Surf Lakes Take 2!

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Swellnet Dispatch

Surf Lakes clearly aren't believers in the old adage that you don't get a second chance to make a first impression. After last year's inglorious curtain drop, which included faulty equipment, brittle concrete, and questionable wave quality, the crew have regathered, rebuilt, and rereleased the hounds.

The first sniff was two photos of thee times lid World Champ Ben Player at the wave called 'The Island'.

Player said the wave was as heavy as anything he's ridden in the ocean the same size.

Then, Surf Lakes dropped footage from the next peak over, 'Occy's Peak', which showed a quick drop to barrel to cutty section. The footage has multiple replays of the same wave, which may have some people asking questions, but the quality on that wave is hard to fault.


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peabo Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 9:14am

Benny's waves got me real excited, until it clicked that the instagram post I was looking at was from Surf Lakes in Yepoon and not UrbnSurf in Melbourne!

Looks pretty good though!!

Occy's wave a bit less so. Fairly small and short. Not something i'd pay the reported $5 per wave for.

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Sprout Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 11:56am

"thee times lid World Champ" -- "three time bodyboard World Champ"

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stunet Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 9:15am

Some of my best friends are lidders etc.

Not meant to offend.

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Sprout Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 9:31am

Me too mate, not offended, I just think Benny deserves better he's insane.

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lost Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 9:29am

@sprout esky lid world champ, shark biscuit world champ, booger world champ, yet to evolve world champ :)

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Sprout Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 9:32am

You forgot dick dragger haha.

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lost Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 10:01am

dick dragger WORLD CHAMP no less :)

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mattlock Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 3:13pm

Speed bump world champ

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marcus Wednesday, 3 Feb 2021 at 9:13am

can get barrelled world champ.
can ride any board world champ

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lost Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 9:29am

Occy has found a 80s wetsuit that fits

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fitzroy-21 Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 9:31am

I've seen in the last 24hrs the claim of 8' being quoted, I can't say that I believe that is what we just saw.

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Craig Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 9:38am

8' face claimed in Benny's, so 4ft.. which looks about right for that slab, 3/4ft.

I'm wondering over two days why there were only two waves filmed??

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fitzroy-21 Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 9:50am

I dare say there were many more and they are perhaps just drip feeding at the moment. Time will tell.

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lost Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 10:03am

The whole rusty metal plunger just does not speak of "Reliability". Time will tell I guess. What was that kevin Costa movie flop ? Reminds me of his metal sail boat

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Johnyuleanderson Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 8:10am

Waterworld.....I don't long as they keep the big metal thing plunging in and out of the water should def. keep making waves! :) But yeh there will probably be some dead time

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JosephStalin Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 10:13am

How much is occy getting paid, if your a surfer from Rocky/yeppoon you'd prob be interested otherwise to small to travel for that

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saltman Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 11:15am

Occy is always for sale
You pay - he will endorse it - wholeheartedly

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sneakerset Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 10:29am

Correct me if I'm wrong by my understanding is that the Rocky/Yepoon pool is a test facility only and unlikely to be open to the public anytime soon. Surf Lakes will then licence out the whole concept (wave technology, wave park plans etc) to interested developers.

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belly Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 12:12pm

I was in Rockhampton and surrounds for work in March, kept an eye out but couldn't spot the facility. Is the exact location a secret?

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hillsintas Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 12:38pm

Do they REALLY need legropes?
Nice looking, but a cover up tube is not a real BARREL.

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JosephStalin Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 8:05pm

They were talking it right up

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Garryh Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 4:50pm

I believe the legal term for this is "mere puffery"

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wax-on-danielson Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 12:44pm

With all the talk about man made reefs like the one at Palmy and whether it will be shaped well for surf, this is probably evidence that man knows how to shape a reef for good waves - if man wants to.

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stunet Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 1:03pm

Not that easy. In the ocean waves come from various directions, with varying periods, which makes it harder to create a design that copes with all the variables. Then there's the matter of sand build up which is ever changing.

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freeride76 Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 12:45pm

looks fun...wonder how many you would need to get a buzz worth paying for?

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bipola Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 1:03pm

Its the future and it looks good. I like the design. maybe less crowds.

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zenagain Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 2:27pm


Wait till a couple of Crocs take up residence in the pond, might make it a little more exciting.

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goofyfoot Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 10:24am

A croc in Yepoon? No thanks

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Westofthelake Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 2:38pm

Can see the 'dole' folk crunchin the numbers. 4 waves at $5 a pop vs. a foilee.

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Feralkook Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 5:05pm

Centrelink can put a "Wave allowance" on the new welfare card.

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simba Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 2:47pm

looks dam fun...get it...anyway apart from occys hair and wetsuit the wave /s look nice.

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surfstarved Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 2:56pm

What's he need a steamer for in Yepoon?

