11 January 21
“The surfing will be similar to Oahu’s Waimea Bay river wave that flows periodically when the sand bar opens up after heavy rainfall periods – but on steroids,”
EWA BEACH, HAWAII: Wai Kai Commercial Development, LLC today announced that construction is underway of The LineUp, the anchor attraction to the Wai Kai waterfront recreation and entertainment destination at Hoakalei Resort in Ewa Beach in West Oahu.
Wai Kai will feature the world’s largest deep-water standing surf wave, and access to an adjacent 52-acre recreational lagoon. Wai Kai is anticipated to open in 2022.
The LineUp at Wai Kai, a dynamic social and recreational hub of authentic waterman experiences, is headlined by the Wai Kai Wave, the world’s largest deep-water standing surf wave at 100-feet wide. Powered by citywave®, the technology creates authentic surfing conditions with perfect endless and adjustable waves from 2-feet to head-high for all skill levels allowing the use of standard surfboards with fins for big carving turns and top-to-bottom surfing on its glassy wave face.
The Wai Kai Wave was created in collaboration with Oahu’s-own Shane Beschen, an X Games Gold Medalist, former world #2 ranked surfer, and Red Bull’s high-performance surf coach, and his young gun surfing son Noah.
“The surfing will be similar to Oahu’s Waimea Bay river wave that flows periodically when the sand bar opens up after heavy rainfall periods – but on steroids,” said Shane. “Everything from high speed carving turns to sections for attacking the lip or doing airs are all possible here. It creates the perfect on-demand setup.”
Shane’s son Noah is excited about the having even bigger surf available at the Wai Kai Wave in Oahu: “I’ve been lucky to surf a few other smaller citywaves® around the world with my dad and I love how much time I get on the wave during each session. I can really progress my surfing and can’t wait to be flying down the line on the 100-foot version we’ll have at the Wai Kai Wave.”
The LineUp, including the Wai Kai Wave, will be managed by Surf Park Management. “Our team is excited to launch the most progressive facility in all of Hawaii for anyone who loves an active ocean lifestyle,” said Surf Park Management’s Skip Taylor. “To give the local community here an amazing place to play and socialize as well as introduce active travelers to the waterman’s lifestyle is a super exciting opportunity.”
Taylor said major professional and amateur surf and waterman competitions are being planned for the Wai Kai Wave and the adjacent Wai Kai Lagoon. The competitions are expected to attract top local and international competitors in surfing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and other challenging and fun events for both participants and viewers.
Also part of the Wai Kai Wave ownership team are John Luff of Surf Park Central and Matt Ruzicka of CEM Aquatics, both of whom have a long history in creating surf parks.
The Wai Kai Wave overlooks the 52-acre Wai Kai Lagoon, which will offer a sheltered area for stand up paddling, kayaks, guided outrigger canoes, and piloted electric boat cruises.
“Along a portion of the Lagoon waterfront will be restaurants, and areas for pop-up retail, events and recreation centered on fitness and wellness, families, arts and culture, and celebrations for every season,” said Wai Kai Commercial’s Director of Retail Development Larry Caster. He said a large special events lawn area is envisioned to host farmers and makers markets, local arts and cultural activities and music, along with planned weekly, seasonal and Holiday events and activities to attract locals and visitors.
Also, within The LineUp will be The Lookout Bar and Restaurant with a front row view of the surf action that will also host DJ’s, bands and Talk Story events, plus Foam Coffee and Bar overlooking the Wai Kai Lagoon and a retail boutique featuring a curated collection of soulful and sustainable connection to the ocean lifestyle the waterman community deeply cherishes.
-- SOURCE: THE LINEUP - OAHU