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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

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

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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 ›


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

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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 ›


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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

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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

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Second Surf Lakes wave pool planned for England

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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 ›


Langenfeld wave pool

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Standing wave pools central to rapid surf league tour

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Under sunny skies with 500 spectators looking on, Rosina Neuerer and Nicolas Marusa won the final event of the Pure SurfCamps Rapid Surf League tour which took place on the Unit Wave Pool in Langenfeld, Germany. The last event of the tour saw Marusa move on to claim the overall men’s title while Laura Haustein took the overall women’s title.

Under sunny skies with 500 spectators looking on, Rosina Neuerer and Nicolas Marusa won the final event of the Pure ...Continue ›


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Retro clip cool: 2008, the year of promise and the great recession

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Are we deep enough into the wave pool blitz to have a nostalgia movement yet? 2008 was a crucial juncture in human-made wave development. Kelly Slater and Greg Webber tussled with their respective designs and the world’s largest surf shop, Ron Jons, was in the midst of an Orlando pool build. At the height of it all was this four-minute

Are we deep enough into the wave pool blitz to have a nostalgia movement yet? 2008 was a crucial juncture ...Continue ›


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12-15 expert waves per-surfer per-hour at full-size Cove

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Urbnsurf Melbourne recently went into more detail about the three different surf zones in their upcoming two-hectare Wavegarden Cove facility. The Melbourne breaks will be divided up into beginner, intermediate and advanced. Company CEO Andrew Ross also offered some numbers for upcoming surf sessions saying there will be max 18 surfers on the each side of the central Cove pier

Urbnsurf Melbourne recently went into more detail about the three different surf zones in their upcoming two-hectare Wavegarden Cove facility. ...Continue ›


jay occhilupo at Surf Lakes

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Television: Jay Occhilupo attempts wave pool slab

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Son of Occy and Qld Junior champion, Jay Occhilupo takes on a wave pool slab known as The Island, at the Surf Lakes R&D facility. The son of legendary goofy foot Mark Occhilupo, Jay donned helmet and moxie to attempt the drop without much luck. He then moved over to Occy's Peak to try out the right hander, with more

Son of Occy and Qld Junior champion, Jay Occhilupo takes on a wave pool slab known as The Island, at ...Continue ›


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Another Roadside Attraction: When wave pools ruled the desert

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One hundred and twenty miles east of Los Angeles and 120 miles northeast of San Diego lies the Coachella Valley, soon to become home to California’s newest surf spots. Once a prime weekend destination for Bob Hope-era Hollywood, the area hosts a unique desert culture including the annual Coachella music festival, thriving LGBT scene and of course giant roadside dinosaurs.

One hundred and twenty miles east of Los Angeles and 120 miles northeast of San Diego lies the Coachella Valley, ...Continue ›


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Alana Blanchard video series drops in at BSR Surf Resort

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Kauai’s It girl and former World Tour competition Alana Blanchard hit Waco recently with a crew of Hawaiian friends. In this latest episode of her video series titled “Surfergirls | Happy Waves” Bethany Hamilton and Leila Hurst join Alana. The four-minute edit by Reagen Ritchie includes cameos by the women’s toddlers who enjoy the pool time almost as much as

Kauai’s It girl and former World Tour competition Alana Blanchard hit Waco recently with a crew of Hawaiian friends. In ...Continue ›


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Two new Brazilian pools on the way as American Wave Machines enter agreement

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American Wave Machines, drivers of the engine behind BSR Surf Resort in Waco, today announced a partnership with Brazilian company JHSF Participacoes SA, headquartered in São Paulo, Brazil. This agreement will launch the first of two PerfectSwell locations in the State of São Paulo. Project kick off is immediate, with surfing anticipated in November 2020. JHSF is a Brazil-based holding

American Wave Machines, drivers of the engine behind BSR Surf Resort in Waco, today announced a partnership with Brazilian company ...Continue ›


Aritz aranburu at the cove

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New Zealand eyes proposal for nation’s first wave pool

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The Christchurch area on New Zealand's South Island is one step closer to getting a Wavegarden Cove. The players behind the project are seeking to create an "aquasports park" with water-themed sports surrounding a central wave pool. "The project has been in development for around six years and is a planned co-location Wave pool/Wake Cable/White Water Park with Aquaplay facilities,

The Christchurch area on New Zealand's South Island is one step closer to getting a Wavegarden Cove. The players behind ...Continue ›


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Speculation Nation: Is Oceanside getting a SurfLoch wave pool?

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One of the most exhausting things about the current climate of wave pool anticipation (yes, it’s like one, long, endless Christmas Eve) is pinpointing launch dates and the technology that will be used for upcoming projects. Combined with the secretive nature of wave pool makers, it makes confirming the type of surf a community will be getting very difficult. Add

One of the most exhausting things about the current climate of wave pool anticipation (yes, it’s like one, long, endless ...Continue ›


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What is Swellspot tech and will it pump in Richmond Virgina?

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While the number of wave pool plans expand across the globe, the number of companies making waves remains steady with the lion's share of licenses have been inked with KSWCo, Surf Lakes, American Wave Macines and Wavegarden. But that could all change. Swellspot is a wave pool company based out of the US who is working on lighting up Richmond

While the number of wave pool plans expand across the globe, the number of companies making waves remains steady with ...Continue ›


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Engineers submit plans for NLand-to-Kelly-Slater-Wave transformation

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The transformation of NLand’s Wavegarden Lagoon tech into Kelly Slater Wave Company tech took a leap forward this week. Engineering firm Carlson Brigance and Doering Inc. formally introduced their plans to the city of Austin. The plans call for the retrofitting and transformation of NLand into a facility like the Surf Ranch in Lemoore California. It’s a huge project, and

The transformation of NLand’s Wavegarden Lagoon tech into Kelly Slater Wave Company tech took a leap forward this week. Engineering ...Continue ›


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Legend: Getting paid to surf the world’s best wave pool (and dress up like an animé character)

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In wave pool lore, Ocean Dome is a mythic beast. It dished perfect, clear, hollow peaks that were leaps and bounds better than comparable artificial surf technology at the time. While other pools dribbled, Miyazaki’s Dome peaked, slabbed and pitched. It was the artificial wave equivalent of Pipeline producing waves with genuine power. And judging by video clips from the

In wave pool lore, Ocean Dome is a mythic beast. It dished perfect, clear, hollow peaks that were leaps and ...Continue ›