Proposed Alfred Cove wave park could offer ‘dream world’ says Perth surfer who tested out similar facility in Spain

URBNSURF Perth
October
 11,
 2017

A PROMISING Perth surfer given the chance to test a Spanish wave park has backed a similar facility being built in Alfred Cove, saying the sets produced would offer amateurs and professionals a “dream world”. East Fremantle’s Moses Le Grice travelled to Wavegarden’s research and development facility in San Sebastian in August to sample man-made wave riding. It is the same technology that will be used at Wave Park Group’s $25 million Urbnsurf facility proposed for Tompkins Park. With hundreds of surfers putting their hands up to try it and only a handful selected, it was a rare opportunity to test a facility that pumps out more than 1000 waves each hour. The 18-year-old, an Urbnsurf ambassador, said he was...

Olympic Surf Teams Catch Wavepool Fever

General
September
 18,
 2017

In the 2020 Tokyo Games, surfing’s debut appearance will be held in the ocean – the OG surfing stadium. But with the increasing allure of wavepools, the likelihood of future Olympic Games shifting from au naturel to artificial is beginning to smell more and more chlorinated. And the latest bunch to catch wavepool fever? None other than the rising stars of Olympic surfing. While in Europe for the recent ISA World Surfing Games, eight international teams made their way to San Sebastian, Spain to visit Wavegarden’s test facility and to experience the company’s latest creation, The Cove. By the looks of it, these millennials and generation-Z’ers (and their much older coaches) were properly smitten by the potential when it comes to training and...

How Long Until Wave Pools Become Bona Fide Olympic Training Facilities?

General
September
 14,
 2017

Surfing as we know it is transforming. In the next decade, public wave pools are likely to be more abundant, teams will have competed for their countries on the Olympic stage in both Tokyo and Paris, and that doesn’t even begin to examine how board design and wetsuit technology might evolve. How the Olympics and wave pool tech might soon intersect continues to be hotly debated. Last we spoke to ISA President Fernando Aguerre, who’s been instrumental in surfing’s Olympic push, he was emphatic that surfing’s debut would occur in the ocean. Namely, he said, the International Olympic Committee expressed concerns about dependence on a technology that in their opinion has yet to be proven viable for a large-scale event –...

Something to sing about: Palmyra resident pens song in support of Alfred Cove wave park

URBNSURF Perth
September
 06,
 2017

Tired of the negativity surrounding the proposed Alfred Cove wave park, Palmrya resident Brad Fraser has given voice to what he believes is the view of the silent majority. The keen surfer and father to two young daughters penned a song outlining his support for the project, which was posted earlier this week on the Perth Surf Park Supporters Facebook page. “If you haven’t surfed before, please be open to these plans,” the ditty implores. “It won’t affect your house price or your million dollar views, that’s just bulls**t,” Mr Fraser continues – presumably with one eye firmly on the nearby residents opposed to the facility. Mr Fraser said he felt motivated to write the song after witnessing some of...

Opinion: Facts trump wave park claims

URBNSURF Perth
September
 05,
 2017

In response to Peter Neesham’s letter (Melville Times, August 22), he makes so many unsubstantiated and plain wrong claims, I felt like I was listening to a Trump speech. My top four include: A loss of ground space to field sports. Wrong, there is no net loss of sports fields associated with the proposed development (see the new Tompkins Park Master Plan). The area is currently available to any member of the public” who can have “unrestricted access”. Wrong, the site for the surf park is largely occupied by the existing Melville Bowling Club, which is only accessible by its members and is surrounded by a 2.4 metre chain link fence. The community will lose 4.4ha of public open space. Wrong, this is...

Alfred Cove wave park will bring financial benefits: Melville report

URBNSURF Perth
August
 15,
 2017

THE proposed Alfred Cove wave park will provide significant short and long-term financial benefits to the local community, according to an economic impact assessment (EIA) report released by the City of Melville last week. The AEC Group report estimates 20 per cent of the project’s $28 million total construction cost will be directly returned to the local economy, with $5.2 million in incomes and salaries paid to City of Melville households. The construction phase is predicted to create 51 full-time equivalent jobs and once complete, operation of the park as well as the business it generates for the surrounding area could mean an additional 122 full-time equivalent positions. Melville chief executive Shayne Silcox said the City would also benefit from...