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The World’s Largest Surf Wave Pool Just Opened in Oahu



A German company has just developed the world’s biggest surf wave pool on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.
Citywave developed the wave pool at the artificial surf park The LineUp at Wai Kai and was inspired by the Eisbackwelle – a popular river surf spot in Munich, Germany.
With construction costing nearly $43 million, some people wonder why Hawaii – the literal birthplace of surfing – needs artificial waves.
“Our goal isn’t to replace the ocean, rather to be a valuable resource for water enthusiasts,” Wai Kai partner Shane Beschen, former world No. 2 ranked surfer, X-Games Champion and Red Bull’s high-performance surf coach, said in a press release. “Our custom surfing program and innovative technology enable an in-depth approach to coaching made easier by the consistent and predictable nature of the Wai Kai Wave. It’s the perfect practice arena for the sport’s best to hone their craft, and an accessible entry point for beginners to learn in a controlled environment.”
Beschen and other internationally acclaimed surfers are available for personalized instruction and training sessions. Current and former professional surfers are already flocking to the wave, including Olympic gold medalist Carissa Moore, world champion big wave surfer Kai Lenny, and “Mr. Pipeline” Gerry Lopez.
Located 35 minutes from Honolulu within Hoakalei Resort, Wai Kai is a year-round venue for active adventurers anchored by the Wai Kai Wave and the adjacent 52-acre recreational Wai Kai Lagoon. The LineUp at Wai Kai sets the stage for transformative experiences by bringing together the best of the island’s activities while celebrating Hawaii’s cultural ties to water.
Wai Kai Wave is Hawaii’s first deep-water standing wave, offering an unrivaled surf experience for all levels, from beginner to pro. Spanning 100-feet wide and adjustable from two- to six-feet high, the wave allows up to three lanes with 10 surfers per lane and emulates famous natural standing river waves like Oahu’s legendary Waimea River.
Guests can choose from a robust program of water activities on the protected 52-acre Wai Kai Lagoon, just steps away from the Pacific Ocean. Various watercraft are available to rent, including kayaks, stand-up paddleboards (SUP) and pedalboards, Hydrobikes, outrigger canoes, surf skis, pedal boats, Duffy boat cruises, and AquaBana floating cabanas. Rentals are bookable by the hour or through the Play Your Way package, which allows visitors to swap out different watercraft and use the floating cabanas for the same hourly rate as a kayak or paddleboard rental.
“Wai Kai aims to create community and connection through interactive and engaging activities, dining, and events,” said Director of Retail Development Larry Caster. “We’re excited to provide a unique place for locals to gather while introducing travelers to the vibrant surf and waterman lifestyle for which Hawaii is known.”