Stab Magazine | Surf Lakes Is The World’s Most Beautiful Wave Park
1107 Views

Surf Lakes Is The World’s Most Beautiful Wave Park

Small waves, transcendent setting. 

news // Oct 30, 2018
Words by stab
Reading Time: 4 minutes

Editor’s note: If you you’re just tuning into our Surf Lakes wavepool saga, check out parts 1-4 here.

Yesterday’s issue – the one that shut the pool off before our pal Ozzie could get a surf – was related to the pool’s massive exhaust system.

Everytime the plunger plunges, it requires a massive amount of pressure, which then ultimately needs to be released. This pressure is fed from the bottom of the plunger through pipes until it escapes, in the form of a deep white smoke, from four adjacent vents.

You probably saw all of this in yesterday’s viral clip.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/3mpl_Ry1UHM

As you might imagine, the pressure required to lift a thousand tons is immense, however it’s not unprecedented.

“Our engineers were able to develop this technology thanks to their mining background,” Surf Lakes CEO, Aaron Trevis, told Stab. “These guys are used to dealing with similar amounts of pressure, so they’re definitely within their element.”

But when you’re trying something entirely new, issues are bound to arise. In this case the issues centered around the pool’s vent box.

That crack we heard yesterday was the sound of the vent’s ceiling panel popping off. Luckily it didn’t fly off and hit someone, as that likely would have hurt, but it still had to be fixed before surfing could commence.

The engineers put in the hours overnight and by morning they were able to safely run a wave.

After a few test runs, they sent Occy and Joel to adjacent peaks – Joel to the slab, Occy to, well… Occy’s.

Occy left alone on his peak, while Joel prepares for the ‘slab’.

The machine made its hissing sound on the way up but then kept rising – at least two feet higher than anything we’d seen before. It then BOOMed and dropped to the water, quickly hissing again as it rose above the lake. On the second BOOM it dropped and delivered a three-foot swell line in 360-degrees.

The crowd cheered.

As the swell grabbed the bottom of the pool, it grew another foot and started to lurch over Parko’s slab. Late and on the apex, Joel channeled his decades of behind-the-rock mastery to knife under the cascading lip, but even the great Parko proved incapable of taming the beast.  

He went down hard and was next seen rolling around in shin-deep water.

When asked what he would do differently next time to survive the slab, Joel said, “You’d want to be a lot deeper and really coming from behind it. That’s the only way you can get up quickly enough and set your line. That, or I’d love to have Hippo whip me in from the left [laughs].”

Even decades of behind-the-rock experience doesn’t help in Yeppoon.

 

On the same swell line, Occy was graced with a chest-high left that was just begging to be belted. Unfortunately for Occ, his days of baking in the Yeppoonian sun seemed to have taken their toll, causing his hack to be intercepted by an uncharacteristic rail bog.

Occy completed the ride but not in the way he would have wanted. No stress though, surely he’d nail it next time.

Unless

Just as Parko and Occ exited the pool, word came down from the engineers that, in pushing the machine to this increased level, they’d blown another ceiling panel on the vent. The silver lining was that, because they’d fixed this problem before and already knew the solution, the Surf Lakes crew were confident that we could come back at 3 pm for a second round of surf.

 

A plunger-like wavepool can turn any aged man into a grom.

Five o’clock came and went before anybody was back in the pool. Then, with the sun nearing its western descent, the surfers were finally called to the water’s edge and placed in four-person groups. In order to maximize athlete safety (AKA protect them from metal projectiles), surfers were only permitted to occupy two of Surf Lakes’ four five official breaks*.

And for the first time since we’d been there, which at this point was four days, the wave worked properly for an extended period of time.

He might have well surpassed his prime but he’s still better than most.

Occy got another go at his left and swooped a furious frontside hook. Dingo tested the slab but was just too big to squeeze through the end. In what must have been a moment of QS-PTSD, Crewsy banged one ankle-slapper all the way to the bricks. Dakoda Walters, riding a ridiculous Stacey twin-fin, chucked a roast beef chop-hop reverse out of thin air. Undoubtedly the best wave of the day went to Laura Enever, who properly throttled Occy’s left on her backhand.