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savanova Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 3:06pm

Why is Occy wearing a steamer in Yuppon? I reckon all the the cashed up miners of North Queensland will happily drive for miles in their sooped up storm & ranger utes to pay $5 a wave and take home a mini Occy surf doll souvenir to show off in the crib room in between getting new tatts.

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mattlock Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 3:16pm

Tatts of the plunger me thinks.

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Lanky Dean Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 10:22am

Re steamer ?
Probably for more buoyancy ..
Remember reading that somewhere on here. Esp boards also . re sharkman

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ShaneAbel Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 7:15pm

The wave definitely gets smaller over distance which you would expect because unlike ocean swell which is bein driven consistently this is a single plunge hence energy dissipates over distance just like a rock dropped in a pond so what may st art as a four foot wave will turn into a two foot wave over a short distance
I am still waiting to see the finances charge out rates per hour how many in the water on each wave what is the return on the investment
Wales uk 80 pounds for 50 minutes or about $140 Aussie who will pay that and how many waves per hour will one ride and who will manage the potential hassle especially ally if they are Gold Coast surfers where it's a dog fight every day
I like the idea and it's great that someone is having a solid go and I would support anybody who has a go but typically there are plenty of knockers whose contribution is generally zero

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truebluebasher Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 8:50am

Questions over the cost are fair enough considering public paid.
Livingstone S.C. / Confidential Ordinary Meeting Minutes (Water Charges) [Page 33]

The tap water alone cost $221,600 or $44,320 per Pro.
Yeppoon Ratepayers kicked in $117,600 to sponsor $23,000 per Pro...(shh!)

Swellnetonians can count the waves surfed or replays
The question is of water quality or filtration in such a mega pool for public use!
[news] Reports of another brain bug death.

The pool is again only half full the reason being the massive outta frame shorebreak.
Top photo: See The Island's secret left is gonna get trashed by incoming right crest?
Investors seldom sweat minor inshore Cyclonic reaction.(A carton of cut 'n'paste!)
@ [1:04] See pool edge background Wave slams with more size & power than peak?
That being the smaller lead wave...Love to see shorebreak slam from Occy's Wave.
Surf Lakes can't fill pool any further until rogue waves quit upstaging #1 wave models.
Full pool depth wipes-out investors promo...(Can we back edit Occy's Youtube Barrel?)

All agree that sort of force would foul test measures or mutate waves. Oh Yes Please!
tbb wishes for inflated pool surround to reverberate swell double/triple..(No waste)

The wasted energy plays out on surfers...looking bored even half asleep.

tbb can hardly hobble out to that A frame due to myositis add half blind 'n' dizzy.
But easily cruise the subway up thru trapdoor roll 1/2/3 x inside > Air rotate face.
That's just the 1st section...Either slot all the way in or flip flop any combo you like.
Need a shovel to scrape me up & a push back out for another crack, but waves a gem!

Surely a wave tester surfs downunder whole way round off the shoulder back to front
Pros surf OK but clearly the wave is half gone & barely half surfed...(Such a waste!)
tbb reminds when Pool rises the boardriderz & boogerz will come alive in bigger sets.
In it's current form only basherz can stream under/over & lick round the whole barrel.

tbb is jealous that wave farm has bigger better waves than GC last weeks of winter.

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Spuddups Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 5:43am

Putting the whole wave-pool thing aside, how good is it watching Occy surf? He looks like he's in good shape at the moment. With the blue wettie I could almost imagine it was 1985 all over again. Good times.

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innatube Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 8:08am

Phase2 marginally better than phase1.

Let us know when they get to phase10.

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Lanky Dean Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 9:52am

Looks fun ! How's the drone view .
5 different waves people.
If you get bored or sick of Henry.
Just paddle around the corner.

Wow would actually really like to surf this . Brain bacteria not included........

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udo Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 11:41am

Steamer for the dawn surfs Yepoon had a 5 deg night on the 12 th Aug
Whats the decibel out put of that plunger i wonder ..surrounding properties must be spewing with the noise travel across the basin
Who is the female surfer in the vid ?
onepalm media have some diff angle footage of Occs wave

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Lottolonglong Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 10:48pm

Laura Enever?

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udo Wednesday, 4 Sep 2019 at 12:17pm

Tru Starling ?

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truebluebasher Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 6:27pm

Crew are hinting at questions revolving competing Sponsors.

1986 -2019 : Ye Olde school Tourism Qld {Wave pool Rules}
Resort Style with inflatable Palm Tree,Shark,Croc,Swan & Rainbow Unicorn.

Wave Pool Attire..Strictly No Admittance. (Dogs 'may' surf a/h in rare Wave pools)
No Adani Protesters looping Tubes to Wave-Train trax...
No Fibreglass/Plastic Toboggans or Surfboards (Soft-Surfboards/Boogerz a/h only)

New Rules differ for each wavepark! Following is a changing guide only.

