The Surf Lakes team are 100% committed to delivering only the most authentic surf experience possible. Being surfers, wave quality and variety are at the forefront of our minds. Every aspect of our 5 WAVES technology is designed to ensure the end user has an awesome ocean-like experience. We know our Surf Lakes visitors will stay for longer and come back more often.
Our motto is “Everyone Gets a Break”, so we invite you to help us make this a reality.
SURF LAKES CLIENT SERVICES
Surf Lakes provides a complete range of engineering and business solutions ensure both long-term success of your surf park. Our team will accompany you from the conception of your project to well beyond launch, utilising our expertise and experience throughout the journey. Our services include:
- Site Analysis and Custom Design
- Lake Construction
- Project Management, Installation and Commissioning
- Water Treatment solutions
- Ongoing Monitoring
- Operating Team Training Programs and more
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHERE CAN SURF LAKES BE BUILT?
The range of projects being considered is quite varied. We have an assortment of public facilities (to suit kids, adults, families, learners through to advanced), through to high-end exclusive “art-resorts” for affluent patrons seeking a more private escape. Some are being considered in the middle of deserts with others being near or in the ocean. Some will be government funded and others partly crowd funded. One project is proposed on a high mountain range and another in a private lake. Some are being considered as part of a larger residential infrastructure development, to add amenity to those living in the new community. We look forward to celebrating the diversity and creativity of the licensees.
A key advantage of Surf Lakes’ 5 Waves system is its ability to be designed in a layout of the licensee’s choice. Themes for a site are limitless. The lake can be created in various sizes and shapes (location specs and budget pending). Some clients wish to fit their sites into an existing lake – where it will be drained so that the bathymetry can be formed and lined, but the natural shoreline shape remains. Others wish to fit the lake profile with natural landforms such as canyons, so a bespoke layout is required. Some have open space and can create a shape to suit. The predominant wind direction/s play a role in design as ideally the client would wish to face the hollow waves into the trade winds, to optimise conditions for the surfers.
If required, the central mechanism can be covered or themed to suit. It can look like a moving natural island or a rocky headland covered in palms… so, if you can dream it, we can create it! We look forward to recreating environments similar to great surf beaches to create incredible experiences for visitors. In some locations, we will be retro-fitting the mechanism into existing lakes, to take advantage of the natural shape of the shoreline. These will be unique as they can enhance the existing environment. In each case we are pursuing regenerative development such that the natural environment is enhanced and improved by the development. We are speaking with experts in organic and natural sequence farming to understand how we can best enhance the surrounding environments as well as the immediate shorelines.
WHAT ARE THE TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS?
Land size – The recommended land size required is 8ha (20 acres), which will include car parking and infrastructure. The lake and surrounding shore is typically 5ha.
Power – The installed power requirements can be staged, depending on the location and requirements, but ultimately the peak periods will determine the peak power use. The summer crowds will need the highest productivity and this means more energy use in those times. Each location will be designed with the market and seasons in mind. Smaller waves need much less energy than larger waves, so optimising the wave “schedule” for the week and each day is important in order to conserve energy. Depending on all of these factors, the installed power requirement could be 5-10MW or more, depending again on scale, markets and seasons. This is heavily influenced by each individual site requirement as it is output dependent and can be offset by renewables if available. The goal is for each facility to use renewables and we can also regenerate electricity from the channels, where the water returns to the centre of the lake. This can become a very helpful feature of the 5 Waves venues, along with on-site solar and wind generation. Each facility can generate renewables from hydro, wind and solar, making it as eco-friendly as possible.
Water – Water volume requirements are 50 to 80 megalitres (13 to 21 million gallons). If near the ocean, the sea water can be used for the lake, creating a realistic environment and endless supply of water to top up. Water use from evaporation will vary dramatically, depending on location. Some will have too much water from rain where others need to top up every day of the year. Each design will cater for this factor.
WHY DO WE THINK WE HAVE THE MOST EFFICIENT/PRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGY?
This element is a direct comparison measure of revenue and potential profitability. Entry price being equal, if a venue has 500 rides per hour available, they can only generate half the revenue of a facility that can generate 1000 rides per hour or one quarter of the revenue of a facility that can create 2000 rides per hour. Put another way, 2000 rides per hour can generate four times the revenue of 500 rides per hour!
Surf Lakes 5 Waves technology has the highest productivity of any wave pool technology. Of course, if there are quieter times (such as mid-winter in Scotland), the operator can slow down the rate, using less energy, to match the crowd demand. Importantly, in the peak summer months, the higher productivity becomes very critical as the operator wants to maximise the hotter seasons. To miss this season because the waves are all booked would be very limiting, so 5 Waves give the very best chance to maximise the summer season.
WHAT ARE THE FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS?
The exact final costings will be confirmed depending on the exact detail on lake specs, location, environmental concerns, etc. The benchmark figure is US$30m and this will be refined as the projects evolve. This is just for the working Surf Lake, and does not include surrounding infrastructure, developments or amenities.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BUILD A SURF LAKE?
We have allowed 18 months from signing of the Purchase and License Agreement for the licensee to finalise approvals and build the Surf Lake. Depending upon the design and level of customisation the actual construction can typically take nine to 12 months.
HOW DO I BECOME A SURF LAKES LICENSEE?
Surf Lakes will licence the use of its 5 WAVES technology and its operation, within an area of exclusivity. Licensees will be responsible for finding suitable sites within their exclusivity zone. You may already have land available, if you’re a theme park or hotel owner, a property developer, even a golf course or ski resort owner. Once a purchase and licence agreement is entered into with Surf Lakes, then construction can begin.
Surf Lakes will provide the design of the licensee’s Surf Lake, the components of Surf Lakes’ technology (Concentric Wave Device or CWD), the expertise for assembly and installation, and advice in relation to operation. The Licensee will be responsible for sourcing their own building and construction team.
Once construction is complete and handed over, Surf Lakes will then provide 24/7 monitoring of the performance of the CWD device, ongoing auditing of operations and maintenance and various other ancillary services to the licensee.
WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS?
To become a Surf Lakes licensee, start by completing the enquiry form below. The Surf Lakes team will then be in touch to discuss your preferred territory, suitability and next steps in securing the territory.
- The highest wave productivity in the market (2400 per hour), allowing the end user the opportunity to catch up to 10 waves per hour with over 200 people in the water at once
- Simultaneous variety of waves (eight different types), allowing people of all abilities and surf craft preference the capability to surf at the same time
- Shoreline swimming areas, allowing large number of swimmers and bodysurfers to participate, as well as surfers, at the same time
- Energy efficient wave production, allowing operators to profit from the waves
- A 360 degree perimetre which allows for extra revenue opportunities from food and beverage, entertainment and retail outlets
- The opportunity to develop complete precincts will views and access to water frontage
- The opportunity to stage events while other breaks are still ”open to the public”