World Surf League Wave Company (WSLWC) Surf Ranch

Lemoore, CA

World Surf League Wave Company



Services/Project Type
Structural Engineering
Civil Engineering
Specialty Engineering

Envisioned by surfing legend Kelly Slater, Surf Ranch Lemoore is effectively a stadium for pro-surfing. Stretching over 2,000 feet in length, the wave basin offers consistent high quality waves creating a spectacle like no other. The dependability of a perfect wave overcomes a major obstacle in modern competitive surfing where the capricious ocean makes it impossible to broadcast live television feeds. To date Surf Ranch Lemoore has hosted several events, and expects many more in the future.

KPFF provided civil and structural engineering services for the design and construction of the wave basin. Civil engineering services included specification of the grading and paving within the perimeter of the wave basin. Structural engineering services included analysis and design of the perimeter walls, stairs, boat ramp, and miscellaneous structures. KPFF worked with WSLWC extensively to develop cost effective solutions and accommodate a compressed schedule.

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Just wanted to express my deepest gratitude on behalf of the Kelly Slater Wave Company for your heroic efforts and relentless commitment to achieving a major milestone for our company and, more importantly, for the surfing industry. Tuesday’s event was a huge success by all metrics, garnering attention, interest and intrigue from around the world and deemed newsworthy by the New York Times and beyond.

This was a harrowing and critical endeavor, anchored in a personal commitment I made that flew in the face of all conventional wisdom, based wholly on my confidence in those I was surrounded by - highly talented and dedicated individuals willing to follow me into the unknown. Absent that, I likely would not have had the courage to roll the dice on this one, but together, we pulled it off and have made history!! Tuesday was extraordinary and very rewarding, and the world took notice.

I just wanted to thank you for your dedication, perseverance, patience, faith and flexibility as we wandered into deep uncharted waters together.

Jay S. Leopold, World Surf League Wave Company