Surf Republic - A Wave Pool for Surfing
Surf Republic - A Wave Pool for Surfing
Surf Republic is a movement to build the ultimate man made surfing destination in TEXAS with a wave pool designed for surfing!
Surf Republic is a movement to build the ultimate man made surfing destination in TEXAS with a wave pool designed for surfing! Read more
About this project
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The Texas surfing community is starving for fantastic surf. While swells (i.e. sets of rideable waves) occasionally provide an incredible environment for our growing community to enjoy the power of the ocean, the surf is typically poor. Many Texas surfers resort to riding the waves created by passing ships because the surf is simply too flat. Surf Republic aims to solve that problem by being the premier surfing wave pool in Texas, providing a controlled environment for surfers, young and old, to ride the waves together. This project will be beneficial to the local community in many ways. Here are a few:
- Help boost business to local surf shops and shapers
- Help increase Texas tourism
- Promote health and fitness
- Add a unique quality of life amenity to the area
- Offer both residents and tourists an unparalleled surfing experience
By reaching the goal of $15,000, we can afford to put together the early stage concept models, concept master plan and renderings needed to make Surf Republic a reality. This campaign is just one small aspect of a promising bigger picture, so any additional funds pledged will go towards:
- Enhanced rewards for backers like YOU!
- Site discovery
- Site Feasibility and Environmental Impact studies
- Economic Impact and Tourism Analysis
- Any staffing, professional and legal fees associated with the project
For inspiration on how to build this project, I travelled through Dubai to Wadi Adventure (Al Ain, UAE), a wave pool that attracts surfers from around the world. It inspired me to approach Houston Area Economic Development officials and top surf company CEOs. This project has even attracted the attention of Select Contracts, a company that was instrumental in the success of Wadi Adventure.
Pledgers will be instrumental in making sure the future is bright for the growing community of dedicated surfers in Texas. Every dollar pledged is one step closer to creating a wonderful place for everyone in Houston to venture into and appreciate the world of surfing.
Pledgers will get gifts for helping to bring Surf Republic into the world.
$1 - Pledgers will receive our sincere gratitude!
$5 - Pledgers will receive a digital download of a concept rendering of Surf Republic. (digital reward)
$10 - Pledgers will receive a list of 10 favorite surf spots along with other digital rewards.
$30 - Pledgers will receive surf wax, wax storage box, wax removal comb, premium vinyl stickers AND digital rewards too!
$50 - Pledgers will receive an exclusive t-shirt, as well as vinyl stickers and all digital rewards.
$110 - Pledgers will receive all of the above gifts!
$3500 - Pledgers will receive above rewards and an invite (with full admission) to a private surf party which includes surf sessions in an actual surfing wave pool, food and beverage.
Surf Republic is lead by me, Naradah Tisdel! I'm a medical laboratory scientist, renowned DJ and impassioned Texas surfer. I learned to surf years ago in the crowded line ups of Galveston and Surfside, TX. I quickly observed the rapid growth of population and surfing in the area and have progressed a bit since then. The swell windows in Texas are often short lived. When you couple that with everyday life, multiplied by work and family commitments, surfing here can be a challenge. It can even be frustrating at times! Ask any Texas surfer and they will probably say the same. Ultimately, passion is what led to the conception of Surf Republic.
I have travelled the world doing research and gathering support for this project in an effort to ensure that pledgers will be supporting an amazing project. I have been working tirelessly for three years to build this project into a place that will breathe new life into the already enthusiastic surfing community in Texas and beyond.
Remember, every dollar pledged would greatly help to build this project into marvelous surf destination for everyone visiting and living in the Greater Houston Area. Your funding will help our surfing community thrive and spread the joy of surfing to the great people of Texas and beyond. Thanks for all of your support and encouragement!!!
Risks and challenges
Short term: This specific project is pretty straight forward. Possible challenges include unforeseen fulfillment issues, catastrophic weather events, product sourcing issues, shipping mishaps etc.
To mitigate many of these challenges, the campaign fulfillment has already been sketched out, with the majority of time and cost having been factored into the rewards and shipping. If delays in manufacturing occur, we will be sure to update backers as soon as we're made aware of any issues. Renderings take some time to create, but this has also been considered, and we have identified a few potential partners to help with delivering quality work.
Longterm: With a project of this potential, there are several components that need to be addressed long before the first wave is ridden. A few possible long term challenges could include permitting, water sourcing, construction issues, site or environmental issues and funding. Many of these challenges will be addressed in future studies, and could likely be mitigated by avid community support, corporate and municipal participation. Years of research, partnering with experts in respective fields, meeting with economic development officials and launching this Kickstarter campaign are all huge steps that have been taken early on to increase the likelihood of overall success. We also have the added benefit of a partner who has invaluable experience with the design, build and operations of a dedicated surf park in the middle of a desert.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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