The Change To Wave Pool Regulations Set Forth By The Kelly Slater Wave Co.
AB1161, which sought to eliminate wave pool sanitation regulations, moves on to the State Senate.
There’s a lot going on in the wave pool world these days. Competing models, boondoggle land buys, a veritable avalanche of proposed developments placing the ersatz slide front and center. Maybe they’re the future, maybe they aren’t. But there are plenty of deep pockets pushing builds so you shouldn’t plan on seeing them disappear anytime soon.
Earlier this year the Kelly Slater Wave Company tossed its hat into the political ring by attempting to modify current regulations regarding wave pools. Prior regulations were passed in 2009, laying out the definition of a wave pool, as well as the various health and safety regulations operators, were required to follow.
California Assembly Bill 1161, sponsored by KSWC and introduced by former mid-oughts D-tier “professional” surfer, and current member of the California Assembly representing the 57th district, Ian Calderon, sought to ease the burdens of wave pool operators by exempting themselves from water quality regulations and their relevant penalties.
Additionally, it sought to limit the number of customers allowed in a pool at any time from 100 to 40.
Analysis of the original bill stated:
Based on the volume of water in wave basins, the current requirement for water treatment turnover rate is excessive and would require significant equipment and capacity to pump, filter, sanitize, and return the entire water volume multiple times per day. The wave generating technology employed in wave basins generates frequent turbulence and mixing of water that would enhance circulation and disbursement of sanitization treatment placed in water basins. There is also a smaller bather load limit, or number of individuals in a wave basin at one time, than traditional swimming or wave pools.
From an operator’s standpoint the desired changes make sense. Running a massive filtration system carries a heavy financial burden. Equipment, power, and maintenance don’t come cheap. In an industry which is, largely, struggling to find a path to profitability every penny matters.
From a consumer’s standpoint… it’s pretty gross. Public pools are a slurry of urine, sweat, mucus, and unwashed buttholes. Which is why they carry existing sanitation requirements. Like buffets, if you want to partake it’s best to remain blissfully unaware or do your best to just not think about it.
Unfortunately for KSWC, the proposed bill was amended, substantially, before the final vote. Exemptions to sanitation guidelines, and the misdemeanor penalties they carry, have been eliminated, leaving only the reduction in capacity from 100 to 40 users at any time.
Whether this was a foreseen, or desirable, development from KSWC’s perspective is unknown. It’s difficult to imagine a world in which a Lemoore-style pool could handle one hundred human beings at once. But it puts a crimp in the plans of developers of competing technology. According to one such person, the reduction in capacity will, “make my business plan not financially viable.”
AB 1161 passed the assembly with a unanimous vote on May 16th and now heads to the State Senate before it can be signed by the governor and enshrined into law.
Which will likely happen, barring unforeseen opposition. But one must wonder, did anyone actually get what they wanted?
How To Watch The Vans Pipe Masters
With less than 24 hours to go, we've put together a complete list of rules…
Watch: Stab’s Best Wetsuits of 2023
Our quest to objectively establish the best men's suit, women's suit, and booties out of…
Eithan Osborne Belongs On The 2003 World Tour
But he's gotten an invite to the 2022 Vans Pipe Masters, so we caught up…
“I Could Do Reels And Surf Two Foot Beachies And Hoard Cash But That’s Moral Suicide”
Noa Deane’s thoughts on money, media, airs in glassy waves and more.
Watch: Torrey Meister’s Gunslinging SEOTY Entry
"Bull-riding is such a great warmup for surfing big waves."
Guess Who Else Just Got Invited To The Vans Pipe Masters
3 more withdrawals, and 3 more exciting replacements.
‘Buying Double Cheeseburgers, Acting Like He’s Hit Some Sections Today’
RAGE 400 drops ft Noz, Chun, Creed, Vinny, Jel, Wado + others!
What’s Happening To Orange County’s Sand, And Is It Worsening The Waves At Lowers?
Read this to upgrade your understanding of your local beach break and coastal environment.
Here Are The 15 People Who Qualified For The 2023 CT
After seven events and much groveling, 10 men and 5 women will officially be CT…
An Ode To Aussie Chick Pros From The Nineties
A celebration of stoicism, resilience, grit, core lordship, and unconditional love.
Update: John John Flushes Everyone Down The Haleiwa Toilet Bowl
And the CT qualifications for 2023 are set.
Riaru Ito Is Cooler Than His Cucumber Garden
Meet our passion pick for the Vans Pipe Masters.
Unlocked: Kael Walsh, Rolo Montes, And Al Cleland Jr In ‘Saturn’
Quik’s new 20-minute surf film is so good you’ll want to burn a DVD of…
How Surfers Get Paid, Episode 4
The energy drinks are here. They’ve got millions of dollars, and they want your head.