Now Open: You Can Catch Waves in a Lagoon the Size of the SCG at Sydney's First Urbnsurf Surf Park

In the works since 2017, and only the second Urbnsurf in Australia, the Sydney Olympic Park site is now open to surfers of all skill levels.
Sarah Ward and Ben Hansen
Published on May 13, 2024

It's the trend that's spreading the fun of surfing beyond the beach, and it has finally hit Sydney: man-made surf parks in general, and the Harbour City's first Urbnsurf specifically. From Monday, May 13, surf's now up at Sydney Olympic Park. Who said that you could only ride waves on the coast?

Originally greenlit back in 2017, construction on Urbnsurf Sydney took its time; however, the facility has been targeting opening before winter 2024 since last year. Back in April, the Urbnsurf crew confirmed the Sydney site's exact launch date, and that it had begun pumping out waves — and the time to welcome surfers of all skill levels into the lagoon is now here.

The brand's second location in Australia, after opening in Melbourne in 2020, the $75-million development isn't small. How much space do you need to give Sydney its first Urbnsurf complete with perfect waves year-round, plus impressive food and beverage offerings? And to be able to accommodate up to 1000 people a day? A whopping 3.6-hectares.

The diamond-shaped lagoon pool with waves up to two metres in height — and capable of churning out waves every eight seconds, with surfers set to catch between ten and 12 waves per hour — also isn't petite, coming in at around the same size as the Sydney Cricket Ground.

"Finally seeing the gates open and the wave machine pumping is a feeling like no other," said Urbansurf CEO Damon Tudor.

"Just like Melbourne, Urbansurf Sydney offers the perfect surfing conditions that cater for high-performance athletes and advanced surfers through to people trying surfing for the first time. We're extremely proud to be celebrating this achievement and we are stoked to see our customers ripping it up in the lagoon."

"Urbansurf is much more than a surf park and one of the benefits born out of Melbourne is the strong sense of community guests feel when walking through the doors, creating a sense of culture is deep rooted in our core values — and we're excited to start to build our Sydney community," continued Tudor.

Urbansurf Sydney offers a range of sessions catering to all types of surfers, whether you're just learning, are returning to the sport or consider yourself an expert. Also, thanks to LED lighting illuminating the man-made waves after dark, visitors have the option of an evening swim.

When surfers are done riding waves, Urbnsurf Sydney also features a wellness studio, skate park, Rip Curl store and a surf academy for those looking to take their skills to the next level. Just keen to swim, not surf? There's a pool for that as well.

Plus, Sydney hospitality group Applejack is in charge of the culinary offerings at the park, as announced in 2023. Applejack owns and operates venues across Sydney such as Forrester's, The Butler, RAFI and Bopp & Tone. The team is bringing the same produce- and service-driven approach found at its other venues to surfside eatery Sandy's, which launched with the park — and RAFI Urbnsurf, which is on the way, opening this winter.

Applejack joins the Urbnsurf family alongside farm-to-table favourites Three Blue Ducks, who provide the food and drink offerings down in Melbourne.

Find Urbnsurf Sydney at Sydney Olympic Park — open from 6am–10pm daily.

Published on May 13, 2024 by Sarah Ward
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