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Fantasy Island wave pool drawing

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Dream wave pool powered by secret underground volcanic vent

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Think differently. The creative mind is as integral a component to wave pool development as engineering chops. Quite often, that spark of surf inspiration happens visually in the form of a scribble on a napkin or a 12-hour sketchbook bender. Next comes the hours of photo rendering. We’ve profiled several artists here on WavePoolMag as well as major players in

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PerfectSwell at Richmond Surf

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World’s largest PerfectSwell to open in Richmond Virginia

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A new development in the suburbs of Richmond Virginia will include the largest-to-date PerfectSwell wave pool by American Wave Machines. Estimates are that the surf park will be twice the size of the famed BSR Surf Resort in Waco and could open as soon as spring 2022. The overall commercial project is called The Lake. Within that, the Richmond Surf

A new development in the suburbs of Richmond Virginia will include the largest-to-date PerfectSwell wave pool by American Wave Machines. ...Continue ›


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Multi-use pass wave pool trend on point at The Wave

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Bristol group announces Surfer Saver program The brand new 180m inland surfing lake near Bristol is the wave pool hit of the Northern Hemisphere. Despite it being deep winter, European and North American surfers are making the pilgrimage to try out the first full-size Wavegarden Cove. To satisfy a hearty local crew of UK surfers the folks at The Wave

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surf loch costa del sol

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Surf Loch’s European Wave House 2.0 to launch in Spain

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Development in the heart of Europe's vacationland will get wave pool... Spain’s Costa del Sol is known throughout Europe for sun, seaside raves, five-week vacations and grand, grand development projects. It’s extremely popular with ex-pats from Scandinavia and the British Isles. At the intro to the Y2K classic “Sexy Beast” a swollen, sunburnt Ray Winstone bakes by the pool somewhere

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“Beast Plus” setting launched for latest Melbourne clip

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Ozzy Wright is fast approaching, like what, 70-years-old or something right? Anyway, the guy’s showmanship panache has not faded during his years surfing and innovating. In a new clip from Urbnsurf he’s joined by Reef Heazlewood and Isabella Nicols as the Melbourne wave pool tests out some settings at Australia’s newest surf spot. “In late December we began testing a

Ozzy Wright is fast approaching, like what, 70-years-old or something right? Anyway, the guy’s showmanship panache has not faded during ...Continue ›


wave pool surfer ben gravy

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Foamy and Frothy: Ben Gravy homage to Typhoon Lagoon

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Surfing frothiest YouTuber Ben Gravy re-discovered the chlorinated stoke at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon recently. The man who seeks out and surfs the world’s novelty waves has made a career of documenting his triumphs and shortcomings online. To date he’s surfed several wave pools, dodged rocks at weird inlet mysto spots and surfed all 50 states. This latest clip coincided with

Surfing frothiest YouTuber Ben Gravy re-discovered the chlorinated stoke at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon recently. The man who seeks out and ...Continue ›


honokea proposal

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Wave pool development for Oahu’s west side backed by surf park vets

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Honokea is back in the wave pool game after approval of their surf park proposal on Oahu. The $72 million facility received the green light by the Hawaii Community Development Authority last week. The 7-1 vote allows Honokea to do a feasibility study for a parcel of vacant state land in Kalaeloa on the West Side in the vicinity of

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Longboarding the North Sea and hoping for a wave pool

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Wave pool planned for Belgium’s surfing epicenter

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“The North Sea.” Sounds romantic. Mysterious. The name waxes poetic until you’ve spent time exposed on a flat expanse of frozen beach searching a ragged lineup for any signs of rideable surf. Oddly enough, the less-than-inviting set up along the northwest coast of mainland Europe is dotted with core surf communities. Particularly in Belgium. Like most Belgian surfers, Emilie S

“The North Sea.” Sounds romantic. Mysterious. The name waxes poetic until you’ve spent time exposed on a flat expanse of ...Continue ›


from inside the tube at urbnsurf melbourne

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Beast Mode for mortals: Non-pro breaks down Urbnsurf

