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Another Roadside Attraction: When wave pools ruled the desert

18 September 19


From WavePool Mag: One hundred and twenty miles east of Los Angeles and 120 miles northeast of San Diego lies the Coachella Valley, soon to become home to California’s newest surf spots. Once a prime weekend destination for Bob Hope-era Hollywood, the area hosts a unique desert culture including the annual Coachella music festival, thriving LGBT scene and of course giant roadside dinosaurs.

In a new twist on surf culture, Palm Desert is currently entertaining no less than four potential wave pools. Two are under construction while the other two are still permitting and planning. One indication of the area’s frothiness is Dave Hilts (the man behind PaddleAir) who is forming a surf club specifically to session and hang out at the area’s upcoming pools.

“We hope to get involved with all of the pool owners and work with them,” Hilts said in an email. “Our club is the direct result of the Coachella Valley getting three or more wave pools.”

So what are the projects on tap to transform the desert into a wave pool oasis? We examine four potential pools and report on where they are in their development.

-       READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

-      AUTHOR:  BRIAN DICKERSON

-      SOURCE: WAVEPOOL MAG

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