Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Surf Lakes Boss Explains How Perfect Site Was Found

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Surf Lakes Boss Explains How Perfect Site Was Found

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Byline: Trish Bowman Trish.Bowman@capnews.com.au

SURF Lakes CEO Aaron Trevis believes the private site for the new wave pool prototype construction announced publicly yesterday ticked all the boxes.

Mr Trevis said the group had been seeking the perfect site and had looked everywhere from Victoria to northern Queensland before selecting the position opposite Mt Jim Crow on Yeppoon Rd.

"We needed a site that was flat and had ample water available so we could get under way quickly," Mr Trevis said.

"We are very grateful that Capricorn Enterprise and Livingstone Shire Council were very easy to deal with.

"The added benefit of the site we chose was the weather is perfect for an all-year round community attraction.

"While the site will not be open to the public at this point, we do hope that down the track we will be in the position to operate commercially and fabulous weather all year would provide the perfect conditions. We would need further investment, approvals and modifications before we can consider any commercial operations.

"I do need to remind people that this is a private site so please, no trespassing and no photos.

"We still have to prove the waves at full scale with further tuning and commissioning. It is all research at the moment so we cannot guarantee anything yet."

Mr Trevis said Surf Lakes hopes to be the first surf park in the world capable of producing eight separate waves simultaneously.

"The waves will vary in size and length, allowing for beginners through to experts to surf at the same time," he said.

"By using concentric waves and multiple breaks, Surf Lakes is capable of producing more waves per hour, while also offering a variety of waves from hollow barrels, to gentle beginner waves

"Occy (Mark Occhilupo) has joined Surf Lakes as its Surf Industry Advisor, providing valuable input into wave design.

"He is also designing his own break, called "Occy's Peak", a barrelling left hander that will be 2.4 metres face height (eight feet) and run for about 60 metres.

"Surf Lakes utilises a mechanism located in the centre of the pool. …

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