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Employee of the Month: Blaise Booth of The Surf Ranch

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One Instagram feed, in particular, captured our attention early last year. The BlaiseyShootz feed kept up our interest with fresh perspectives and action of Kelly’s Wave in Lemoore. Not an easy task. Images of Kelly’s Dream in Lemoore have become as perfunctory and comfortable as living room furniture. And digital pixels of a Felipe alley-pop during the CT comp is

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Surf Park Summit panel explores surfing’s evolution

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Sean Penn recently mentioned running into his inspiration for the salted and fried Jeff Spicoli character he brought to life in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Penn’s work in the film simultaneously hit the nail on the head - we all know a dude like that - while also helping cement the surfer stereotype. But does that portrayal, almost 40

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wave pool surf brand

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Volcom’s wave-pool obsessed designer kicks off their own brand

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So, wave pool-themed T-Shirts is a thing now. Brands include Lemoore Surf Club, the Palm Springs Surf Club and the highly visible Country Club Surf Club. All three brands are running hot on social channels and in select retail outlets fuelled by the unique juxtaposition of the shaggy surf aesthetic with private club exclusivity. It’s a brave new world out

So, wave pool-themed T-Shirts is a thing now. Brands include Lemoore Surf Club, the Palm Springs Surf Club and the ...Continue ›


Andrew Ross at Urbnsurf 2019

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Cove Wars: Bristol vs. Melbourne – who was first?

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Competition in the wave pool space. At first, it wasn’t really a thing. The first wave pool opened to the public was Big Surf in Tempe Arizona in 1969. The next wave pool of the new surf-focused generation didn't start pumping until 46 years later when Adventure Parc Snowdonia in Northern Wales opened on August 1, 2015. Then in 2016,

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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

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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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best wave pool surfboard

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Surfboards for wave pools: What works and what doesn’t

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The best surfboard for a wave pool will be made with lighter, stronger materials and tend to be shorter in length with more rocker, as well as curve in the template. A touch more foam for all that paddling is a good option as well. Below are guidelines from some of the best shapers in the world. The best surfboards

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surf art wave pools

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Alex Kilauano: When surf culture collides with art

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Alex Kilauano kept deflecting our attempts to call him an artist. “I wouldn’t say I’m an artist” he told us more than once. But we kept pushing - probably due to all those years spent at Uni and our obsession with wanting to be cool and edgy. But from where we're sitting, art is a big deal. It makes tangible

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Guide to Swiss wave pool Alaïa Bay

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Alaïa Bay Guide: Travel, Tips, Prices and Settings

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In this guide to surfing Switzerland's best wave pool, we provide helpful hints including prices, wave settings, best travel options, where to stay and more. Between sets at Switzerland's favorite wave pool Alaïa Bay One of the most unique surfing destinations on planet earth. Nestled in the heart of the Alps, Alaïa Bay offers surfers a bucket-list experience in a

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camera mounts wave pool

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What are the best POV camera mount options for a wave pool?

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The best POV camera mount options for surfing a wave pool are: mouthpiece, rail mount, front pole mount, front-facing board mount, back-facing board mount and rear pole mount. Which one works best for you is a matter of skill level and personal taste. Here is what each POV looks like as used by Aaron Withers at The Wave in Bristol.

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wave pool danger

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What happened to BJ Penn? Unraveling the How and the Why of a surf tragedy

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A wave pool near-death experience places surf tank safety in the spotlight and forces the question "How do you make safety standards for a wave pool?" This week UFC superstar BJ Penn posted about his near-death experience at an un-named wave pool when he got sucked into the engine room. In the Instagram post, Penn shared his nightmare in great

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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

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hawaii wave pool

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Update: Hawaii wave pool count continues to grow

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Wave pool surfing in Hawaii could become a thing as four projects, Wai Kai, Honokea, Surf Lakes and The Endless Summer Resort eye a range of development possibilities. The wave pools, while mostly focused on Oahu near Ewa Beach, are also planned for the outer Islands. The birthplace of surfing could be known as the home of modern wave pool

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BSR Surf Resort

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

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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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perth wave pool

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The Battle for Perth Part Two: Urbnsurf & Endless Surf

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Perth wants a wave pool. So much so that the city allocated a 5.7-hectare lot adjacent to the Kwinana Freeway and Cockburn train station. Then they pitted veterans of the surf pool space Aventuur and Urbnsurf against each other in the bid to build Western Australia’s first wave park. The two parties have a tangled history. Aventuur and Andrew Ross, the

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city of perth waits for wave pool

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The Battle for Perth Part One: Aventuur & The Cove

