First View Of Abu Dhabi Wavepool

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You may recall that back in June there was an unplanned reveal of the latest KSWC wavepool.

Located on Hudariyat Island, a sports and entertainment precinct immediately south of the city, the pool is approx. 500m long and 200m wide, which makes it kinda hard to hide in the age of Google Earth.

Recently, more footage hit the 'net, this time a flyover of the tub showing it decked out with far more infrastructure than the Lemoore version of the same. At the end is a large grandstand, plus another at the halfway point of the pool, while immediately opposite that is an Imax-size screen. Greenery springs from the beige Emirati sands.

See for yourself in this video from X...which, do I need to tell you, was formerly known as Twitter?

Though only twenty seconds long, you'll soon see a whole lot more of the new tub when the Woz runs an exhibition event there later this month. The format is not yet known though likely to be in the mold of the Future Classic, the 2017 event that heralded the arrival of wavepool comps and their viability as a legitimate ocean alternative...


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freeride76 Friday, 3 Nov 2023 at 12:05pm

Kelly's is 700 m long, I think?

So this one is smaller?

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gasher Saturday, 4 Nov 2023 at 8:02am

Going by Google Earth, Kelly's pool at Lemoore is 500m'ish

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freeride76 Saturday, 4 Nov 2023 at 8:17am

Ah, OK.

Thought they constantly said it was 700m long.

May have been yards.

So this is roughly the same size then.

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gasher Saturday, 4 Nov 2023 at 8:41am

Actually you are right....
The whole facility is 700m long but ridable wave guessing 500

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udo Saturday, 4 Nov 2023 at 8:32am

The pool is 700 meters long by 150 meters wide (2,200 feet by 500 feet)

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juegasiempre Saturday, 4 Nov 2023 at 3:01pm

Kelly Slater was on the Steve O podcast and he talks about his wave pool. He says he thinks it's too long and the only reason it's that length is because the infrastructure was already there when he bought it. Something like an old water skiing setup.

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lost Friday, 3 Nov 2023 at 12:22pm

I was kind of expecting a new design and tech - that looks very much like drag a plough through the water with a train set up - just like Kelly V1

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freeride76 Friday, 3 Nov 2023 at 12:31pm

Back to the Future Classic hey.
Can't wait.

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udo Friday, 3 Nov 2023 at 12:49pm

Goat and Fincham have been at it for a while Now

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zenagain Friday, 3 Nov 2023 at 2:17pm

Will they have enough sand to put a small beach together for the kiddies?

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simba Friday, 3 Nov 2023 at 3:20pm

hahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa zen

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Sprout Friday, 3 Nov 2023 at 3:52pm

Why the worst one? They're rich enough to build one of each and make them fight.
Whatever happened to Webber's self proclaimed best wave pool imaginable tech?

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lost Friday, 3 Nov 2023 at 10:16pm

Never had the capital or the actual plan. Happy flogging a few boards and fins on insta. Grabbed one off him last year, met him at his house and had a great old chat. Worth it just for that. A creative and a dreamer but not investable.

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Sprout Saturday, 4 Nov 2023 at 1:21pm

Thank lost, ideas man hey.

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Boogerhead Saturday, 4 Nov 2023 at 9:10am

Will this appear on tour in 2024?

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Boogerhead Monday, 6 Nov 2023 at 4:23pm

Some of the pros will have a lay over in Dubai between Portugal and Bells and film some promo stuff. After Brazil Emirates will fly them direct to Dubai to surf in the Emirates Dubai Pro presented by UAE tourism. I have zero evidence of this

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truebluebasher Saturday, 4 Nov 2023 at 8:55pm

Goat's orbiting wave moat lights up the Shiek's Space Station roller Disco burger bar!

Super Sleuth Stu doles out VIP swellnet invites to Goat's Wave Pool Xmas Party.

Why is tbb G bangin' as a Breaka coffee milk Chiko Chick!
tbb : "Well durr...same as you sick of waitin' for me VIP swellnet invite!"
Shiek's VIP Guest : '...err No thanks Miss Easterly Breazy '23 ...think I'm gonna chuck up!'
tbb : "Yeah! Swillin' Coffee milk too fast after a Chiko Roll will do that!"

Mayar Ibrahim :
"Surf Abu Dhabi will be opening it's doors before end of 2023!"

{see} : Silver Surfer can't penetrate the Goat's impenetrable VIP inner circle Force-shield.
{see} : Cosmonaut claims Wavepool lights are so bright he confuses City Ruins with Space Debris
{see} : Goat settles Mid East Crisis [ Your unleashed wasted Hodad (vs) Our highly strung Grom ]
{see} : WSL unfairly adjudicate a biblically proportioned Backdoor Tunnel Shootout [9.99].
{see} : WSL judges restart WWIII...again!

