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How to make your board wave pool cool with artist Drew Brophy

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Drew Brophy started surfing on a hand-me-down yellowed dog of plank. He advanced quickly. But the board looked like crap. Drew wanted a better looking stick. In fact, he wanted to make all surfboards look better, cooler. In the mid-1980s he discovered Posca Paint Pens and that changed everything. Poscas allowed Drew to paint directly onto the glass of the

Drew Brophy started surfing on a hand-me-down yellowed dog of plank. He advanced quickly. But the board looked like crap. ...Continue ›


Eithan Osborne in Waco

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While Lemoore lags, what are wave pool comps doing to step up their game?

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This month the World Surf League published its 2020 tour schedule. Much to everyone’s surprise Kelly’s Wave will return as a CT event, the Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold Freshwater Pro. Among online surf fans, it’s the least popular stop on tour. “It’s repetitive, dreary, boring, and incapable of capturing anyone's imagination,” range the comments scattered from SurfingWorld to Surfer and

This month the World Surf League published its 2020 tour schedule. Much to everyone’s surprise Kelly’s Wave will return as ...Continue ›


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The Wave Bristol cancels intermediate surf sessions, requests patience

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The Wave Bristol took the world by storm this month reaching an estimated 82 million people via several hundred media outlets covering the grand opening. But problems with the intermediate wave settings on the Wavegarden Cove technology have upset guests and thrown a wrench into the company’s scheduling and plans. Consequently, the Bristol company has had to invest in more

The Wave Bristol took the world by storm this month reaching an estimated 82 million people via several hundred media ...Continue ›


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Wave Pool Update: Snooping around the Palm Springs Surf Club

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The desert outside of LA is known for spring break, ritzy hotels, and pristine golf courses. If you are looking for surf, you have gone about 100 miles too far east. While sunny Southern California has long been known as a surf mecca for places like Malibu and San Onofre, Palm Springs is far (both literally and figuratively) from being

The desert outside of LA is known for spring break, ritzy hotels, and pristine golf courses. If you are looking ...Continue ›


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Urbnsurf puts The Beast on a leash, announces intermediate waves & pricing

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After shocking the world with the heaviest Wavegarden Cove barrels to date, Urbnsurf hit the family button and reeled in The Beast, their now-famous slab setting. In this latest edit and pricing info the crew show off the Melbourne facility’s ability to accommodate everyone from the retro-hip set to frothy groms on down to families simply having a day out.

After shocking the world with the heaviest Wavegarden Cove barrels to date, Urbnsurf hit the family button and reeled in ...Continue ›


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Wave Pool Wait: New Jersey waterpark’s grand opening delayed

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The water park component of New Jersey’s American Dream Mall, the $5billion mega-complex with a view of Manhattan and the world’s only indoor surf-specific wave pool, won’t be opening next week. A spokesperson for the DreamWorks Water Park said the indoor facility’s November 27 opening date is postponed until further notice. No reason for the delay was provided. "Creating the

The water park component of New Jersey’s American Dream Mall, the $5billion mega-complex with a view of Manhattan and the ...Continue ›


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Podcast: Gonzo journalist Chas Smith on the wave pool era

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Chas Smith is a smart guy. Originally from California, he moved to Oregon and commenced his surfing career at age 10. He earned a bachelor’s degree in intercultural studies (1998) and a master’s degree in linguistics (2001) from Southern California’s Biola University; Smith’s studies included semesters spent learning Arabic in Egypt and English at Oxford University. That short bio is

Chas Smith is a smart guy. Originally from California, he moved to Oregon and commenced his surfing career at age ...Continue ›


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Yes! Pharrell Williams and Virginia Beach Cove project advance

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With Urbnsurf in Melbourne and The Wave Bristol open in England, The Wave Virginia Beach finally has a full-size Cove to assess and a business model to copy. Prior to October’s opening of the two, Virginia Beach had to speculate as to what the waves would look like and how a commercial surf park model would actual work. And this

With Urbnsurf in Melbourne and The Wave Bristol open in England, The Wave Virginia Beach finally has a full-size Cove ...Continue ›


