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What is Swellspot tech and will it pump in Richmond Virgina?

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While the number of wave pool plans expand across the globe, the number of companies making waves remains steady with the lion's share of licenses have been inked with KSWCo, Surf Lakes, American Wave Macines and Wavegarden. But that could all change. Swellspot is a wave pool company based out of the US who is working on lighting up Richmond

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jay occhilupo at Surf Lakes

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Television: Jay Occhilupo attempts wave pool slab

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Son of Occy and Qld Junior champion, Jay Occhilupo takes on a wave pool slab known as The Island, at the Surf Lakes R&D facility. The son of legendary goofy foot Mark Occhilupo, Jay donned helmet and moxie to attempt the drop without much luck. He then moved over to Occy's Peak to try out the right hander, with more

Son of Occy and Qld Junior champion, Jay Occhilupo takes on a wave pool slab known as The Island, at ...Continue ›


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Another Roadside Attraction: When wave pools ruled the desert

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One hundred and twenty miles east of Los Angeles and 120 miles northeast of San Diego lies the Coachella Valley, soon to become home to California’s newest surf spots. Once a prime weekend destination for Bob Hope-era Hollywood, the area hosts a unique desert culture including the annual Coachella music festival, thriving LGBT scene and of course giant roadside dinosaurs.

One hundred and twenty miles east of Los Angeles and 120 miles northeast of San Diego lies the Coachella Valley, ...Continue ›


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Alana Blanchard video series drops in at BSR Surf Resort

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Kauai’s It girl and former World Tour competition Alana Blanchard hit Waco recently with a crew of Hawaiian friends. In this latest episode of her video series titled “Surfergirls | Happy Waves” Bethany Hamilton and Leila Hurst join Alana. The four-minute edit by Reagen Ritchie includes cameos by the women’s toddlers who enjoy the pool time almost as much as

Kauai’s It girl and former World Tour competition Alana Blanchard hit Waco recently with a crew of Hawaiian friends. In ...Continue ›


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Two new Brazilian pools on the way as American Wave Machines enter agreement

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American Wave Machines, drivers of the engine behind BSR Surf Resort in Waco, today announced a partnership with Brazilian company JHSF Participacoes SA, headquartered in São Paulo, Brazil. This agreement will launch the first of two PerfectSwell locations in the State of São Paulo. Project kick off is immediate, with surfing anticipated in November 2020. JHSF is a Brazil-based holding

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Aritz aranburu at the cove

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New Zealand eyes proposal for nation’s first wave pool

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The Christchurch area on New Zealand's South Island is one step closer to getting a Wavegarden Cove. The players behind the project are seeking to create an "aquasports park" with water-themed sports surrounding a central wave pool. "The project has been in development for around six years and is a planned co-location Wave pool/Wake Cable/White Water Park with Aquaplay facilities,

The Christchurch area on New Zealand's South Island is one step closer to getting a Wavegarden Cove. The players behind ...Continue ›


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Speculation Nation: Is Oceanside getting a SurfLoch wave pool?

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One of the most exhausting things about the current climate of wave pool anticipation (yes, it’s like one, long, endless Christmas Eve) is pinpointing launch dates and the technology that will be used for upcoming projects. Combined with the secretive nature of wave pool makers, it makes confirming the type of surf a community will be getting very difficult. Add

One of the most exhausting things about the current climate of wave pool anticipation (yes, it’s like one, long, endless ...Continue ›


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WavePoolMag Photographer Series Episode 2, Vic & crew at Snowdonia

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As wave pools expand across the globe, we're finding the art of surf photography keeps its footing within surf culture. No easy task, as wave pool surf photography could easily devolve into crass turnstile point-and-shoot. We fear the surfing equivalent of a rollercoaster drop-shot, those blurry TV monitor images you see exiting the ride. Consequently, we were a little apprehensive

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Engineers submit plans for NLand-to-Kelly-Slater-Wave transformation

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The transformation of NLand’s Wavegarden Lagoon tech into Kelly Slater Wave Company tech took a leap forward this week. Engineering firm Carlson Brigance and Doering Inc. formally introduced their plans to the city of Austin. The plans call for the retrofitting and transformation of NLand into a facility like the Surf Ranch in Lemoore California. It’s a huge project, and

