IF YOU want your turn at Yeppoon's Surf Lake prepare to be disappointed as the prototype is just that, with no plans to open to the public.

Spokesman Wayne Dart said the site was a demonstration site but that wasn't to say it couldn't become a commercial site.

Gold Cost surfer Flick Palmateer at Yeppon Surf Lake
Gold Cost surfer Flick Palmateer at Yeppon Surf Lake

"That's not our plan given the funding we have, but if an interested party were to come along and turn it into a commercial venture it could be easily done" he said.

"We've never said it would be open to public but if someone has the money and wanted to turn it into a commercial facility we'd be happy to talk to them."

 

Mark Occhilupo rides the waves at Yeppoon Surf Lake
Mark Occhilupo rides the waves at Yeppoon Surf Lake

Unlike nature's version, 5 Waves uses fresh water purchased from Livingstone's main supply.

Surf Lakes plan to license the technology to theme parks, resorts and developers around the world.

 

5 Waves Surf Lake:
5 Waves Surf Lake:

Among it's claims are five world firsts.

. It can simultaneously produce five wave types wave types, each varying in difficulty, size, length and shape, all at the same time.

. Most breaks in a wavepool with 10 separate waves - four left and four right reef breaks, plus two beginner waves

. It is the world's largest surfing lagoon with 80 megalitres of water

. The largest wave face height will reach 2.4m (almost 8 foot)

. With the world's highest wave productivity, at full commercial capacity, it will produce more than 2,400 waves per hour, allowing up to 240 surfers in the lake at the same time, all catching 10 waves per hour

 

Perfect waves at Yeppoon Surf Lake
Perfect waves at Yeppoon Surf Lake

Already demand has been strong with 150 inquiries from more than 25 countries around the world and over the next six months, demonstration days will be held for potential licensees.

"We needed to prove the concept," Mr Dart said.

"At the moment we're round about 50 per cent. At the next upgrade we can push to full height.

"At the moment, the focus is on getting the wave perfect."