2018 -(New Wave) Wave Pool Rules...
Wave Pool may be opening next year or next century or whenever...don't ask!
[Wave Pool closed] You really missed it...Should've been here yesterday
Town may or may not run out of water + Rivers may run dry + Dam may evaporate.

Surf Brand digs a Quarry & whips up rad dust devils to fire up Nimby neighbours.
3 piece $2,000 Hazmat thermal suits life-lined to $2,000 "Custom" Waveboardz
[Disclaimer] $200 anchor rope is compulsory for Wave Pool Designer Hire Boards.

The Wavepool Bullies ..(Compulsory hire- Team Wave Pool Jock Rash Vests)
Surf Kayaks/Skis+oars, Snow Tow/Ramp skiers+poles, Short boarderz, knee boarderz, boogerz+fins, Skaffolderz, Caged GoGo Bikini Dancers, Leggies, Drones, Go Pros, Flipperz, Goggles, Spirits/Beer Cans, Cask Wine.

[Not on New Wave Pool Party invite list] Lifetime Ban.
(These losers failed the Olympic Pool Jock length swim as min requirement)
Brain Bugz,Preggo Mums,Toddlerz, bodybasherz,Skimmerz,Mals,Sups,Sunnies,Spex,

Legrope Rules (detail)

No 40 or more past + present Oz wave pools permit Legropes in wave pools but here.
Roo in headlights log jams the Wave Carousel & shuts down Wave pool.(That Simple)

Surf Ranch
Kelly's dudes rustle up & drill thru Skimmerz & Logz. One of Us One of Us One of Us
[11:09] Keen free spirited skimboarder gets tasered then ankle chained. (No Tricks!)

Loggerz are also made to tow the line. [No Old school Surfing at the Ranch]

Waco Pilots mile high club fly topless with both Legs in the air.
Surfboard is now deemed as carry on luggage stuffed into overhead compartment.
WSL Pro goes off grid with leggy boycott & unleashes new move at Waco.
Stab High: *Legrope optional WSL Pro Surfer Event.(Back to the Future!)
*WSL Pro at it again, caught out Acid Droppin' with No straight jacket.

NLand bans Bodybasherz & S.U.P's + Finned Boogerz must be kept on a Leash
Oddly only Boardriders are exempted from 'fins' Policy.

New Wave Pool Rules or lack of them change with each new Govt.
Tourism & Mayors rush to give hand outs & over ride Council/Planners.(You name it!)

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[ Feeding the Chooks ]
Punk & Surf fought off Joh's media bans to tell it how it is & stood the test of time.

Qldurrz warmly welcome swellnet to kickstart WSL season each year.
Noosa Surf Festival director Ben also Films/Webcasts/Reports on Qld Triple Crown.
Swellnet are #1 reporters for Qld surfing News such as Surf Lakes...also cool.

1st swellnet article is/was part way included on Surf Lakes Media... (Qld says thanx)

These swellnet articles are absent from Surf Lakes Media Timeline Top 100 ?

Swellnet ticks every box +(Occ-casts) but can't crack 'Surf Lakes Media' Top 100 ?

swellnet Qldurr tbb apologizes & motions for Occ-Cast with Aaron @ Surf Lakes.
Qldurr also motions for swellnet Archives (Above) for inclusion into Surf Lakes Media.
Qld surfers won't accept Joh style censorship of their fav' #1 surf media swellnet.
Qldurrz nominate swellnet as our voice...Surf Lakes won't find a more honest partner.
Qld Surfers stand strong & proud with both Surf Lakes & swellnet.

tbb Salutes Aaron for thinking outside the square & making his dream come true!
World can't deny the poetry of the wave motion.

(Part 2) Don't come the Raw Prawn

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Don't come the Raw Prawn. (More observation than criticism!)

First up! Qldurrz thanks Surf Lakes for sharing info freely.

Surf Lakes was not Livingstone Mayor's 1st choice Wave Pool nor location.
27th July 2015 Mayor shopped $5m Wet'n'Wild Wave Pool by Yeppoon Foreshore.
You could say that the Mayor still sees Surf Lake as his bit on the side - pet Project.

Surf Lakes caused a shit-stir backdropping GC Spit CST/Casino Designer Wave Site.
First Promo never went down well with GC surfers fighting to save their Spit.

Ok! So no secret that Councils do deals on Water/Planing on this or any project.

Surf Lakes advise an area of 6-8H but work site alone occupies 12H
Google Earth [click Clock > Wavepool OK! ] > [Click Ruler] > [ Click Polygon = Sqm ]

Allow Pool wash +Pumps + Perimeter Road + Seating + 4 sided strip stalls+ Car [P]
Basically 12H wouldn't build & /or fit a Surf Lakes resort ...(There for World to see!)
That limits site options to outside CBD or Council / crown land deals.

