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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.

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Taylor Knox at the Surf Ranch

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10 Totally Random Questions with the Carve King, Taylor Knox

Interviews, Latest, Television

From a hyperactive kid to a sage teacher of surf fitness, yoga and meditation, Taylor Knox has lived a lot of lives. His tongue-in-cheek Captain America persona pushed him through a solid career on and off tour while the surf media lense never strayed far from his cowboy good looks. Knox worked on and refined a carve technique that was

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stephaine gilmore surf ranch pro

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How computer fluid dynamics and wave pools make magic sleds

Features, Interviews, Tips n Trips

That foam and fiberglass sled beneath your feet, including the fins, just got a whole lot of help from the pocket-protector set. The scientists best known for studying airflow and resistance on rockets, Formula 1 cars and various aircraft, have now turned their attention to surfing. Well, at least one has. Enter Riccardo Rossi. The 42-year-old from Rimini Italy is

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Andy Hadden

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Meet the engine behind Scotland’s newest surf spot

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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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Feature: Celebrating the fertile mind of Greg Webber

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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 ›


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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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Is this the Surf Ranch equivalent for standing waves?

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

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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 ›


Mason Ho Waco wave pool doing a christ air

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Stab forges unique vision of future wave pool comps

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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

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janina zeitler eisback river

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Janina Zeitler: From the river to the sea to the pool

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Find out how Janina Zeitler is bridging surf worlds: standing wave pools, river surfing and ocean surfing... The 18-year-old Munich local learned to surf on the Floßlände – the Eisbach River wave’s kinder, gentler sister wave – before becoming a fixture in the Eisbach’s core scene, no easy feat in the urban hustle of Munich. She soon branched out, salting

Find out how Janina Zeitler is bridging surf worlds: standing wave pools, river surfing and ocean surfing... The 18-year-old Munich ...Continue ›


Rapid Surf League event

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What wave pools can learn from the river surfing movement

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Quirin Rohleder shares how surfing in a tight space in the middle of a city, spawned standing wave pools and a professional tour. Did river surfing start the whole wave pool movement? In some ways, yes. At least for small spaces. If you haven’t walked through Munich Germany on a nice, summer day it’s really incredible. Tour past the beautiful

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UK Pro Surf Tour event at Snowdonia

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Survey Says: UK to produce real-life Rick Kane before USA or Australia

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Why future British champs might be from London or Birmingham In forecasting the UK’s wave pool future, yes, we know Bristol, Edinburgh and London are getting Wavegarden Coves and Wales already has Snowdonia’s Lagoon technology, but how do these locations mesh with the actual surfer population? We’ve just discovered that these wave pool hot spots are where the density of

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Barton Lynch at Surf Lakes

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Barton Lynch shares his Surf Lakes plans

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Grom comps, coaching and simply soaking up the view… Surf Lakes unveiled their wave pool technology at a test facility in Yeppoon, Queensland last October. Since then the company confirmed a Gold Coast commercial project, meaning we could all be splitting peaks in late 2020. Surf Lakes works thanks to a giant donut, or plunger mechanism. The device pushes out

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Blair Conklin

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Let’s invent a new kind of surfing with Blair Conklin

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Blair Conklin is at the center of the foamy-and-finless movement, shredding the gnar at the confluence of skim and surf. 10 years from now we will look back and see Blair's watercraft as either early prototypes of now-standard equipment, or as colorful relics in surfing's hardgoods recycle bin – discarded next to cans of spray-on traction and nose guards. But

Blair Conklin is at the center of the foamy-and-finless movement, shredding the gnar at the confluence of skim and surf. ...Continue ›


Felicity "Flick" Palmateer at Surf Lakes

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Surf Lakes to build and run Gold Coast 5 Waves facility

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Founder Aaron Trevis explains why you won't find meat pies at their new 5 Waves facility This week Surf Lakes announced they will take on both the construction and running of their upcoming 5 Waves facility at an undisclosed Gold Coast location. "Rather than licensing off to a third party, our plan is to build, own and operate a fully

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Chris Monroe Beefs TV

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Behind the scenes of a wild trip to Waco