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Urbnsurf Melbourne opened this week. And Wooly TV is first out of the gates with a YouTube review of the world’s newest wave pool. In a quick six-minute clip Wooly Macpherson shares s a few takeaways from his sessions at Urbnsurf, from board choice to surviving Beast Mode to paddling. Paddling “Don’t paddle casually into the waves,” says Wooly. “Paddle

Urbnsurf Melbourne opened this week. And Wooly TV is first out of the gates with a YouTube review of the ...Continue ›


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Full update on Oceanside’s wave pool…

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The once a gritty Southern California beach town of Oceanside, sandwiched between the open expanse of the Camp Pendleton military base and bustling North San Diego, is hoping to reinvent part of itself. The old drive-in at Foussat Road and Route 76 will, if all goes according to plan, be re-developed into a mixed-use space that will include a state-of-the-art

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tandem surfing at urbnsurf

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Everything you need to know about surfing Melbourne’s wave pool

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Surfing Melbourne's star wave in 2020! The long wait is over, as Melbourne's newest surf spot busts open its doors for the public today. The full-sized Wavegarden Cove facility at Urbnsurf is the first of its kind in Australia and only the second one in the world open to the public. Originally scheduled to open last Easter, the big debut

Surfing Melbourne's star wave in 2020! The long wait is over, as Melbourne's newest surf spot busts open its doors ...Continue ›


Rob Wagner

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AdviceLine: How to get the most out of Kelly’s wave pool

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While pros make any pool session look stellar, we are more interested in the experience of the average surfer because let's face it, most of us are average surfers. Rob Wagner reached out to us with a modest prompt to check out an edit from his session at Kelly’s. Mr. Wagner labels himself a “no-name surfer” and said he was

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WavePoolMag’s Top Stories for 2019

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Online, certain tricks work better than others to attract pageviews and clickthroughs. Screaming works. Distressing content works. Sexy stuff works. Sometimes all three work, ie "Oh My God Best Bikini Fails Ever!" Because most internet content is framed to please Google, which in turn leads to audience acquisition and conversion, most of what you read in the digital surf sphere

Online, certain tricks work better than others to attract pageviews and clickthroughs. Screaming works. Distressing content works. Sexy stuff works. ...Continue ›


An elephant near Sun City South Africa

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Chlorine and chaos in deepest Africa

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Steven Michelsen walks us through his wild trip from way back when with Mikey February and crew to South Africa’s only wave pool... South African Steven Michelsen is a skilled videographer with stacks of urls in his portfolio. He’s worked for Bong, Quik, Monster Energy, Red Bull and all the brands that tend to pay their invoices on time. His

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perfect swell at bsr

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Japan to open surf stadium with Waco tech prior to the Olympics

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California’s American Wave Machines, Inc. announced a joint project with Surf Stadium Japan (SSJ) this week to build a wave pool in Shizunami. The project has already broken ground and officials stated the facility will be surf-able as early as June 2020. If these timeline estimates are correct, Japan will bust a bottle of champagne on the new wave pool

California’s American Wave Machines, Inc. announced a joint project with Surf Stadium Japan (SSJ) this week to build a wave ...Continue ›


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Fab 5: Most Popular WavePoolMag YouTube clips

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To remind the world we have a thriving YouTube platform we carved out a list. We stayed away from click-bait headlines like “Baby Panda Loves Wave Pool” and shied away from tricks like using a screengrab of a bikini slip to promo something about wave pool SUP fails. No. Instead, we are simply showcasing the clips that excited us most

To remind the world we have a thriving YouTube platform we carved out a list. We stayed away from click-bait ...Continue ›


A photo of Rob Machado by WavePoolMag

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Experimental wave pools and surfboards with Rob Machado

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We shared a table with Rob Machado at a cafe in France to drink tea and talk about wave pools. In this edit, Rob shares his design for a perfect wave pool, then stops, reflects, and dishes out a few more ideas. You’ll also find out why an Alaia or Twin works best at Kelly’s wave and how Munich could

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guide to private sessions

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Dream On: Guide to wave pool private bookings for the Holidays