Pool Bathymetry- Lining: Google Earth [click Clock for Image OK ] Choose 3 Timelines
Pan slight 3d + sequence the Pool lining (note): Plunger + Diagonal access roads.
Notice the Heavier wave strike pad lining (darker) is wearing down after 2~ sessions?
Strike plates are going to need replacing often for largest water loss & cost.
Dive teams may provide an alternative to draining the pool.(Costly- see next)

Water volume & cost...60-80ML Mayor overruled council for cut price water deals.
*Over 150 KL= $2.77 / Commercial-$2.03 / Surf Lakes (half price) $1.30 KL x (80ML)
Full Pool price = $221,600 or Cut Price = $104,000

10 Aug 2018 1st Fill
14 June 2019 2nd Fill
Each Bathymetry or lining redo will cost $100-$200 k + wrath of Qld Drought towns.
Surf Lakes envisage water returning to centre by channels as a hydro power source.
Larger Pools cost effective cleaning towards centre, plunger makes all that difficult.

Note: 2nd Waves are smashing over pool edge yet more waves & height is the goal.
Speaking of Wave height growing taller... 1 ft >2ft > 3ft > 8ft (You decide)

Are Surf Lakes Pro Surfers over selling small waves by "Ultra-heavy late take offs!"
[2:30] Occy goes over the falls at construction site spilling way too many beans!
Sinister Plot or Hoodoo! ...(Occy as his own Judge Jury Executioner)

Phase 1 Opening end of 2017....(Oct 2018)
Phase 2 Opening end of 2018 ....(Aug 2019)

Rashie Code
Level 1 Beginner-Bodysurfers slot deepest take offs & barrel roll (White) Break 5
Level 2 Intermediate-surfers who manage to stay on their feet(Yellow) Break 4
Level 3 Advanced-who can't slot the barrel (Green) Break 3
Level 4 Experts-who ride slow-mo' barrels over & over again (Red) Break 2
Level 5 Pros-who are yet to land a single take off (Black) Break 1

Pool Parties
Water Skiing Ramps into Return Channel-Diving-Swimming -Snorkelling
Night Surfing - Steam Plunger doubles as Mother in Law or Alarm Clock.
Underwater Gents xxx/x Club (no peepshows during Pro Chix Events)

Outside of Surf Lakes tbb reckons this Old school Oz Wave Pool puts out! Shh!
Outback Bay Left Lineup
Outback Bay Inside the Right.

Qldurrz are happy with & Surf Lakes waves just the way they are!
Thanx to #1 swellnet for epic Qld surf coverage...Win! Win!

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Phase 2 ...dated September / new footage (Thanks 7 news / Surf Lakes)
Some of these slabs stack up nicely...grab a slice of that!

Some new sweet Surf Lakes photos for desert...

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Crew are invited to swellnet Qldurr'z Phase 2 Surf Lakes Film Festival


22 Aug 2019 - Occy's revenge

Sept/ 2019 - (7) news Promo

Oct 18 / Aug 19 Combo Jay /Occy

Choose from the fine quality line of tasty Snack Bar treats

20th Sept 2019 Ben's Island POV pit.
Nice one Boogerz...

24th Sept 2019 - Tru Starling rips into Surf Lakes...So Sick! Frothin'
Qldurrz say Hi to Narrabeen

14th Oct 2019 - Oceania Grom Champ Dakota Waters super stylin' Surf Lakes
Hey! Grom is tall for the Pool...punters can now gauge the true height of the waves!

21st Oct 2019 D-Day Win TV exclusive (Mono + All boardz-No basherz)

23rd Oct 2019 Bodyboarder Ben barrels Occy's Peak

2nd November 2019 (NBN) Mono on Wave pools

21st Nov 2019 The Official Corp Video (5 Waves) Greatest Hits...[Recommended]

{ That's All Folks }

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Sprout Wednesday, 27 Nov 2019 at 2:33pm

Thanks TBB that last video is interesting. I won't be paying to surf a lineup more crowded than my local! That only seems inviting if waves are non-stop and they have gaurdies regulating people taking turns.

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simba Wednesday, 27 Nov 2019 at 2:41pm

5 second barrel.......really?

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truebluebasher Thursday, 6 Feb 2020 at 12:04pm

Gold Coast Surf Lakes
Swellnetonians cracked both Kelly's US/Coolum wave pool locations.
Could be that swellnetonians just uncovered GC Surf Lakes new wave venture.

Oz wave pools long clung to Wave Pool Alley (Bne <[M1]> GC) Coined by US in 1968.
1968 US proposal + 1984 /2006 Wave Pools + 2010 > 5 proposals from lead designers.