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Legend: Getting paid to surf the world’s best wave pool (and dress up like an animé character)

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In wave pool lore, Ocean Dome is a mythic beast. It dished perfect, clear, hollow peaks that were leaps and bounds better than comparable artificial surf technology at the time. While other pools dribbled, Miyazaki’s Dome peaked, slabbed and pitched. It was the artificial wave equivalent of Pipeline producing waves with genuine power. And judging by video clips from the

In wave pool lore, Ocean Dome is a mythic beast. It dished perfect, clear, hollow peaks that were leaps and ...Continue ›


empty wave at 5 waves wave pool

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Guide to all the world’s wave pool technology

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As we’ve seen in recent years there is more than one way to artificially generate waves. Compressed air, levers and paddles, giant plungers and, of course, a submerged block pulled along a track, all produce surf. Mix in 10 times the computing data used to launch the Hubble Telescope, and you have capable wave pool technology. Before we kick off

As we’ve seen in recent years there is more than one way to artificially generate waves. Compressed air, levers and ...Continue ›


Surf Lakes

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Photo Essay: Surf Lakes 2.0 testing hits the zen button

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What Jeff Divine’s rainbow shots at Pipe were to 1970s surf media, this latest round of Surf Lakes images are to the wave pool set. Why? Because in the age of Insta posts, likes and shares are mostly action-generated. From Kevin Schulz’ flip at Waco to Kelly’s twin-finning at the Surf Ranch, the world prefers big airs to big art.

What Jeff Divine’s rainbow shots at Pipe were to 1970s surf media, this latest round of Surf Lakes images are ...Continue ›


Surf Planner Update on WavePoolMag

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SurfPlanner Update: The world’s five newest wave pools

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Welcome to our latest edition of the Surf Planner update. This month saw a flurry of activity globally with more wave pools planned for England, Texas and France. The bulk of the technology at the moment firmly rests with the folks at Wavegarden Cove. Central England confirms Wavegarden Cove, sealing England’s title as “Wave Pool Capital of the World.” Texas

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Sterling Hardy

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Employee of the Month: Outerknown’s Sterling Hardy

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When scrolling the #wavepool tag through the Instasphere we come across Surf Ranch clips a lot. It’s usually a celeb, pro or an everyday surfer sharing highlights from their corporate party. Recently, in post after post, we kept coming across this one guy. His name is Sterling Hardy. While most surfers luck into a handful of waves at Kelly’s this

When scrolling the #wavepool tag through the Instasphere we come across Surf Ranch clips a lot. It’s usually a celeb, ...Continue ›


Emerge Surf Birmingham

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Birmingham to build massive Wavegarden Cove

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Emerge Surf today named the central English city of Birmingham as the site of their new, giant wave pool. The £25 million ($30USmillion) facility was revealed today along with artist renderings and a list of ambassadors. South Africa’s big wave legend Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker will be signing on as well as British pros Peony Knight and Luke Dillon. Their roles

Emerge Surf today named the central English city of Birmingham as the site of their new, giant wave pool. The ...Continue ›


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New development could crown Texas as “Wave Pool Capital of the World”

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This month developers launched renderings for a wave pool at the new commercial development Sapphire Bay. The non-specific technology will be the centerpiece for the Rowlett North Texas project. Initially, the development stalled for a year after legal hassles between partners. But now appears to be full-steam ahead with lifestyle destination developers VenuBlue. Bisnow reported the $39million deal includes approximately

This month developers launched renderings for a wave pool at the new commercial development Sapphire Bay. The non-specific technology will ...Continue ›


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Know your rocker: Cheyne Magnusson’s Pool Toy model

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Surfboard design theory as it applies to wave pools is more complicated than it seems. Yes, we can use Computational Fluid Dynamics to test water flow around different tail shapes and apply it to repeated wave pool sessions. Or, we just rely on the world’s best shapers, like Matt Biolos and Christiaan Bradley, to flow with ideas and concepts. There

