Queensland to get first Webber Wave Pool
On Friday Greg Webber signed a Memorandum of Understanding to build the first of his Webber Wave Pools. The agreement comes two years after Webber's first public proposal. Since then a number of potential developers have been mooted but this is the first time the dotted line has been signed.
The developer is David Baird, an Australian entrepreneur. It was Baird who signed the MOU with Webber and made the venture public.
The exact location of the wave pool can't be disclosed though it's known to be in south-east Queensland. The site was chosen by the developer in conjunction with the local council and is currently under assessment for a Material Change of Use application. This process will decide the scale of development on the site. The MCU is expected to take six months and when complete the location will be revealed.
What is known is that this pool will be a 'looped linear' version of Webber's original ring pool. About 18 months ago Webber Wave Pools made the decision to move away from a full circle toward a straight pool using the same wave-making technology. The reasoning being that a full circle occupies too much land.
The proposed pool will be 160 metres long by 80m wide, which will make 1.6 metre waves with rides of 15 seconds. Waves will move down either side of the pool (see video below).
Speaking in person Greg Webber emphasises the point that the wave he creates will have a trough. “It's an important distinction,” says Webber. “Because what that means is that we'll be creating the first operating wave pool that barrels.”
“The pool is all about making a hollow barrel, but it can make softer waves for ripping on though they will be about 1.4 metres.”
Creating a wave that barrels has been Webber's goal since he had a lightbulb moment watching trawler wake break along the banks of the Clarence River against the incoming tide. Webber Wave Pools have built successful scale models at the Australian Maritime College in Tasmania though this will be the first full size pool.
Webber expects to start building the pool later this year and have it finished by September 2015.