Oz wide Wave Pools operators need Largest CBD Land parcels + lots of cheap water.
Riverside Crown Land, Airport > Sports Park Water schemes even Treatment Plants.
Bonus being Govts + Councils can claim kickbacks for water recycle & Drawcards.
Premiers > Ministers > CEO's > Mayors > Council - have all been compromised.
Wavepools = Whiteshoes in every town worldwide & the neighbours aren't happy.

2017 Surf Lakes originally came=under fire for proposing GC river/beach Wavepool.
Spit Master Plan + CST + Resort wave pools (Crown land grab - years away > 2020)

Meanwhile Yeppoon Mayor would give anything for a wave pool (Half price water x 2)
This alone, was a half million dollar saving... outta here...
Note how the original Goldie backdrop was cropped.

2019 GC HQ proposes a Central Surf Lakes Tourist Location + (Pinpointing Location)

Robina HQ is near affordable floodplain + C Class Treatment Plant. (Most ticked that!)
Only that the pointer is not actually pinpoints a targeted piece of land!
On closer inspection it sites a treatment plant that incorporates river & GC Turf Club.
Towards the Broadwater & The Spit
Towards Southern Points (WSR)

Surf & Turf...(A game changer) Gold Coast Turf Club
A perfect fit as centre label is exactly half of Surf Lake size or 2x label =1 Surf Lake

Freebies + Hand Outs
GC Turf Club trumps & wins everything...$40m State Funding + GCCC $ms
Even got Hillsong HQ, gotta be good for $ Gazillion PM rort with no peek-a-boos.
Govt spoon feeds these Mobsters unto themselves.
GCCC HQ / $60m Cultural Hub & Transport (Ferries) Beach Green bridge > Light Rail
Truly a showcase in Australia's Surfer's Paradise for a song.

*Laws & Planning Boxes .... already Stamped.
Surf Lakes fits easily inside inner training track > Car Tunnel > [P] approved +funded.
Precinct hosted recent GC Shows + Night Events (Track-pool surround Lighting-Done)
Hotel Resort being built on outer site.
Next door GCCC Concert Stage (Mega Noise is more than fine!)
Next door Treatment Plant $7m upgrade (see : Below)

Pool Water + Pool Lining
Lake already Exists on Site...saving on Planning & Excavation...simply reshape to suit.
Across road GCCC swim Lake is 7m deep ( 7-10m Affords for Plunger operation)
see: Above South Photo ....mid left is a popular swim Lake with resort like showers.

See 2017 'Spit Photo'...Surf Lakes clearly believe the can operate on River/Spits
In/Out Tidal water flow culverts beneath Track to Surf lake are fully operational.
Approved for draining a large Pool. (1997/2017 GCCC drained/filled swim lake (Easy)
River /Swim beaches surround & venue naturally companions Surfer's onshore Beach.
Natural wave cleaned beaches (Save $ms on Concrete / Lining & Chemicals) Perfect!
Surf Lake Temp would be (Winter 18* > 23*/ Summer 22*-28*)
Open 365 days & clean nothing (Naturally no cost, no clean Surf Lake)
Recent neighbouring Lake filled in... fully compliant for low cost decommissioning.

Ok! So what's the Catch? Always a good but tough question to answer... Bastards!
Yes! Natural means occasionally you may not like what enters the pool.
Neighbouring GCCC Swim Lake needs filters about the size of fingerlings.
(Above) Lake was drained twice.
1997 1st time was drained for a hoax Shark Scare...(No Shark found)
2011 2nd Shark Sighting... consequently no draining...(See below)
2017 3rd was drained for (Film star) Sharon Stone Fish...
Creatures from the Lake...
Fish : Sharon, (1m) Barracuda, Mangrove Jacks, Whiting
Other : Algae, Mud Crabs + Golf Buggy > (Weirdly! No Shopping Trolleys)

What aren't you really telling us tbb...Ok ! Busted. (Do you really wanna know!)
The Old Treatment Plant...does Recycle water to C class & fills tankers.
However what oozes into the backwater is real gross.
Note surrounding River has 2 causeways & "The Floodway Channel..." Kill zone".
Insane Vid has cred...later, same of a 30,000 fish kill.

Fish / Bird Kills : 2006 /2009 / 2013 / 2018 / 2019 (No doubt locals know of more)

No tide / Cold -Hot weather patterns...just the sewage...
(All GCCC yearly docs refer to the sewage as the cause just won't say it on TV)
Gold Coast Fish Kill Hot Spot [NO SWIMMING] Even the Signs are contagious.
Pretty much gotta clean this up or wear the blame as arseholes surfing near it!
No surfer would surf in a clean Wave Pool next-door to this.

That's exactly how & why a wave pool may come into play.
Local reckons these fish kills slow up each time GCCC aerates the canal.
There are overseas examples or UV / Aeration to assist Treatment Plants.
Now you see how icky site could improve with aeration...(Could be a good thing)
Hats off to whoever thought of it! ...tbb is pretty sure someone has, hence this wrap!