Surfboard design theory as it applies to wave pools is more complicated than it seems. Yes, we can use Computational ...Continue ›


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WavePoolMag Photographer Series Episode 1, Rob Henson of BSR

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Digital pixels are free and easy compared to the film days of shooting a 36-frame-roll, changing film (and possibly missing the set of the day) then trudging off to get it developed - never really knowing if you had scored the goods. In a way, wave pools are to surfing what digital is to photography. Yes, it’s so much easier,

Digital pixels are free and easy compared to the film days of shooting a 36-frame-roll, changing film (and possibly missing ...Continue ›


urbnsurf melbourne

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Urbnsurf Updates: Melbourne ready to turn on the taps

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In a busy wave pool week that included a huge media push by The Wave and new maxed-out footage of Surf Lakes, Urbnsurf announced via Instagram they are ready to fill the pond. “We’re stoked to announce that we’re just a few weeks away from turning on the big taps, and filling up our next-generation surfing lagoon,” said Founder Andrew

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Wavegarden Cove like the one coming to Myrtle Beach

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South Carolina announces plans for Wavegarden Cove

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Myrtle Beach will break ground as part of a development project to inject quality surf into an area plagued by lackluster breaks. The new wave pool hopes to see completion by 2021. The Myrtle Beach City Council approved a letter of intent from American Surf Parks LLC to build the full-size Wavegarden Cove and amphitheater on land owned by the

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wave pool plan for Castets

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France to kick off new pool construction near Hossegor

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The small town of Castets, 40 minutes northeast of the famed sandbanks of Hossegor, will be home to France’s newest wave pool. The project, dubbed Wavelandes Atlantic, secured 32 acres of land from the town for roughly $850,000. Officials said they will be using Wavegarden’s Cove technology. Computer sketch ups in the Presslib article announcing the project show a system

The small town of Castets, 40 minutes northeast of the famed sandbanks of Hossegor, will be home to France’s newest ...Continue ›


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Evan Geiselman’s spirit animal is a wave pool

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Evan has spent more time in wave pools than most any other pro surfer. His debut to the world came as the wonder grom in Kai Neville’s Lost Atlas. The snappy goofy foot sessioned the Canary Islands pool with Julian Wilson and Kolohe Andino in captivating, moody slow-motion. Evan has frequented Typhoon Lagoon, competed at the Snowdonia pro event, tracked

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The godfather of water parks passes away

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Richard Croul was an inspiration to Southern California’s hotbed of wave pool inventers and dreamers, influencing everyone from Tom Lochtefeld, Tom Morey and Phil Roberts. “He was the godfather of building waterparks in the US and paved the way for the rest of us,” recalls wave pool artist Phil Roberts. “He’s built them everywhere and he’s one of those old

Richard Croul was an inspiration to Southern California’s hotbed of wave pool inventers and dreamers, influencing everyone from Tom Lochtefeld, ...Continue ›


wave pool art by phil roberts

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Take a Little Trip: The rich imagination and wave pool art of Phil Roberts

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Philip Roberts is always in close orbit to surfing’s greatest inventors. Mentored by water park guru Dick Croul (Wild Rivers) he’s brought the trippy ideas of Tom Lochtefeld to life while acting as the grounding cable for Boogie Board inventor Tom Morey. Decades ago Roberts got his start in the surf-art world by painting boards for Floridian legend Mike Tabeling.

Philip Roberts is always in close orbit to surfing’s greatest inventors. Mentored by water park guru Dick Croul (Wild Rivers) ...Continue ›


Nick Hounsvield _The Wave_main

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How Nick Hounsfield is making The Wave a different kind of surf space

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One thing that becomes obvious when speaking with Nick Hounsfield is that he’s a sincere gent. Or, since he’s been working on the impossible task of creating a wave pool in Bristol for nearly a decade, he’s just become very good at brand messaging. He phrases debilitating project complications as “workstreams” and oozes LinkedIn can-do positivity in the face of

One thing that becomes obvious when speaking with Nick Hounsfield is that he’s a sincere gent. Or, since he’s been ...Continue ›