The Coachella Valley is ready to get gnarly thanks to surf icon Kelly Slater.

By Patricia Doherty
April 29, 2020

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Kelly Slater, regarded as the greatest professional surfer in the world, plans to make some waves in the Coachella Valley. His Kelly Slater Wave Company (KSWC), the World Surf League (WSL), Big Sky Wave Developments, and real estate firm Meriwether Companies are collaborating on a sports and wellness resort community in La Quinta, California. Coral Mountain will include a hotel, residences, private club, dining venues, sports facilities, and a 20-acre surfable wave basin.

CCY Architects rendering of Coral Mountain Resort in California by Big Wave Surf Company
Credit: Courtesy of Big Wave Surf Company

The 18-million-gallon wave “pool” will feature the largest rideable, open-barrel, human-made waves in the world based on technology from Kelly Slater Wave Company. According to KSWC, “the wave system can mimic the power, speed, and experience found in the best ocean waves.”

Slater’s first application of his wave technology is at a Central California facility owned by the World Surf League.

Desert site in California where Coral Mountain will be developed
Credit: Courtesy of Big Wave Surf Company

Homeowners, hotel guests, and members will have exclusive access to the wave basin, which will accommodate about 25 surfers at a time. Surfers of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to professionals, will be able to ride the waves.

The wellness-focused resort will also include skateboard runs, bike tracks, mountain bike trails, tennis and pickle ball courts, and yoga. The development was originally approved to include a golf course, but it was amended to feature the wave basin instead, requiring significantly less water use. Construction is expected to begin early next year.