Recent Flow Waves are headed to pools & now Pools into River Mode (Hybrids!)

Deal breaker (Late extra!)
Can Surf Lakes Plunger handle a right royal 'saltwater' flushing?
Neighbouring Brizzy's Kookaburra Queen's Paddle Wheel pushes some weight.
More importantly it equally immerses in a dunking fashion...2 great close-ups of wheel.

1) Here we see the Paddle wheel in a reasonable state...

2) Here we see the parts that are most susceptible to salt - air/water fusion corrosion.

Obviously the corrosion of electrical points are paramount in a pool of people...
1988 (Expo) Kookaburra Queen/s have often wrecked but are still operating...

Of similar note is the Paddle Wheel itself being the driving force...the rest is superficial.
Now don't that remind all of Surf lake's thin crumbling base & Plunger Snapping.
Qldurrz are tough...keep getting back up again...

Huge Surf Lakes needs to cut build & water costs by well more than half.
CBD wave pools if not already will soon source/filter cut rate C class water.
Saltwater riverside stealth beach mode gains cred & affords Rug Sale outlay.

Here's Oz latest Fresh Water River sourced Wave Pool proposal...

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truebluebasher Saturday, 30 May 2020 at 9:05pm

Feb cont...Surf'n'Turf...WSL event ( Just how would that play out? )
Surf Lakes have gone into great detail examining the fortunes of staging a WSL event.

2018 Quiky crowd 40,000 / event $4.3m
Bus is 1km+ walk to Snapper > > D bah (Resulted in smaller 2019 - D Bah crowds)
Note URBNSURF are similar ( GC Surf Events / Wave Pools have no Shuttles)
(Noosa + Surfest + Margs + Bells all run free Shuttles (Bells Contest Entry fee...$10)

GC Surf Lakes also seeks Govt assist for...
Oz Surf Hub...Museum, HPC, Offices, Retail,Testing, Gym, School, all surf craft.
10,000 crowds + $50 for Entry/Food/Stickerz = Event $500,000 + Rights
School Surfing, Teams, Corp Packs + (2,000 GC surf lessons/wk at present)
Total 11,500/wk or 600,000 = $42m/yr (Note: Needs better transport to site)

Gold Coast Turf Club (Logistics)
Stadium (Crowd) 25,000 max/day (Entry level $15- $600 corps)
Gold Coast Show (Recent onsite annual Event)
2014-17 Turf Club (65,000 / 3 days @ $20/day)
2018-19 GCS moved to Broadwater Park (120,000 / 3 days @ Free)
Note: Alt site was same as Surf Lakes (Above-The Spit)...(GC CBD is short on sites)

Grandstand Spectators - (Twice as far as Snapper but closer than many WSL comps)
Snapper x 2 / Less than J Bay / Half the distance of Bells / Sunset / Margs.

Turf Club Transit...(Central...close to Surfer's Beach but with poor transport)
Car Parking still rules...most locals would drop'n'pick up drunk punters
1 Courtesy Bus runs only once to/from Event
3km walk from Surfer's Tram + Bus + Ferry combos still leaves 1km - walk
(Possible future Hota (Arts) Comp Day Shuttle or Electric Scooters)
Note : Mayor just sold off Transit Centre for own development (Hubs are precious)
Transport to this site is not a given option...could make or break said Wave Pool.

Local Vibe...
Turf Club numbers are up 20% (Chix Fashion / Blokes selfies etc.) Piss up only!
Turf Club GC Show numbers were down on previous from Parklands Showground.
Toxic Fish / Bird & cruel Horse Kills + Gambling / Evangelists keeps many locals away.
Could be seen in the same way as a Seaworld Pet porpoise Wave Pool...(No Joke!)
GC Pet Porpoise Pools began in 1925 until now (Protests) re: > Horse Racing.

tbb doubts Surf'n'Turf will make a happy couple...just saying, most would suss that!
Although if Surf Lakes could detox the Flood Channel, many would = reward them.

End 2019/2020 construction start slips by, we're still left guessing the site, if not here?

PS: (Another Goldie Racetrack wavepool tip!)

15th March 2020 Surf Lakes Facebook > Salute Adell Shrimpton
Border Park Raceway Site ...( on the same wavepool length )

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truebluebasher Sunday, 8 Mar 2020 at 4:22pm

21 Feb Surf Lakes sign new "Global" Managing Consultants APP

1 March 2020
Meanwhile back to some big changes at Yeppoon Surf Lake
Thanx ~ RWR - Peter Indelicato -

*Pool has been drained for further improvements / repairs.

re: 31 Aug 2019 tbb noted the lining was threadbare.

Surf Lakes mention, temp / thin Concrete liner was not meant for commercial use.
Cranking up the Waves broke up the liner.

