WAVEGARDEN DROPS FIRST FULL-LENGTH “COVE” EDIT

May
 10,
 2017

The jackhammers had all but broken ground when the project came to a screeching halt. It was April of 2016 and Andrew Ross had secured planning approval for URBNSURF Melbourne, a man-made surfing facility powered by Spain-based Wavegarden technology. The preliminary stages were over; waves would be breaking by late 2017. But then, Ross received a call. “We’ve been working on something I think you’re gonna want to see,” the engineers in Spain told him. So, he flew to Europe and checked out the new project, dubbed “The Cove.” And instantly, Ross knew: “Shit, I thought to myself. I’m going to have to redo everything. It was so good that we had to start over with this new design.” For...

SURF’S UP AT ALFRED COVE AFTER MELVILLE COUNCIL TICKS OFF ON WAVE PARK

URBNSURF Perth
April
 08,
 2017

The City of Melville has voted in favour of entering into a ground lease with Urbnsurf to build Perth's first surf park at Tompkins Park in Alfred Cove. More than four hectares would be used for the project, with plans for the surfing lagoon itself to be the size of a football field. The wave park company still has to jump through a number of state government regulatory hurdles before it can commence construction after getting the tick of approval from the council Thursday night. Urbnsurf said the total project would cost around $30 million and they would have access to the land for 30 years, with the option to extend for another 20 years. "The facility will become a world-class surfing destination, producing 1000...

Wave park gets lease approval for Alfred Cove site

URBNSURF Perth
April
 07,
 2017

A wave park on the Swan River in Alfred Cove is one step closer after the local council voted to approve a ground lease. Melville City Council voted seven to four in favour of the park in a marathon meeting last night. Urbnsurf Perth will now get access to 44,065sqm of riverfront land at Tompkins Park. Wave Park Group founder and executive chairman Andrew Ross said the vote was a win for the wider Perth community. “Tompkins Park is one of about 30 sites in Perth we have examined over the past four years, and no other location is as well suited to the development as this one,” he said. The wave park has been opposed by the Alfred Cove...

OLYMPIC SURFERS TO GET A HOME BREAK WITH ARTIFICIAL WAVES

General
January
 05,
 2017

Plans are advancing for artificial surf breaks in suburban Sydney, Melbourne and Perth using a Spanish design called The Cove that has won over Australia’s ­national surf coach Andy King. The baseball-diamond shaped “wave gardens” planned by Australian firm Wave Park Group each take up 2.2ha, and create 1029 waves an hour. King tried The Cove in Spain in October with Australian world tour surfers Julian Wilson, Ryan Callighan and Josh Kerr and now wants to use the wave pools to train Australia’s first Olympic surf team. Surfing will make its Olympic debut in Tokyo in 2020. “They have finally replicated something that’s got similar power to the ocean with the unpredictability of the ocean,” King said yesterday. King said...

A HUGE ARTIFICIAL WAVE POOL MAY HELP MAKE PERTH A TOP SURFING DESTINATION

URBNSURF Perth
August
 31,
 2016

Australia is known to have some of the world’s best surf towns. Perth is not one of them. But an artificial lagoon may soon offer ideal conditions for hanging 10 Down Under all year round. Developers at Wave Park Group are planning their lagoon, Urbnsurf Perth, for 2018, in an area called Alfred Cove, just off the Swan River. The facility will consist of a 5.7-acre and 4.4 million-gallon wave pool, a climbing wall, parkour path, skate park, and artificial beach, with a café, bar, and clubhouse on the side. “Perth has amazing beaches, but is widely recognized as having quite poor surf conditions for most of the year,” Wave Group founder Andrew Ross tells Digital Trends. “And, in fact, several...

ARTIFICIAL SURF BEACH TO RAKE OVER PERTH LAWN BOWLS CLUB

URBNSURF Perth
August
 31,
 2016

Surf park developer, Wave Park Group, has unveiled a proposal for an artificial surf park on the banks of the Swan River in Perth. The surf park, designed with Perth-based architecture practice MJA Studio, will occupy a 4.4 hectare area of Tompkins Park in Alfred Cove, located nine kilometres south of Perth’s CBD. The developer is proposing to lease the site, which is currently occupied by the Melville Bowling Club. The lawn bowls club is slated for relocation to a new facility 300 metres east of its existing location. The proposed $25-million surf beach, named Urbnsurf Perth, will feature a 2.4-hectare lagoon and can accommodate up to 84 participants per hour. The lagoon will use technology developed by Spanish engineering company Wavegarden...