Fireside Surf brings to Grandscape, a climate-controlled, standing wave surfing facility where people ages 7 and up can learn to surf using real surfboards. This surfing platform, powered by Citywave, is also suitable for expert surfers to practice their latest tricks and techniques. The project seeks to provide customers with a fun surfing experience without the need to go to the beach. Surrounding this eye-catching experience is a full-service restaurant and bar where every seat will be a front row to surfing action.
The overall design along the entry path from the parking lot into the site is to be open as much as can be for passersby to be able to see the surfing activities. The design emphasizes the resort atmosphere and laid-back surfer style that stands as an oasis within a concrete jungle. The overall design for the façade is to be articulated with stack flag stones, Green Wall, and lavish landscape elements accompanied by two giant Surf Boards as sign elements to attract customers entering the site.
The Citywave surfing technology is the first and only technology that allows a beginning surfer to learn how to surf in the safe, controlled environment of a standard size pool. The typical surf ride begins when a surfer stands at the edge of the pool and is helped onto the wave by a professionally trained surf instructor-lifeguard. The surfer can hold hands with the instructor and receive instruction on how to stand and maneuver the surfboard. Once the surfer gets their balance, they can control the board to the middle of the wave heading back and forth across the wave front until they lose balance and fall into the water. Once in the water, they are gently carried to the back of the pool where the water disappears under the standing area and the surfer walks out of the pool and picks up their surfboard to get back in line for another ride. Each rider will share the wave, going one at a time, with up to 11 other surfers. Expert surfers can use the wave in the same fashion to perfect their tricks before they try them in the open ocean. The amazing part of this treadmill for surfers is that the water can, at the touch of a button from the lifeguard, disappear within three seconds, making it very safe to the users.
The water used for the pool is to be maintained annually following the city standard which is to be dechlorinated through our dichlorination system with less than 0.1 ppm of chlorine left and will be discharged in a rate no more than 50 GPM into the sanitary sewer system.
Surrounding this incredible surfing machine will be excellent food and tasty beverages. The group that is designing this food concept is the same group that designed the menu and the concept for Whiskey Cake, Velvet Taco, Pie Tap, Hill & Vine, Haywire Uptown, and literally hundreds of other restaurants locally, nationally, and internationally. Lastly, our general contractor has built thousands of restaurants including Whiskey Cake, The Puttery at Grandscape, Eddie V’s, and PF Chang.
The standing wave concept and technology has been improving for the past 20 years. The Surfing Concept has been implemented in a lot of cities. Citywave has been the world renown inventor in the innovation design for patented deep-water technology. It is commercially proven technology with 14 third party units operating around the world and four more opening in 2023. This is the first surf pool Fireside Surf to build in the United States. Slidewaters Water Park in Lake Chelan, WA is the first waterpark to implement the Citywave Surfing Pool. It has been a great success in the region just east of Seattle. Another surf pool from Citywave is under construction in Hawaii currently. Waco and Austin are among two in the state of Texas to have surf parks for the public to enjoy and learn how to surf.
Fireside Surf would plan to have the construction team start as early as can be, within the next few months and be able to open by the end of summer, ideally, August or September. We are very excited to bring this concept to Grandscape at The Colony coming Summer of 2023.