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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 ›


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.

There is so much theory tossed back and forth about why surfing in freshwater feels so different than it does ...Continue ›


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 ›


The proposed wave pool design in Cairns

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Architecture firm spills the beans on Cairns wave pool

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Tropical Australia a natural choice for human-made barrels An Australian architecture firm released designs for a wave pool in Cairns Australia recently. CA Architects says their design will appeal to the large number of tourists who choose Cairns as a resort destination. Tropical Australia seems a natural choice for a wave pool. Weather averages remain steady between 80 and 90

Tropical Australia a natural choice for human-made barrels An Australian architecture firm released designs for a wave pool in Cairns ...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 ›


new australian wave pool

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Surf Lakes pushes on with plunger perfection

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What's a conrod? Apparently something super important to Surf Lakes machinery. The company just announced they are in the process of a rebuild of the one at their Yeppoon test facility. When Surf Lakes launched footage of its first waves last October everyone frothed over and saw the potential of the new technology. While everyone's energy was focused on the

What's a conrod? Apparently something super important to Surf Lakes machinery. The company just announced they are in the process ...Continue ›


Sebastian Zietz at BSR Surf Resort

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Quick Hit: Digital BSR Surf Resort round up

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What’s up down in Texas? Heaps. Including a couple new waves, less Play Doh looking water and some of the biggest airs ever. Some fun moments from the BSR wave pool so far this year included sessions with Sebastian Zietz, Chippa Wilson, Olvier Kurtz, Sam Piter and Dean Vanderwalle. The park reopened in late March following a heavy duty water

What’s up down in Texas? Heaps. Including a couple new waves, less Play Doh looking water and some of the ...Continue ›


wave pool mongolia

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With coming wave pool boom MonGOLDia is born

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In a page taken right out of the Jamaican Bobsled playbook Mongolia lets fly with Olympic dreams. The International Surfing Association signed up Mongolia as its latest member this week, banking the country’s surfing future on yet-to-be-built indoor wave pools. With recognition from the Mongolian National Olympic Committee and ISA membership approval, the Mongolian Surfing Federation can now organize wave

In a page taken right out of the Jamaican Bobsled playbook Mongolia lets fly with Olympic dreams. The International Surfing ...Continue ›


The Navy wavepool at carderock

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Discover the world’s most sophisticated wave pool

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Unfortunately the most advanced wave pool is not for surfing, but for frogmen and ships... Waco! Lemoore! Carderock? Contrary to popular belief, America’s most sophisticated wave pool is not in Texas or California. It’s out on US Government property in Maryland. The US Navy owns and operates an indoor 240 feet wide and 360 feet long wave pool that holds

Unfortunately the most advanced wave pool is not for surfing, but for frogmen and ships... Waco! Lemoore! Carderock? Contrary to ...Continue ›


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Wave pool launches Olympic and urban renewal hope in Paris

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How one of France’s most disenfranchised banlieues could host Olympic surfing in 2024 Surfing will make its debut at the Tokyo Olympics next year with the ocean as the playing field. Despite efforts to build a Kelly Slater wave pool in time for Tokyo, the decision remained to keep Olympic surfing salted. The International Olympic Committee declined the change from

How one of France’s most disenfranchised banlieues could host Olympic surfing in 2024 Surfing will make its debut at the ...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

Why future British champs might be from London or Birmingham In forecasting the UK’s wave pool future, yes, we know ...Continue ›


Nikki Van Dijk at Wavegarden test facility: Photo Sloane

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Urbnsurf forced to find new location for Perth wave pool

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The Western Australian State Government has rejected Urbnsurf’s application to use public land at Alfred Cove to build a Wavegarden Cove and their Urbnsurf Perth project. At issue is a portion of the project at Tompkins Park in the City of Melville that requests a section of public land. Urbnsurf’s plan was rejected by Lands Minister Ben Wyatt. In a

The Western Australian State Government has rejected Urbnsurf’s application to use public land at Alfred Cove to build a Wavegarden ...Continue ›


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New wave pool tech launches in the deserts of Arizona

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Swell MFG plunges into the deep end of wave pool manufacturing We don’t like to use the term “space race” whenever a new wave pool technology debuts. Why? Because the current wave pool rush involves more players than the Space Race's America vs. Russia format. It’s, well, complicated. Wavegarden, Surf Lakes, KS Wave Co, American Wave Machines, Webber Wave Pools,

Swell MFG plunges into the deep end of wave pool manufacturing We don’t like to use the term “space race” ...Continue ›


Sam Piter

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Television: Air game training in BSR’s new water

