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Guide to all the world’s wave pool technology

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As we’ve seen in recent years there is more than one way to artificially generate waves. Compressed air, levers and paddles, giant plungers and, of course, a submerged block pulled along a track, all produce surf. Mix in 10 times the computing data used to launch the Hubble Telescope, and you have capable wave pool technology. Before we kick off

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Surf Lakes

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Photo Essay: Surf Lakes 2.0 testing hits the zen button

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What Jeff Divine’s rainbow shots at Pipe were to 1970s surf media, this latest round of Surf Lakes images are to the wave pool set. Why? Because in the age of Insta posts, likes and shares are mostly action-generated. From Kevin Schulz’ flip at Waco to Kelly’s twin-finning at the Surf Ranch, the world prefers big airs to big art.

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Surf Planner Update on WavePoolMag

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SurfPlanner Update: The world’s five newest wave pools

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Welcome to our latest edition of the Surf Planner update. This month saw a flurry of activity globally with more wave pools planned for England, Texas and France. The bulk of the technology at the moment firmly rests with the folks at Wavegarden Cove. Central England confirms Wavegarden Cove, sealing England’s title as “Wave Pool Capital of the World.” Texas

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Sterling Hardy

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Employee of the Month: Outerknown’s Sterling Hardy

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When scrolling the #wavepool tag through the Instasphere we come across Surf Ranch clips a lot. It’s usually a celeb, pro or an everyday surfer sharing highlights from their corporate party. Recently, in post after post, we kept coming across this one guy. His name is Sterling Hardy. While most surfers luck into a handful of waves at Kelly’s this

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Emerge Surf Birmingham

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Birmingham to build massive Wavegarden Cove

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Emerge Surf today named the central English city of Birmingham as the site of their new, giant wave pool. The £25 million ($30USmillion) facility was revealed today along with artist renderings and a list of ambassadors. South Africa’s big wave legend Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker will be signing on as well as British pros Peony Knight and Luke Dillon. Their roles

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New development could crown Texas as “Wave Pool Capital of the World”

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This month developers launched renderings for a wave pool at the new commercial development Sapphire Bay. The non-specific technology will be the centerpiece for the Rowlett North Texas project. Initially, the development stalled for a year after legal hassles between partners. But now appears to be full-steam ahead with lifestyle destination developers VenuBlue. Bisnow reported the $39million deal includes approximately

This month developers launched renderings for a wave pool at the new commercial development Sapphire Bay. The non-specific technology will ...Continue ›


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Know your rocker: Cheyne Magnusson’s Pool Toy model

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Surfboard design theory as it applies to wave pools is more complicated than it seems. Yes, we can use Computational Fluid Dynamics to test water flow around different tail shapes and apply it to repeated wave pool sessions. Or, we just rely on the world’s best shapers, like Matt Biolos and Christiaan Bradley, to flow with ideas and concepts. There

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WavePoolMag Photographer Series Episode 1, Rob Henson of BSR

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Digital pixels are free and easy compared to the film days of shooting a 36-frame-roll, changing film (and possibly missing the set of the day) then trudging off to get it developed - never really knowing if you had scored the goods. In a way, wave pools are to surfing what digital is to photography. Yes, it’s so much easier,

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urbnsurf melbourne

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Urbnsurf Updates: Melbourne ready to turn on the taps

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In a busy wave pool week that included a huge media push by The Wave and new maxed-out footage of Surf Lakes, Urbnsurf announced via Instagram they are ready to fill the pond. “We’re stoked to announce that we’re just a few weeks away from turning on the big taps, and filling up our next-generation surfing lagoon,” said Founder Andrew

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Wavegarden Cove like the one coming to Myrtle Beach

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South Carolina announces plans for Wavegarden Cove

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Myrtle Beach will break ground as part of a development project to inject quality surf into an area plagued by lackluster breaks. The new wave pool hopes to see completion by 2021. The Myrtle Beach City Council approved a letter of intent from American Surf Parks LLC to build the full-size Wavegarden Cove and amphitheater on land owned by the

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wave pool plan for Castets

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France to kick off new pool construction near Hossegor

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The small town of Castets, 40 minutes northeast of the famed sandbanks of Hossegor, will be home to France’s newest wave pool. The project, dubbed Wavelandes Atlantic, secured 32 acres of land from the town for roughly $850,000. Officials said they will be using Wavegarden’s Cove technology. Computer sketch ups in the Presslib article announcing the project show a system

The small town of Castets, 40 minutes northeast of the famed sandbanks of Hossegor, will be home to France’s newest ...Continue ›


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Evan Geiselman’s spirit animal is a wave pool

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Evan has spent more time in wave pools than most any other pro surfer. His debut to the world came as the wonder grom in Kai Neville’s Lost Atlas. The snappy goofy foot sessioned the Canary Islands pool with Julian Wilson and Kolohe Andino in captivating, moody slow-motion. Evan has frequented Typhoon Lagoon, competed at the Snowdonia pro event, tracked

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The godfather of water parks passes away

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Richard Croul was an inspiration to Southern California’s hotbed of wave pool inventers and dreamers, influencing everyone from Tom Lochtefeld, Tom Morey and Phil Roberts. “He was the godfather of building waterparks in the US and paved the way for the rest of us,” recalls wave pool artist Phil Roberts. “He’s built them everywhere and he’s one of those old

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wave pool art by phil roberts

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Take a Little Trip: The rich imagination and wave pool art of Phil Roberts

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Philip Roberts is always in close orbit to surfing’s greatest inventors. Mentored by water park guru Dick Croul (Wild Rivers) he’s brought the trippy ideas of Tom Lochtefeld to life while acting as the grounding cable for Boogie Board inventor Tom Morey. Decades ago Roberts got his start in the surf-art world by painting boards for Floridian legend Mike Tabeling.