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Meet the guy with the goofy voice behind BeefsTV It’s like if Mason Ho was a YouTuber. Fun, energetic bro who lets roll with unfettered commentary. It’s not the slick corporate edits we’re used to seeing in the Instagram sphere. No. Chris Monroe, the soul behind Beefs TV, presents a refreshingly candid take on surf sessions. We first noticed Chris’

Meet the guy with the goofy voice behind BeefsTV It’s like if Mason Ho was a YouTuber. Fun, energetic bro ...Continue ›


Andrew Ross

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Melbourne: Andrew Ross tells us why surfing will never be the same again

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From calculating urea content to Aussie pride, much more goes into wave pool planning than you would think... Andrew Ross is perfectly groomed for making wave pools. A practiced attorney who worked in London as an investment banker, he’s able to hopscotch legalities inherent in artificial wave generation while at the same time drumming up cash to launch something as

From calculating urea content to Aussie pride, much more goes into wave pool planning than you would think... Andrew Ross ...Continue ›


matt biolos and daughter

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Lightning Rod Learning: Surfboards for wave pools by Matt Biolos

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Mayhem dishes design theory for the world's wave pools... Artisan tough guy and shaper-to-the-stars Matt Biolos is perhaps the most experienced maker of surfboards for wave pools. His team killed it at the Stab High event in Waco; he knows Wavegarden’s Lagoon tech (NLand and Snowdonia) intimitely, and he shaped the board under the feet of Surf Ranch Pro champion

Mayhem dishes design theory for the world's wave pools... Artisan tough guy and shaper-to-the-stars Matt Biolos is perhaps the most ...Continue ›


Adaptive Surfers

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Adaptive surfers anticipate coming wave pool scene

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Adaptsurf Brazil on how the coming wave pool boom will be a boon to adaptive surfers... The topic of accessible wave pool surfing is trending. As the ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships prepare to launch in La Jolla California, and Huntington Beach hosts an Adaptive Challenge, the chatter on everyone’s social feeds is about wave pools. More specifically, how they

Adaptsurf Brazil on how the coming wave pool boom will be a boon to adaptive surfers... The topic of accessible ...Continue ›


Scott Bass profile image by Steve Lippman

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Where is the best wave pool in the world? Expert tells all

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Wave Pool Connoisseur Scott Bass Compares Wave Pools We found the best wave pool in the world thanks to Scott Bass – founder and creator of The Boardroom International Surfboard Show and podcaster of the Boardroom and SPIT! shows – who is fast becoming a wave pool connoisseur. The uber-stylish San Diego County regular foot has had the pleasure of

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empty wave at 5 waves wave pool

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5 new facts about the Surf Lakes wave pool

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Surf Lakes wave pool CEO Aaron Trevis dishes details on future projects 2018 has been a great year for wave pools. Wavegarden’s Cove technology went viral, BSR Surf Resort threw out fun wedges in the deep end, Kelly’s Wave saw a CT event and the latest from Surf Lakes has warmed the world to plunger technology. After millions of social

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Artists rendition of Surf Lakes hub technology

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The next big thing in wave pools: Surf Lakes’ hub system

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With the surf world's diminished attention spans lingering just a few moments on the latest morsel of digital wave pool candy (until the next big thing comes along of course), we thought now is a good time to explore what is to be the next big thing in wave pools. While BSR Surf Resort, Kelly’s Wave, the Wavegarden Cove others

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Matt Warshaw

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Matt Warshaw on how to surf Kelly’s wave pool

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Matt Warshaw is the author of the Encyclopedia Of Surfing (follow this link because we like Matt and he’s done a lot for the sport) and had the chance to surf Kelly’s wave pool during a “media day” put on by the WSL and the Surf Ranch. The only catch was that the “media day” required the media not to

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Jo Dennison at Surf Snowdonia

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Meet Surf Snowdonia resident pro Jo Dennison

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When Surf Snowdonia openend up the first public wave pool with Wavegarden technology, Welsh champion Jo Dennison took the position as resident pro. Technically “Water Operations Manager” (but doesn’t ‘resident pro’ sound cooler?) it means she overseas everything that goes down in the Surf Snowdonia pool from surf instructor break times and live-saving diligence to ejecting kids for peeing. She’s

When Surf Snowdonia openend up the first public wave pool with Wavegarden technology, Welsh champion Jo Dennison took the position ...Continue ›