Sunshine Coast to house world's first Webber Wavepool
The location for Greg Webber's first wavepool has today been revealed. Long suspected as somewhere in the Gold Coast hinterland, the site for Webber's wavepool is at Glenview on the Sunshine Coast.
The site is a 24 ha parcel of land off Steve Irwin Way near the junction with the Bruce Highway. It's located close to other Sunshine Coast tourist attractions. The wavepool will be part of a $90 Million water park also featuring waterslides, canoeing, a 120-room hotel, restaurants, and a holiday village.
The developer is Waterplay Pty Ltd, a company with experience in them park projects such as Sunway Lagoon, Malaysia, and Wadi Adventure Park, United Arab Emirates.
Greg Webber said the Sunshine Coast wavepool has the potential to create two metre waves, and unlike other artificial waves they have no trough and so create a barrel that surfers want to ride.
- A 160m x 90m pool is planned that can create 1.60 metre waves, with room to expand to a second 200m x 100m pool that can create 2.0 metre waves.
- The pool(s) will be looped linear, not circular in shape.
- The wave rate is 500 waves per hour. However, the larger pool can house a 'v' shaped reef at each end with 500 waves/hour breaking at half the height.
- The drive system can create different size waves during the same session.
- The wavepool should be open to the public in 2016.