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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

The transformation of NLand’s Wavegarden Lagoon tech into Kelly Slater Wave Company tech took a leap forward this week. Engineering ...Continue ›


Lucas Fink at the Surf Ranch

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Surf Ranch becomes The Slide Ranch for skimboard world champ

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One thing we’re learning about wave pools is that a controlled surf environment opens up waves to all manner of craft. Skimboarding, once limited to side-wedges and shore break or any type of wave that offers easy entry from the sand, is buzzing with this influx of artificial waves. Blair Conklin famously paddled his skimboard into the BSR wedge last

One thing we’re learning about wave pools is that a controlled surf environment opens up waves to all manner of ...Continue ›


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Legend: Getting paid to surf the world’s best wave pool (and dress up like an animé character)

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In wave pool lore, Ocean Dome is a mythic beast. It dished perfect, clear, hollow peaks that were leaps and bounds better than comparable artificial surf technology at the time. While other pools dribbled, Miyazaki’s Dome peaked, slabbed and pitched. It was the artificial wave equivalent of Pipeline producing waves with genuine power. And judging by video clips from the

In wave pool lore, Ocean Dome is a mythic beast. It dished perfect, clear, hollow peaks that were leaps 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.

What Jeff Divine’s rainbow shots at Pipe were to 1970s surf media, this latest round of Surf Lakes images are ...Continue ›


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 ›


Sterling Hardy

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Employee of the Month: Outerknown’s Sterling Hardy

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When scrolling the #wavepool tag through the Instasphere we come across Surf Ranch clips a lot. It’s usually a celeb, pro or an everyday surfer sharing highlights from their corporate party. Recently, in post after post, we kept coming across this one guy. His name is Sterling Hardy. While most surfers luck into a handful of waves at Kelly’s this

When scrolling the #wavepool tag through the Instasphere we come across Surf Ranch clips a lot. It’s usually a celeb, ...Continue ›


Emerge Surf Birmingham

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Birmingham to build massive Wavegarden Cove

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Emerge Surf today named the central English city of Birmingham as the site of their new, giant wave pool. The £25 million ($30USmillion) facility was revealed today along with artist renderings and a list of ambassadors. South Africa’s big wave legend Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker will be signing on as well as British pros Peony Knight and Luke Dillon. Their roles

Emerge Surf today named the central English city of Birmingham as the site of their new, giant wave pool. The ...Continue ›


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New development could crown Texas as “Wave Pool Capital of the World”

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This month developers launched renderings for a wave pool at the new commercial development Sapphire Bay. The non-specific technology will be the centerpiece for the Rowlett North Texas project. Initially, the development stalled for a year after legal hassles between partners. But now appears to be full-steam ahead with lifestyle destination developers VenuBlue. Bisnow reported the $39million deal includes approximately

This month developers launched renderings for a wave pool at the new commercial development Sapphire Bay. The non-specific technology will ...Continue ›


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WavePoolMag Photographer Series Episode 1, Rob Henson of BSR

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Digital pixels are free and easy compared to the film days of shooting a 36-frame-roll, changing film (and possibly missing the set of the day) then trudging off to get it developed - never really knowing if you had scored the goods. In a way, wave pools are to surfing what digital is to photography. Yes, it’s so much easier,

Digital pixels are free and easy compared to the film days of shooting a 36-frame-roll, changing film (and possibly missing ...Continue ›


Ben Skinner at The Cove

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The Wave offers bookings as warm-up phase nears

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The Wave in Bristol today released its first wave of surf slots. The general public can now book tickets to surf from 18 November 2019 to 4 March 2020. Tickets will go live at midday on 20 August. The Wave will be in its Warm-Up phase until the end of the year. The lake will be pushing out waves and the Clubhouse will be ready,

The Wave in Bristol today released its first wave of surf slots. The general public can now book tickets to surf from ...Continue ›


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Update: Surf Lakes just pumped up the volume

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Last month Surf Lakes announced that their 5 Waves R&D facility was back up and running for structural testing. At the time the company stated they had successfully run sets that push out four consecutive waves. Max wave face heights reached 1.8 meters or 6 feet. Today on Instagram Surf Lakes aired photos of three-time world bodyboard champ Ben Player

Last month Surf Lakes announced that their 5 Waves R&D facility was back up and running for structural testing. At ...Continue ›


