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The Wave surfer Phil Williams

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Local Knowledge: Let’s hit The Wave with Phil Williams

News

On our last trip to The Wave in Bristol - of which you can see the fruits Here and Here in the form of video guides - we ran into a smiling grommet of an older gent named Phil Williams. We’ve heard people say surfing is Jaun Ponce de Leon’s mythical Fountain of Youth and after watching Mr. Williams enjoy

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BSR Surf Resort

 |  Features, Latest, News

The Big List: prices, times, notes for all the world’s wave pools

Features, Latest, News

Do you know how many wave pools there are in the world? First you need to quantify that list. General water park wave pools not designed for surfing by far out number surf-focused pools like the Kelly Slater Surf Ranch. As of today, there are 18 wave pools in the world open and semi-open to the public with dedicated surfing

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Atlanta

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Atlanta eyes “access to all” wave pool project for locals and neo-locals

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The "City in a Forest" is well-known as the filming location for The Walking Dead, music stars like Ludacris and Usher, horrendous traffic and a major launch point for the Civil Rights movement. And now, it might become known as the home to Georgia's first wave pool. Running through the center of the city, the Chattahoochee River keeps Atlanta just

The "City in a Forest" is well-known as the filming location for The Walking Dead, music stars like Ludacris and ...Continue ›


artist rendering of wave pool tech

 |  Features, Wave Technology

The Big List: 20 Wave Pool Technologies and How They Work

Features, Wave Technology

The WavePoolMag Technology Guide is a working document detailing the latest technology in wave production. Much like the surf park space itself, this page is constantly evolving and growing. Check out the full category on WavePoolMag Included in the WavePoolMag guide is technology from: Kelly Slater Wave Co., Endless Surf, Surf Loch, Wavegarden Cove, Wavegarden Lagoon, PerfectSwell, Murphys Waves, Barr+Wray,

The WavePoolMag Technology Guide is a working document detailing the latest technology in wave production. Much like the surf park ...Continue ›


ka'ana wave company prototype

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What if you created Kelly’s Wave, but standing still?

Latest, News

The most exciting thing about the wave pool space is that it’s constantly evolving. Currently, surf tanks are neatly defined as producing either traveling waves or rapid (stationary) waves. But what happens when something new emerges that defies previous classifications? The new Ka’ana Wave Co. system is a rapid wave, but it also resembles a boat wake perfect for wake

The most exciting thing about the wave pool space is that it’s constantly evolving. Currently, surf tanks are neatly defined ...Continue ›


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Local spotlight & local knowledge: Naradah aka DJ Tantrum Rocks of BSR

News

Naradah aka DJ Tantrum Rocks is a steady in the lineup at BSR Surf Resort in Waco Texas. While BSR is three hours away and the Gulf Coast just one hour from his home, Naradah now splits his time between ocean waves at Surfside Beach and the pneumatic magic of BSR. But he has spent so much time at BSR that

Naradah aka DJ Tantrum Rocks is a steady in the lineup at BSR Surf Resort in Waco Texas. While BSR is ...Continue ›


 |  Features, Latest

Deep Dive: So how much energy does a wave pool use?

Features, Latest

When it comes to wave pool energy use there are no easy metrics. Once you enter wave size, frequency, intensity, length of ride, and more, it's difficult to get an apples-to-apples comparison. But we wanted answers. We dug in, and this is what we found… It’s a strange place to be existentially - using energy to create waves, something that’s

When it comes to wave pool energy use there are no easy metrics. Once you enter wave size, frequency, intensity, ...Continue ›


Free surf with every purchase

 |  News

Wave pools for the inland masses spell a death-knell for coastal elitism

News

To live and breathe surfing and wave pools 24/7 takes its toll. Personally, I can’t look at a baseball diamond outline without thinking about a Wavegarden Cove. When I see a sign for donuts I see the Surf Lakes plunger. Valentine's Day heart-shaped candies are just miniature Endless Surf pools. It’s not healthy, but it beats rollerblading or live streaming

To live and breathe surfing and wave pools 24/7 takes its toll. Personally, I can’t look at a baseball diamond ...Continue ›


Kent Miller-Randle

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Local spotlight & local knowledge: Kent Miller-Randle of Urbnsurf

