Slater's wave pool to open to the public
No more Willy Wonka-style competitions. No more cries of elitism. Kelly Slater has successfully applied for a permit to open his Central California wave pool to the public.
Slater applied for a building permit with Kings County back in March. The application says the wavepool, called 'Surf Ranch', will be staffed with 50 employees split between recreational use and ongoing development of the wave generating systems.
The development includes design improvements such as wave dampening to increase commercially viability. Once the wavepool is public, Slater and his investors plan to operate year-round from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
It also says the facility will incorporate the golf course to the east of the wavepool for recreational use such as outdoor music and camping for visitors. They are asking for a permit to hold large events - attracting as many as 8,000 visitors, six times a year.
“Operations under this [Surf Ranch] will permit up to six events per calendar year, including recreational and competitive surfing events, and ancillary music performances during a two-to-four day period (i.e. Thursday through Sunday evening). Event operation time will be from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Attendance is estimated to be up to 8,000 guests per day, over a two-to-four day period. Temporary bleachers, sound equipment, and lighting equipment may be setup for events and live music performances. Parking will be provided on site during the events. Contracted services will include traffic control, security, temporary lighting, potable water, portable toilets, wash stations, and trash services for each event. “
Slater's Surf Ranch is located in Lemoore, Central California, approximately 200 kilometres from the coast.