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Andy Hadden

 |  Interviews, Latest, News

Meet the engine behind Scotland’s newest surf spot

Interviews, Latest, News

In June Wavegarden Scotland announced that the country's first wave pool received planning permission from the powers that be in Edinburgh. Work will soon begin to transform Craigpark Quarry near Ratho into a Cove facility with an opening date sometime late Spring 2021. Andy Hadden, like Andrew Ross of Urbnsurf, Nick Hounsfield of The Wave and Andy Ainscough of Adventure

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empty wave at 5 waves wave pool

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Guide to all the world’s wave pool technology

Features, Latest

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 ›


kelly slater claim

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Claims move from the ocean to wave pools

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Decades ago there was no better way to ruin a ride than by claiming it. They went together like orange juice and toothpaste. As pro surfing competition got more, well, competitive, the claiming grew. While most claims are justified, some (Kelly in main photo) claims became a tool to boost scores. By feigning emotional exhilaration, a competing surfer could better

Decades ago there was no better way to ruin a ride than by claiming it. They went together like orange ...Continue ›


Four pairs of boardshorts

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Here’s what makes a good pair of boardshorts

News, Tips n Trips

As we enter the northern hemisphere summer, wave pool wear shifts from high-tech neoprene to sophisticated nylon-composite materials. And just as there's more to wetsuits than simply rubber and zippers, there's more to boardshorts than cloth and cut. As many wave pool learners find themselves purchasing a pair of boardshorts, it's important to know what works, what doesn't and if

As we enter the northern hemisphere summer, wave pool wear shifts from high-tech neoprene to sophisticated nylon-composite materials. And just ...Continue ›


Long Island Wave pool plan

 |  News

Membership and pricing plans announced for Long Island wave pool

News

The Brookhaven Town Planning Board approved a special use permit for the Long Island Surf Park this week. Set for the town of Shirley, sandwiched between Fire Island and The Hamptons, the wave pool will be quite at 55,000 square feet. By comparison, an American football field is 57,600 square feet. This will be larger than both the BSR Surf

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Beyond PU and Epoxy: 3D printed eco-surfboard construction

News

Surfboard makers have tapped the toxic bouillabaisse of polyurethane for more than 60 years now. In that time little effort was made to seek out alternative builds. And why bother? The petroleum-based recipe works, creating consistent performance sleds for most of us. Epoxy once considered difficult to work with has become one of the preferred wave pool surfboard constructions. Less

Surfboard makers have tapped the toxic bouillabaisse of polyurethane for more than 60 years now. In that time little effort ...Continue ›


Hans Odriozola getting barreled in the Wavegarden Cove

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US East Coast, England and Brazil big winners in this month’s wave pool race

Latest, News

There’s been a rush of announcements for new wave pools recently. A few have garnered the lion’s share of media attention even though they are very scant on details (Hello Oceanside.) Others, like the Pharrell Williams pool in Virginia, cleared a legislative hurdle recently. And some, like the Kobe-Reyes pool in Japan, have totally slipped through the cracks. What we’ve

There’s been a rush of announcements for new wave pools recently. A few have garnered the lion’s share of media ...Continue ›


 |  Features, Interviews, News

Evan Geiselman’s spirit animal is a wave pool

Features, Interviews, News

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

Evan has spent more time in wave pools than most any other pro surfer. His debut to the world came ...Continue ›


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Feature: Celebrating the fertile mind of Greg Webber

Features, Interviews, Latest

Fifteen years ago surfboard shaper Greg Webber set out on his path to create perfect waves. He dreamed, tinkered, chased prawn trawlers, uploaded tediously detailed YouTube clips then… boom! Webber’s wave pool ideas found traction through some of the most exciting artist renderings in the history of mock-ups. Soon he was transformed, in the American surf psyche at least, from

Fifteen years ago surfboard shaper Greg Webber set out on his path to create perfect waves. He dreamed, tinkered, chased ...Continue ›


 |  Interviews, Latest, News

Is this the Surf Ranch equivalent for standing waves?