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Welcome to our new Locals feature where we meet the wave-pool obsessed, where they surf and discover what traumatic life event made them this way. Each guest also provides insider information on their local wave pool - the cool stuff you don’t get from the Instagram clips or company website. From water temps to those weird anomalies in the wave

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mesa arizon amain image

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More about the technology driving Arizona’s newest wave pool

Latest, News

More about Swell MFG A lot of questions came up after this week’s announcement about the USA’s newest wave pool, Cannon Beach in Mesa Arizona. To answer some of the queries and to get more information on the new, unseen tech we sat down with Matt Gunn, one of the creators of Swell MFG, the technology that will power the

More about Swell MFG A lot of questions came up after this week’s announcement about the USA’s newest wave pool, ...Continue ›


image of abandoned waterslide

 |  Features, Latest, News

America’s waterpark wasteland could fuel a huge boom in wave pools

Features, Latest, News

Take a look at America’s cultural waste bin and you’ll find alongside those neon Gotcha thigh-high shorts the bleached-out fiberglass waterslides born in the Regan era. But all things old become new again. Don’t they? Sometimes they even make sense. And while something like a retro fixed-gear bike doesn’t really make sense, a dilapidated waterpark transformed into a next-generation wave

Take a look at America’s cultural waste bin and you’ll find alongside those neon Gotcha thigh-high shorts the bleached-out fiberglass ...Continue ›


BSR Surf Resort season opener

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BSR kicks off 2021 season with changes on tap

Latest, News

While Urbnsurf Melbourne has the curated chic of the Three Blue Ducks restaurant, BSR has BYO barbecue pits. Yes, Waco’s favorite wave is notoriously low on amenities when compared to other surf parks around the world. But that’s changing. As the home of the Freak Peak wakes from its January/February hibernation to fire up the 2021 season, we spoke with

While Urbnsurf Melbourne has the curated chic of the Three Blue Ducks restaurant, BSR has BYO barbecue pits. Yes, Waco’s ...Continue ›


Story 2 Kaana Wave Co

 |  Latest, News

Backstory: The how-and-the-why of the Ka’ana Wave Co

Latest, News

It’s the backstory of bringing new technology to see the light of day that makes the wave pool space so interesting. Throwing rocks in a pond inspired Aaron Trevis to build the giant plunger in Yeppoon while Greg Webber’s fire was lit by watching boat wakes reel down a riverbank. In a follow-up to our initial conversation with bathymetry agnostic

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Disney fantasy wave

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Coming up Disney: Designing the pump and dump at Typhoon Lagoon

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The great thing about wave pools is that with such a short history - just 15 years, well, 30 and 50 respectively if you count Typhoon Lagoon and Big Surf - you’d think there’d be very few mysteries stashed away on microfilm in some exotic city. But thankfully life is full of surprises. We received an email informing us that

The great thing about wave pools is that with such a short history - just 15 years, well, 30 and ...Continue ›


Ka'ana wave system rendering

 |  Latest

New Technology: Where stationary and traveling waves meet

Latest

 Yes, we certainly live in crazy times. From Kelly’s human-made wave debut at the close of 2015 to a plunger in the Australian scrub kicking out a utopian (or dystopian depending on who you talk to) surf-future, we all share an amazing time where creativity is melding with engineering guts. To add to the craziness, we recently discovered a portable,

 Yes, we certainly live in crazy times. From Kelly’s human-made wave debut at the close of 2015 to a plunger ...Continue ›


Andrew Ross of Aventuur

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”Top 5 things to know before you build a wave pool.”

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Meet Andrew Ross (Top Image). He’s on the elite A-Team of wavemakers, having brought Melbourne to life and launching his new company Aventuur which specializes in wave pool development projects. We’ve compiled a Top 5 list of ingredients for a successful project. They include Market Analysis, Feasibility Reviews, Water & Power Access, Light & Noise Limits and Wave Pool Design.

