Surf resorts are coming to the desert — not just for elite surfers

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DSRT Surf is going to be an 18-acre resort with a large wave pool as its anchor. A hotel, residential villas, and two 18-hole golf courses will all be a part of the development in Palm Desert. Photo courtesy of Doug Sheres / Desert Wave Ventures.

Sun, sand, and surf are all synonymous with Southern California’s famous beaches. But a batch of new developments coming to the Coachella Valley are hoping to turn the desert into the region’s newest surf spot. Using a variety of technologies, making waves is going to be big business in resort towns like Palm Springs and Palm Desert. With so many SoCal residents already riding the waves, developers think guaranteed good weather — and tailor-made sets — will entice surfers to try “hanging ten” in a pool when conditions are less than ideal at the beach.