Modon Properties (Modon), the Abu Dhabi developer, has teamed up with Kelly Slater Wave Company (KSWC), the world experts in artificial wave technology, to create Surfing Abu Dhabithe most advanced wave facility in the world.
Boasting the world’s longest ride and the world’s largest barrel, as well as the world’s largest artificial wave facility, Surf Abu Dhabi is an exclusive surfing experience designed to inspire and appeal to everyone from beginners to elite surfers. .
Surf Abu Dhabi will further highlight Abu Dhabi’s sporting offering when it opens later this year. Located on Hudayriyat Island, Abu Dhabi’s sporting, leisure and recreation destination, the elite-level surfing facility will take its place alongside other major additions to the city’s sports infrastructure, including a 3,500-seat velodrome equipped to host international indoor cycling competitions.
Bill O’Regan, CEO of Modon, said: “At Modon, our role is to support the growth of Abu Dhabi’s ambitions and sporting asset development strategy that contributes to a legacy of sporting excellence.”
“As the world’s premier man-made surfing experience, Surf Abu Dhabi is destined to host major international surfing competitions. It is a high-performance destination that will offer world-class surfers the perfect conditions to train or compete, while growing the region’s surfing community and inspiring society at large to embrace a new healthy activity.”
“When we broke the first wave, the mystery it created and the excitement that followed was something I’m not sure many have experienced,” said Kelly Slater, 11-time World Surfing League champion and founder of KSWC. “Surfing reaches people in all corners of the world and it always amazes me who gravitates towards this world. Having a KSWC wave in Abu Dhabi is something I never dreamed would happen, but here it is. Incredible. While not many would have predicted the location of the project, there are great synergies with Abu Dhabi and, like KSWC, they are always innovating and ahead of the curve. This is going to be so much fun for so many people.”
Jeff Fleeher, President of the Kelly Slater Wave Company, said: “As a global hub for tourism, sport and business, with diverse people and cultures, Abu Dhabi is the perfect place to showcase unrivaled wave technology and surf experience. from KSWC. We are fortunate to partner with Modon and join Hudayriyat Island’s incredible sports and recreation ecosystem to foster new participation and enthusiasm for surfing in the Middle East.”