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Council simultaneously approves and dismantles surf park

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Planning permission was granted this week for the Brocks Pine wave pool in Dorset. Yay! However, the same council in Dorset simultaneously added it will not enter into commercial discussions to include the surf park as part of future site plans - effectively hamstringing the project. "We are all feeling like a child that's been told good news, but also

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WavePoolMag Friday Sessions

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LIVE Discussion: What kind of changes to the surf industry and talent business models will we see?

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Brands are increasingly recognizing the potential of wave pools, as evidenced by Swatch's recent involvement in Waco, indicating a growing trend of companies seeking to tap into new customer bases through surf parks. While Rip Curl has expanded globally, Quik/Boardrider's presence is notably limited to Switzerland, suggesting a varied approach to market penetration. Industry consultants predict a significant evolution in

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New drone footage shows Virginia Beach progress

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Atlantic Park, set to rise on the grounds of the old Virginia Beach Dome, is a development championed by Pharrell Williams. This ambitious project will boast a 2.67-acre Wavegarden Cove that will produce waves from 1-6ft (0.3-1.8m) and cater to novice and advanced surfers.  Wave pool vets Beach Street Development is working with Venture Realty to bring surf to the

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Wave pool jobs sample platter: New openings and a little HR advice

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How do I find work at a wave pool? There will be 10 surf parks opening this year, and all need to be staffed. In addition, the projects on our Surf Planner Map represent more than 5000 job openings in the next 3-5 years. We've collected a few of the listings on Wavepooljobs to give you a small idea of

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Iconic 80s watch brand adds wave pool to cross-sport comp

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As wave pools gain prominence in the global sports consciousness, inland surf contests have proliferated. Events range from the free-spirited Stab High to the more formal WSL QS events, all benefiting from the reliable surf conditions wave pools provide. Swatch, a brand traditionally associated with action sports in snowy environments, has announced its latest venture into the world of surfing.

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Beyond Bristol – The Nick Hounsfield Interview

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Did you know that Nick Hounsfield comes from a family of inventors? He didn't invent the wave pool at his surf park. No, Wavegarden did that. But he's constantly focused on how things could work. It's like a constant invitation to daydream. We learned this early on but only now have gotten around to poking at this side of Nick.

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Flowstate nominated for Innovation Award at Australian Surfing Awards

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Melbourne computer-vision startup Flowstate has been nominated as a finalist for the Innovation Award at the Australian Surfing Awards. The company launched its automated video capture platform at URBNSURF Melbourne in May 2023. Flowstate uses AI to facilitate video capture, editing, and delivery specifically for wave pools. So far, the company has processed videos of over 1.5 million waves from

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Live Discussion: How to keep customers on site at a wave pool

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WavePoolMag will host its latest Friday Session panel talk featuring James Miles of URBNSURF and Mark (Skip) Taylor of Surf Park Management who will address the topic of how wave pools can attract and keep customers on-site. From surf settings to family amenities to return discounts and even the little things like hairdryers - everything is on the table in

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Wai Kai project steward moves to surf-focused development team

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Beach Street Development (BSD) has expanded its leadership team with the appointment of Larry Caster as Chief Development Officer (CDO). Caster's background in management, real estate development, and surf resort construction is expected to significantly contribute to Beach Street's ongoing and future projects. "The addition of Larry will allow our executive team to focus on all areas of the business

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Who is behind the latest contested wave pool in Hawaii?

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A vacant lot near Kalaeloa Airport on Oahu has become a flashpoint in the modern-day wave pool space. Recently a handful of protesters gathered at the site of the planned Honokea West surf basin to put front and center the complex balance between development, conservation, and cultural preservation. Opponents argue that the site contains important cultural elements that warrant preservation

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Surf Park Summit 2024 airs official dates, a new website and more additions.

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Surf Park Summit 2024 has announced its official dates and launched a new website, along with several new additions to the event. The Summit will take place at the Scripps Seaside Forum from September 30th to October 2nd. Surfing is recognized as the fastest-growing water sport globally, with its popularity not just confined to coastal areas but also expanding inland,

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Real estate investment giant takes over Birmingham wave pool project

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Emerge Surf, the proposed wave pool project in Coleshill, Birmingham, England, has been taken over by Stoneweg InfraSport. The £50 million deal represents the company’s first investment in the UK. Stoneweg Infra Sport is a new offshoot of Switzerland’s Stoneweg, a real estate investment company, and Teras Capital, an investment firm focusing on telecommunications and sports.  “We are excited to

Emerge Surf, the proposed wave pool project in Coleshill, Birmingham, England, has been taken over by Stoneweg InfraSport. The £50 ...Continue ›


Flowstate in America

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Coming to America: Three US wave pools embrace Australia’s Flowstate video capture system

