The WavePoolMag desert update Summer 2024 focuses on developments east of Los Angeles. Progress on area surf parks has changed dramatically. A golf couse will replace the Kelly Slater wave pool at Coral Mountain after neighbors successfully rallied agains the project’s water use and noise output. Palm Springs Surf Club opened, closed, opened briefly and then closed again while DSRT Surf recently broke ground and Thermal Beach Club prepares to dig. Full details below.

Palm Springs Surf Club

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The pools, restaurant and water park are open at The Palm Springs Surf Club while we wait for the wave pool to be turned back on.

Well Summer has arrived in the Coachella Valley and it is unfortunate we do not have an operating wave pool as the temperatures here have been way above normal and it would be nice to get in the water and get some nice barrels to cool down.

As of this writing the Palm Springs Surf Club is still undergoing modifications on its wave generating systems but you can still go enjoy the water slides, lazy river or have a nice lunch or dinner and view the beautiful mountains. No exact date has been announced on reopening of the wave pool but keep updated by going to the Palm Springs Surf Club website.


DSRT Surf groundbreaking ceremony in 2024. Image provided.
DSRT Surf groundbreaking ceremony in 2024.

This past month on May 23rd Beach Street Development launched its official operations to build DSRT Surf in Palm Desert. This development will be the most comprehensive surf destination in the world featuring a 139-room boutique hotel and luxury residences all built around the Wavegarden cove technology that will drive high demand for the hotel and residences. This development will be Located directly across from the Palm Desert public Desert Willow golf course. In total DSRT Surf will have something for everyone in the family and will create yet another great venue in Palm Desert and the Coachella Valley for outside visitors to come to our special place.

The project is divided into phases. First phase will be construction of the surf destination wave pool and all the infrastructure for resort in the following phases will be hotels and villas. The first phase is set to be completed by summer of 2026. Doug Sheres has been a great supporter of non-profit Coachella Valley Surf Club since the very beginning when I first met him at the initial Palm Desert city council meeting seven years ago and we are grateful for all he has contributed to our club and the community.

Thermal Beach Club

I was recently invited to the site of the Thermal Beach Club by one of the creators and developer and good friend Brian Grantham. Brian has also been a great supporter of our non-profit surf club. This area is pretty remote but near by is a race track and already surrounded by garage homes where owners keep their race cars. You would never think there would be this many high-income properties in the middle of nowhere.

This private development will be built around a large lake and within it will contain a wave pool with the Endless Surf technology and lots of other amenities. The drawings I saw were amazing! Construction is slated to begin sometime this year but no exact time has been announced.

Written by Dave Hilts Coachella Valley Surf Club