Interviews, Latest, News

With the algae bloom of wave pool technologies emerging, we need solid metrics to distinguish each new addition. “Sick”, “Super Sick” and “Soooo Sick” work pretty well. But wave pool makers are engineers. They are tied to the empirical and typically shun such nomenclature. One surefire distinction is “traveling wave” and “standing wave.” Kelly’s, Waco and the Cove are traveling

With the algae bloom of wave pool technologies emerging, we need solid metrics to distinguish each new addition. “Sick”, “Super ...Continue ›


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How inland surfing will change the face of the surf industry

Features, Latest, News

The surf industry is a strange beast. On one hand, it has to make tangible one of the most elusive and fleeting sensations in the world – that of sliding along a wave. On the other, nothing is easier than reiterating the sheer joy and stoke of surfing. Companies go through elaborate marketing campaigns to align their brand with surfing.

The surf industry is a strange beast. On one hand, it has to make tangible one of the most elusive ...Continue ›


Surfboards for wave pools

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Surfboards for wave pools: What works and what doesn’t

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Shorter length and EPS construction help make the perfect high-performance shortboard, but there's a bit more to it than that... The best surfboards for wave pools are ones tailored to the type of wave you'll be surfing. The waves in each of the world's wave pools vary a great deal from one to the other. Kelly’s is a powerful Kirra-esque

Shorter length and EPS construction help make the perfect high-performance shortboard, but there's a bit more to it than that... ...Continue ›


Kelly Slater wave pool photo

 |  News

WSL pulls the plug on Kelly’s West Palm Beach wave pool

News

It’s not easy to see a wave pool through from artist rendering to clicking turnstile. Just ask Greg Webber who has been through trying to build a wave pool for well over a decade since airing those tempting circular sketch ups. Now the World Surf League, even with all their muscle, technology and branding, is pulling the plug on its

It’s not easy to see a wave pool through from artist rendering to clicking turnstile. Just ask Greg Webber who ...Continue ›


Ludwig II thinking about wave pools

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The history of 20th-century (and earlier) wave pools

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This surf-focused history of wave pools pre Y2K uncovers the surf-able and the non-surfable. Only surfing would find a connection between a mad Bavarian king, America’s largest cosmetics company and pre-Nazi Germany. All three were instrumental in creating wave pools. The mad king is credited with making the first artificial waves. Clairol bankrolled the first large-scale American wave pool, and

This surf-focused history of wave pools pre Y2K uncovers the surf-able and the non-surfable. Only surfing would find a connection ...Continue ›


 |  Features, Interviews, News

Talking with Turtle: What we can learn from that one ’80s movie about wave pools & Hawaii

Features, Interviews, News

Flashdance, E.T., Die Hard, Terminator and other '80s celluloid gems have nothing on the North Shore. Let's face it, an Arizona wave pool surfer taking on the Pipe Masters is just as unreal and magical as a buff cyborg cruising the time-space continuum for Sarah Conner. North Shore follows the hero’s journey storyline as Rick Kane confronts and learns what

Flashdance, E.T., Die Hard, Terminator and other '80s celluloid gems have nothing on the North Shore. Let's face it, an ...Continue ›


Christiaan Bradley

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Wave Pool Board Theory with Christiaan Bradley

News, Television, Tips n Trips

Mild-mannered Quiksilver shaper Christiaan Bradley makes sleds for Leo Fiorivanti, Jesse Mendes and France's hot crop of future stars. Originally from Tasmania, he cut his teeth in the shaping bays of the Gold Coast before bouncing around the globe and landing in Hossegor, France as the central gear in the Euroglass factory machine. In this first installment of WavePoolMag's original

Mild-mannered Quiksilver shaper Christiaan Bradley makes sleds for Leo Fiorivanti, Jesse Mendes and France's hot crop of future stars. Originally ...Continue ›


 |  News, Television

It’s Bobby, Bethany, Parker and Jett season in Waco

News, Television

Ever wanted to twiddle the dials at the BSR wave pool? Launch airs with Bethany? Throw heavy middle-aged hacks with Bobby Martinez? The slick production of the Coffin Brothers known as Young Wise Tales got to do all that. In their latest edit Parker Coffin travels to Waco Texas for a little behind-the-scenes and a whole bunch of flaring. “I’m

