From Spring 2019, surfers will no longer need to head to the Atlantic coast to enjoy the thrill of surfing. All you’ll need to do is take the metro to Félix Faure on line 8.
The complex will be built at 107, rue de la Croix-Nivert, in the heart of the 15th arrondissement of Paris, opening as the very first surf spot in the capital.
Work is planned to begin before Summer 2018 on the plot of an already established sports center, just in front of a multi-sport field. The amount of investments is €1.6 M.
It all began last February, with the call for projects on the theme of “Grand Paris, playground” was launched by the City of Paris, as part of the 2024 Olympic bid. The aim was to “Make room for innovation and offer new sports to Parisians using vacant spaces,” said Jean-Francois Martins, deputy mayor in charge of sport and tourism.
Six applications later, and it was a company named Maraga and their idea for a surfing complex that swayed the mayor of Paris. “It’s been 15 years since I dreamed of setting up this project,” enthused Jean-Baptiste Piette, president of Maraga, as reported in Le Parsien. “Accessible to anyone over the age of six, the artificial wave works with a film of water of five centimeters to avoid any risk of drowning.”
Only three people can surf or bodyboard at the same time on the “tube” that will be 15 meters wide. But don’t worry, it’s not an issue if your partner is better at surfing than you and you’re worried about keeping up. “We can adjust the power of projection of water and split the wave with tubes,” adds Jean-Baptiste.
What’s great is that even for beginners, there will always be supervisors on site to explain how to surf the waves.
For the moment, the envisaged tariffs are €10 for 30 minutes in off-peak time and 15 € during busy seasons, board rental included. An affordable cost, insists Jean-Baptiste Piette, “to make surfing accessible to all.” It’s a cheaper option given that the planes and hotels of the holiday season are costly.
The complex will also host a restaurant, bar, and other more “conventional” sports, such as pétanque.