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Pondering our place and pools during the lockdown

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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 ›


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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

Like John John and others before him, Jackson Dorian learned to skate and surf about the same time he learned ...Continue ›


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

At the onset of government, action to help curb the Coronavirus The Wave in Bristol shut its doors followed by ...Continue ›


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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 ›


Nick Rees of The Wave

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Nick Rees of The Wave on staying core when the surf industry moves inland

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Nick Rees loves British surfing. He cut his teeth on the beach running errands for Surfing England then translated that mojo into project management. His work eventually pushed him up to the Chief Operating Officer position. The crown jewel of his accomplishments being securing National Governing Body status for surfing in England, a big move that put UK surfing on

Nick Rees loves British surfing. He cut his teeth on the beach running errands for Surfing England then translated that ...Continue ›


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First look at Palm Springs Surf Club footage

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From the comfort and the convenience of our digital devices, we are privy to a world of surf spots once only known by a privileged few. The two A-List guides in the YouTube era of surf exploration are Ben Gravy and Dylan Graves. Stoke-able vloggers who couldn’t be more different from each other. While Gravy bounces around like a puppy,

From the comfort and the convenience of our digital devices, we are privy to a world of surf spots once ...Continue ›


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“Can I get Coronavirus from a wave pool?” It’s not the water that puts you at risk

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This was supposed to be the big year for surfing: Olympics, new wave pools, larger pool comps, even bigger wave pools, a Surf Ranch reality TV show (!?) and, well, who knows it still might very well be huge once this whole virus thing passes. We hope so. As we enter the Covid-19 era a new normal is emerging, one

This was supposed to be the big year for surfing: Olympics, new wave pools, larger pool comps, even bigger wave ...Continue ›


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Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart: Why wave pools will change everything in adaptive surfing

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Mark Mono Stewart is the Kelly Slater of adaptive surfing. Despite being dad-age to many of his peers, he keeps bagging event wins and championship titles. In September 2015, at the age of 53, he won the inaugural ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship in California. He went on to repeat the following year - almost 40 years after losing his

Mark Mono Stewart is the Kelly Slater of adaptive surfing. Despite being dad-age to many of his peers, he keeps ...Continue ›


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From Tumbleweeds to Tubes: snooping around DSRTsurf & Palm Springs

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Sometimes you need Jason Bourne. We sorta have one. Our desert reporter Sean McCoy (even without the fluidity of a dozen languages and kung fu panache) was able to pull up details on two of the four Coachella Valley wave pool projects. “I stopped by DSRT Surf and The Palm Springs Surf Club to check on progress and it looks

Sometimes you need Jason Bourne. We sorta have one. Our desert reporter Sean McCoy (even without the fluidity of a ...Continue ›


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Board Science! Epoxy vs. Polyurethane builds for wave pool domination

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Polyurethane foam and fiberglass is cheap, abundant and has become the standard for surfboard construction. It’s been that way for almost 60 years now. Every other aspect of surfing gear has made technological leaps and bounds: fins, leashes, boardshorts and wetsuits. But surfboard materials remain the same. PU is toxic and, relative to other materials, not so strong. There are

Polyurethane foam and fiberglass is cheap, abundant and has become the standard for surfboard construction. It’s been that way for ...Continue ›


Taj Burrow at Urbnsurf

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Know your Cove: Understanding wave settings from Wavegarden

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The world woke to wave pool Wavegarden potential when Urbnsurf made their internet debut with Beast Mode. Prior to that, we’d only seen the smaller Wavegarden test facility pump out slabs. And at one-fifth the size of Melbourne’s Cove, those videos of Josh Kerr and Felipe Toledo airdropping into barrels, while stunning, paled next to Urbnsurf’s version of heavy water.

The world woke to wave pool Wavegarden potential when Urbnsurf made their internet debut with Beast Mode. Prior to that, ...Continue ›


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The Wave makes good after British House of Commons style row

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Late last week The Wave Bristol announced testing and pricing plans for their new Advanced Plus and Expert Wave settings along with demo days mid-March for surfers to try it out. Up until this point, the surf park only offered beginner, intermediate and advanced waves. But the grand rollout for Advanced Plus and Expert hit a few snags. With the

Late last week The Wave Bristol announced testing and pricing plans for their new Advanced Plus and Expert Wave settings ...Continue ›


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Bristol pumps up the volume with two new wave settings for the public

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The Wave has announced it will be running a series of Experience Days for its new bigger wave settings. Surfers in the UK and beyond will be able to sample The Wave’s ‘Advanced Plus’ and ‘Expert’ surf sessions which feature Wavegarden Cove’s turning and barrelling wave settings. Bristol’s best surf spot will pump out the new settings on March 12, 16 and 23rd

The Wave has announced it will be running a series of Experience Days for its new bigger wave settings. Surfers ...Continue ›


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Shrekfest! – East Coast surfers believe in the American Dream

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It was only a matter of time before getting pitted under the watchful eye of a giant, fiberglass Shrek and Kung Fu Panda became a reality. Rejoice pop-culture shredders, the day is nigh. Initially set for a late 2019 opening, American Dream announced this week it will launch its DreamWorks Animation Water Park on March 19, 2020. That indoor facility

