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WavePoolMag Photographer Series Episode 3, Dany Taylor of Surf Lakes

Features, Interviews, News

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 ›


 |  Features, Latest, User Guide

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

Features, Latest, User Guide

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

Features, Latest

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 ›


 |  News, Television

Television: Elite team tours The Wave Bristol

News, Television

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 ›


Groms at Surf Lakes in Yeppoon

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Surf Lakes refines testing, invites select guests and hints at competitions

Latest, News

A host of shareholders, potential licensees and locals were on hand recently for two demonstration days at Surf Lakes. The invited guests got to session with Surf Lakes team members Mark and Jay Occhilupo, Barton Lynch, Ben Player, Beau Emerton and Harley Walters. The wave pool in Yeppoon Queensland hosted the event to show off wave size and quality, as

A host of shareholders, potential licensees and locals were on hand recently for two demonstration days at Surf Lakes. The ...Continue ›


Matt Warshaw

 |  Interviews, News

Repost: Insight into Kelly’s wave from salted historian Matt Warshaw

Interviews, News

We're reposting last year's interview with surfing's favorite historian and author of the Encyclopedia of Surfing (or EOS as it's known to those over the age of 40) Matt Warshaw. The EOS is into another round of funding to keep surfing's history a living, growing entity. Most of the funds will go to recording and digitizing all the loose scraps

We're reposting last year's interview with surfing's favorite historian and author of the Encyclopedia of Surfing (or EOS as it's ...Continue ›


 |  Latest, News

Virginia Beach eyes financing deal for Wavegarden Cove project

Latest, News

The push to build Atlantic Park continues as the city of Virginia Beach and the Venture Realty Group struck an agreement to secure funding for the $325million development. Virginia Beach announced they will issue bonds for some of the development and then later reinvest tax revenues generated by visitors back into city coffers. To help the cause, the city will

The push to build Atlantic Park continues as the city of Virginia Beach and the Venture Realty Group struck an ...Continue ›


urbnsurf melbourne first waves

 |  News

It’s Real: Urbnsurf turns on the machine

News

Australia’s first public wave pool fired up all engines today, unveiling the first series of swells to roll out down under. As one of two full-size Wavegarden Cove designs opening this week, the team behind Urbnsurf is giddy with excitement. “We’re stoked that the first, perfect waves have been pumping at Urbnsurf Melbourne, and we can’t wait to welcome guests

Australia’s first public wave pool fired up all engines today, unveiling the first series of swells to roll out down ...Continue ›


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Dutch wave pool under construction in The Hague

News

The Dutch indoor wave pool project SurfPoel is fast under construction in The Hague and hopes to open shortly. Although we couldn’t pin down a specific launch date, from the looks of the social media feed from 24/7 waves, it looks like it won’t be long. When completed the converted warehouse will host a hull and foil type of wave

The Dutch indoor wave pool project SurfPoel is fast under construction in The Hague and hopes to open shortly. Although ...Continue ›


1984 wave pool surfing ohio

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Surf Trip 1984: Fear and loathing in an Ohio wave pool

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"The Wave" is not in Bristol or anywhere in the UK. It's in Ohio, like Ohio USA. Or, at least it was. In 1984 Surfing Magazine sent Bill Sharp and 1976 world champ Peter Townend to Geauga Lake amusement park in Aurora near Cleveland to perform a "surfing exhibition" at a newly minted attraction called The Wave. Peter PT Townend

"The Wave" is not in Bristol or anywhere in the UK. It's in Ohio, like Ohio USA. Or, at least ...Continue ›


DSRT surf plan

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DSRT Surf project receives planning commission approval

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The highly anticipated Wavegarden Cove slated for Palm Desert moved one step closer to approval this week. The DSRT Surf Project got the nod from the Palm Desert Planning Commission and will move forward to the Palm Desert City Council for final approval next month. The project is one of several seeking a home in the Coachella Valley east of Los

The highly anticipated Wavegarden Cove slated for Palm Desert moved one step closer to approval this week. The DSRT Surf ...Continue ›


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Options to the current crop of wave pool technologies

Features, Latest

The big names in wave pools technology at the moment are Wavegarden, American Wave Machines Kelly Slater Wave Co. and Surf Lakes. All have working pools with heaps of sessions logged and social clips of surfers going at it. We are stoked. We are having a blast. Now here’s the proverbial Baby Ruth (see video at bottom) in the “we’re

The big names in wave pools technology at the moment are Wavegarden, American Wave Machines Kelly Slater Wave Co. and ...Continue ›


WavePoolMag SurfPlanner

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SurfPlanner Update: Coolum Kids, Canadians, Kiwis & Americans froth

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It’s an amazing time for unsalted surfing as Bristol and Melbourne have filled their tanks and are ready to crank out waves. While the world focuses their attention on these two big brands, it’s good to take note that there is much more going on right now in the global wave pool narrative. American Wave Machines in on a roll

It’s an amazing time for unsalted surfing as Bristol and Melbourne have filled their tanks and are ready to crank ...Continue ›


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Kelly Slater Wave Co project keeps growing on the Sunshine Coast

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New information emerged on the KSWCo facility slated for the Sunshine Coast at Coolum Beach including stadium seating and a $1.1Billion price tag. At the center of the project (besides the Kelly Slater Wave itself) would be a 20,000-seat spectator stadium built for surf fans to sit back and take in competitions including WSL qualifying events. Andrew Stark, WSL Australasia

New information emerged on the KSWCo facility slated for the Sunshine Coast at Coolum Beach including stadium seating and a ...Continue ›


