One doesn’t typically think of surfing when one thinks of Palm Springs, but Laurian Club members will have at least 4 options for desert surf soon. Of the four projects, all appear to be open to the public even though two are going into private communities.
Coral Mountain Wave Resort
The most highly anticipated project is the Coral Mountain Wave Resort. Slated to be built in La Quinta, it is in the process of final approval. If the proposed project receives final approval it will have KSWaveCO / Kelly Slater wave technology similar to the existing pool in Lemoore, which has helped fuel the development of wave basins throughout the world. The vision for CMWR is to offer a lifestyle experience based in sport and wellness. Its 600 homes are on our radar as a prospective Laurian property.
Desert Wave Ventures
Josh Kerr and the Hobgoods are bringing Wavegarden tech to Palm Desert. Desert Wave Ventures received final approval for their DSRT Surf Resort that will have a 5.5-acre lagoon, a 92-room luxury hotel and 83 residential villas. This public development will be built next to the city’s Desert Willow Golf Resort and will have a surf academy for lessons, rentals and all things surf related. DSRT has also addressed the issue of water usage. They are implementing a unique “Surf for Turf” to offset the surf lagoon water by converting 20 acres of turf on the golf courses to drought tolerant landscaping. Construction started last summer and they anticipate opening at the end of 2023.
Palm Spring Surf Club
Not ones to be left out of the mix, Cheyne Magnusson and Kalani Robb are spearheading the The Palm Spring Surf Club team. PSSC got the jump on the other projects when it purchased and took over the old Wet’N’Wild water park in Palm Springs. They had the advantage of having an existing pool basin that made little waves for tourists to play in back when it was Wet’n’Wild. They were able to utilize the space to add new equipment and use the old pool to test the new equipment. There have been much-publicized videos, and many of the world’s top surfers have been out to the desert to test their new wave. The old pool footprint has now been removed and a new much larger wave basin is in the process of being built. No date has been given for an opening but it will for sure be the first working wave basin in the Coachella Valley open to the public.
Thermal Beach Club
Seemingly designed to draw the more surf-curious crowd, The Thermal Beach Club is a private residential development described as a “private paradise” featuring a beach for club members. The developer is planning to build 326 dwelling units including a 22-acre lagoon with undisclosed wavemaking technology and 34,400 square feet of clubhouse buildings that include a restaurant and bar. Developers have stated that they intend to allow local schools to utilize the wave pool in a way that gives back to the community. This project has been fully approved by Riverside County and is expected to start construction as soon as they reach their funding benchmark.