A development group is planning to build a surf resort on Oahu. That in itself isn’t earth-shattering news. The fact that it won’t feature any of Hawaii’s fabled surf breaks is.
"The whole concept is to be able to share waves. It's tough to rely on the ocean for consistency as all surfers know--but if you can create waves, you've got more waves to go around and more waves to share" said Tyler Greene, Managing Partner for Surf City Hui LLC. Greene explains the thinking behind "The Endless Summer Resort", which will be built around an artificial wave pool.
"We probably get those special days maybe 5-7 days a season. And then when you do get them there's 40 guys in the lineup and everyone is upset and agro and angry and they want to get waves" said Greene.
Greene and his partners are currently looking at three sites on Oahu--focusing on the leeward side. They also have a site in mind on the Big Island. The resort will feature approximately 250 rooms.
The company hopes to feature Kelly Slater's wave pool design.
"It's a safe and friendly environment, all the way from a mush, knee high wave for a beginning long boarded to head high barrel for a more experienced surfer."
The project is in the design stage, with fundraising initiatives to begin shortly. Though some may scoff at his ambition--Greene is used to bucking the odds. He and business partner Chad Waters are the force behind the renovation of the Coco Palms Resort on Kauai. Like Coco Palms, the surf resort will feature special attention to physical and cultural space.
“Teach them the right way, teach them about the history of surfing, teach them how to respect the water and and the locals and the culture of surfing" he said.
Greene says if all the stars align, such a resort could open in 2019.