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Perth wants a wave pool. So much so that the city allocated a 5.7-hectare lot adjacent to the Kwinana Freeway and Cockburn train station. Then they pitted veterans of the surf pool space Aventuur and Urbnsurf against each other in the bid to build Western Australia’s first wave park. The two parties have a tangled history. Andrew Ross built Urbnsurf Melbourne

Perth wants a wave pool. So much so that the city allocated a 5.7-hectare lot adjacent to the Kwinana Freeway and ...Continue ›


wave pool port douglas

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Exclusive: Wave pool coming to Tropical Queensland

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An Endless Surf wave pool is planned for a site 10 kilometers from Port Douglas in northern Queensland Australia. The 100-acre property will be an eco-resort with SUP lagoons, an aqua park, wellness center, conference center as well as surf cabins and a 160-room high-tech hotel. At the center will be an Endless Surf ES400 wave pool measuring 280 meters

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Modern Surf Manchester

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New images released for Manchester wave pool

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Modern Surf Manchester made the news cycle this week with design plans officially submitted to Trafford Council by Leslie Jones Architecture and developers McKinney Group. The new design plans give more detail than previous ones the project floated through press agencies. In the latest renderings, we get a glimpse of the skate park and Wavegarden Cove layout, both with unique

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wave pool texas art

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Why is Kelly’s wave pool in Austin not moving forward?

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They were not the headlines we were hoping for. “Austin Surf Ranch ready to open” or “Kelly Slater Surf Ranch fills Austin wave tub.” These would kindle our stoke and quicken our pulse. But no. Instead, local platform Austonia picked up the comatose Kelly Slater Wave Co project at the abandoned NLand site and digital surf media pounced. Stab and

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Julie and Emily Nishimoto at wave park

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POV: A guide to Wave Park with Julie & Emily Nishimoto

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At WavePoolMag we like to give readers as much information as possible about the world’s surf tubs. You can find that in our Surf Planner guide, a map detailing the world’s upcoming wave pools, and in our Tech Guide. Sisters Emily and Julie Nishimoto recently made the jaunt from Hawaii to Wave Park South Korea. In a video clip, the

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A Surf Lakes set framed as a tropical vacation postcard

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Surf Lakes provides more details about the Las Vegas project

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A few months ago plans were announced for a Surf Lakes pool in Las Vegas. The company had been hinting at something big in the desert and in April CEO Reuben Buchanan posted on Instagram an artists’ mockup for the new Surf Lakes wave pool. Today Surf Lakes provided more information on licensee Torrey Ward. "Ward, an entrepreneur from California, and his

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surf stadium in shizunami japan

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First surf footage of Surf Stadium Japan signals summer grand opening

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New footage leaked this week of Surf Stadium Japan shows pro surfers Sara Wakita and Taichi Wakita enjoying wedge rights at the new Shizunami pool. "A global pandemic, supply chain disruptions, quarantines, travel restrictions and 5500 miles of ocean could not stop us," American Wave Machines said. "Thanks to help from Volcom, Sara Wakita and Taichi Wakita surfed the first

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Ivie Akinwumi

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Art Study: Ivie Akinwumi’s work celebrates global surf culture

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Ivie Akinwumi can sense water from a distance. Yes, like a dowser of old. When she discovered surfing she felt complete and her art found a muse. She now has built a cottage industry with her designs adorning everything from bags, clothing, iPhone cases and pillows. Akinwumi’s perspective is a world away from the SoCal surf industry aesthetic. Her art

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Baptiste Caulonque

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Industry: Baptiste Caulonque’s shred moxie and Endless Surf

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Baptiste Caulonque is a core surfer who slipped into the surf industry during the heyday of the Big Three. He helped anchor Rip Curl in Europe and navigate the trappings inherent in European business. Where in America the industry can be as simple as wholesale profit margins, the Euro game is like an extended chess match. Baptiste knows how to

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michael schwab

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How Michael Schwab, the Surf Ranch’s best customer, is making more pools

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Michael Schwab is busy and everywhere in that unique way super-entrepreneurs are. Racing cars one day, surfing Lemoore the next, or energizing zoom meetings across the globe. He’s like Richard Branson, but with more human-looking teeth. The Surf Ranch’s biggest customer is currently working with several capital partner groups, a fusion energy company, and Travis Rice for the Natural Selection

Michael Schwab is busy and everywhere in that unique way super-entrepreneurs are. Racing cars one day, surfing Lemoore the next, ...Continue ›


Surfing in South Korea

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Surfing and shooting Korea’s natural and unnatural waves with Moon-Ho Jung

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Shortly before Wave Park South Korea opened and Wavegarden had a tight lid on all digital assets, we discovered a trove of wonderfully stripped-down clips by Moon Ho Jung that showcased the wave’s potential. What we soon realized is that Korea has a core surfing scene. It’s one that went from just a handful of core participants to having overrun

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