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Melbourne explores wavepool park for downtown

Artist's impression of the Docklands wave pool. Source: Damian Rogers Architecture, Arup and Squint/Opera

 

 

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Man-made waves would peel off in Victoria Harbour

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 10 November, 2014 - Waves could soon break in the shadow of Melbourne’s skyscrapers, if a plan to build a floating beach takes off. The CBD wave pool would produce 1-to-1.5-metre barrels in the middle of Victoria Harbour, with filtered saltwater drawn from the harbour and heated all year round.

Designers say the size of the artificial waves could be adjusted, from a small swell ideal for beginners, up to a five-foot wave for experienced surfers who could ride the 30-metre-wide wave for 160 metres. Global engineering and design firm Arup is leading the proposal.

Surfing Victoria chief executive Max Wells said that during the past decade he had been presented with “ambitious” plans for wave pools. This was the first time he has been convinced it could work. 

“The reason for that is they’ve got the right location and the indication that it will be available to them,” Mr Wells says. “I can imagine having surfers in suits heading for an after-work session and kids coming to Docklands carrying surfboards on Melbourne’s trains and trams.”

Surfing Victoria is also backing the park as a future venue for high-level professional surfing competitions.

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