Ever wanted to twiddle the dials at the BSR wave pool? Launch airs with Bethany? Throw heavy middle-aged hacks with ...Continue ›


The location of the Jolster wave pool

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Norway project continues European push for “natural” wave pools

News

A project slated for Norway’s Jølster embraces a new frontier in nature style wave pool facilities. Set for the Jølstraholmen Camping development, the wave pool will be green powered and enjoy the dramatic Kvamsfossen River valley as a backdrop. Norway’s nature tourism is big business. Norweigan Cruise Lines’ Aurora Borealis journeys book out early while World Heritage Sites like Geirangerfjord

A project slated for Norway’s Jølster embraces a new frontier in nature style wave pool facilities. Set for the Jølstraholmen ...Continue ›


Mason Ho Waco wave pool doing a christ air

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Stab forges unique vision of future wave pool comps

Interviews, News

Stab High will return this year with their wave pool event in Waco Texas. Later this year they will chuck yet another comp at a secret spot in Australia. (They are intentionally vague on Aussie comp details.) Stab's not the first to jump into the deep-end of controlled environment surf contests. Munich's Rapid Surf League is building a tour through

Stab High will return this year with their wave pool event in Waco Texas. Later this year they will chuck ...Continue ›


Occy at Surf Lakes wave pool

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Surf Lakes wave pool coming to Bournemouth

News

This week a group of UK business minds officially launched plans for their Surf Lakes facility in Bournemouth. The wave pool project, officially named The Lagoon, will be surrounded by a range of indoor and outdoor activities a la Snowdonia Adventure Parc. Along with the adventure attractions, plans call for a mix of guest stays. A modern 145-bedroom hotel will

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surfboard for wave pool

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Board design goes soft to counter hard hitting wave pools

News

Soft boards will never surf the same way as your favourite high-performance shortboard. But one man is trying to change that. Wave pools are notoriously hard on surfboards. There is more concrete and metal at your local wave pool than at the beach. Consequently, your chances of encountering said material with our precious board are increased. Factor in a hurried

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1969 Arizona Big Surf

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In 1969 Australia sought Queensland location for wave pool

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Professional surfing’s first world champion and bon vivant Peter Townend dropped a bomb in our inbox recently with an old newspaper clip. “Was researching in the PT collection over last weekend and found this Aussie newspaper column on the Tempe, Arizona wave pool,” said Peter PT Townend. What was this bombshell? It appears that Queensland, currently the site of three

Professional surfing’s first world champion and bon vivant Peter Townend dropped a bomb in our inbox recently with an old ...Continue ›


Greg Webber's looped linear technology

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Webber Wave Pools Update: US licenses and smart hulls

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It started with an artist’s rendering of an arena wave pool featuring a perfect right and a mesmerised stadium audience. Next came an animated party scene celebrating a fat left. And just like that, Greg Webber stoked the fires of the world’s collective wave pool imagination. For years Webber was synonymous with wave pools, predating Kelly’s, Surf Lakes and Wavegarden’s

It started with an artist’s rendering of an arena wave pool featuring a perfect right and a mesmerised stadium audience. ...Continue ›


Surf Lakes wave pool

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Surf Lakes inches closer to full potential, big barrels

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Next month could see full-sized sets roll out from Surf Lakes’ giant donut plunger. The company announced the completion of their new connecting rod, or “conrod”, to replace the one that failed during initial testing. “The repairs are well underway and are now entering the final stages,” says Surf Lakes. “The aim is to be back in operation next month.

Next month could see full-sized sets roll out from Surf Lakes’ giant donut plunger. The company announced the completion of ...Continue ›


wave pool surf guide

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Wave Pool Surfing Guide – All the places you can session today

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These are surf-able wave pools ready to go. Today. The Wave Pool Mag Surf Planner is a growing Wave Pool Surfing Guide listing all ride-able and soon-to-be-ride-able wave pool surfing locations across the globe. This comprehensive guide will provide you with all the information you need, including pricing and hours, so you can plan a totally new kind of surf

These are surf-able wave pools ready to go. Today. The Wave Pool Mag Surf Planner is a growing Wave Pool ...Continue ›