… in the desert! Coral Mountain to be exact.
It was announced on Tuesday the 25th By Associated Press.
The 11-time world champion surfer has teamed with private real estate investment/development firm Meriwether Companies and Big Sky Wave Developments. They are founded by the son of brokerage pioneer Charles Schwab, Michael B. Schwab.
Building should begin in early 2021 with the opening expected in 2022. It all depends on design and amended approval.
“We chose to do this project because it allows us to further build on our technology and also because one of our founding partners, Michael Schwab, is heading up the group running the project,” Slater said in a statement. “We’re excited to make another KSWaveCo design and I’m personally excited to create a new wave that will be a stand alone design that nowhere else in the world has. This can become the blueprint for new developments around waves and surf parks going forward and is in line with some of my original ideas from when we started this project. I can’t wait to get underway.”
This ground breaking wave basin is to be part of a 400-acre site in La Quinta, California, which is set at the base of Coral Mountain. The master-planned community will include a full-service resort, residential homes, a private club, multiple dining venues and adventure sport offerings.
The $200 million complex will have a 150-room hotel and up to 600 homes in the $1 million to $5 million range. Access to amenities will be exclusively available to homeowners, hotel guests, members and their guests. Dining will be open to the public through reservations.
The centerpiece of the complex will be the 18 million-gallon wave basin that has room for roughly 25 surfers — about five on the main wave, 10 each on the smaller waves at the ends of the basin. It will feature waves for all levels of ability and preference.
“I originally invested with Kelly in 2013 for my own personal surfing progression,” Michael Schwab, said. “I had no idea the impact it would have on my life, and I realized immediately that I had to share this opportunity.” AP
FRONT PAGE PHOTO – In this Oct. 9, 2019, file photo, surfer Kelly Slater is surrounded by fans after he leaves his footprint cement slab at Anglet Surf Avenue, in Anglet, southwestern France.
Kelly Slater is planning to build the world’s largest man-made wave in the desert.
Plans for Coral Mountain will feature the largest, rideable, open-barrel human-made wave in the world with technology from Kelly Slater Wave Company, a division of the World Surf League.
The wave basin will be part of a 400-acre site in La Quinta, California, set at the base of Coral Mountain. AP Photo