Changes are afoot for the private surf park in Lemoore owned by accomplished pro surfer Kelly Slater.
According to The Hanford Sentinel, a new $2.2 million building permit was issued March 14 by Kings County supervisors for installation of more wave technology at what is known as Surf Ranch.
Slater has owned the 20-acre property near Phoenix Sunrise Golf Course since 2014. The property includes a man-made lake that’s 700 yards long by 70 yards wide with a machine that creates a wave that’s about 7 feet tall with a perfect barrel.
In 2015, Slater posted a video online of himself riding a wave at the site 100 miles from the Pacific Ocean.
So with this kind of permit, could the private Surf Ranch be opened to the public at some point?
According to an Instagram post Slater issued three weeks ago, “There’s some exciting projects on the horizon and I look forward to sharing more with you as the year unfolds.”
About the the wave-making technology at Surf Ranch, Slater’s post reads, “The feedback we received from dozens of surfers … was incredibly helpful. And a few months ago we did what obsessive people do: We took something great and took it apart to create something even better. This will mean more waves, more sections and the goofy footers might be pretty excited too.”
Currently, Slater is working on “Surf Ranch Florida,” a proposed spot on 80 acres in Palm Beach County that includes a man-made surfing lake, according to the Sun Sentinel.