You, Yes YOU, Can Now Buy A Ticket To Ride The Kelly Pool – Nick Carroll

13 Mar 2018 13 Share

Nick Carroll

Senior Writer

Wilko's face after hearing the price of stuffing his backside into one of these tubes. Photo: WSL/Rowland

Wilko's face after hearing the price of stuffing his backside into one of these tubes. Photo: WSL/Rowland

NINE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED US DOLLARS.

You can surf the Surf Ranch! Yep, you read that right.

So tickets are now on sale for the WSL’s Founders’ Cup event — the teams contest planned for early May at the WSL Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California.

Naturally, I am interested in the finances of this organisation. Since pretty much the whole future of professional surfing rides on them. So I went looking for ticket prices — as you can too.

And my God.

Did you know that aside from the cheap seat daily price of $99.00 and the $80 Grom Admission (children 10 and under one day only), and the VIP whole event ticket including food etc for $499.00, you can buy an actual ticket to RIDE THE PLACE.

For $9500.00.

It’s called The Surf Ranch Experience package, and here it is:

“After an entire weekend of watching perfect waves, you’ll get your chance to join the very short list of people who have surfed Kelly’s creation. The Surf Ranch Experience provides a one hour session on Monday, May 7. You’ll feel like the pros you just spent a weekend watching, with a personalized locker, coaching, and professional photography and videography from both land and water. The experience includes full VIP treatment throughout the event complete with VIP seating, lounge access, free food and beverage, premium gift bag, parking pass, and Tachi Palace hotel room for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.”

Plus introductory dinner! Plus concert afterparty!

Nine thousand five hundred dollars plus $288.80 booking fee.

Now for a number of reasons (see story coming later this week), the days of the world tour haemorrhaging cash may be coming to an end. After over four years of eye watering expenditure, it may even be on the edge of breaking even. That is as long as you separate it from where the investment’s now going — into the pool (and soon to be pools).

But this is next level. If the WSL can sell out premium attendance packages at a pool event for what amounts to US$10,000, their crazy dreams might not be so crazy after all.

So what price does this put on a Ranch wave? Look away while I do the sums. Tachi Palace three nights at $200 a night = $600. VIP weekend at $499.00. Total: $1100. Subtract total from package: leaves $8400.

$8400 for a one hour surf at the Pool. In my experience, an hour in the Pool will get you four waves: two rights and two lefts.

That’s $2100 a wave.

I think the Pipeline Posse ought to get together and start selling Experiences At Banzai.

See for yourself and buy tickets right here.

Tags: topnews , (create Alert from these tags)

blog comments powered by Disqus
More From Nick Carroll
Nick Carroll: After 30 Years of Thinking About It, Rabbit Hops Into Politics

Nick Carroll: After 30 Years of Thinking About It, Rabbit Hops Into Politics

“I’m Going To Bring All My Passion and Competitive Juices To This”

21 18 Aug 2020
Nick Carroll: They're Not Your Pets

Nick Carroll: They're Not Your Pets

More People in the Water, More Encounters of the Unplanned Kind

28 17 Aug 2020
Recent

Mick Fanning: Save This Shark

This is Mick Fanning’s take on that crazy incident at J-Bay in 2015 - the most watched moment in surfing history.

7 16 Sep 2020
Job Opportunity: We Need a Weekend Forecaster/Surf Reporter

Job Opportunity: We Need a Weekend Forecaster/Surf Reporter

3 14 Sep 2020
Watch: Episode 6 of Rivals – Shaun Cansdell at Home on the Coffs Coast

Watch: Episode 6 of Rivals – Shaun Cansdell at Home on the Coffs Coast

13 Sep 2020
Sean Doherty: The East Coast White Attacks – Where To From Here

Sean Doherty: The East Coast White Attacks – Where To From Here

64 12 Sep 2020
Nick Carroll: The Terrible Attack at Greenmount Will Blow the Shark Narrative To Pieces, Again

Nick Carroll: The Terrible Attack at Greenmount Will Blow the Shark Narrative To Pieces, Again

97 9 Sep 2020
Latest News

Mick Fanning: Save This Shark

This is Mick Fanning’s take on that crazy incident at J-Bay in 2015 - the most watched moment in surfing history.

Sean Doherty: The East Coast White Attacks – Where To From Here

The situation is crying out for moderation.

Popular This Week

Sean Doherty: The East Coast White Attacks – Where To From Here

The situation is crying out for moderation.

Mick Fanning: Save This Shark

This is Mick Fanning’s take on that crazy incident at J-Bay in 2015 - the most watched moment in surfing history.

Mason Ho Surfs Hurricane Swell Chaos, Italo's Andy Tribute, and Soli Bailey Ripping At Home

This Week In Surfing: Ten Things from Surfing & the Internet on the Week That Was September 11 2020

Video: The Fizzlot kids – SW Grom Bash

A stoked out portrait of Australian Junior Surfing in the year 2018.

Go to Top