*New Stronger Lining

*Improvements to Beach Break Bathymetry
(Currently water races & slams over bunker)
Improvement will resemble Lower Trestles.

* Occy's Peak is also being improved (That's all ...never said how? )

No word from Livingstone Mayor as to a Third half price water top up!
No word on overdue Gold Coast mystery site or start date!

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truebluebasher Friday, 13 Mar 2020 at 3:51pm

Goldie thanx swellnet crew Tick & lostdoggy for tip off + (Surf Media)
tbb found nothing in GC/ Bne Print + 7 News (Surf Lakes Partner)
Only online > National / Global media (Not for Qld / GC Local's eyes ?)

Perfectly timed to coincide with World Surf Park Conference this Month.

Headlines read like a clue!

*'Race' is on to Build Qld 1st Surf Theme Park?
* Build a Park on the 'Glitter Strip'
* Centrally Located & easily accessible for residents & tourists
* Surf Lakes sign MOU - 'Group' with suitable undisclosed "Stand out Site"
* Site Owner 'shares Surf Lakes enthusiasm
* Capacity to 'host Major Events'
* Surf Lakes will open facility for 'night' sessions (That's a big call!)

Sure sounds like sharing Surfers Paradise Night Racing Track.

*Team of Town Planners are engaged in DA process
Note: GCCC are in AEC mode with scant review process! (Ye Olde Whiteshoe Trick!)
Govt has recently redrafted strict handover rules with slicker red carpet rollout.
2021 Turn Soil
2021/2 Open.
* 8 waves (4 L / 4R)
* 5 Levels
* 160 surfers / hr (includes [L])
* (Ride Length) - Slab -6 secs / Points- 14secs
* 5 second Barrels & Premier Break.
* Offshore All Day / Everyday
* Wave Face Height (1.6ft > 7. 8ft) or 0.5m > 2.4m)
* Heavy Slab for Boardriders /Boogerz (Most suited to Basherz) Pipe up tbb!
* All Surf Craft + Events for Broader Action Water Sports. (See Below...)
* Big emphasis on after work Night Surfing
* All access / HP / Schools / Training / Indigenous / Adaptable / (Basherz?)

PS: World class Golf Resort with large lake to retrofit Surf Park into gated community.
Now this is the only detail we have & tbb can't see schoolies & tradies slammin' keys.
Just imagine the noses outta joint on respectable street when Flood lights kick in!

2010 Abandoned Royal Pines Marina adjacent to old Surfers Ski Gardens.
(Across River from Gold Coast Suns Stadium)
However only provides 1/2 to 3/4 size facility with Villas lining the site.
Note: Grassy site upper right (Old SP Raceway flood plain/Lake) Fish Kill Territory.
Surfers Paradise Ferries Stopped running in 2010.
Nerang QR Stn < [745] 1/2 hrly Early-Late > Broadbeach Tram
(1km walk to Marina or Doorstep Flood Plain Fish Kill Wave Pool)

If you stray south from here yer in Whiteshoe Territory ...Good Luck!
Not one local would dip a surfboard in these Land Shark infested fish kill swamps.
Surfers Paradise Golf Course are fine with a wave pool toll booth in their basement
Palm Meadows are up for mutating anything in the river & Wave Pool if ya got one!
Lakelands are too snobby (Same hourly Day only Buses for all Merrimac) No a/h.
Clive's 9 Hole Course abuts Stinky Sewage Plant & is everything it shouldn't be.
This is Clive's Lake suitable for Surf Lake?
Strictly hrly Day Bus only to 5:30pm to Broadbeach Tram (Lose 4hrs / 1hr Booking)

tbb still thinks Turf Club Gamble is worth a punt simply for CBD + A1 free seawater.
Further into the Flood Plain the greater the Water Toxicity...
Not to mention GC Floodplain worldly schemes tick all boxes & are just plain shit.

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fbpeter Friday, 13 Mar 2020 at 5:06pm

The rusty plunger made it to 7news last night but buried in another story

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truebluebasher Saturday, 14 Mar 2020 at 2:31am

Thanx fbpeter > 7 news are Surf Lakes Partner as said above, was looking for 7 vid.
If there was anything more they would've shared it with 7.
Goldie crew thank all for rounding up Gold Coast site as best as we could..

Swap notes same time next year!

PS: $65m Logan Whitewater Pool sussed out world best eco wave makers s2o.
Could be a river wave legacy as Scott hinted at rejuvenating Logan River habitat.

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truebluebasher Thursday, 21 May 2020 at 9:41am

Back to Home Base Yeppoon Test site...a new non exec Director

15th March - Surf Lakes New Partner > 1st full license signed in California.
Note KSWC petition Govt' California 'Surf Basin size' min' based off his Pools...
100,000 sq ft (10 acres) + 15,000,000 gallons (Surflakes Size / Volume is Ok!)

