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julie Kline of EpicSurf

 |  Podcasts

Julie Kline explains how EpicSurf can democratize surfing

Podcasts

In this episode we speak with Julie Kline of EpicSurf whose goal is to bring the benefits of sliding along a wave to everyone. The deepwater standing wave revolution will allow more waves in more places than ever before, bringing surfing to people who ordinarily might not have the chance to become surfers.

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Wavegarden Test Tube

 |  News

Seven pools in 7 years: This is how Japan’s next surf boom will happen

News

This year WavePoolMag visited a few projects in Japan including Surf Stadium and citywave Tokyo. Our trip included a meeting with members of the JPF Company, which stands for Jump for Positive Future. The publicly-traded entity with 800 employees is famous for growing track cycling, that once-obscure sport of chasing opponents around an oval track on hipster fixed-gear bikes. Launched

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angus forrest of Rip Curl Aus

 |  Podcasts

Angus Forrest explains why Rip Curl jumped into the deep end

Podcasts

In Rip Curl’s Search campaign, we are teased with images of empty lineups from far-off, exotic locations. So how does a company that built its core messaging on the nearly unattainable aspect of surfing, align itself with surfing in wave pools? In this episode, we speak with Angus Forrest, marketing manager for Rip Curl Australia and New Zealand, and discover

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Top wave pool stories of the year 2022

 |  Features

The Top Wave Pool Stories of 2022

Features

If this year felt like a blur, you're not alone. So much happened in the wave pool world that our heads are still spinning 10 days before 2022 comes to a close. And this surf park sphere in which we live is only going to accelerate more rapidly with each subsequent trip around the sun. Our minds are blown in

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evan slater of billabong

 |  Podcasts

Brands have their say on surf parks: Evan Slater VP of Marketing at Billabong

Podcasts

We’ve been watching the surf industry shrink since 2008 and at the same time, we’ve also been watching the wave pool space accelerate with nothing but limitless possibilities. In this episode, we learn how surf brands are exploring the surf park landscape. Evan Slater, VP of Marketing at Billabong, shares his insight into the complexity of branding in the wave

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 |  News

Employee of the Month: Mark Occhilupo of Surf Lakes

News

Mark Occhilupo, aka “Occy” makes a living at surfing. Which is good because it’s really hard imagining him doing anything else. You could envisage fellow Aussie Parko maybe doing marketing for a surf brand or Mick Fanning doing WSL play-by-play. But Occy coaching CT talent or delivering the post? No. He’s one of the few surfers who can be called

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collage art for surfboard rental

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Board Hire: How one surf park enhances the guest experience

Features

Wave pools are hard on surfboards. And this goes across all wave-generating technologies, some more than others. If the technology doesn't have concrete walls, there is still shallow concrete floor and lining. The wall in a Wavegarden Cove and at a Surf Loch set-up get the worst rap, but personally, we've crushed the nose of a rental in a PerfectSwell

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shortboarding in Korea

 |  Features

How a wave pool is transforming a nation of longboarders into modern-day residents of Shredlandia

Features

The surf scene in Korea has steadily grown, going from zero to booming in the last 10 years. But scoring surf is difficult here on a fickle peninsula at the whims of three relatively small bodies of salt water. The Yellow Sea, the East China Sea and the East Sea are all within a few hours' drive of each other.

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 |  Television

Fistful of Groms-In-Pools-Clips courtesy of former world champ turned Zeus look-alike

Television

Returning for its 17th year in 2022 the Barton Lynch Blast Off this year is a Video Challenge showcase for groms to get their clips out into the world, and receive coaching advice and prizes. Last year saw 500 video entries submitted from 22 countries with winners named across 10 categories. While ocean clips dominate the majority of entries, there's

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 |  News

Inaugural Surf Stadium Cup crowns champs in Shizunami

News

Surf Stadium Japan hosted its first competition recently, crowning champions in two divisions. The Surf Stadium Cup ran several 35-minute heats throughout the day on Sunday, October 30th. At the end of the competition eight athletes took to the podium. The contest wraps up following major events at wave pools in Texas, Switzerland and Korea. The WSL also announced this

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 |  Podcasts

Podcast: What the surf park world can learn from the golf club set

Podcasts

Luke Altschwager is the Managing Director at Parkwood Village on the Gold Coast of Australia. He’s a former pro golfer currently merging resort know-how with surf park potential via the Club at Parkwood. Well-spoken and sharp-witted, Luke walks us through the similarities and the gaps between surf and golf as we explore how future wave pool developments can learn from

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urbnsurf by travis de clifford

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WavePoolMag Photographer Series: Travis de Clifford

News

During WavePoolMag's recent trip through Australia, we met Travis de Clifford, an affable bloke who can be found most work days adjacent the lifeguard tower at Urbnsurf. He was shooting a beginner session. I mentioned that it must be easy, just point and shoot at someone wide-stancing it to the shore. But I learned that's not really the case. "They're

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Kit Sidwell, engineer at surf lakes

 |  Podcasts

The subtleties you don’t see in the Surf Lakes plunger system

Podcasts

We love the Surf Lakes system. It resonates with surfers. It's simple. Painfully simple. Yet, it's complex. It's kind of like the wave pool equivalent of that other Australian export, AC/DC - big, dumb rock'n'roll that just works on three chords. The plunger could even be compared conceptually to a stack of Marshall amplifiers sending out joy in a different

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wavepoolmag podcast episode 22

 |  Latest

Alternative wave pool construction with Myrtha and Endless Surf

Latest

In this episode, Paul Chutter of Endless Surf and Roberto Colletto of Myrtha Pools dive into how they are changing the process of wave pool construction. Myrtha uses a pre-fab steel-and-pvc technique that simplifies the wave pool building process and reduces project time. Too good to be true? Give it a listen and find out...