It was only a matter of time before getting pitted under the watchful eye of a giant, fiberglass Shrek and ...Continue ›


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Game Time: Comparing and contrasting wave pools and the ocean

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AkuShaper CFO Garry Hoover recently went to the Urbnsurf pool in Melbourne and sent us some interesting info. While not a how-to guide by any means it's a cool game with musings on the separation of pool and sea. And yes, it's done in the classic compare and contrast style just like you did in school. So smitten with Urbnsurf,

AkuShaper CFO Garry Hoover recently went to the Urbnsurf pool in Melbourne and sent us some interesting info. While not ...Continue ›


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Kelly pumps out plan to score in the sand and scrub

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In the California desert between the towns of Thermal and Palm Springs, a distance of 30 miles, surfers will soon be able to sample no less than four wave pool technologies. If all goes well, American Wave Machines, SurfLoch, Wavegarden and now Kelly Slater Wave Company will be pumping out desert waves in the next few years. This week KSWC

In the California desert between the towns of Thermal and Palm Springs, a distance of 30 miles, surfers will soon ...Continue ›


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Surf Lakes enlists subway strategist to help map out future pools

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The mad plunger group in Yeppoon Australia, Surf Lakes, announced they have signed a global strategic project delivery agreement with national property and infrastructure consultancy APP Corporation (APP). APP is known for behemoth undertakings like getting Sydney’s miles of underground Metro built and doing major road upgrades in places like the Perth airport. A news statement revealed that APP will

The mad plunger group in Yeppoon Australia, Surf Lakes, announced they have signed a global strategic project delivery agreement with ...Continue ›


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Big, fat fun returns as Stab High rushes Urbnsurf

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Stab announced its annual Stab High event will take place at Melbourne, Australia’s Urbnsurf facility this year. The previous two years were held in Texas at the BSR Surf Resort powered by American Wave Machines. The new venue boasts the southern hemisphere’s first full-size Wavegarden Cove. “Not only will we be on a different continent for Stab High 3.0, but

Stab announced its annual Stab High event will take place at Melbourne, Australia’s Urbnsurf facility this year. The previous two ...Continue ›


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The (almost forgotten) art of longboarding in a wave pool

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Since Kelly’s pool debuted in December of 2015 the world’s machine-generated surf has been the domain of shortboarding. The very first clip of Waco’s wave featured a flip by Hawaiian all-star Seth Moniz. And just like that, the concrete set in our collective wave pool psyche and machine waves became synonymous with high-performance shortboarding. But between the Instagram shares of

Since Kelly’s pool debuted in December of 2015 the world’s machine-generated surf has been the domain of shortboarding. The very ...Continue ›


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Surf Park Summit: A place for wave pool dreamers and developers

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Urbnsurf, The Wave, DSRTsurf, Surf Lakes, Palm Springs Surf Club and others will be sharing their experiences in La Jolla March 31 and April 1... Organizer Jess Ponting’s accent is confusing. Born in Britain but brought up in Australia and aged in California. The result is a mashup of B-List actor royalspeak with flashes of ocker and the occasional SoCal

Urbnsurf, The Wave, DSRTsurf, Surf Lakes, Palm Springs Surf Club and others will be sharing their experiences in La Jolla ...Continue ›


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Television: Tour every surf-able wave pool on planet earth

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What do the world’s wave pools look like from space? Take a tour of every surf-able pool in the world. With help of Google Earth and terabytes of stock footage, we circumnavigated a virtual globe and looped each shreddy wave tub together in this special edit. While this clip allows you a peek at the world's surf-able machines with soliton

What do the world’s wave pools look like from space? Take a tour of every surf-able pool in the world. ...Continue ›


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Snow Globe Surfing: Photographer captures magic in Bristol

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Surfing just after Storm Ciara this week, Hannah Bristow enjoyed an advanced session on the left at The Wave. She also lucked (or unlucked) into a brief snow/hail/sleet tempest that blew through. The stylish goofyfoot from the southwest had a few sessions in Bristol that day. She got several waves back-to-back but this one will always be remembered, mostly because

Surfing just after Storm Ciara this week, Hannah Bristow enjoyed an advanced session on the left at The Wave. She ...Continue ›


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Listen To Turtle: Pop-culture mojo spawns wave pool brand

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Rip Curl tapped our collective desire to seek out the perfect wave. By translating our collective quest for surf into “The Search,” they created one of the greatest surf-related campaigns ever. But it’s lost on all of us who simply can’t relate to a three-week boat trip in the Mentawai Islands. A like-minded campaign to The Search simply won't work

Rip Curl tapped our collective desire to seek out the perfect wave. By translating our collective quest for surf into ...Continue ›


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Television: Summer vibes in Waco

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In the Northern Hemisphere it’s the dead of winter. Cold. Gray. But typically great surf, depending on your locale. However, trunking it just looks like a dream. Especially when there’s frost on the ground. For many of us now is the perfect time to flashback to this American Wave Machines clip featuring highlights from the Stab High practice rounds. Filmed

In the Northern Hemisphere it’s the dead of winter. Cold. Gray. But typically great surf, depending on your locale. However, ...Continue ›