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The Holiday season is bizarre. Company parties in particular. Who wants to pretend not to see Michelle from marketing stuff egg rolls into her Valentino messenger bag or watch Brad from accounts payable throwup eggnog? Didn't think so. Gifts are just as strange. From gluten-free candles to DVD box sets of “Golden Girls,” it gets weird out there during the

The Holiday season is bizarre. Company parties in particular. Who wants to pretend not to see Michelle from marketing stuff ...Continue ›


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One surfer’s meteoric assent via TV coaching and wave pools

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Does your surfing get bigger, better, faster in a wave pool? Edward Pong is a newbie who documented his rise from kook to capable with the help of several wave pool sessions and video instruction from Martin Dunn. So impressed with his progression via wave pool repetition, Ed made a YouTube clip chronicling his improvement. The video shows how the

Does your surfing get bigger, better, faster in a wave pool? Edward Pong is a newbie who documented his rise ...Continue ›


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Latest Surf Lakes clip confirms “more” design premise

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With all the fanfare surrounding the launching of two full-size Wavegarden Coves, we were paid a reminder that Surf Lakes, the steampunk engine that could, is hot on track to move some new licenses. In a recent corporate video for investors, the company promoted the things that make Surf Lakes a unique alternative to the Wavegarden Cove design. Their latest

With all the fanfare surrounding the launching of two full-size Wavegarden Coves, we were paid a reminder that Surf Lakes, ...Continue ›


drew brophy wave pool

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How to make your board wave pool cool with artist Drew Brophy

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Drew Brophy started surfing on a hand-me-down yellowed dog of plank. He advanced quickly. But the board looked like crap. Drew wanted a better looking stick. In fact, he wanted to make all surfboards look better, cooler. In the mid-1980s he discovered Posca Paint Pens and that changed everything. Poscas allowed Drew to paint directly onto the glass of the

Drew Brophy started surfing on a hand-me-down yellowed dog of plank. He advanced quickly. But the board looked like crap. ...Continue ›


Eithan Osborne in Waco

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While Lemoore lags, what are wave pool comps doing to step up their game?

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This month the World Surf League published its 2020 tour schedule. Much to everyone’s surprise Kelly’s Wave will return as a CT event, the Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold Freshwater Pro. Among online surf fans, it’s the least popular stop on tour. “It’s repetitive, dreary, boring, and incapable of capturing anyone's imagination,” range the comments scattered from SurfingWorld to Surfer and

This month the World Surf League published its 2020 tour schedule. Much to everyone’s surprise Kelly’s Wave will return as ...Continue ›


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Yes! Pharrell Williams and Virginia Beach Cove project advance

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With Urbnsurf in Melbourne and The Wave Bristol open in England, The Wave Virginia Beach finally has a full-size Cove to assess and a business model to copy. Prior to October’s opening of the two, Virginia Beach had to speculate as to what the waves would look like and how a commercial surf park model would actual work. And this

With Urbnsurf in Melbourne and The Wave Bristol open in England, The Wave Virginia Beach finally has a full-size Cove ...Continue ›


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Mason Ho & Blair Conklin push PerfectSwell to create new waves

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“A Wedge Affair,” is the new film project that takes Reef team riders Mason Ho and Blair Conklin to the BSR Surf Resort and let’s them play mad scientist with the wave settings. In the process they create four totally new waves. The clip departs from typical glorified-chandelier-now-dubbed-an-air-section in that this one gets uber-detailed. Bill McFarland, the brain behind American

“A Wedge Affair,” is the new film project that takes Reef team riders Mason Ho and Blair Conklin to the ...Continue ›


Tom Curren at the Kelly Slater Wave Pool

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Flashback Clip: Tom Curren at Kelly’s Wave

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This Tom Curren wave pool edit makes us smile. Why? For many of us in a certain generation, Tom Curren is THE essence of pure surfing, and we wonder what would his ethereal style look like matched to the perfection of Kelly Slater's Wave Pool? Quick history on Tom Curren pre-wave pool... Born in 1964, the son of big-wave surfer

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