Abu Dhabi becomes a global surfing destination as Modon partners with Kelly Slater Wave Company on Surf Abu Dhabi


Abu Dhabi-based developer Modon Properties (Modon) has partnered with Kelly Slater Wave Company (KSWC), the world’s experts in artificial wave technology, to create Surf in Abu Dhabithe most modern shaft system 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 engage everyone – from beginners to elite surfers.

Surf Abu Dhabi will further enhance Abu Dhabi’s sports offering when it opens later this year. Located on Hudayriyat Island, Abu Dhabi’s sporting, leisure and recreation destination, the world-class surfing facility will take its place alongside other major additions to the city’s sporting infrastructure, including a 3,500-seat velodrome designed to host international indoor cycling competitions Is provided.

Bill O’Regan, CEO of Modon, said: “Our role at Modon is to support the growth of Abu Dhabi’s ambition and strategy to develop sports facilities that contribute to a legacy of sporting excellence.”

“As the world’s first artificial surfing experience, Surf Abu Dhabi is slated to host major international surfing competitions. It is a high-performance destination that offers world-class surfers the perfect conditions to train or compete, while also growing the region’s surfing community and inspiring wider society to embrace a healthy new activity.”

“When we opened the first wave, the mystery that arose and the excitement that ensued was something I’m not sure many experienced,” said Kelly Slater, 11-time World Surf League champion and founder of KSWC. “Surfing reaches people in all parts of the world and I am always amazed at who is drawn to this world. I never thought there would be a KSWC wave in Abu Dhabi, but here it is. Unbelievable. Although not many would have predicted the location for the project, there is great synergy with Abu Dhabi and like KSWC they are always innovative and ahead of the curve. It’s going to be a lot of fun for so many people.”

Jeff Fleeher, President of Kelly Slater Wave Company, said: “As a global hub for tourism, sports and business with diverse peoples and cultures, Abu Dhabi is the perfect place for us to showcase KSWC’s unmatched wave technology and surfing experience.” are fortunate to partner with Modon and become part of Hudayriyat Island’s incredible sports and leisure ecosystem to foster new participation and enthusiasm for surfing in the Middle East.”

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