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Wave pool project hopes to revitalize Parisian neighborhood

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First launched a few years ago, a redevelopment project in the Sevran quarter of Paris is taking aim at issues unique to under-represented neighborhoods. And it’s doing so with a wave pool. Urban renewal (charged terminology that it is) has grown rather stagnant. It follows a pattern: build a few soccer pitches, condos, and storefronts and then call it a

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surfing escape from LA movie

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How an early artificial wave tripped up Hollywood’s CG set

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Hollywood rarely gets surfing right, unless it’s done with enough sublime genius we can quote it 30 years later. Such was the case with the "North Shore." But Escape From LA? This was the sequel no one really asked for to follow up “Escape From New York.” Yet, there's a surfing scene with Peter Fonda and Kurt Russell that can

Hollywood rarely gets surfing right, unless it’s done with enough sublime genius we can quote it 30 years later. Such ...Continue ›


yin and yang wave pool concept

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Symbol for duality, balance and world harmony is, like, totally shred-able

News

An oft-overlooked component in the wave pool game is creativity. We celebrate the terrestrial engineers who get the job done, players like Tom Lochtefeld, Aaron Trevis, Josema and Karin, Bruce McFarland and others. But it’s the sketches from the fringe visionaries - those mad humans eating stardust for breakfast - that plant the seeds for the machine-made waves we will

An oft-overlooked component in the wave pool game is creativity. We celebrate the terrestrial engineers who get the job done, ...Continue ›


home made wave pool

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7 Simple and Not-So-Simple Wave Pool Hacks

News, Television

Didn’t make the investor or guest list for Surf Lakes or Wavegarden? Not on the CT or invited to Kelly’s Wave? Don’t worry. We live in an era where makers are celebrated and everything from hand-crafted whiskeys to crocheted shoe inserts are available on Etsy. Wouldn’t it be great to see surfers apply some of that ingenuity and elbow grease

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wavegarden cove machine

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Cove wave pool to land in western Germany

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Surfers across Europe, in particular Germany, will be pleased to know that a Wavegarden Cove is planned just 20 minutes from Düsseldorf. Wavegarden announced that Krefeld City, in western Germany, will host a Cove. The new €25Million development by the Elakari Group anticipates completing the job by summer 2023. The surf park’s location is key to attracting an estimated 200,000

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Hannah Bristow, intermediate surfer at The Wave Bristol

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Intermediate surf tips with a professional coach

News, User Guide

WavePoolMag correspondent Hannah Bristow – partner at KellySaysSurf, a YouTube channel “full of faceplants, fun and surfing fails” — shelved her ego and said “Yes” to a video coaching session with Martin Dunn.  A fixture in the UK surf scene, Hannah emphasised to us that this is her first coaching session, “unless you count all the times random dudes paddled

WavePoolMag correspondent Hannah Bristow – partner at KellySaysSurf, a YouTube channel “full of faceplants, fun and surfing fails” — shelved ...Continue ›


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How safe is it to surf in a wave pool during COVID-19?

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In the US and around the world ocean lineups today look much like they did pre-COVID-19 with surfers returning as lockdown rules ease. Wave pool operators shut doors months ago following government guidelines and now eye a global re-opening, leaving many of us to ask “how safe are wave pools in this era of COVID-19?” There is a lot of

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La Vague Paris Endless Surf

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With Paris project industry giant WhiteWater jumps into the surf park market

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Until now, the kingdom of wave pool makers has been limited to a handful of frontrunners including Wavegarden and Kelly Slater - both of whom created their systems from scratch. But what if a company that had been in the wave pool game since 1980 put its waterpark muscle behind surf-specific wave pools? That is exactly what’s happening as WhiteWater,

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Test pool wave

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New test pool footage shows Lilliputian potential

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Swell MFG, the Arizona wave pool company with research labs in Minnesota, aired new footage of their test wave pool. The short clip by director Aaron Lieber (Bethany Hamilton "Unstoppable") shows three settings. The first is a tasty little slab followed by a wedge complete with a mouse-sized air section. The video clip closes with Swell MFG's point setting. "Exciting

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wave pool calculations editorial art

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How do wave pools work? 7 ways machines make waves

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Engineering is a monster. And personally, it scares me. Why? Because stacking cinderblocks and building things in only one shape (square!) is pretty much the peak of my engineering accomplishments. But I love to surf, especially in wave pools. So thankfully the world has Wavegardens, PerfectSwells, SurfLochs, Surf Lakes, and a few others. And these companies love to engineer waves.

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art china wave pool

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China’s first wave pool competition finally goes public

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China and the free flow of information make a horrible pairing, like mint ice cream and anchovies or a slow polka fused with death metal vocals. In short, we never really know what's happening there. Run in the Summer of 2019 but not made public until March 2020, the country completed its first pool event. Wanning, in Hainan China hosts

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JS Industries at Urbnsurf

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Urbnsurf holds court for Ferrari and JS Industries

News, Television

Shaper to the stars Jason Stevenson, the monogram behind JS Industries (the board label with a tractor on it) has one of the most loyal teams in surfing. He’s shaped boards for four World Champions and a host of top 32 pros. Recently tractor logo met horse logo as Mr. JS mixed it up with Ferrari's new F8 Spyder in

Shaper to the stars Jason Stevenson, the monogram behind JS Industries (the board label with a tractor on it) has ...Continue ›


American Wave Machines Perfect Swell

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BSR Surf Resort first wave pool to open after lockdown

News

When will wave pools open back up? It’s a complicated question. And the answers are as varied as the patchwork of safety measures enacted locally and globally to curb the spread of COVID-19. Facemasks are required for all customers at Costco but for those picking up a 12 pack of LaCroix at Target, you can do so mask free. In

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Sorcery: Florida wave pool curse fact or fiction?

