PUMPING: An artist’s impression of the planned park.
PUMPING: An artist’s impression of the planned park.

Site chosen for proposed Baffle Creek surf park

A PLACE where you can hang 10 in perfectly formed two-metre waves may sound like a dream for surfers.

But it will be a reality when the Discovery Bay Lifestyle Park opens at Baffle Creek in early 2016.

In what has been called a recreational Mecca, there will be a mountain bike track, skate park and zip lines, all designed to bring different extreme sports enthusiasts to the region.

But the centrepiece of the action sports park will be the surf park stadium.

Mark Wilkes from River Island Property Group said the park was being built because there were no waves in the region.

"It will be the best surfing training facility in the country," Mr Wilkes said.

"The park will be targeted at beginner surfers who can learn how to surf in a safe controlled environment with no sharks and stingers.

"Surfing is the most exhilarating sport in the world.

"This park will generate tourism in the region. In NSW alone there are 750,000 backpackers that try surfing every year.

"We want to create a lifestyle that people can come and try different things in the one spot.

"It's about getting people outside and active in a healthy environment."

He said Mt Maria at Baffle Creek was chosen as the site after an exhaustive search.

"We looked up and down the eastern seaboard for a good parcel of land and settled on Baffle Creek because it's close to Agnes Water and Bundaberg and is in the middle of a large tourism sphere," he said.

Mr Wilkes said there was nothing like the planned park in existence in Australia.

"We will be offering 130m-long rides per wave for around 20-30 seconds, equivalent to the best waves in the world."

He said the idea to build the park came after watching the wake made by oil tankers.

"People have been riding those waves for years," he said.

"We then hired a trawler and started making artificial waves in the Clarence River and since then we've done a lot of field testing."

Mr Wilkes said planners had indicated it would take six to nine months to gain council approval and that construction would be subject to how much rock would be encountered during construction.

The planned park at Baffle Creek is a prototype, with others planned for development.

HOW IT WILL WORK

  • Wake boat technology
  • A mobile swell generator will pull along a drive system
  • The automated machine will drag surfers along
  • Standing surfers will be winched onto the wave


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