1st March - (Recap) Covid renovations were announced (Above!)
10 May (news)
*Bathymetry (Improved)
*Lining was well worn...(Resurfaced)
(3rd) Refill /Council Town Water Discount?

Post Corona Lockdown > Park 'Status' is now branching out.

Recent Qld Politics are playing a major role in Park...(will keep it brief!)

8th May-QLD dept Premier Jackie Trad stands down (Political Interference)

10th May-Kate Jones is now Minister for State Development ,Tourism & Innovation>>>.
Past MP: Ed / Climate Change / Natural Resources {Masters in Environmental Law}

>>> 18th May- $50m Kickstart Qld (Working Title) Targets 4 SEQ Surf Initiatives
Govt Boxes are being ticked > councils to Upzone / Fast track whiteshoe proposals
Noosa #3 Qld WaterPark (Sanad) with (Former JW) Wave Pool
Coolum Surf Ranch was tapped on the shoulder for News Promo as well
WSR's Legislation will very likely be shoehorning Licensed Beach Promos.

+ Surfing Theme Park at Surf Lakes Yeppoon.
*Training Facility to Target Pro Surfing
* Lease Conversion to a Commercial Surf Themed Tourist Park

PS: MP Jones (re: past Natural Resources > Tourism) + Kelly's Ranch VIP
Potential Kickstart sweetner - Discount Pool Refill for Tourism License consideration?
tbb: Tourism angle is Govt All SEQ wave Pools made the News.

Reflects > o/s post Covid investment Figures > More Themepark less Store/Travel
Localized Day Out kids treats + o/n stays as baby steps is the 1st stage recovery.
Meaning past WH/NP/MP enviro killing projects are now Coronavirus life-rafts.

Wave Park Era is upon us! (Kickstart) Should reveal the Gold Coast Wave Pool.

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truebluebasher Friday, 12 Mar 2021 at 2:02pm

Surf Lakes Gold Coast...thanks to Courier Mail / Stab:

Undisclosed group bankrolling Engenuity Solutions to build GC Surf Lakes.
Owners of Parkwood Village are rumoured to be one backer.
3 years planning have gone into the facility with work starting 2021

(1) Engenuity Solutions built the plunger & director of Surf Lakes (Same Address)
(2) Parkwood Village is a Golf Course > NRL Titans training Centre
(3) Course is at headwaters of Biggera Ck & just large enough to water Surf lakes
(4) Golf Course is branching out & spent up & secured water assets...
(5) Surf Lakes employ Top Golf director + Parkwood have VIP Top Golf swing suite?

(Sounds kinky but maybe!)

GC Tram -(714 runs hrly) - Bne Train (Surfboards Ok -Tram/Train) Bus non peak OK.
Sadly Napper Road is not Bus friendly (1km walk from in/out bus stops to the site.)
Bit of a stretch for Gromz to mount a rally to this upper middle bogan country club

Main thing is...tbb had another crack at mystery Goldie Surf Lakes location.
Pretty sure Kate's Cocooned Kitty will flush 'em out for the Wacky Wave Pool Race

Parkwood's Plans feature just about why not a wavepool

Very Cocooned part of the Gold Coast in here & not cheap & not on the tour route.
31st May 2020 (Original Comment)

Update :
New Wave Pool operators sign deal at Parkwood Golf Course.

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udo Friday, 12 Mar 2021 at 2:56pm

Plunger Noise !
But they do say they can redirect noise [to where] and run almost silent..?

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truebluebasher Friday, 21 Aug 2020 at 8:54pm

Nice Photos from swellnet visionary Andrew Shield ..thanks for sharing Sprout..
7th August 2020 Yeah they have been testing again...Vidz

#1 Nice Slab

Booger Bens Double Barrel Roll is rock solid.
Reckon Ben could do 3 without the biscuit...he barely uses it, as it is!
tbb promises 3 rolls + corkscrew no biscuit...if you allow Bodybasherz off Leash?
Great to see the Booger having a crack, gives the pool cred...Super Stoked!
tbb will Salute Ben's ride as the wildest Wave Pool action he has ever seen.

Luca & Charlotte Tandem on the Beach Break (Go Gurlz)
Now! That is a sizzling hot mid winter Qld promo!
tbb will gladly share that with the Cold bleak Vic Covid crew...(Enjoy)

Now! Is this photo meant to envisage GC Surflakes on a river behind Surfers?
Kinda resembles Gold Coast Turf Club a roundabout way!

Good News is that Surf Lakes might grab the Covid Kickstart & open up the Park.
The money is there should Surf Lakes get this up as a viable gig ...Good Luck!
So far so good ..Different waves coming on & promise of bigger waves...
Also looks less like a dust bowl...starting to see some colour in the background.