Australia’s been incredibly strict on covid. Just ask the tennis players. Or the Championship Tour surfers currently idling away in Sydney hotel rooms.
On the upside, this international stringency has allowed Australia to be lenient within its borders. Due to incredibly low infection rates, Australians can now congregate in large groups, dine indoors, and attend recreational venues and events.
Like, say, wavepools.
Australia’s only current commercial pool, Melbourne’s URBNSURF, has seen a rabid influx of surfers since re-opening in October 2020. Through the Australian spring and summer, guests have flocked to their concrete shores for a taste of chlorine-stained turns and tubes. Pushing regular sets of up to twelve glimmering walls (on both sides of the pool, so 24 total), one wonders how many waves would have been ridden at Tullamarine Intl in the last four months.
Thirty-three thousand? Forty-six trillion?
Both very good guesses. Which one is closer to the truth, we’ll never know. But we do know that URBNSURF has no intention of slowing down. If anything, they plan on beefing up their output.
“We’re working on a new session type, Advanced Turns, which will be launching in February,” says URBNSURF marketing manager, Rupert Partridge. “We’ll be featuring two new high-performance turns waves. One allows you to unload on the first section, followed by another vertical lip, and then a good cutback section to finish. The other provides an easier takeoff with a good carve section, then two steep sections in the middle, and a whitewash section to finish.”
That should be enough to get the fin-drifters and dad-hackers salivating. But how do you convince your non-surfing spouse and kids that Tullamarine is a worthy weekend destination? URBNSURF has you covered here, too….
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