Sunshine Coast to get first KSWC wavepool
It's been whispered about for months, with the odd hint dropped here and there, but only now comes confirmation that the Sunshine Coast will get Australia's first Kelly Slater Wave Company (KSWC) wavepool.
Just over a year ago, ex-Surfing Australia CEO Andrew Stark joined KSWC as head of operations in Australia and Oceania. Stark told the Sunshine Coast Daily that the location was a natural fit for a wavepool, "due to Australia's culture, history and roots within surfing as well as its pristine beaches and commitment to environmental sustainability".
"We are committed to working with those in the local area, and over coming weeks we will be talking to the community to explain the concept as well as listening to local perspectives."
Stark said the wavepool would anchor a broader tourism development district that could provide significant economic stimulus and job creation.
He said the project would include the development of an eco-lodge, event and training facilities, tourism accommodation, public open space and an environmental experience centre.
The Sunshine Coast Daily says the pool could cost up to $100 million and be a jobs boom for the region.
While the exact location hasn't been confirmed, it's expected the wavepool will be attached to the proposed Coolum sporting facilities.