Wavegarden Cove like the one coming to Myrtle Beach

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South Carolina announces plans for Wavegarden Cove

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Myrtle Beach will break ground as part of a development project to inject quality surf into an area plagued by lackluster breaks. The new wave pool hopes to see completion by 2021. The Myrtle Beach City Council approved a letter of intent from American Surf Parks LLC to build the full-size Wavegarden Cove and amphitheater on land owned by the

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Naegleria fowleri amoeba

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Amoebas & bacteria could be to wave pools what sharks are to Reunion Island

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Another person has died after contracting Naegleria fowleri, the brain-eating amoeba. The man in his fifties, later identified as Eddi Gray, was at Fantasy Lake Water Park in Hope Mills North Carolina. The alleged incident happened at the water park’s artificial lake which serves as the facility’s centerpiece. Last year the surfing world lost Fabrizio Stabile after he contracted the

Another person has died after contracting Naegleria fowleri, the brain-eating amoeba. The man in his fifties, later identified as Eddi ...Continue ›


wave pool plan for Castets

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France to kick off new pool construction near Hossegor

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The small town of Castets, 40 minutes northeast of the famed sandbanks of Hossegor, will be home to France’s newest wave pool. The project, dubbed Wavelandes Atlantic, secured 32 acres of land from the town for roughly $850,000. Officials said they will be using Wavegarden’s Cove technology. Computer sketch ups in the Presslib article announcing the project show a system

The small town of Castets, 40 minutes northeast of the famed sandbanks of Hossegor, will be home to France’s newest ...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

Evan has spent more time in wave pools than most any other pro surfer. His debut to the world came ...Continue ›


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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 ›


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.

Philip Roberts is always in close orbit to surfing’s greatest inventors. Mentored by water park guru Dick Croul (Wild Rivers) ...Continue ›


The Wave in Bristol's wave making machine

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Sneek peak at The Wave’s hidden Cove technology

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The Wave Bristol released drone footage this week of their construction site. While the unmistakable silhouette of a Wavegarden Cove is clear, several key engineering pieces have been digitally blurred out. “We are really excited to finally be able to give you a sneak peak of our lake construction, which has been very much shrouded in secrecy, due to confidentiality

The Wave Bristol released drone footage this week of their construction site. While the unmistakable silhouette of a Wavegarden Cove ...Continue ›


ADG WaveTek system

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OG wave pool maker celebrates 50th anniversary

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Most of the dialogue on WavePoolMag is geared toward next-generation surfing pools produced by Wavegarden, American Wave Machines, Kelly Slater Wave Co and friends. But the wave pool engine that planted the collective “what if?” seed in our surf brains has just turned 50. The WaveTek generation system by Aquatic Design Group is responsible for 450 wave pools worldwide and

Most of the dialogue on WavePoolMag is geared toward next-generation surfing pools produced by Wavegarden, American Wave Machines, Kelly Slater ...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 ›


Surf Lakes left

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Back in action: First images of Surf Lakes 2.0 show promise

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Surf Lakes announced that their 5 Waves R&D facility is back up and running as they continue with more structural testing. The full-scale facility is in operation after the group made repairs, upgrades and improvements following a mixed launch last October. The company said they have now successfully run sets that push out four consecutive waves. Max wave face heights

Surf Lakes announced that their 5 Waves R&D facility is back up and running as they continue with more structural ...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 ›


wave pools from space

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Tour the world’s wave pools from space

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Surf exploration used to be full of mystery. The first generation of adventurers poured over nautical logs and maps then hit the coastal deserts and jungles of the world. It was analog adventuring at its finest. It was also random. Surfers hoping to discover a new Jeffreys Bay were just as likely to sit out a flat spell on a

Surf exploration used to be full of mystery. The first generation of adventurers poured over nautical logs and maps then ...Continue ›


Waco wave pool BSR Surf Resort

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How Kevin Schulz won $10K for an event that never ran

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Stab didn't get to run their Freak Peak comp due to a wild storm. But they still awarded lanky goofy foot Kevin Schulz $10k for an air he pulled during the warm up session. Designed by Perfect Swell (the people at American Wave Machines), The 'Freak Peak' is a relatively new addition to Waco's wave repertoire. What sets this wave apart

Stab didn't get to run their Freak Peak comp due to a wild storm. But they still awarded lanky goofy ...Continue ›