Where to go surfing next year in Palm Springs (Yes, Palm Springs!)

December 8, 2021

Seeking waves in the parched California desert sounds like the delusion of a stereotypically stoned and sun-tanned surfer—but it’s about to become a reality, thanks to three high-tech wave pools coming to the Coachella Valley in Riverside County, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

This should come as no to shock to Chris Hemsworth, Shaun White, Diplo, and Oscar-winning Free Solo director Jimmy Chin, who count themselves among the lucky few who already have had the privilege of surfing 100 miles inland, at professional surfer Kelly Slater’s invite-only Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California (not far from Fresno). 

Surf Ranch is the prototype for Slater’s newest project: a wave pool at Coral Mountain—a community planned for La Quinta, California, that will include a 150-room hotel, a wellness spa, and single-family homes starting in the high $2 millions.

“Coral Mountain is meant to be a well-rounded sports and wellness community for the entire family,” says Michael B. Schwab, founder of Big Sky Wave Developments, which, with real estate developer Meriwether Companies, is behind the 400-acre project.

Schwab envisions that “A surf destination will complete the surrounding golf, tennis, event venues, and hiking and biking trails already existing in the area.”

Research contact: @HollywoodR247