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Tru Sterling at Surf Lakes

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That other kid in the water at Surf Lakes

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During Surf Lakes' second round of testing, we saw waves surfed by the company's ambassadors like Occy's son Jay. But observers noticed another kid surfing the slabby peaks. Tru Starling made the trek from Narrabeen way, way north to Yeppoon to check out the wave pool during th same session that saw a dazzling split peak by Occy and Jay

During Surf Lakes' second round of testing, we saw waves surfed by the company's ambassadors like Occy's son Jay. But ...Continue ›


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Retro clip cool: 2008, the year of promise and the great recession

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Are we deep enough into the wave pool blitz to have a nostalgia movement yet? 2008 was a crucial juncture in human-made wave development. Kelly Slater and Greg Webber tussled with their respective designs and the world’s largest surf shop, Ron Jons, was in the midst of an Orlando pool build. At the height of it all was this four-minute

Are we deep enough into the wave pool blitz to have a nostalgia movement yet? 2008 was a crucial juncture ...Continue ›


jay occhilupo at Surf Lakes

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Television: Jay Occhilupo attempts wave pool slab

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Son of Occy and Qld Junior champion, Jay Occhilupo takes on a wave pool slab known as The Island, at the Surf Lakes R&D facility. The son of legendary goofy foot Mark Occhilupo, Jay donned helmet and moxie to attempt the drop without much luck. He then moved over to Occy's Peak to try out the right hander, with more

Son of Occy and Qld Junior champion, Jay Occhilupo takes on a wave pool slab known as The Island, at ...Continue ›


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Alana Blanchard video series drops in at BSR Surf Resort

Latest, Television

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 ›


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 ›


Taylor Knox at the Surf Ranch

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10 Totally Random Questions with the Carve King, Taylor Knox

Interviews, Latest, Television

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 ›


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 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 ›


aritz aranburu

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Aritz Has Got the Hits: Flat spell fun with Mr. Aranburu

Television

Basque surfer Aritz Aranburu was fortunate enough to unleash some of his powerful trademark hacks in between countless barrels at Wavegarden's demo center in the Basque mountainside recently. Reporters from El País - one of Spain's most prominent newspapers - visited Wavegarden HQ's on a content gathering mission for a video they are making about Wavegarden. Their crew of photographers and cameramen were keen to see how the local hero

Basque surfer Aritz Aranburu was fortunate enough to unleash some of his powerful trademark hacks in between countless barrels at Wavegarden's demo center in the Basque ...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 ›


perfect skimboarding conditions

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TV: Will wave pools make flat craft the next big thing?

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The sport that started in the 1920s in Southern California on found, salvaged bits of plywood has today expanded across the globe. And is now finding traction in the growing wave pool world. Austin Keen and Blair Conklin have taken an activity favored by clumsy vacationers, day drunks and kids-in-cutoffs and made it, well, totally cool. Helping legitimize the skids

The sport that started in the 1920s in Southern California on found, salvaged bits of plywood has today expanded across ...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 ›


Rob Machado and daughter surf wave pool together

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Rob Machado and daughter party wave the Wavegarden R&D center

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Rob Machado is no stranger to traveling the planet in search of waves. In his calendar, which is generally left open to chase swells, he has a rendezvous each year that he never misses. This is when he heads to France to catch up with his teenage daughter, Macy. They live oceans apart. Macy in Reunion Island on the Indian Ocean; Rob on

Rob Machado is no stranger to traveling the planet in search of waves. In his calendar, which is generally left ...Continue ›


Jason szeleky at waco texas

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Off-the-cuff-airs: Jacob Szekely lights up Waco

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There’s a wonderful reckless abandon to Jason Szekely’s airs, like he didn’t decide what move he was gonna do until mid-flight. It looks sometimes haphazard, but then, he pulls it. We became fans after watching the evolution of his judo airs at the Waco wave pool, a maneuver that somehow evolved into something completely different mid-ride. By the end of

There’s a wonderful reckless abandon to Jason Szekely’s airs, like he didn’t decide what move he was gonna do until ...Continue ›


