Rumors of a new wave pool to be built on the west side of Oahu have been rumored for months. It turns out that these rumors are based on reality, since only this week the Hawaii Community Development Authority announced that it would allow surfer with the big wave / Hawaiian legend Brian Keulan (partner in HK Management) to develop 19-acre vacant staff. land in Kalaeloa, on the west side of Oahu. If approved, it will include a 5-acre pool, as well as “a lazy river, a skate park, buildings, and more.” And what name is suggested? Honokea Surf Village.
In reporting this story, KITV Island News referred to sketches depicting Wavegarden technology (the Wavegarden location map on their website also shows a new park that will be available soon in Hawaii). However, Wavegarden or any other company from the wave pool was not explicitly announced.
Wave pools are already a polarizing subject. But since they (so far) have proven to be a business model in most landlocked countries (see Lemur, California and Waco, Texas), it remains to be seen how wave pools can compete with the real ocean in surfing. . rich zones. Especially on Oahu, which enjoys not only year-round surfing, but also some of the best waves in the world in winter.
Many, such as Bo Flemister of Oahu, a former SURFING magazine editor and current published author, are skeptical. “I think that the wave pool in Hawaii, with access to such good waves and such a good variety of waves, is no longer needed,” Flemister says. “Matt Warsaw wrote a lot about why he seemed to resist the pools with waves, and this is because they remove the culture of surfing and the beach: knowledge of the tides, winds, directions of excitement, etiquette of the ocean, even animals in the ocean, and this is what surfing does and surfers. And this is especially true in places like Hawaii, where there are already so many places to surf and so much to learn about surfing. ”
However, Flemister really understands that the real wave pool is only one part of a much larger plan, and this is a project aimed at introducing jobs and stability in the area that can use it. And with the involvement of Keulan, Flemister believes that development will be a positive addition to the area. “People can definitely use the work there, and that’s a big plus that they can hire locals,” Flemister says. “At the moment, I am most interested in seeing how all this develops. But ultimately, the big unknown: will people see a draw in the wave pool on the island with such amazing waves? "
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This article originally appeared on Surfer.com and has been republished with permission.
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