Surfing inland will soon be possible at Australia's first multi-hectare wave pools.
Australian company URBNSURF is constructing three stadium-sized water parks across the country.
The Sydney complex is the latest to receive approval and is set to be built at Sydney Olympic Park, 14 kilometres west of the CBD. The massive complex will cover a site spanning three hectares, with the 'lagoon' wave pool covering over two hectares alone.
The technology for the park, provided by Wavegarden, will generate 1000 two-metre high waves every hour. The pools will guarantee non-stop surfing opportunities all day, with waves to suit all abilities.
As well as being open to the public, URBNSURF will host a surfing academy with multi-level training programs for those keen to pick up or perfect the sport. Surfing opportunities will continue well into the night thanks to LED lighting.
The company's goal is to help facilitate, support and grow Australia's love of surfing, making the sport more accessible to everyone.
With surfing confirmed as an Olympic sport at the 2020 Tokyo Games, URBNSURF hopes it will be able to help train Australia's team, and support the top surfers of the future.
CEO of Surfing NSW, Luke Madden, is excited about the opening of the Sydney park.
“Our surfing programs, events, education courses and athlete development pathways will be bolstered in a large way with this wave pool technology," he said in a statement.
"We look forward to further promotion of surfing, and sharing the stoke with a wider community who would otherwise not have waves in their backyard."
The Melbourne park will be the first to open its gates near the airport in 2019. It will be the fist man-made surf park in Australia.
Meanwhile, the Perth park is slated to open in 2020 at Tompkins Park in Alfred Cove.
URBNSURF dreams of opening 10 parks across Australian by 2028.