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Mason Ho & Blair Conklin push PerfectSwell to create new waves

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“A Wedge Affair,” is the new film project that takes Reef team riders Mason Ho and Blair Conklin to the BSR Surf Resort and let’s them play mad scientist with the wave settings. In the process they create four totally new waves. The clip departs from typical glorified-chandelier-now-dubbed-an-air-section in that this one gets uber-detailed. Bill McFarland, the brain behind American

“A Wedge Affair,” is the new film project that takes Reef team riders Mason Ho and Blair Conklin to the ...Continue ›


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Aussie team jumps in the Melbourne wave pool

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Team Australia was quick to test the wave settings at Urbnsurf Melbourne this week. The month of November has been a banger for the new Wavegarden Cove with the launch of Beast Mode and several other settings. In this clip Julian Wilson, Sally Fitzgibbons and Tyler Wright joined Aussie junior stars and icons of surfing for a day of training

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Tom Curren at the Kelly Slater Wave Pool

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Flashback Clip: Tom Curren at Kelly’s Wave

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This Tom Curren wave pool edit makes us smile. Why? For many of us in a certain generation, Tom Curren is THE essence of pure surfing, and we wonder what would his ethereal style look like matched to the perfection of Kelly Slater's Wave Pool? Quick history on Tom Curren pre-wave pool... Born in 1964, the son of big-wave surfer

This Tom Curren wave pool edit makes us smile. Why? For many of us in a certain generation, Tom Curren ...Continue ›


The Berlin wave pool artist sketch

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From beer gardens to Wavegardens, Germany anticipates next wave

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German surfers are core. Lacking the wave-rich spoils of California or nearby France they make do with whatever they can to kindle their stoke. For salted surfers in communities dotting the North Sea, this means cold, blown-out sessions centered around the resort isle of Sylt or heading north to Denmark to find decent waves. For inland surfers in Munich and

German surfers are core. Lacking the wave-rich spoils of California or nearby France they make do with whatever they can ...Continue ›


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Desert communities form surf clubs in anticipation of wave pools

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The speculation that four, possibly five wave pools are set to open in the desert east of Los Angeles has inspired a mini-boom in surf clubs. Longtime surfer and club supporter Dave Hilts created the Coachella Valley Surf Club recently in anticipation of the coming surf spots.Hilts splits his time between Palm Desert and Oceanside and admits it’s a bit

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Podcast: Which of Greg Webber’s inventions will we see very soon?

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EPISODE 7 Has Greg Webber been at this game longer than anyone else? Maybe not, but he sure has a ton of fascinating insights and excellent ideas surrounding the wave pool space. Before we kicked off the interview, Greg inferred to me that he had no problem in my drilling him about the fact that he essentially broadcasts the fact

EPISODE 7 Has Greg Webber been at this game longer than anyone else? Maybe not, but he sure has a ...Continue ›


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Wave pool tech company SwellSpot announces licensing program launch

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Virginia-based Swellspot announced the official launch of their licensing program today. The company claims their wave pool technology can deliver up to 300 swells per hour and that the waves are computer controlled through software with size, shape, frequency and direction all adjustable. “Waves are produced by a mechanical modular system that uses hydraulic motor power to mimic the velocity

Virginia-based Swellspot announced the official launch of their licensing program today. The company claims their wave pool technology can deliver ...Continue ›


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Kelly’s Wave to star in new reality TV series on ABC

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Move over Survivor Island and Bachelor Mansion, Lemoore is about to take reality TV center stage. That mesmerizing, roping peat-moss green wonder known as Kelly’s Wave will become home to a new type of competition. While the WSL Top 34 will return each September for their CT event, a new, select crew of up-and-coming surfers will soon compete against each

Move over Survivor Island and Bachelor Mansion, Lemoore is about to take reality TV center stage. That mesmerizing, roping peat-moss ...Continue ›


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Wave menu, pricing, opening date announced for Melbourne

