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Speculation Nation: Is Oceanside getting a SurfLoch wave pool?

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One of the most exhausting things about the current climate of wave pool anticipation (yes, it’s like one, long, endless Christmas Eve) is pinpointing launch dates and the technology that will be used for upcoming projects. Combined with the secretive nature of wave pool makers, it makes confirming the type of surf a community will be getting very difficult. Add

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What is Swellspot tech and will it pump in Richmond Virgina?

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While the number of wave pool plans expand across the globe, the number of companies making waves remains steady with the lion's share of licenses have been inked with KSWCo, Surf Lakes, American Wave Macines and Wavegarden. But that could all change. Swellspot is a wave pool company based out of the US who is working on lighting up Richmond

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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

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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

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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 ›


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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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Know your rocker: Cheyne Magnusson’s Pool Toy model

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Surfboard design theory as it applies to wave pools is more complicated than it seems. Yes, we can use Computational Fluid Dynamics to test water flow around different tail shapes and apply it to repeated wave pool sessions. Or, we just rely on the world’s best shapers, like Matt Biolos and Christiaan Bradley, to flow with ideas and concepts. There

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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,

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Urbnsurf Updates: Melbourne ready to turn on the taps

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In a busy wave pool week that included a huge media push by The Wave and new maxed-out footage of Surf Lakes, Urbnsurf announced via Instagram they are ready to fill the pond. “We’re stoked to announce that we’re just a few weeks away from turning on the big taps, and filling up our next-generation surfing lagoon,” said Founder Andrew

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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,

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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