Kelly Slater planning facility with world’s largest man-made wave in La Quinta

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A development featuring what is described as “the world’s largest man-made wave” is coming to La Quinta from professional surfer Kelly Slater, NBC Los Angeles reports.

Plans for Coral Mountain were announced today by Slater, an 11-time world champion surfer, the would include the “largest rideable open-barrel human-made wave in the world.”

The team behind the facility aims for construction to begin this year and an opening sometime in 2022, when about ten thousand other surf parks are expected to open in the Coachella Valley.

The wave basin will be part of a 400-acre site in La Quinta, California, set at the base of Coral Mountain. The masterplanned community in the Coachella Valley will include a full-service resort, residential homes, a private club, multiple dining venues and adventure sport offerings.


The $200 million complex will have a 150-room hotel and up to 600 homes in the $1 million to $5 million range. Access to amenities will be exclusively available to homeowners, hotel guests, members and their guests. Dining will be open to the public through reservations.


The centerpiece of the complex will be the 18 million-gallon wave basin that has room for roughly 25 surfers — about five on the main wave, 10 each on the smaller waves at the ends of the basin. It will feature waves for all levels of ability and preference.

There is no word on where the water for the facility is coming from, it being a desert and all, but I guess we will wait to talk about that the next time there is a drought.