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surf lakes sunset by andrew shield

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WavePoolMag Photographer Series: Andrew Shields

News

Andrew Shields, or "Shieldsy" as everyone referred to him when we met in Australia this year, is part of an elite crew of career surf photographers. It's a tough gig, we know, schlepping gear around the world to photograph the world's best in the world's most beautiful locations. And it takes a certain perseverance, stubbornness, talent, lack-of-smarts, vision and everything

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Stance socks and The wave

 |  News

Stance enhances photography moxie at The Wave

News

The Wave announced a new 3-year partnership with Stance that focuses on photography and creativity and other areas at Bristol's favorite surf spot. The agreement sees Stance launch a dedicated photography space at The Wave.A statement from the wave said the partnership builds on the shared appreciation of creativity, human expression and the joy of surfing.Stance is a longtime supporter of surf

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Surftown MUC construction

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Bavarian surfing and how Surftown MUC will change everything

News

I spent several days in Munich surrounding the groundbreaking of the new Endless Surf powered facility dubbed Surftown MUC. What I saw around town was truly eye-opening: bikes kitted out with board racks, wetsuits hanging from balconies, the odd surf shop and surfers cycling (traffic is gnarly here) to the Eisbach River wave. One afternoon sitting at a Biergarten I

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typhoon lagoon by barr+wray

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Chlorine Dream: The oft-overlooked wave pools including one that charges just $8 per hour

News

Here are the Top 10 wave pools you don't think of when you plan a surf session... What do you do if you’re on a layover in Orlando or Edmonton? You can go surfing. True, it won’t be the perfection of The Surf Ranch. But surfing, strange beast that it is, seems to be fun no matter what. After Stab’s

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wave pool architecture dreams

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How to design and plan for “elevated human experiences” around a wave pool

News

Surf parks must be designed to appeal to diverse groups of surfers. From core salts to freshly scrubbed newbies, everyone has a different expectation of what the optimal surf day is like. It’s a tough gig. Sometimes designing the optimal elevated human experience for these different groups means a layout that minimizes their contact with each other. Complicated, yes. Architecture

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price guide for wave pools

 |  News

The Big List 2022: prices, times & notes for all the world’s wave pools

News

How many surf-able wave pools are there in the world? As of today, there are 19 wave pools in the world open and semi-open to the public with dedicated surfing hours - Hint: to find a wave pool opening near you soon, check the WavePoolMag Surf Planner. In this guide, we list hours, prices and features of the world's surfable

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James Miles of Urbnsurf

 |  News

Employee of the Month: James Miles of Urbnsurf

News

James Miles is excitable. It might even be his superpower. He’s one of those individuals who bring enthusiasm wherever they go. And it’s not the cheerleading type of froth so pervasive across Tik Tok and Youtube makeup tutorials. James isn’t phoning it in. I don't think he ever does. Which could explain why he’s had such an illustrious career in

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craft beer wave pool in yakima valley

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Craft beer-themed wave pool gets greenlight

News

Last week elected officials in Yakima County Washington heard residents speak out on the proposed Barreled Surf Park. Some pro, some con. In the end, local officials will allow Joey Lawrence and Mike Roy to develop land near East Norman and St. Hilaire roads in Moxie. The result will be Barreled, a $30 million surf park with lodging units, a

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Gigi Lucas of SurfearNegra

 |  Latest, News

Can wave pools help diversify the lineup?

Latest, News

There’s always been a barrier to surfing for persons of color. When beaches ban a specific group of people - until about 1960 in SoCal and 1968 in the Gulf - the result is kids who don’t grow up swimming, going to the beach, or, ultimately, surfing. Most dedicated surfers today learned at a young age, ushered into the fold

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adaptive surfing wave pool

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How core are you? Fabrizio Passetti made his own artificial leg so he could surf

Latest

With so much emphasis on adaptive surfing and wave pools, it's easy to get the impression that any surfing amputee can do it. But, there are so many things that enter the equation beyond sheer drive and determination. You have to find the right equipment for one, which means being equal parts athlete and inventor. Many prosthetics are simply designed

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bsr changes name to waco surf in 2022

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Find out why BSR changed its name to Waco Surf

News

Today, after two years of transition, BSR Surf Resort is now officially Waco Surf and open for the 2022 season. Guiding the transition from a wave tank with minimal amenities to a more sophisticated user experience has been Mike Schwaab, (not to be confused with Michael Schwab of Kelly's technology and Coral Mountain.) Mike's an energetic character who addresses us

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