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Sometimes America’s can-do spirit and moxie just don’t work out. Trending FloridaMan feats like tossing alligators through drive-thru windows or trying to shoot down hurricanes captivate us because FloridaMan tries and fails brilliantly. "A" for effort means a lot in The States even if it is a stupid idea in the first place.When the World Surf League sunk $6million into

Sometimes America’s can-do spirit and moxie just don’t work out. Trending FloridaMan feats like tossing alligators through drive-thru windows or ...Continue ›


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How to get a great POV tube shot with Rob Kelly

News, Television

You might not know it but the best creations in surfing often come from PVC piping, some bits of wire and duct tape. Thanks to surfing MacGyvers like Rob Kelly, DIY chutzpah is alive and well in the wave pool world. The New Jersey surfer had been after a particular POV tube perspective from a tail-mounted pole but kept getting

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When can we surf Berlin? Surf Era project digs in

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With pulled back blond curls and the beginnings of a feral beard, Eirik Randow looks a bit like a younger, decidedly Germanic Mark Occhilupo. Despite English as a second language, he’s more well-spoken than Occy (sorry Occ!) As the Founder and CEO of Surf Era, both a B2B and B2C wave pool company, he reached out to us on LinkedIn

With pulled back blond curls and the beginnings of a feral beard, Eirik Randow looks a bit like a younger, ...Continue ›


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Are wave pools out of line with COVID-19 refund policies?

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People around the world are losing jobs and businesses are shutting their doors despite loans and injections of cash from government agencies. During this Black Swan event, economists are predicting a downturn deeper than the Great Recession of 2008 and on par with the Great Depression of the 1930s. In our little corner of the world, a few surf media

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How many wave pools are there in the world?

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We did our best research this week to answer the one question we get asked all the time: "How many wave pools are there in the world?" Well, we have to qualify that by firing back – do you mean “open,” “planned,” “under construction” or “sketched-on-a-school-folder?" The results are mixed. And a brief takeaway would look something like the below:

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Number of waves surfed at Urbnsurf this year into the millions…

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While the world economy shuts down and health care systems globally strain under the new demands of COVID-19, it’s a fair time to seek out distractions. First priority during this pandemic is health and safety which, depending on where you live, can either be as simple as staying inside or as difficult as locating complicated medical equipment. Let’s hope for

While the world economy shuts down and health care systems globally strain under the new demands of COVID-19, it’s a ...Continue ›


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Global report on how Covid-19 is affecting wave pools and surf parks

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Wave pool operations have shut down at Urbnsurf, The Wave and BSR Surf Resort, with the cartoon reality of New Jersey’s Far Far A Bay dimmed along with the rest of the world’s shopping malls. But the impact of the lockdown across the burgeoning wave-pool sphere extends far beyond these temporary gate closures. WavePoolMag interviewed the world’s wavemakers to see

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Pondering our place and pools during the lockdown

News

I don’t like to talk about heavy stuff. Extraterrestrial, time-space-continuum stuff, yes, but we’re-all-going-to-die-in-a-pandemic stuff, well, no. And neither does 90% of the world. With the Coronavirus, people are dying. People are out of work. Each news cycle peels back more layers to reveal a medical system and world leaders not adequately prepared to deal with this crisis. Or, to

I don’t like to talk about heavy stuff. Extraterrestrial, time-space-continuum stuff, yes, but we’re-all-going-to-die-in-a-pandemic stuff, well, no. And neither does ...Continue ›


jackson dorian collage

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Welcome to Jackson Dorian’s wave pool world

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Like John John and others before him, Jackson Dorian learned to skate and surf about the same time he learned to walk. The spritely 13-year-old has access to the world’s best waves and isn’t shy about texting his godfather, Kelly Slater, to slip in for a session at the Surf Ranch. His dad, big-wave legend Shane Dorian, is always game

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SurfPool system at Palm Springs Surf Club

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With several projects and proof-of-concept, here’s why SurfLoch’s time is now

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SurfLoch has joined the A-Listers American Wave Machines, Wavegarden Cove, Kelly Slater Wave Company and Surf Lakes in proof-of-concept wave pools for surfing. But SurfLoch has really been there all along. Tom Lochtefeld knows the water-pushing game better than most. He cofounded Raging Waters in the eighties then invented and patented the sheet-wave standard of the day, the FlowRider in

SurfLoch has joined the A-Listers American Wave Machines, Wavegarden Cove, Kelly Slater Wave Company and Surf Lakes in proof-of-concept wave ...Continue ›


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BSR temporarily closes under Shelter in Place order

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At the onset of government, action to help curb the Coronavirus The Wave in Bristol shut its doors followed by Urbnsurf a week later. Today, BSR Surf Resort announced they will be closing during the pandemic following county orders to shelter in place. “BSR is temporarily closed until April 6th,” the company said via Instagram. “Closure is due to the

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Auckland wave pool says it will halve the cost of wave production

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New Zealand has plans for a wave pool powered by technology from upstart wavemakers SwellPlanet. The multi-million dollar project hopes to attract some of Auckland’s 1.6 million residents and traveling adventure seekers. Kiwi tourism both domestic and international accounts for nearly $41 billion annually. The next step is for developers to raise the $15 million necessary to see the project

New Zealand has plans for a wave pool powered by technology from upstart wavemakers SwellPlanet. The multi-million dollar project hopes ...Continue ›