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Be Kind Rewind: The lost clip from Jack Freestone and Chippa’s desert quest

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Dion Agius stunned the digital surf sphere when he debuted his Electric Blue Heaven clip in 2012. For the first time, the world saw the potential in wave pools for doing big, tweaked airs. Not to be outdone, fellow Australians Chippa Wilson and Jack Freestone forayed to the very same wave pool in Dubai shortly after. In their edit, the

Dion Agius stunned the digital surf sphere when he debuted his Electric Blue Heaven clip in 2012. For the first ...Continue ›


Christiaan Bradley

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Wave Pool Board Theory with Christiaan Bradley

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Mild-mannered Quiksilver shaper Christiaan Bradley makes sleds for Leo Fiorivanti, Jesse Mendes and France's hot crop of future stars. Originally from Tasmania, he cut his teeth in the shaping bays of the Gold Coast before bouncing around the globe and landing in Hossegor, France as the central gear in the Euroglass factory machine. In this first installment of WavePoolMag's original

Mild-mannered Quiksilver shaper Christiaan Bradley makes sleds for Leo Fiorivanti, Jesse Mendes and France's hot crop of future stars. Originally ...Continue ›


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It’s Bobby, Bethany, Parker and Jett season in Waco

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Ever wanted to twiddle the dials at the BSR wave pool? Launch airs with Bethany? Throw heavy middle-aged hacks with Bobby Martinez? The slick production of the Coffin Brothers known as Young Wise Tales got to do all that. In their latest edit Parker Coffin travels to Waco Texas for a little behind-the-scenes and a whole bunch of flaring. “I’m

Ever wanted to twiddle the dials at the BSR wave pool? Launch airs with Bethany? Throw heavy middle-aged hacks with ...Continue ›


BenGravy surfing at the kelly slater wave pool

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BSR, Kelly’s and Big Surf tour with YouTuber Ben Gravy

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We live in wonderful times. It’s a time when YouTubers can earn six figures dolling out makeup tips. It’s a time when a grown man in his parents’ basement makes bank for detailing his video game exploits. It’s a time when one of surfing’s favorite YouTubers Ben Gravy earns advertising coin to go surf wave pools. What does he do

We live in wonderful times. It’s a time when YouTubers can earn six figures dolling out makeup tips. It’s a ...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

It seems an odd swap, the lava and deep blue of Hawaii for the cattle-lot and roadside expanse of inland ...Continue ›


comparing wave pool waves

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Check this clip of 5 wave pools side-by-side

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Exaimine the difference in shape and speed between BSR Surf Resort, Kelly's Wave, Snowdonia, Surf Lakes and Wavegarden's Cove set up. They are all very different waves. If we had to pick one common wave trait for pools it'd be that the pocket of the wave tends to be tight. But apart from that, length of ride, hollow sections, air

Exaimine the difference in shape and speed between BSR Surf Resort, Kelly's Wave, Snowdonia, Surf Lakes and Wavegarden's Cove set ...Continue ›


Bethany Hamilton wave pool

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Bethany Hamilton has a thing for wave pools

News, Television

Bethany Hamilton is one of America’s favorite tales of inspiration and drive. The red hot Kauai grom lost her arm in a shark attack at age 13. She then recalibrated her entire surfing approach to become one of the best female surfers in the world. Bethany’s fan base is huge and her personal brand has launched everything from movies to

Bethany Hamilton is one of America’s favorite tales of inspiration and drive. The red hot Kauai grom lost her arm ...Continue ›


yadin and king nicol

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Father-son-duo lighting up American wave pools

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Micro-From King charges Waco and Kelly’s with dad Yadin Nicol World Tour retiree Yadin Nicol left the outskirts of Western Australia for the USA post tour. The fast-twitch regular foot known for his bravado in slabby waves is now getting a few wave pools under his belt. Yadin visited Waco this month to test out the new water and new

Micro-From King charges Waco and Kelly’s with dad Yadin Nicol World Tour retiree Yadin Nicol left the outskirts of Western ...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 ›


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 ›