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Urbnsurf released much-anticipated footage of their Melbourne facility today along with pricing information and a peek at the wave menu on tap when the park opens to the public January 2020. Last week the company aired a clip of empty waves rolling through for the first time, and while the waves looked thick and barreling, it wasn’t until seeing it

Urbnsurf released much-anticipated footage of their Melbourne facility today along with pricing information and a peek at the wave menu ...Continue ›


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Clip explores the art of heckling your mates

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The new arena at The Wave in Bristol provides a perfect amphitheater to shout at your friends. Whether you cheer them on with positive words of encouragement or heckle them for digging a rail, everyone in the water is within earshot. “You're so close to the action,” says YouTuber Barters. “You can literally just lean over the wall and shout

The new arena at The Wave in Bristol provides a perfect amphitheater to shout at your friends. Whether you cheer ...Continue ›


dany taylor image from surf lakes

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WavePoolMag Photographer Series Episode 3, Dany Taylor of Surf Lakes

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Making salted surf look magnificent, ethereal, moody and mythical is rather easy given that it’s, well, the ocean. Giving something human-made a nature-made aura is one of the biggest challenges in photography. No dolphins, salt spray, Technicolor reefs or random imperfections. Wave pools are just stick-to-the-blueprint trappings of measured water and machine output. But to make them appear natural? That

Making salted surf look magnificent, ethereal, moody and mythical is rather easy given that it’s, well, the ocean. Giving something ...Continue ›


underwater view of indoor wave pool

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Sneak peak of New Jersey’s new indoor wave pool

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PerfectSwell tech by American Wave Machines introduced the indoor sister to BSR Surf Resort’s wave pool. The new 1.5-acre lagoon will open to the public on November 27th at the American Dream mall in New Jersey. In a quick clip produced by AWM, East Coast surfers Cruz Dinofa, Rob Kelly, Quincy Davis and Pat Schmidt lit up a pre-public opening

PerfectSwell tech by American Wave Machines introduced the indoor sister to BSR Surf Resort’s wave pool. The new 1.5-acre lagoon ...Continue ›


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Podcast: Electric personality TC and his Vegas wave pool plans

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We interview Tim Curry, known as TC, who is setting out on the arduous venture to create an oasis of surf in the parched desert surrounding Las Vegas. I am sure the Las Vegas population will be STOKED to hear this and the millions of visitors to the city will be able to practice their cutbacks alongside the locals. https://open.spotify.com/episode/6qC6blocuoJ54c5J8MGbk5?si=igP0hS4VT4-Yq78zzuM6-A

We interview Tim Curry, known as TC, who is setting out on the arduous venture to create an oasis of ...Continue ›


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Here’s why paddling in a wave pool can be more difficult than in Mother Ocean

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It looks easy, bob around in the deep end until you hear a loud noise and a wave lunges up. It’s all yours. Unlike the ocean, in a surf park there’s no hassling, triangulating a lineup, random timing of sets or duck diving pesky windswell just to make it out the back. While Kelly’s has the ski to ferry you

It looks easy, bob around in the deep end until you hear a loud noise and a wave lunges up. ...Continue ›


early Surf Lakes rendering

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The fascinating world of wave pool renderings with James Biling

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Wave pool digital artist James Biling is either a renaissance man or just totally, completely overcaffeinated (most likely a big mix of both.) We're fairly certain he wore out his phone screen hitting the send button during the making of this piece. He fired off concept-design art, photos of original paintings, schematics of totally new wave technology and even one

Wave pool digital artist James Biling is either a renaissance man or just totally, completely overcaffeinated (most likely a big ...Continue ›


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Television: Elite team tours The Wave Bristol

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As The Wave Bristol finds its footing, we are in the midst of a digital blizzard of Wavegarden content. Sometimes it’s hard to find the goods in all that pixelated noise, fortunately the marketing geniuses at Red Bull made it easy for us. Last week they dropped their elite team riders into the deep end at The Wave Bristol. On

As The Wave Bristol finds its footing, we are in the midst of a digital blizzard of Wavegarden content. Sometimes ...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

From a hyperactive kid to a sage teacher of surf fitness, yoga and meditation, Taylor Knox has lived a lot ...Continue ›