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World Surf League (WSL) abandoned plans to build the Surf Ranch in Florida.
“The WSL is disappointed to confirm our decision to cancel the development of the wave basin planned for West Palm Beach, Florida,” the company said in a statement. “These projects are complex and in many ways without precedent, and we have learned important lessons in this process.”
“The nature of this site, including the extremely high water table, exposed unforeseen challenges that made the decision around this unique project clear,” states the WSL.
In 2017, Kelly Slater Wave Co. (KSWC) filed an application to build an 80-acre surf park just 120 miles away from the surfer’s hometown of Cocoa Beach.
WSL say that they are “moving ahead with several other locations for wave systems powered by Kelly Slater Wave Technology,” and refused to make additional comments.
There is only one Surf Ranch facility in the world. WSL’s private wave pool is located in Lemoore, California.