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Flowstate officially launched this week in the United States, announcing partnerships with wave pools Waco Surf (Texas), Fireside Surf (Texas), and Revel Surf (Arizona). This means that in six months time half of America's wave pools will be using the Flowstate system. The deals cover three separate locations and four different wave pool technologies. The company said these collaborations underscore

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WSL’s wave pool relationship strengthens with latest event in Melbourne

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A crowd of 1000 spectators gathered in the summer heat to watch Jarvis Earle and Sierra Kerr take wins at a WSL QS3000 wave pool comp this weekend. The BYD Pro URBNSURF took place on Saturday in Melbourne, attracting over 120 surfers from Australia and Oceania. URBNSURF Melbourne, known for hosting the first-ever World Surf League qualifying series at a

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Wave pool investments – where basketball teams up with surfing

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Aventuur has been busy lately. The company is continuing to ramp up interest in their efforts of creating integrated surf, leisure and wellbeing destinations. In 2021, they welcomed Glenn Micro Hall and Sir John Kirwan to boost visibility and refine their offerings. The following year, 2022, saw the addition of World Tour standout Ace Buchan. Recently, celebrity investors Patty Mills,

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Friday LIVE Sessions: How do wave pools do hiring?

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Human resources are the biggest operating expense for a wave pool. And good hires can make or break a business. They'll help you to save time and money. But how do you ensure that you hire employees who will be true to your brand's objectives? And how do you find dedicated team members who are willing to disappear in the

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Endless Surf takes stock of the wave pool space

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The year ahead in the surf park industry is already off to a roaring start. Recently named the fastest growing watersport, surf is truly taking the world by storm. It’s no surprise that there are hundreds of surf parks in planning – to capitalize on and satiate the massive desire for surf experiences that exists worldwide. At Endless Surf will roll

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WavePoolMag Friday Sessions on Seasonality

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How do you run your wave pool through the different seasons?

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How do you keep your wave pool filled when it’s the stay-inside season and no longer the days of fun in the sun? Attracting customers beyond the core market becomes a big challenge for outdoor wave pools once the weather turns chilly. Die-hard surfers typically are not enough to cover the low-season operational expenses (OpEx). Is the answer as simple

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Matt Hyslop on feasibility studies for new surf venues

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Will my wave pool make money? Can a passion project like a wave pool have blind spots to reality? Matt Hyslop from Colliers International talks with WavePoolMag about his role in conducting feasibility studies for new surf venues. Matt highlights the importance of visitor forecasting and understanding the potential market when planning for a new wave pool. He also lets

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New Coral Mountain project will use more water than Kelly’s rejected proposal

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La Quinta's Planning Commission has given the green light to a revised 387-acre development proposal for Coral Mountain, excluding the previously contested wave basin. The new plan, set for City Council consideration, includes 750 homes, an 18-hole golf course, a 10-acre lake, and 60,000 square feet of commercial space - but no wave pool. The original development, rejected in September

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Germany’s first wave pool inks deal with Volkswagen

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Munich's new wave pool, O2 SURFTOWN MUC, has announced a partnership with Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWN) as its "official mobility partner." The 20,000 square meter surf park, currently under construction in the northern area of the Bavarian capital, will feature VWN's presence both on-site and across O2 SURFTOWN MUC's digital platforms. The partnership entails a comprehensive presence for VWN within

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UNIT deal with Desert Lakes points to more Southern Shores Utah style developments

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UNIT Surf Pool North America LLC, associated with the German headquarters of UNIT, has announced a strategic partnership with Desert Lakes LLC, marking a significant development in its North American expansion efforts. The company said this alliance aims to cater to the distinct markets of the USA, Canada, and Mexico with improved efficiency and services adapted to local needs. Desert

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New wave pool for New York: Far Rockaway, Queens eyes community-focused surf spot

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From across the Hudson River in one of the world's biggest shopping malls, to an exclusive club on Long Island, New York City has constantly forced a re-imagining of surfing in a wave pool. Now a design firm from Brooklyn is engaged in early discussions with the city to develop a new wave pool in Far Rockaway. Local Office Landscape

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Safety in surf parks the topic for latest WavePoolMag discussion group

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We're currently enjoying a phase of swift advancement and widespread growth, in both the creation and running of expansive dynamic wave venues and compact standing, or rapid wave facilities. Despite this expansion there are still no international safety standards for surf parks. Injuries and accidents not only impact individual venues but have negative consequences for the reputation and operation of

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SurfAid cup finds 2024 home in Waco Texas

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SurfAid has announced the inaugural SurfAid Cup at Waco Surf, set for March 16, 2024, aiming to raise funds for the organization's impactful health initiatives. This event invites teams from across the nation to compete in a surf competition at the Waco Surf Lagoon, with registration and additional details available on the SurfAid website. The competition is open to surfers

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