Proposed Kelly Slater wave pool could feature televised contests

The World Surf League, which operates the pro surfing tour, divulged new details about its plans to build a wave pool in northwestern Palm Beach County.

In a zoning application with the county, the company said it aims to host contests at the park.

“It is anticipated that one to two events may be held on a yearly basis attracting up to 60,000 people,” the World Surf League said. “The events would be planned to be held in the summer, providing for an opportunity to aid in tourism and fill hotel rooms in a typically slower time of the year.”

The World Surf League also said the facility would be solar-powered and would include a surf school that teaches water safety. The tour has partnered with surf legend Kelly Slater, who built a wave machine in rural California that has been winning rave reviews:

 

High-quality H2O indeed. Here’s what it’s like to surf at a less-than-world-class man-made wave:

Surf’s up — in Orlando?

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