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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 ›


wavepool mishap

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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 ›


wavefoil at snowdonia

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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 ›


waco big air wave pool

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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 ›


parent and child wave pool surfing

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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 ›


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

In June Wavegarden Scotland announced that the country's first wave pool received planning permission from the powers that be in ...Continue ›


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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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Man dies after July 4th BSR Surf Resort session

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On July 4th persons found an unresponsive man at Waco’s BSR Cable Park. He was found in the water at the BSR Surf Resort and taken to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center. For two days the man remained at the hospital but did not recover. According to Fox 44 the man was 42-year-old Christopher Hayes. His family took him

On July 4th persons found an unresponsive man at Waco’s BSR Cable Park. He was found in the water at ...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 ›


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 ›


chippa wilson at BSR

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Top 5 Waco wave clips! (so far this year)

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The Waco wave pool kicked off a banger year. So many pros and their filmers descended on the Texas park to collect footage and practice new airs. The result is an onslaught of clips in the digital surf-o-sphere. Celebrations at the wave pool include a new Sebastien Zietz signature air section, the Freak Peak and the much-applauded elimination of that

The Waco wave pool kicked off a banger year. So many pros and their filmers descended on the Texas park ...Continue ›


Snowdonia instructor Delyth Darlington

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Learn to surf: Top 5 beginner tips from wave pool pro Delyth Darlington

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Learning to surf in a wave pool is different from leaning to surf in the ocean. But the basics that fast-track surfers from kook to capable are constant. A bigger board, practicing your pop-up and finding that paddle sweet-spot help in waves regardless of whether they are salted or fresh. Most importantly, to tie all these pieces of information together

Learning to surf in a wave pool is different from leaning to surf in the ocean. But the basics that ...Continue ›


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World treated to Chinese mystery wave clip, details

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Now we know its name. Shaky footage emerged today of that mysterious Chinese wave pool. And we've now learned its name, the Xing Feng Extreme Sports Center. In the clip hosted by Hubsurfs TV, China’s favorite surfers Wang Jingwei and Huang Wei as well as a host of others, take to the wave on both short and longboards. Through the

Now we know its name. Shaky footage emerged today of that mysterious Chinese wave pool. And we've now learned its ...Continue ›


okahina wave pool system

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New French system set to stoke standing bodies of water

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The Okahina Wave project is a French invention that claims to transform still bodies of water, like lakes, rivers and bays into surf-able hot-spots. The design is a floating atoll that produces one epic wave every 15 seconds. The makers of the design say the ride will be a 30-second rush on a hollow and barrelling left or right. The

The Okahina Wave project is a French invention that claims to transform still bodies of water, like lakes, rivers and ...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

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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 ›


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How much does it cost to own two weeks a year at a Cove?

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Surfland Brasil, an innovative neo-timeshare project in Garopaba, announced they will feature a Wavegarden Cove wave pool as their centerpiece. Sandwiched between Florianopolis and Imbituba, the development will feature a skatepark designed by Pedro Barros, swimming pools, tennis courts, beach tennis, surf museum, restaurants, jogging track, gym, yoga, meditation space and spa. The facility comes on the heels of the Fazenda

Surfland Brasil, an innovative neo-timeshare project in Garopaba, announced they will feature a Wavegarden Cove wave pool as their centerpiece. ...Continue ›


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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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How inland surfing will change the face of the surf industry

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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 ›