SURFPARK Lake Elfrath

Krefeld, Germany

Elakari | SURFPARK Lake Elfrath

INFO

The founders and the managers of Elakari Estate and Elakari Group/Must Holding have been dedicated surfers for over 35 years. Given the worldwide boom and growth of surf sports, naturally they have decided to develop two surf parks – one in Tel Aviv, Israel and one in Krefeld, (Next to Dusseldorf) Germany, developed and co invested by Elakari group. Both projects are representative for our investment philosophy: Anticipating the big waves, joining in early, riding fast and long.

Elakari Estate has an exclusive license from Wavegarden Engineering to build a professional surf park in Western Germany. We have identified the perfect location for the surf park at Lake Elfrath in Krefeld – a green area surrounded by lakes and projected to become a sports & recreation park for citizens of all ages, a destination for surfers in Western Germany and beyond, a staycation site for recreation, sports & fun. Elakari Estate aims to establish an eco-friendly lifestyle sports site with a 25,000 sqm surf pool, as well as climbing, skateboarding, stand-up-paddling and beach volleyball.

The Park & Resort final touch is healthy gastronomy, a spa and tiny houses camp for weekenders. Wavegarden engineering is market leader with the most proven wave generating technology and is currently running surf parks e.g. in Melbourne, Australia, or Bristol, UK. Award winning surfers, who train on Wavegarden pools on a regular basis, testify to the superior quality of the surf experience.

Vision

To become Germany's Premier Surfing, accommodation and leisure destination.

Mission

  • To bring surfing in places with no ocean close by.
  • To create a unique and world class surfing visitor attraction in Krefeld and NRW; easily accessible, safe and attractive.
  • To strengthen Krefeld city as a high-quality tourism destination by using sport/leisure as a strategic driver for economic success.
  • To deliver a range of social, wellbeing and economic benefits to local communities and its catchment area
  • Embedding the surf parc and resort as part of the “KR2032” sports development plan to expand the range of water sports and therefore to position Krefeld as one of the best sport tourism destinations in Europe.
  • Preserve, conserve and enhance existing structures and embed the surf park as much as possible in the local conditions by using areas that have been already built over.

Main components

  • Wavegarden Cove Surfing Lagoon
  • Surf exercise pool & hot tubs
  • Camping area (tents, RV´s & caravans, tiny houses)
  • Surf shop
  • Restaurant, bar & food trucks
  • Skate park
  • Climbing area
  • Beach volleyball
  • Corporate & event areas
  • Public common areas & kids play areas
  • Parking

Offers

Wavegarden Cove:
State of the art surfing lagoon delivering a maximum number, quality and variety of waves for all levels and ages as well as the highest surfer capacity.

Surf Academy:
All services and facilities for quality changing/shower areas, surf instruction, equipment hire, etc.

Shop:
Modern surf, skate and lifestyle store. A mix of restaurant and bar outlets: Public access restaurant with outdoor terracing and views of surfing lagoon with surf and beach lifestyle atmosphere.

Basecamp:
Area for tents, RV parking, tiny houses. Multipurpose Fitness Studio offering yoga and surf related fitness activities. A series of supporting leisure and entertainment facilities and activities: skatepark, climbing, beach volleyball, kids playground, etc.

Coaching, competitions & events:
Best international surfers, associated sports, Olympic training, team building, etc. Rich offer of cultural events like art exhibitions, cinema evenings, etc. A world class surfside promenade and boardwalk with up close views of the surfing lagoon.

Parking:
On site car/motorbike parking for users.

Environmental Impacts

Our goal is to achieve a “Net Positive Impact” thru the Surfpark Krefeld by delivering high social and economic benefits to the population in a sustainable and responsible way. Therefore we feel obliged to the climate goals of Germany and strive to meet the official climate targets by 2030.

Location

We have chosen the plot of Krefeld´s Lake Elfrath in such a way that the ecological impact in terms of transportation, bio-diversity, noise, light, and many other factors is as low as possible. In the 1970´s the site was used as a gravel pit and later on filled up with contamined building waste. Today the city of Krefeld is planning to develop a modern sports and leisure area.

Optimizing energy use

The Wavegarden patented system uses electric motors to move mechanical parts – there is nothing more energy efficient than this method year to date. Usage of renewable energies and solar panels combined with green roofs, high efficiency and renewable or recycled building materials to reduce the CO2 footprint.

Conserving water

In terms of water conservation, at an estimated 30,000m3 to 50,000m3 per year, similar to an Olympic swimming pool.

Travel

Landlocked German surfers depend on travelling by car or plane to the ocean. The Surfpark offers perfect waves to the doorstep in a climate friendly way.

Further sustainable practices planned

  • Public transportations available to connect the facilities with the local community
  • Implementation of bicycle parking and green vehicle infrastructures
  • Sustainable food onsite, zero waste generation policy
  • Surf gear has a second life cycle (donated, recycled or reused)
  • Partnerships with agreed sustainability commitment purposes
  • Ocean and nature conservancy awareness and education of the community

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