Opening day the Desert is sucked dry...all die of thirst...War ends.
Careful not to say Wavepool Genocide!
Goat wins Nobel Pool Prize...How ya like me now!

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Lost1 Sunday, 5 Nov 2023 at 6:43am

So there'll be no piss but smoke as much hash as you like?

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mike oxhard Monday, 6 Nov 2023 at 4:55pm

with sharia law getting stoned take a more literal meaning

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57 Sunday, 5 Nov 2023 at 11:48am

check wave pool in desert... money talk and if you dont got any you got to walk... Take Snapper any day of the week

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mickseq Sunday, 5 Nov 2023 at 12:04pm

Lol snapper is the biggest shithole bogan hangout on the face of the earth, So right at home egh?

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G.C. Cruiser Monday, 6 Nov 2023 at 11:37am

So is this a left-hander only , or does the plough go back and forwards, making a LH wave, then a Right hander on the way back?

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truebluebasher Monday, 6 Nov 2023 at 2:44pm

Quote #1 Surf Journo Stu...
"Decked out with far more Infrastructure + Large Grandstand & another!"
Stu is renowned for his sharp eye & picking up detail but also reporting on the fact.
A lot of pretenders look but never see the obvious!

Crew thought to back up their mentor & follow up on Stu lead...let's bust this gig wide open.
Naturally far more means a lot is goin on here but little surfin'
So it will present large as one here goes..

[Background] Feb 2009 tbb did queue for Goldie Desal opening day only that it was a Fizzer...Really!
Crew may recall that a shitshow shut the shitshow down leaving us locals bemused.
Just saying that tbb attended Desal School but still knows shit about it so we're wingin' it!

*Starts about here...kinda.
Wave Pool divining traces original water source to nearby Mainland TRANSCO Unit II
7 year supply to 2028 then a rescue supply line kicks in...but it all sounds a bit of a stretch.
The plans are only indicative & one can make out that the pipeline is in place but...
There are some recent mainland "Over builds"...small scale leases on top of mainland supply line.
Indicating a secondary (Alternate) Water supply deal may be in play...

Abu Dhabi is known for Islands & Desal...(Glossary)
EWEC : Emirates Water & Electric Company hooks up around 7/8 Islands to date.
RO : Reverse Osmosis is usually fitted out for Desal / WTP + PFAS / Aukus Sub Ports etc...
IWP : Independent Water Project for Islands

Developers shopping list for Abu Dhabi RO Desal 40% hand out...
Saltwater (Lots of it)
Solar Power Array (Roof Top Design Incorporated or adjunct stand alone)
Massive Men's Shed to hide Stacks of RO canisters that fizz'n'pop (Nothin' too fancy!)
12x RO Tall Mixing / Cooling Smoking Towers
Extra Large Holding pond/s ( Evaporation / Coolant )
Wave generated Brine remixing > channeling to Wave Weir Outfall

Sept 2022 EWEC (Expression of Interest) for Developers 40% owner / Govt 60% owned projects.
Modon were chosen by default ahead of another 19/41 Qualified bidders.
EWEC + Modon (Hybrid) Kiss an Ugly Toad & it turns into a Saudi Prince (Shit heap > Surf Stadium)
Developer turns essential Nasties into Island Oasis Anchor for whatever theme ya like...(Surfing)

Crew are up to date with White Shoe Wave Pools...the Smoke stacks set precedent for Hi rise etc...
Goldie Wave Pool is trialing Russian Doll Body Corp...Yuppie Surfie pays 5x Bodycorp for VIP Lineup.

Surprisingly > Seaside Power Plant Surf Stadium/s > heated wave pools have a long history.
Portobello was also the first to have "Recreational casual kick boards > 1950's muck Boardriding"
Stadium Wave Pools were used too ruffle water for X Games Gigs > Circus Tower Diving Carnivals
This was the Chosen Model for Hudayriat Xgames + "Olympic Signature" Masters Games Venues.
1930's Wave God Brownie almost split Portobello Wave Stadium in two with his massive backwash.
Not the last to ease back on the pedal > WEM wreckage, these old V8's had too much head of steam.

1920's Dolgarrog Hydro Electric Plant heated original Municipal Baths > Surf Snowdonia in Wales

EWEC hired Modon to develop similar Aqua Sports themed Stadiums for Hudayriat Island Desal
Repeating this is neither new nor odd for Municipal Desal / WTP / Powered -Heated Wave / Pools.
Other similar Massive Swim / Wave Pool deals have been approved for Disney & others.

