All-round legend Kelly Slater is bringing his Surf Ranch to the Gold Coast. However, it won’t just be another surf destination. The development will also include a solar-powered eco-lodge.
The former Men’s Health Cover Star has lined up Coolum Beach as the likely location with standalone accomodation also planned.
The Kelly Slater Surf Ranch incorporates wave-generation technology to create swell reaching 6.5 ft – perfect for beginners or seasoned veterans. Surfers also have access to camera and sensor feedback technology to help hone their skills.
Previously, the World Surf League revealed plans to build a surf-based tourism attraction on the Sunshine Coast, the first of its kind in Australia.
Visit Sunshine Coast CEO, Simon Latchford, explains that sports tourism would provide a boost to the local economy and having Slater’s ranch linked to the region would provide a huge drawcard.
“The Sunshine Coast is already well-established as one of Australia’s most popular destinations for water-based events and holidays, but with the Kelly Slater name attached to the surf ranch, it could give our region even greater appeal internationally,” said Latchford.
“Having a global name associated with such a high-tech surfing project could really elevate sports tourism to new levels on the Sunshine Coast, attracting international teams, training camps and surfing fans.
“While Visit Sunshine Coast is enthusiastic and excited by the project, we are very mindful it must fit the approval criteria laid down by Sunshine Coast Council and State Government.”
Slater’s first venture, located in California, has proved successful. Only time will tell if the same concept works closer to home.