Today, via Instagram, Kelly Slater announced,
“Well…it’s official…we have a building permit in Palm Beach County for #SurfRanchFlorida. I’m beyond proud and stoked to see the first of our developments at @kswaveco going to my home state of #Florida. Thank you to Mayor Burdick and the city commissioners for your approval and support of the project. Also thank you to #JupiterFarms for your comments and support. Looking forward to being neighbors. I keep joking about it but it might be true that now I can move back home now and surf as much as I want! Cannot wait to see a bunch more stoked people riding waves. This is gonna be fun. 🌊🏄🏽🌴🦈🐊🌪”
SURF RANCH FLORIDA IS OFFICIALLY ON IT’S WAY
What’s to come?
Surf Ranch Florida will be the first official public Kelly Slater Surf Ranch. It was a unanimous vote on Thursday when Palm Beach County commissionersapproved permits fo rSurf Ranch Florida!
Kelly chose West Palm, just 120 miles away from his hometown of Cocoa Beach. The ranch will be on 80 acres of land and house a 2,000-foot long and 185-foot surf pool. It will also house a building for instruction, education, and more. The Palm Beach Post reports that construction will begin in 2018 and finish in 2019.
Surf Ranch Florida will serve the community as a high-performance training center for athletes, a surf school with community access, and a facility for world-class events and contests. It will host special programs for underprivileged youth. And, it will feature a learning center focused on educating the next generation about ocean conservation and renewable energy
Who is involved?
Surf Ranch Florida is a collaborative effort between Dirk Ziff (from the World Surf League) and Kelly Slater.
Dirk Ziff is an owner of the World Surf League and Managing Partner of Ziff Capital Partners. Prior to ZCP, Mr. Ziff founded Ziff Brothers Investments. He has also worked in the publishing and broadcasting industries. He serves as a board member of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the World Surf League. Ziff was formerly a member of advisory board at Huron River Venture Partners, and Vice- Chairman of the Robin Hood Foundation. Mr. Ziff received a B.A. in English Literature from Columbia University and an M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard University.
Kelly Slater is one of the most influential surfers of all time, with an unprecedented 11 World Surf League world championships, 55 WSL Tour wins and two X-Games gold medals. Kelly’s free-surfing, out-of-the-box maneuvers and spontaneous approach to surfing continue to change how people surf and view the sport. He has changed surfing forever and redefined the archetype of a surfer through his professionalism, style and character. Slater launched his own clothing brand called Outerknown in 2015 and is the founder of Kelly Slater Wave Company that combines the latest science, engineering and design to create the longest, open-barrel, high-performance waves in the world. He also owns Firewire Surfboards, the most eco-friendly surfboards in the world, and has starred in and produced major motion pictures that relate to surfing.