Meet Andrew Ross (Top Image). He’s on the elite A-Team of wavemakers, having brought Melbourne to life and launching his ...Continue ›


Damon Tudor of Urbnsurf

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Master Class: Running a surf park with Urbnsurf CEO Damon Tudor

Latest, News

Urbnsurf Melbourne has been open for a little more than one year. In that time the gates have been shut more often than open. By not pumping out waves to a happy public on the daily, their learning curve for building a thriving, profitable surf park has been incredibly steep. Hot on the heels of 2020, and with just six-months

Urbnsurf Melbourne has been open for a little more than one year. In that time the gates have been shut ...Continue ›


wavegarden HQ

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Unfiltered: What I learned on my visit to Wavegarden headquarters

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The unlikely location for the next chapter in surfing is near the town of Zaurutz in the Basque Country of Spain. The medieval beach town is home to a thriving surf scene complete with surfboard factory, luxury surf boutiques and an annual WSL event. Game of Thrones fans can thank the area for Gaztelugatxe, the isthmus setting for Queen Daenerys Targaryen’s

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world map of wave pools

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Surf Planner Update: The world’s latest wave pools – Is your town on the list?

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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 Europe, South America, Australasia and the USA. The WavePoolMag Surf Planner is currently up-to-date with nearly 95 projects worldwide. How do we do it? How do we track down all the developing projects in the world?

Welcome to our latest edition of the Surf Planner update. This month saw a flurry of activity globally with more ...Continue ›


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2020 in the Rearview: Here are the stories that mattered for one reason or another

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In a year ruled by a pandemic, a common theme was finding escape. With our usual social and work outlets twisted and restricted, many of us searched for a new happy place. We learned to cook. We Zoomed. We binge-watched Tiger King. Many of us simply curled up and cried in the corner while out in the world wave parks

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portrait of Valeska Schneider

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Landlocked and Lovin’ It: Valeska Schneider heralds the rise of a new kind of surfer

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“Multi-wave surfer” is an emerging term. What Kai Lenny is to “multiple-craft surfing” (SUP, kite, wind, tow) Valeska Schneider is to riding different types of waves (river, wave pool, artificial standing wave, ocean). In surf-less countries throughout Europe and beyond riders are learning to surf in standing waves and then transitioning to the ocean with some wave pool sessions thrown

“Multi-wave surfer” is an emerging term. What Kai Lenny is to “multiple-craft surfing” (SUP, kite, wind, tow) Valeska Schneider is ...Continue ›


Life Ring

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Who is developing standards for surf pools? That’s right, “Safety Nerds”

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The safety protocols for monitoring wave pools are rather complicated. Surf Lakes and the Palm Springs Surf Club demo pool are two different beasts. One is expansive and open while the other is small and boxed in. Safety guidelines aren’t a one-size-fits-all endeavor. The expanse of Surf Lakes requires more lifeguards while in Palm Springs, the main danger comes from

The safety protocols for monitoring wave pools are rather complicated. Surf Lakes and the Palm Springs Surf Club demo pool ...Continue ›


artist rendering of wave and globe

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Solving surfing’s geography problem with wave pools

Latest, News

The benefits of surfing are widely known, but for years they’ve only been accessible to those near the coast. Wave pools will change this.  The philosophic thread that “surfing makes you a better person” often misses the fact that exercise and water activity and being in the sun generally make people happy. But can it make you a happier, more

The benefits of surfing are widely known, but for years they’ve only been accessible to those near the coast. Wave ...Continue ›


Artist mashup of Joy Division and Wavegarden Cove

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Massive Manchester musical heritage will now have to shoulder up against surfing

Latest, News

Manchester has given the world New Order, The Smiths, Oasis and possibly more chart-topping musical acts than any other city in the world. And now, the next major export (after songs whinging about love and death) could very well be surfing. Manchester news outlets announced this week a £60m outdoor wave pool planned for a plot of land near the

Manchester has given the world New Order, The Smiths, Oasis and possibly more chart-topping musical acts than any other city ...Continue ›


Luke hynd

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Latest Surf Lakes footage wrapped into mini surf movie

Latest, News

A new mini-documentary peeks into the brief history of Surf Lakes with updates on Yeppoon’s favorite wave. Occy, Dean Morrison, Mark Mathews, Luke Hynd and others guide viewers through the tweaks, updates, and changes founder Aaron Trevis, engineer Kit Sidwell and crew have made to the pool. None of the information is stop-the-presses earth-shattering, but the whole 13-minute affair is

A new mini-documentary peeks into the brief history of Surf Lakes with updates on Yeppoon’s favorite wave. Occy, Dean Morrison, ...Continue ›