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DSRT Surf Wave Pool


DSRT Surf, a new, five-acre surf pool being developed by Desert Wave Ventures utilizing Wavegarden’s Cove technology is coming to Palm Desert in 2021. The entire DSRT Surf development will span 18 acres at Desert Willow Golf Resort, which is owned by the city of Palm Desert, and will include a “Surf Center,” with retail and restaurants.

The DSRT Surf comes from the brains of John Luff, president and founder of Surf Park Central, and Solana Beach ex-mayor/money manager Doug Sheres, the latter of whom has his fingers in all sort of areas from real estate development to fundraising. Expected to cost somewhere around $200 million, crews are looking to break ground at the end of this year and open the doors to the public by 2021.


The wave pool itself will produce ocean-like rollers in clean and crystal-clear fresh water. The Wavegarden Cove produces up to 1,000 waves per hour, ranging between 50 centimeters and 2.4 meters, which break simultaneously across six different surfing zones.

Each area offers waves of different sizes and power, specifically designed for all surfing levels – newcomers, experts, and everyone in between. Wavegarden’s software can create up to 30 different types of waves. Wave size and shape can be modified with a push of a button. From steep barrels to open face waves and slow-moving whitewater.


Identical right and lefthand waves are produced in a stagger fashion on either side of the pier every four seconds. Non-stop waves are ideal in busy moments. Nevertheless, to minimize energy consumption, wave frequency can also be programmed to correspond to the precise number of surfers in the water. The Cove has a capacity of 100 hundred surfers at any given time.

The structure will feature a spa and fitness center, areas for volleyball, pickleball and yoga, and a surf academy. The desert surfing wave pool powered by Wavegarden will be equipped with solar power generation technologies. “We will adopt water conservation, native and drought tolerant landscaping, and unique program that dramatically reduces and offsets water consumption,” DSRT Surf notes.


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