On February 10th, a new surf spot and water sports recreation park will open at Ewa Beach on the west side of Oahu.
Called Wai Kai, the park has a 52-acre lagoon, three restaurants, an event lawn, a Waterman’s Club, and retail stores. Also under construction is the world’s largest deep-sea wave pool called Wai Kai Wave.
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According to a press release, “This technology, powered by Citywave, creates authentic surfing conditions with perfect, endless, adjustable waves ranging from 2ft to 6ft for all skill levels.” “The 100-foot-wide adjustable wave allows for up to three surfers at a time, plus he has a 30-person barefoot zone and stands on famous natural sites like Oahu’s North Shore’s famous Waimea River Sandbar.” It emulates the waves of a river that
Wai Kai Wave enables surfer training.Photo courtesy of artist renderings courtesy of Wai Kai
surfing and water sports
Former World No. 2 surfer and The Lineup Ambassador Shane Beschen says the managed surf space is perfect for training. “Even in surf-rich places like Hawaii, where seasonal and daily winds can have a big effect on waves, conditions aren’t always ideal or consistent.
“For experienced local surfers, it’s a fun wave to train and practice their rail and air skills. Not because the learning curve is very fast,” he said. “Just sitting on the edge of the pool and standing up accelerates your approach to surfing by spending more time riding waves than riding them.”
Water sports such as stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking and outrigger canoeing are available in Wai Kai’s protected lagoon.
Waikai has an event lawn.Photo courtesy of artist renderings courtesy of Wai Kai
where to eat
Restaurants include the Plaza Grill, a full-service dining room. Counter service boardwalk cafe. and Lookout Bar and Restaurant with front row seating for water activities. Events will also be held on the two large lawns on the property.
Waikai accepts group reservations. Reservations for activities will be available from next month.