Surfing pros and beginners alike will soon be able to enjoy waves exactly to their liking with the opening of a surf park in Fort Pierce’s proposed Willow Lakes community. “We’re expecting to break ground by the end of this year, or the first quarter of 2023,” says Chad LaBonte, principal of Devcon Enterprises, the developer of Willow Lakes. “It’s a 16-month buildout, so realistically the surf park will open at the end of 2024 or the beginning of 2025.”
Resembling a massive swimming pool, the surf park will feature technology by engineering company Wavegarden that can create groundswells that mimic the ocean’s naturally occurring waves. Once complete, the surf park will be able to create up to 1,000 waves of different sizes every hour so that any surfer, no matter the skill level, can enjoy the experience.
The first phase of Willow Lakes’ 200-acre development features the surf park’s main building with changing rooms and restrooms, a surf academy and surf shop, and a restaurant and bar. A 25-acre lake will host other watersports like paddleboarding and kayaking. Residential units, retail space, and office spaces will be added as the community continues to be built.
“It’s very important to us that we are good neighbors and good partners with local businesses,” says LaBonte. “We intend to make this as authentic of an experience as possible, revolving around the surf and beach lifestyle.”