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Nick Hounsvield _The Wave_main

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How Nick Hounsfield is making The Wave a different kind of surf space

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One thing that becomes obvious when speaking with Nick Hounsfield is that he’s a sincere gent. Or, since he’s been working on the impossible task of creating a wave pool in Bristol for nearly a decade, he’s just become very good at brand messaging. He phrases debilitating project complications as “workstreams” and oozes LinkedIn can-do positivity in the face of

One thing that becomes obvious when speaking with Nick Hounsfield is that he’s a sincere gent. Or, since he’s been ...Continue ›


ADG WaveTek system

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OG wave pool maker celebrates 50th anniversary

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Most of the dialogue on WavePoolMag is geared toward next-generation surfing pools produced by Wavegarden, American Wave Machines, Kelly Slater Wave Co and friends. But the wave pool engine that planted the collective “what if?” seed in our surf brains has just turned 50. The WaveTek generation system by Aquatic Design Group is responsible for 450 wave pools worldwide and

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Brian Filmore at BSR Surf Resort

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Employee of the Month: How to go from kook to expert in 18 months

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When someone says they have the best job in the world, you tend to take their word for it. Working at a wave pool each day? That’s a great job. But what we don’t hear about are long hours (15 hours some days) standing in the Texas heat and humidity while trying to organize a group of surfers amped to

When someone says they have the best job in the world, you tend to take their word for it. Working ...Continue ›


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French protest group says no to ‘Le Freak Peak’

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A proposed American Wave Machines-powered wave pool in the west of France is receiving pushback from a French activist group and some local residents. At issue is La Bergerie (field for sheep in French) Surf Camp, a six-hectacre project planned for an agricultural area 30 minutes west of France’s sixth largest city, Nantes. The PerfectSwell wave pool is projected to

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Surf Lakes left

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Back in action: First images of Surf Lakes 2.0 show promise

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Surf Lakes announced that their 5 Waves R&D facility is back up and running as they continue with more structural testing. The full-scale facility is in operation after the group made repairs, upgrades and improvements following a mixed launch last October. The company said they have now successfully run sets that push out four consecutive waves. Max wave face heights

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waco big air wave pool

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Pros on Progression: From ocean to wave pool and back again

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In a recent clip by American Wave Machines promoting their Perfect Swell technology, the California company interviewed Stab High competitors to find out how surfing in a wave pool aids in the progression of surfing. Not surprisingly, the crew including Kevin Schulz, Matt Meola, Mason Ho and Chippa Wilson confessed that the wave pool has helped their surfing immensely. And

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stephaine gilmore surf ranch pro

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Computational fluid dynamics – how it’s helping you as a surfboard customer

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That foam and fiberglass sled beneath your feet, including the fins, just got a whole lot of help from the pocket-protector set. The scientists best known for studying airflow and resistance on rockets, Formula 1 cars and various aircraft, have now turned their attention to surfing. Well, at least one has. Enter Riccardo Rossi. The 42-year-old from Rimini Italy is

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welsh adaptive surf champs

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Adaptive surf champs fire at Snowdonia wave pool

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The world’s best adaptive surfers hit Adventure Parc Snowdonia to compete in the Welsh Adaptive Surf Championships. The event, a first of its kind in a wave pool, saw former world champs Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart and Bruno Hansen mix it up with 24 athletes representing 13 nations. The surfers competed in three categories, standing (AS1), kneeling (AS2) and prone (AS3).

The world’s best adaptive surfers hit Adventure Parc Snowdonia to compete in the Welsh Adaptive Surf Championships. The event, a ...Continue ›


Andy Hadden

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Meet the engine behind Scotland’s newest surf spot

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In June Wavegarden Scotland announced that the country's first wave pool received planning permission from the powers that be in Edinburgh. Work will soon begin to transform Craigpark Quarry near Ratho into a Cove facility with an opening date sometime late Spring 2021. Andy Hadden, like Andrew Ross of Urbnsurf, Nick Hounsfield of The Wave and Andy Ainscough of Adventure

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Feature: Celebrating the mad technology of Greg Webber

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Fifteen years ago surfboard shaper Greg Webber set out on his path to create perfect waves. He dreamed, tinkered, chased prawn trawlers, uploaded tediously detailed YouTube clips then… boom! Webber’s wave pool ideas found traction through some of the most exciting artist renderings in the history of mock-ups. Soon he was transformed, in the American surf psyche at least, from

Fifteen years ago surfboard shaper Greg Webber set out on his path to create perfect waves. He dreamed, tinkered, chased ...Continue ›


kelly slater claim

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Claims move from the ocean to wave pools

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Decades ago there was no better way to ruin a ride than by claiming it. They went together like orange juice and toothpaste. As pro surfing competition got more, well, competitive, the claiming grew. While most claims are justified, some (Kelly in main photo) claims became a tool to boost scores. By feigning emotional exhilaration, a competing surfer could better

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