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new brazil wave pool

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Boa Vista airs footage of new wave pool

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We’ve received a few clips of wave testing at Boa Vista in São Paulo. All came through our Insta DMs with the disclaimer not to share. In addition, the test waves were done in a half-filled pool and were not that impressive. So we waited for impressive. And now we are celebrating the public release of Brazil’s latest wave tank

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Turtle from The North Shore

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Turtle’s quotes still resonate some 35 years after the first wave pool movie

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By now all those movie quips immortalized by Rick Kane, Turtle and Lance Burkhart (Matt Adler, John Philbin, and Laird Hamilton respectively) have become pop-culture gems, especially here in the wave pool sphere. The film sets out in Arizona as Rick Kane wins a wave pool contest and a ticket to the North Shore where the other 95% of the

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urbnsurf winter jam

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Urbnsurf keeps wave pool party vibe going with Winter Jam event

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As whispers of the first wave pool projects grew louder, the topic of nighttime events entered the chat. Snowdonia did some amazing stuff with Red Bull, Alaia celebrated with Winterfest and even the grandaddy wave pool Big Surf threw summertime raves. Bright, most definitely disco and loud, these events are becoming a part of the surf park landscape. On August

As whispers of the first wave pool projects grew louder, the topic of nighttime events entered the chat. Snowdonia did ...Continue ›


Devin Pullin Waco Surf

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Employee of the Month: Waco’s lead water quality technician Devin Pullin

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What is the most rock star job at a surf park? Photographers take center stage when they nail that perfect shot for your Instafeed, and the front desk human is positively drummer-like in getting everyone through the doors in time. CEOs and park managers? Yes, they are the lead singers, the brand face of the surf park that you'd see

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vintage map

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Washington State wave pool on track

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In Washington State, Yakima County officials approved the Barreled Surf Park project following a long and contentious approval process last spring. This week more details came to light as developer Joey Lawrence spoke with a local Rotary Club. Barreled Surf Park will be located two hours from Seattle and three hours from Portland. The rural farming community is known as

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PHX Surf facility

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Double wave tank project announced for Arizona

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The PHX Surf facility will be built where State Route 238 and Loma Road cross and will include two 5-acre surf lagoons surrrounded by RV camping, tiny surf villas, a hotel, restaurants, shopping, a concert stage and other amenities. Hot on the heels of “The North Shore” 35th anniversary, Arizona has notched another wave pool project, this one will feature

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Surf ATL

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Surf ATL project finds footing with financial group

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We've been following the Atlanta wave pool project for awhile now for a few reasons. First, it's a community-first wave pool project which is rare in the developer world, and second it will be Georgia's first surf park. This week, the Surf ATL group announced a partnership with Commenda Real Estate and Commenda Capital to access the financial muscle necessary to see the project

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kelly slater black and white in a wave pool

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Kelly Slater Lost Tapes Rewind: What if he won an event at the wave he built?

Latest

Watching the WSL's Lost Tapes is frustrating. The whole series is a tease as to gleening insight into Kelly, the man, the myth, the legend. But just when you think he's going to share something deeply revealing, he drifts back to the script. This happens frequently throughout the series. In this latest episode, the elephant in the room is "what

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sao paulo surf club

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Sao Paulo 3, Rio 0. Wave pool race heats up in Brazil

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São Paulo is on its way to becoming the wave pool capital of Brazil, and South America for that matter. The city is the southern hemisphere’s most populous metropolis with 12 million inhabitants, and now all will be within driving distance of three wave tanks. The KSM group opened Praia da Grama last year to rave reviews. Now JHSF, a

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wavegarden scotland to open 2024

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Wavegarden Scotland breaks ground, eyes 2024 opening

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Major construction work at Scotland’s newest leisure and staycation facility, Wavegarden Scotland, got underway today in Ratho, near Edinburgh. The £55m landmark development will include the country’s first inland surfing destination.The Wavegarden Scotland development is expected to open to the public in Summer 2024 - boosting long-term socio-economic, recreational and tourism benefits including creating up to 130 jobs once open, generating

Major construction work at Scotland’s newest leisure and staycation facility, Wavegarden Scotland, got underway today in Ratho, near Edinburgh. The £55m ...Continue ›


deaf surfer and teacher in switzerland

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Pool program brings wave-riding to the deaf in Switzerland

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One of the coolest things about wave pools is that driven, ocean-less individuals can go from zero to hero in just a few years. All it takes is heaps of drive, ambition and close proximity to one of the world’s surf parks. Simon Plachtzik started surfing five years ago during a holiday in Portugal and waved goodbye to his previous

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Surf Lakes Australia Wave Pool Yepoon

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12 waves per surfer per hour at Surf Lakes?