Likely they sought Kelly on Pool Venue but also about 'Olympic Signature Wave Pool Stadium'.
By March ...GOAT deal would have been locked in. (We later see much progress thru this period)

However! This is still a cutting edge Hybrid Desal Wave Pool...
Too soon & suss for Kelly as the hired GOAT...official WMG Abu Dhabi Sports GOAT was Shaq.
Surfing is still not an Official Olympic offshoot Hodad Kelly had to ride shotgun until June!

7 March 2023 Hudayriat Island "Showcase Stadiums" wooed WMG World Masters Series.
{Olympic 'Badged' Wave Pool}...Velodrome / X games / SLS + there is a sniff for WMG Hodads trail!
Hudayriat Olympic signature Project is steaming along...common Shaq was the go to Island GOAT.

15 June 2023 ~ #1 Surf Journo Stu not only sniffs out the Brew...
Stu also details the Joint KSWC / Modon Statement
Kelly: "Something I've never dreamt would happen but here it is. Unbelievable."
"Abu Dhabi are always innovating and ahead of the curve!"

These statements verify that Modon needed upmarket Desal Ingredients & Kelly had the goods. (Tick!)
This project was never driven by GOAT or WSL they just come on board as Directors / Advisors
Kelly has sold a Surf Ranch Licence to Modon...other lead or ongoing roles have yet play out.
We can assume the backdoor WMG Olympic Badging is low hanging fruit we see flying on Pool Flags!

6 July 2023 RFP Consortiums > Modon was #1 Hudayriat Player & well underway with Kelly.
But this is a Dual Island deal with Developer Aldar - Saadiyat Island the other (No wave pool needed)
However both Islands 'Must' blend their Desals into Theme Projects...Possibly also Aqua / Marina.

Here's where Kelly comes into the deal
Large Wave Pond > Evaporation / Cooling / Wave > flushing for RO-UV filtering > Briny mix outfall.
It is possible that Wave Pool Desal RO / UV filtering might configure with 'nearby' WTD...
As in a Gut process to cleanse the Island Matrix...many other Cities are exploring similar aerated action.

Twin Island stats only : 2 x 50m imperial G/day or (Split 455,000 cu m /day Potable water)
Supplies 2x 90,000 residents / day

Nov 2023 brings us up to date with recent above Fly over...
Stu cleverly points out the Massive overbuild + offset Massive sized Screen / Stadiums...
All agree it's a bit lopsided at one end only & a bit over the top...but that's the point.

Desal needs Chimney Towers...Modon Project brief was to hide them.
Are they cleverly hidden within as Stadium Supports to flog prime Sport HQ real estate.
"Sports" Stadiums are only there for Open Day Time Share Comp...just there to hide & sell shit.
We'll wait & see...just how crazy tbb really is ... think he's about to blow yer tiny minds...
Praying to Allah that hidden Stadium / Screen Stacks blow Smoke rings like Bob's Mad Max Bong.

Also reckon that the BIG W [L] banks are also derived from Desal Designed Shallow filtering Tray...
Kinda thinking the waves "Could" also fine filter remnant Salt / Sand along the bed as part of process...
Recall Urbnurf Sand Trial never fouled the Pool + Reckon Kelly inquired about such @ Bells' session.
recall tbb was right about the pro's Wavegarden night owl tour > final @ Ranch Nite Club!
tbb is not saying this is the case...100% potable Filtering might save big bucks on Desal Site...Got it!

Also reckon the (Solar / wave power) action doubles as outflow for brine re-mix outfall.
We gotta assume that Wave power is central by design & may produce or power itself...a true Hybrid.

Tracy Island Wavepool Oasis
Palm Trees fold down for WSL to backpeddle their Whiteshoe Timeshare Dirigible

Note Massive Lagoon has no deep access point for Larger pontoon of Vessel
No Large Road for Tralier Park / Trucks - Vehicle / Boating Access only for Small Ute / Jet Ski.
Puny [P] Lots > No residents > No real Bus Service for near Zero Population.
But reports all say this is opening up by Xmas.
So how to fill those Stadiums with near zero access...we're talking mass Coaches all at once?
How would a surf comp attract so many so fast to a deserted Island without a Kicker!

Large Heavy Gig Access is behind that Giant screen right next to Noisy RO hissing canisters...
tbb is thinking Modon is milking the Noise Factor & got approval for Disaster Area Intergalactic Gigs.
Kinda thinkin' tickets should already be on sale for imaginary Red Bull U2 Rip Curl Towie Air Show.

(IWP) Independent Water Project...( I Wanna Pee! ) 'Just do it where ya stand!'
Q: Is 'X Games Island' a truly independent International 'Event Precinct'.
X Games Oasis fits in perfectly for massive Rave Gigs on Asian Wee Wee Wave Pool Circuit
Giant Screen - waist deep pool with massive lawns = WR Beach Party Pee Pee Dish.
Grandstand may actually be a Giant Stage...not kidding (see Yas Island Gig below...Massive Stage)
That explains the Heavy Duty RO Wave Action Desal to flush'n'filter the world's biggest urinal.