Waco wave pool BSR Surf Resort

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Massive Meadowlands mall opening soon with PerfectSwell

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There have been heaps of whispers about a New Jersey Meadowlands wave pool for one full decade now. And this year the developers, American Dream, announced they would be including a 1.5-acre wave pool. The surf pool is just one component of a $5billion mega-mall that will be 45% retail shops and 55% amusement park. American Wave Machines' PerfectSwell tech

There have been heaps of whispers about a New Jersey Meadowlands wave pool for one full decade now. And this ...Continue ›


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WavePoolMag Photographer Series Episode 2, Vic & crew at Snowdonia

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As wave pools expand across the globe, we're finding the art of surf photography keeps its footing within surf culture. No easy task, as wave pool surf photography could easily devolve into crass turnstile point-and-shoot. We fear the surfing equivalent of a rollercoaster drop-shot, those blurry TV monitor images you see exiting the ride. Consequently, we were a little apprehensive

As wave pools expand across the globe, we're finding the art of surf photography keeps its footing within surf culture. ...Continue ›


Photo courtesy Okahina

 |  Features, Latest, News

What if the future of wave pools was pool-less?

Features, Latest, News

Despite what we’re told via movies and inspirational TedTalks, the best inventions don’t strike us like lightning bolts of divine inspiration. No. Most design progress is the result of prosaic wandering from problem to solution and back again. In between those two points are countless, exhaustive hours of note-taking, testing and a string of expletives. This is the space where

Despite what we’re told via movies and inspirational TedTalks, the best inventions don’t strike us like lightning bolts of divine ...Continue ›


 |  News

New Tech: For $200K you can have your own wave pool

News

While most of the world’s surfers know brand names Wavegarden, Surf Lakes and American Wave Machines, Walter Bennett and his company Swellspot have flown under the radar these past few years. The soft-spoken Virginia entrepreneur is a veteran in the wave pool game, having been baptised in wave production roughly a dozen years ago. First appearing in a few artist

While most of the world’s surfers know brand names Wavegarden, Surf Lakes and American Wave Machines, Walter Bennett and his ...Continue ›


 |  Latest, News

American Wave Machines to power desert wave pool

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The Thermal Beach Club is back on the wave pool map after receiving approval from Riverside County this week. The planned development in the Coachella Valley would have bungalows, villas, residences, a club house/restaruant, surrounding swim pool and bar all surrounding a state-of-the-art American Wave Machines wave pool. Known as the Thermal Beach Club, the project by WhiteStar Development LLC

The Thermal Beach Club is back on the wave pool map after receiving approval from Riverside County this week. The ...Continue ›


kelly's wave

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Australia to build Kelly’s Wave on the Sunshine Coast

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The World Surf League issued a press release to non-endemic media platforms this week announcing they are planning to bring their Surf Ranch venue, Kelly Slater Wave System technology, to the Sunshine Coast of Australia. The main talking points on the press release pointed out that the new wave pool will provide Olympic training for Aussie athletes and pump tourist

The World Surf League issued a press release to non-endemic media platforms this week announcing they are planning to bring ...Continue ›


Wavegarden Cove at Britannia Beach

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Canadian Cove seeks home dead center between slopes and big city

Latest, News

A new wave pool is being planned for the wild and woolly shores of Canada. The new surf spot will be relatively close to both Vancouver Island’s thriving surf scene (anchored around surf spots Tofino Bay and Jordan River) and the cosmopolitan crush of Vancouver. South Britannia Beach, just 45 minutes north of Vancouver, is expecting a Wavegarden Cove at

A new wave pool is being planned for the wild and woolly shores of Canada. The new surf spot will ...Continue ›


Surf Lakes planned for the Midlands

 |  News

Second Surf Lakes wave pool planned for England

News

This week the Surf X Inland Surfing project debuted to the world, shaking up the middle part of England and the European wave pool sphere simultaneously. This project splits from the current Wavegarden Cove craze that is populating the globe (30 projects planned to date) and banks its future on the Surf Lakes technology - that giant plunger in the

This week the Surf X Inland Surfing project debuted to the world, shaking up the middle part of England and ...Continue ›


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Is this what a wave pool addiction looks like?

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Symptoms. Signs. Warnings. It all started with a blurry photo of a clear plastic back full of brightly colored wristbands. The image showed up in an Instagram DM and soon we began to unpack the story: Two years that included 140 sessions, 2,000 expert waves and roughly 200 cumulative hours driving through the Texas heat. “I recently saw that someone

Symptoms. Signs. Warnings. It all started with a blurry photo of a clear plastic back full of brightly colored wristbands. ...Continue ›


wavefoil at snowdonia

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Can you patent a hunk of metal that runs down a track?

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If you can replicate Pipeline, Rincon and Snapper Rocks, more power to you. The earth won’t strong-arm you with a sealed cease and desist order. Humans, however, love to do that kind of thing. As wave pool designs proliferate there’s bound to be some stepping on of toes and lines crossed, as well as just plain blatant rip-offs. But how

If you can replicate Pipeline, Rincon and Snapper Rocks, more power to you. The earth won’t strong-arm you with a ...Continue ›


Griffin Colapinto

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What board designs are working at the Surf Ranch?

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After watching the opening day of the Freshwater pro it became clear that some pros had equipment that worked (Gabriel and Johanne for sure) and others who didn’t. There was a lot of nose-poking and rail digging - even by the King himself. So what works? Some surfers went so far as to use a different board on the right

After watching the opening day of the Freshwater pro it became clear that some pros had equipment that worked (Gabriel ...Continue ›