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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 mad technology 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Invention could revolutionize standing-wave technology

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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 ›


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 ›


jackson dorian screengrab

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Clip Candy: Shane Dorian and son Jackson’s wave pool tour

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It seems an odd swap, the lava and deep blue of Hawaii for the cattle-lot and roadside expanse of inland America. But Shane Dorian and son Jackson have ditched Island salt for wave pool fresh recently. Lured from their home by the Mainland’s best, the Dorians recently scored both Kelly’s and Waco. In a series of YouTube posts last year

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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

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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

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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.

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Disney's wave pool in the seven seas lagoon

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Three places of failure that are also the future

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Exploring the tumoultuous wave pool thread between Japan, Florida and The Netherlands Like a well-publicized celebrity breakdown on Twitter, if places have wave-pool mood swings and can throw public tantrums, then our favorite bi-polar entertainers must be Japan, Florida and The Netherlands. All three have stellar examples not only of booming new wave pools but also of projects that have

Exploring the tumoultuous wave pool thread between Japan, Florida and The Netherlands Like a well-publicized celebrity breakdown on Twitter, if ...Continue ›


Waco wave pool BSR Surf Resort

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All you need to know about the BSR Surf Resort

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Surfing the BSR Cable Park's star wave in 2019 That pumping little wedge at the BSR Surf Resort in Waco Texas has fired our curiosity and stoke since its debut last year. Now in 2019 they've added a new water filtration system, new air sections and private night rentals. The air section that we’ve seen in video clips across YouTube

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water drop splash closeup

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The lowdown on buoyancy in a wave pool

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There is so much theory tossed back and forth about why surfing in freshwater feels so different than it does in salted waves. We did some digging to mythbust Fresh vs. Salt buoyancy rumors and answer some basic questions. Guess what we found out? Yes, salt water is more buoyant than freshwater. But it’s a bit more complicated than that.

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surf planner map

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New Wave Pools hit Cairns, Regensdorf and Mongolia

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In this monthly Surf Planner installment, we cover Sevran (Paris), Cairns (Australia), The Arizona Desert and we learn more about Surf Lakes’Gold Coast location. To top it off we’ll explore how landlocked stoke-dens Regensdorf and Mongolia plan to get wet. The WavePoolMag Surf Planner is currently up-to-date with nearly 50 projects worldwide. How do we do it? How do we

In this monthly Surf Planner installment, we cover Sevran (Paris), Cairns (Australia), The Arizona Desert and we learn more about ...Continue ›


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

Quirin Rohleder shares how surfing in a tight space in the middle of a city, spawned standing wave pools and ...Continue ›


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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Be Kind Rewind: Our 10 favorite Wavegarden clips

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From knee-high peelers in a pond lined with black plastic to crystal clear Cove barrels, as part of our Be Kind Rewind Series we showcase the top 10 Wavegarden video edits. Since 2010 we’ve been fed a steady stream of digital amazement with clips of Wavegarden wave pools. Footage of touring pros at the beta version of the Wavegarden Lagoon

From knee-high peelers in a pond lined with black plastic to crystal clear Cove barrels, as part of our Be ...Continue ›