a few weeks ago, Stab caught wind of a story About a wave pool – a KSWC wave pool – being built somewhere in the Middle East.
I didn’t think about anything at the time. Every morning I wake up to an inbox full of Wavepool announcements. “Wait until the D10 moves in” has become the standard for running pool stories.
However, what I should have done was take a moment to browse Google Earth, because not only did the D10 bulldozer dig a huge hole, but it was filled with water and other decorations: train tracks, grandstands, offices, etc., were also in place.
The “hole” is located on Khuderiyat Island in Abu Dhabi on the coast of the Persian Gulf. The island is being built as an athletic oasis in the desert, offering mountain biking, rock climbing, velodrome and now surfing.
this morning, timeout abu dhabi Be clear about the project:
“Like chasing waves? Then you’ll like this.
“The world’s largest artificial wave facility will open in Abu Dhabi later this year.
“Surf Abu Dhabi on Hudayriat Island will feature the world’s longest ride, largest barrel and largest man-made wave pool.”
Those last statements read like any other wave pool press, but the Abu Dhabi pool is shorter than Lemoore’s Surf Ranch, but noticeably wider – potentially offering greater settleability.
When it opens in late 2023, it will be the first KSWC swimming pool after Lemoore. It follows failed starts in Palm Beach, Florida, and Coachella Valley, California, as well as protracted venue issues on Australia’s Sunshine Coast.