March 2023 Ultra Ubu Dhabi Gig @ Yas Island by the Water ... Massive
X Games Wave Pool Island is purpose built for Beach Party gigs.

Wee powered Wave Pool Gig...'Can all drink to that at Wee Wave Pool Brewery!' "Did he just say...!"

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Frankston Surf Club Monday, 6 Nov 2023 at 4:20pm

Are burkas required whilst flaring off the top.?....I visualise it being extremely hip.!!

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amb Monday, 6 Nov 2023 at 6:18pm

@truebasher possible dumb question, why cant the use sea water instead of fresh?..too corrosive?

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truebluebasher Tuesday, 7 Nov 2023 at 1:12am

No amb...not a dumb question but one of the more complex questions in life.
Points to consider...
Boats operate similar as weight is loaded to (plimsoll line)...That best answers Salt < > Fresh levels.
Basically measures the various Fresh / Salt / Heated / Cold - Load buoyancy of shipping zones

A freshwater Boardrider would load 2-3kg to his belt to surf equally in Salty Ocean
This is why Bells Winners hit heavy long urbnsurf rides to gear up to lighter long Bells rides
They weigh themselves down in the Pool then sail over long Bells Walls as Old salt Pros bog down!

A saltwater Boardrider needs to lose 2.5kg or add more (eg:) 1/48 more volume / length to surf fresh.
This is why all WSL pros cry & say their legs are burning in Kelly's longer & heavier fresh water waves!

Basically a Floating Wave Machine 'could be' auto counter-weighted to push salt/ fresh waves equally!
Also try auto fed salt infused Midday Low tide < > Fresh watered Midnight High Tide
Just exampling how to offset the effects on adjustable water height (Tide) & Surf / Craft without notice.
Boat / Boards / Submarine could adapt to all oceans by auto setting weight > height > fresh > saltwater.
Call it ballast or flexi craft / Oar / Stoke size.

KSWC /Wave Garden / Perfect Swell are fixed bathymetry fitted Machines so can't adapt to changes.
Unfortunately the Fixed Jets / Paddles / Ploughs can't adjust & need to slug it out more in salt water.
Simply because Salt water is still heavier in relation to their limited volume capacity.
Like an underwater fixed height Monorail would push harder against salt at any level...make sense!
Yes! They had Surf Rail systems long before Kelly.
1896...Brighton ~ Daddy Long Legs.

In other words the bathymetry would need to surf while responding to depth / volume to compensate.

Therefore fixed base machinery must push ever harder against Salt Water Volume & Force.
Many Plough Parts / Paddles have worn out in Fresh Water so it would be too unreliable in Salt.
More shut down maintenance in Worn Parts + Abrasive wave effect eating away at lining or surface...
So it need not be rust or corrosion but sheer heavy stress on weakening parts.
That continues into Wetties / Salted Leggies dragged on Corrosive Concrete be gone in minutes.

In reality it may start as only 3-6% variation but is compounded by each unnatural opposing resistance.
Depth > Volume > Force + Stressing / Coagulation + corrosion as ya say... of all Components...
Not sure on the would guess 10% > 20% in no time!
Would be in that order as to ward off any long running of system...

However...(Above) tbb shared 1930's Portobello Saltwater Wave Pool & it endured a good while.
But it too was ever running down in capacity...waves ramped less & smaller over time.
This is likely the best / longest example you'll get... but note Northern Ocean/s are least salty oceans.
1978 Power Plant shut it reverted to cold town water 1979 Freezing cold wavepool closed soon after.
Concreters were rumoured to have also used salt water in construction...wouldn't have lasted longer!

Anyhow...shared a few rare state of the art examples of Old School Heavy Metal Surf Machines.

Heating of Water is another consideration in Better Performance (vs) Energy Cost.
Abu Dhabi Desal should freely Heat & ramp the line up.

There ya go amb...yer seemingly simple question couldn't be answered that easily at all...

Certainly a good question as tbb feels there may be a Saltwater process involved in this wavepool!
As said...not up to speed on Desal but gotta hunch that pool plays a dual role near that Salt water!
The importance escapes tbb for the current while.
There were general Desal plans US $300...doubt if Stu could get a loan off the boss to take a peep.
Also doubt if half of it was shown...waste of money as it's everchanging...not gonna lose sleep over it!
Think tbb just did...bugger! Not again...Good Night!

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amb Tuesday, 7 Nov 2023 at 9:30am

wow thanks for the detailed answer, lots there i hadnt thought of...cheers TBB

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Seaweed Thursday, 9 Nov 2023 at 10:02am

I can see a daddy long legs between Bali and Lembongan being built soon