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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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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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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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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.

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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

Welcome to our latest edition of the Surf Planner update. This month saw a flurry of activity globally with more ...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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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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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 ›


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 ›


Taylor Knox at the Surf Ranch

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10 Totally Random Questions with the Carve King, Taylor Knox

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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

From a hyperactive kid to a sage teacher of surf fitness, yoga and meditation, Taylor Knox has lived a lot ...Continue ›


Bettylou Sakaru Johnson Wavegarden Cove

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Wavegarden demo center local Josh Kerr pushes kids into slabs

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Former pro surfer and DSRT Surf ambassador Josh Kerr is still regarded as one of the most innovative and versatile surfers of his era. His daughter Sierra (11yrs) and her Hawaiian friend Bettylou Sakaru Johnson (13yrs) are two very talented youngsters spearheading the next generation of progressive female surfers. During an intense session in the Wavegarden Cove, Josh, Sierra and Bettylou warm-up with a variety

Former pro surfer and DSRT Surf ambassador Josh Kerr is still regarded as one of the most innovative and versatile surfers of his ...Continue ›


Brian Filmore at BSR Surf Resort

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Employee of the Month: How to go from kook to expert in 18 months

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When someone says they have the best job in the world, you tend to take their word for it. Working at a wave pool each day? That’s a great job. But what we don’t hear about are long hours (15 hours some days) standing in the Texas heat and humidity while trying to organize a group of surfers amped to

When someone says they have the best job in the world, you tend to take their word for it. Working ...Continue ›


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French protest group says no to ‘Le Freak Peak’

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A proposed American Wave Machines-powered wave pool in the west of France is receiving pushback from a French activist group and some local residents. At issue is La Bergerie (field for sheep in French) Surf Camp, a six-hectacre project planned for an agricultural area 30 minutes west of France’s sixth largest city, Nantes. The PerfectSwell wave pool is projected to

A proposed American Wave Machines-powered wave pool in the west of France is receiving pushback from a French activist group ...Continue ›


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Wave pool unleashes bomb set on unsuspecting swimmers

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A wave pool in China malfunctioned, sending out a massive closeout. While the wave in the video isn't that impressive by Kelly Slater wave pool standards, it is gnarly when you consider the pool's clientele. The unsuspecting swimmers bobbing around in floatiess and rings were slammed into the sidewalls and barriers. Britain's Daily Star had a field day with the

A wave pool in China malfunctioned, sending out a massive closeout. While the wave in the video isn't that impressive ...Continue ›


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Can you patent a hunk of metal that runs down a track?

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If you can replicate Pipeline, Rincon and Snapper Rocks, more power to you. The earth won’t strong-arm you with a sealed cease and desist order. Humans, however, love to do that kind of thing. As wave pool designs proliferate there’s bound to be some stepping on of toes and lines crossed, as well as just plain blatant rip-offs. But how

If you can replicate Pipeline, Rincon and Snapper Rocks, more power to you. The earth won’t strong-arm you with a ...Continue ›


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Pros on Progression: From ocean to wave pool and back again

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In a recent clip by American Wave Machines promoting their Perfect Swell technology, the California company interviewed Stab High competitors to find out how surfing in a wave pool aids in the progression of surfing. Not surprisingly, the crew including Kevin Schulz, Matt Meola, Mason Ho and Chippa Wilson confessed that the wave pool has helped their surfing immensely. And

In a recent clip by American Wave Machines promoting their Perfect Swell technology, the California company interviewed Stab High competitors ...Continue ›


wavegarden early days

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Be Kind Rewind: Teeny Tiny Wavegarden

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2020 will mark the tenth year since the first digital images of Wavegarden tech hit the internet. Let’s roll back the clock and watch Mick Fanning and Owen Wright shred knee-high primitive Wavegarden. It’s hard to believe it was so long ago that the world got its first look at the company’s Lagoon technology. Back then refinements like a larger

2020 will mark the tenth year since the first digital images of Wavegarden tech hit the internet. Let’s roll back ...Continue ›


welsh adaptive surf champs

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Adaptive surf champs fire at Snowdonia wave pool

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The world’s best adaptive surfers hit Adventure Parc Snowdonia to compete in the Welsh Adaptive Surf Championships. The event, a first of its kind in a wave pool, saw former world champs Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart and Bruno Hansen mix it up with 24 athletes representing 13 nations. The surfers competed in three categories, standing (AS1), kneeling (AS2) and prone (AS3).

The world’s best adaptive surfers hit Adventure Parc Snowdonia to compete in the Welsh Adaptive Surf Championships. The event, a ...Continue ›


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Protect yourself before you wreck yourself: Complete guide to sun blocks and creams

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In this Natural Sunscreen Guide for Surfers and Sensitive Skin by James Marshall we learn what works and what doesn't in blocking out the sun and potentially, skin cancer... Everyone loves summer. Think about it for a minute; the long, warm daylight hours, holidays, good times with good friends and family and everything else that comes along with it. Of

In this Natural Sunscreen Guide for Surfers and Sensitive Skin by James Marshall we learn what works and what doesn't ...Continue ›