We cheered from shore each time she stabbed the fluttering lip.

As the sun set behind the triangle cliff, we were genuinely mesmerized by how beautiful the setting was. Neither Waco nor Lemoore comes close to the Surf Lakes Yeppoon site as far as natural beauty goes. The place is truly stunning.

Surreal, ain’t it…

With several clips in the bag and our faith in Surf Lake’s technology peaking, we were delighted to hear that tomorrow would be even bigger, and perhaps even running triple pumps on the machine.

With hardly any surfers left in Yeppoon, the place would be ours for the taking.

*Just to clear things up: As seen adorning their corporate rashies and even as a sign on the wave-making machine, Surf Lakes’ new tagline is “5 waves”. This is slightly confusing, as all of the wave-per-hour math on their site is based around the premise of four bi-directional reefs. However, at the Yeppoon site, there were technically five different takeoff spots in the pool (each with a R/L option), but the fifth one wasn’t really breaking on account of the size. 

Click here for Part 6. 

Comments

Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up

Advertisement

Most Recent

These Are Your Favorite (Male) Surfers

Insights from the 2022 Stab Reader survey.

Aug 13, 2022

16:04

Fear And Loathing in Mainland Mex

Parker Coffin, Harry Roach, and the Roark crew embark on an authentic Oaxacan (surf) trip.

Aug 13, 2022

Tahiti Preview: The End Of The Road For 72% Of The CT

And hello there, blob of swell.

Aug 12, 2022

3:24

While Everyone Flocked To Tahiti, Kelly Stayed in Jbay

...And proceeded to rip the hell out of it on a "borrowed" 5-finned Tomo.

Aug 11, 2022

1:38

Can A GQ Cover Boy Take Out Teahupo’o?

Kauli Vaast is your incredibly handsome Tahiti trials winner.

Aug 11, 2022

Watch: Ramble On With Caity Simmers 

An action-rich tour behind the scenes of her triumphant first voyage to Oz.

Aug 11, 2022

PSA: Surf Filmers Not Welcome In Nicaragua

Cameras and drones are being seized on arrival, Stab spoke with two recent visitors.

Aug 11, 2022

Inside The Alternative Surfboard Marketing Machine 

Two of the biz's best — Matt Parker and Blake Peters — spill many beans.

Aug 10, 2022

The Tragic Parallels Between The Murder Of Ricardo Dos Santos & 8x World Jiu Jitsu Champion Leandro Lo

Two Brazilian sporting icons killed brazenly by off-duty police officers.

Aug 9, 2022

The Pick-Up, Vans US Open: In The Belly Of The Beast

Finger flips, shaping with Zion Wright, slurpees, Hawaiian takeovers, and the king of Surfline rewinds.

Aug 8, 2022

Albee Layer Discusses His Not-So-Budding Acting Career And The Upcoming Film “Sweet Adventure”

"Matt and Nora were tripping a little harder than I was just because they weren't…

Aug 8, 2022

Zeke Lau & Bettylou Sakura Johnson Win The Vans US Open Of Surfing 

Hawaii dominates HB.

Aug 8, 2022

How A Former CT Surfer Gets “Absolute Beginners” Barreled In A Matter Of Months

Luke Stedman elaborates on his Blackball surf programs.

Aug 7, 2022

5:50

Sweeter Than Stolen Honey 

A versatile Haydenshapes x Dylan Graves HP (and soft board) tested in weird waves.

Aug 7, 2022

15-Year-Old Ladybird Erin Brooks Makes Final In All-Men’s Tuberiding Event

And Clay Marzo takes the dub.

Aug 6, 2022

Are We Looking At Reef Sculpting The Wrong Way? 

The pros, cons, possibilities, and mechanisms of changing reefs to suit our surfing desires.

Aug 6, 2022

The Gudang Trio Discusses Brotherhood And How To Make It To The Mountain Top Together  

Positive sibling vibrations we should all aspire to.

Aug 6, 2022

9:03

Everyone’s Local Zone Has A Mythical Wave

Kai Lenny, Imaikalani DeVault, Eli Hanneman and friends get to surf theirs.

Aug 5, 2022
Advertisement