Kelly Slater Wave Company Builds in Abu Dhabi
A few weeks back, Stab caught wind of a story about a wavepool - A KSWC wavepool no less - being built somewhere in the Middle East.
At the time I thought nothing more of it; I awake each morning to an inbox full of wavepool announcements. 'Wait until the D10s move in,' has become the criteria for running pool stories.
What I should've done, however, is spend a moment scanning Google Earth, because not only have D10 earth movers dug a mighty hole, but the hole is full of water and the other garnish: train track, grandstands, offices etc., is also in place.
The 'hole' is on Hudayriat Island, Abu Dhabi, on the shores of the Persian Gulf. The island is being built as a sports oasis in the desert with mountain biking, climbing, a velodrome for cycling, and now surfing too.
This morning, Time Out Abu Dhabi came clean on the project:
"Love catching waves? Then you’re going to love this.
"The world’s biggest artificial wave facility in the world is set to open right here in Abu Dhabi later this year.
"Located on Hudayriat Island, Surf Abu Dhabi will feature the world’s longest ride, biggest barrel, and largest man-made wave pool."
Those last claims read like any other wavepool presser, however the Abu Dhabi pool is shorter than the Surf Ranch at Lemoore yet noticeably wider - possibly to provide greater capacity to settle.
When it opens in late 2023 it'll be the first KSWC pool after Lemoore. This follows false starts at both Palm Beach, Florida, and Coachella Valley, California, plus protracted site issues on Australia's Sunshine Coast.