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Abu Dhabi’s artificial wave ‘compares well with the best waves in the world’, says top surfer – News


Published: Friday, November 10, 2023, 11:27

Last update: Friday, November 10, 2023, 11:11 p.m.

Top surfers from around the world were amazed by the waves they encountered during the first exclusive test at Surf Abu Dhabi on Hudayriyat Island.

The facility, scheduled to open in early 2024, hosted 11-time World Surf League champion Kelly Slater of the USA, among other big names.

Developed by Modon Properties and in collaboration with Kelly Slater Wave Company (KSWC), global experts in artificial wave technology, the innovative destination will feature the largest artificial wave facility, barrel and longest course in the world.

“I’ve surfed hundreds of incredible waves around the world and this wave in Abu Dhabi compares well to some of the best waves in the world. I’ve drawn on that traveling surf education to design the wave at Surf Abu Dhabi,” Slater said.

Surf Abu Dhabi has been designed to inspire and cater to surfers of all levels, from beginner to elite.

“This will bring endless fun to so many people, creating an opportunity to surf an incredible wave in a special part of the world, for both experienced surfers and beginners alike. “This marks a new era in what is possible in the world of surfing,” added the American surfer.

Other world champions who tested the waves at the facility included Australia’s Stephanie Gilmore, American Caroline Marks, Moroccan surfer Ramzi Boukhiam and Brazil’s Filipe Toledo and Gabriel Medina.

“A world class wave in the United Arab Emirates. Thank you for making us feel incredibly welcome and congratulations on bringing the project to life,” Gilmore said.

“As an Arab, I am proud that Abu Dhabi has created the gateway to surfing in the Middle East,” Boukhiam said.

Toledo stressed: “Believe it or not, I found a wave at Surf Abu Dhabi. And it’s incredible.”

Praising Slater for his new project, Marks said, “Wow, congratulations on another amazing project.”

Jeff Fleeher, President of KSWC, said: “As a global center for tourism, sport and business, with diverse peoples and cultures, Abu Dhabi is the perfect place for us to showcase KSWC’s unrivaled wave technology and surf experience. “.

Jassem Mohamed Bu Ataba Al Zaabi, Chairman of the Department of Finance and Chairman of Modon Properties, revealed that Surf Abu Dhabi is ready to be introduced to the world soon.

“Hosting our first wave of testing with Kelly Slater and legends of the sport is a testament to the progress we have made in making this vision a reality.”

Bill O’Regan, CEO of Modon, added: “We are looking forward to welcoming surfers of all levels to find their wave in Abu Dhabi and benefit from the world-class technology and facilities available to them.”


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