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Didier Piter coaches son and friends through Perfect Swell ramps Uber-grom Sam Piter dialed in the BSR wave pool’s air section this week under the tutelage of his dad, former European champion and international surf coach, Didier. The French grom sessioned with mates Noa Dupouy, Tiago Carrique and Max Michalewski in the newly filtrated water at BSR. The session was

Didier Piter coaches son and friends through Perfect Swell ramps Uber-grom Sam Piter dialed in the BSR wave pool’s air ...Continue ›


Barton Lynch at Surf Lakes

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Barton Lynch shares his Surf Lakes plans

Interviews, News

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

Grom comps, coaching and simply soaking up the view… Surf Lakes unveiled their wave pool technology at a test facility ...Continue ›


Sierra and Josh Kerr (Credit Wavegarden and Pacotwo)

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Television: Can’t wait for Melbourne

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Video homage to patience and Urbnsurf's full-size Wavegarden Cove… Once upon a time there were posters of kittens suspended by their front paws with the words “hang in there baby.” There were several varieties and knock-offs but all were ubiquitous to school offices in the 1980s. Wave pool enthusiasts are counting the days until Urbnsurf Melbourne is finished and the

Video homage to patience and Urbnsurf's full-size Wavegarden Cove… Once upon a time there were posters of kittens suspended by ...Continue ›


BSR Cable Park

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Waco shows off new waves, water

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Waco wowed the world with its matte torquoise wedges and programmable air section throughout last year. BSR Surf Resort became the de facto Instagram air clip canvas and went as far as to host the Stab High air contest. Now the park is open with a new, elaborate and intensive water treatment system. The impetus for the water filtration system

Waco wowed the world with its matte torquoise wedges and programmable air section throughout last year. BSR Surf Resort became ...Continue ›


Melbourne Cove wave pool

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Can Filipe and a total newbie surf the same wave? ‘Yes’ says Urbnsurf

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CEO Andrew Ross walks us through just how, exactly, the new Melbourne wave pool will provide surf for several ability levels. Earlier this year Urbnsurf announced they plan to complete, test and open the doors to their Melbourne wave pool around Easter. And while there have been heaps of questions flung through the social media sphere regarding pricing and access,

CEO Andrew Ross walks us through just how, exactly, the new Melbourne wave pool will provide surf for several ability ...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 ›


Kelly Slater at his wave pool

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Non surfer nails Kelly’s wave pool despite blowing several waves

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Beta Test host Lexi Savvides typically examines things like Teslasuits, robots, exoskeleton suits, more robots and other fringe high-tech inventions. In a recent episode, she turned her focus on Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch and fell on several waves, sending collective groans from surfing viewers. "Millions of surfers gagging to ride this and they're pushing first timers in," Henrik Menassian said

Beta Test host Lexi Savvides typically examines things like Teslasuits, robots, exoskeleton suits, more robots and other fringe high-tech inventions. ...Continue ›


John John Florence at the Kelly Slater Wave Company

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John John Florence does physical therapy at Kelly’s wave pool

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World sees the value of wave pools for rehabilitation as John John Florence and coach Ross Williams perfect post-injury technique. Last year John John severely injured his knee, cutting short his bid for a third world title. Almost a full year of webcasts without JJF was difficult for surf fans. His approach to waves is joyful, something often lacking in

World sees the value of wave pools for rehabilitation as John John Florence and coach Ross Williams perfect post-injury technique. ...Continue ›


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 ›


Nikki Van Dijk

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Four clips to celebrate International Women’s Day

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Today on International Women’s Day we celebrate the best women’s surfing in Wave pools with four stellar clips. IWD honors the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women globally while calling for actions leading to gender parity. Think about some of the performances we’ve seen in the past few years - from Stephanie Gilmore’s 30-second tube at the Kelly

Today on International Women’s Day we celebrate the best women’s surfing in Wave pools with four stellar clips. IWD honors ...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

Founder Aaron Trevis explains why you won't find meat pies at their new 5 Waves facility This week Surf Lakes ...Continue ›


Vintage Big Surf Arizona

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Be Kind Rewind: America’s first surfing wave pool

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How marketing dollars from the Clairol Hair company launched America's first wave pool and culture, and why Big Surf is still a viable spo option today... Waikiki Beach at Big Surf in Arizona launched the wave pool revolution 50 years ago. Well, kind of. The world’s first look at wave pool surfing, while scoring high on the novelty scale, mistimed

How marketing dollars from the Clairol Hair company launched America's first wave pool and culture, and why Big Surf is ...Continue ›


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