User Guide

Surf Lakes is a big wave pool. It's also really big right now in Australia (a big, big country.) Much of its popularity is due to its Queensland location. However, it's still a 9-hour drive from iconic breaks like the Superbank. Why? Because, you guessed it, OZ is B.I.G. As part of the company's more aggressive rollout and announcement of

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surf coach luca loubet

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Employee of the Month: Luca Loubet of Alaïa Bay

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Luca Loubet studied water sports management at the University of Montpellier. The fickle swell patterns and six-month-long flat spells of the Mediterranean stoked his interest in wave pools. Luca wrote his final thesis on Wavegarden, eying an exit to a career as a surf coach. A combination of drive and luck landed him a job at Adventure Parc Snowdonia as

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bsr changes name to waco surf in 2022

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Employee of the Month: Amy Hunt of Waco Surf

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Everyone who works in the wave pool world at this point in time wears several hats. Partly because the industry is so young that clear-cut job titles are still years off. We've heard of CEOs taking on social media duties, fixing dings and handing out singlets to customers. There's a wonderful we're-all-in-this-together vibe among staff at the world's wave pools.

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Unit surf pool

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Project outside Berlin to feature largest indoor rapid wave pool

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Potsdam, Germany is a beautiful city just outside of Berlin and is known for its remarkable palaces, lakes, and rich historical significance. And soon it will also be known as "that one place with a big ass rapid wave pool." The Havelwelle project announced they will feature an embedded 14 meter (46 feet) wide Unit Surf Pool as their hub.

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We value your insight so much that we are prepared to give you a chance to win a new Firewire Surfboard for sharing your thoughts

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You've got locked and hidden away inside that surf-stoked brain of yours insights that the wave pool and surf tourism industry value. Yes, you are special. How special? Well for starters, there's an entire industry being built as we speak that has no road map. It's uncharted territory. And while there's an elite crew at the helm planning our growth,

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FlowSurf by FlowRider

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FlowRider enters the rapid wave pool market

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Sheet-wave pioneers FlowRider entered the deep-water standing wave market this week with the launch of FlowSurf. The product launch puts FlowRider alongside other wave pool technologies like EpicSurf, Ka'ana, Citywave and Unit. According to the company, FlowSurf looks a bit different than the average product in the FlowRider lineup. FlowSurf is created using a deep flow of water, which enables

Sheet-wave pioneers FlowRider entered the deep-water standing wave market this week with the launch of FlowSurf. The product launch puts ...Continue ›


jina kim in south korea

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In Korea a wave pool and startup surf league anchor a fledgling surf scene

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Surfing is contagious. Just shy of the 20th century, Hawaiian Royalty gave demonstrations in California while a couple of decades later Duke Kahanamoku wowed crowds in Australia. Both locations immediately embraced the sport and it flourished. Fast forward a century and you can now find groups of like-minded surfing devotees gathered together in boardriders clubs. But the Duke never gave

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Firsthand: The Surfing Samurai, adaptive sessions and wave pools

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Eleven years ago Dylan Hronec rode his first wave and “In that moment I felt like I was no longer in my body anymore; I was flying and totally free.” Dylan was born with Cerebral Palsy, a neurological disorder that affects fine motor skills.  We received some clips of Dylan at SkudinSurf American Dream and wanted to chat with him.

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A Surf Lakes set framed as a tropical vacation postcard

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Ryan Callinan and Morgan Cibilic steep and deep in Yeppoon

Television

Surf Lakes has been busy lately pushing out more and more clips to bracket the wide range of surf park experiences. On one end we have a clean "everyday-user" lineup clip of a brilliant three-wave set and on the other end of the spectrum, slab barrels and a hyper flash edit of Morgan Cibilic and Ryan Callinan. Morgan became a

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adult learner Maria Allebring

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We speak with possibly the fastest advancing adult learner on the planet

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“Adult Learner” can be a pejorative term in the surf world. The comments thread for salt-focused publications is rife with kook-calling and the unrealistic expectation that everyone should know how to surf before they even, uh, learn to surf. If surfing was that easy, there would be no Kookslams insta page or Novice-shaming threads on BeachGrit. Fortunately, this hostile climate

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wave pool mag gear guide

 |  2022 Gear Guide, News

2022 WavePoolMag Gear Guide

2022 Gear Guide, News

Gear guides are fun. Everyone loves to window shop. That’s why there are so many product showcases sprinkled across the internet. At their worst, they are paeons to objects born of an unsustainable capitalist structure. At their best, they herald a sublime shift in surf culture and remind us that our current pair of boardshorts won't survive another season. We’re

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The Wave Bristo and Ukraine

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How one wave pool is sending aid to Ukraine

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The Wave recently got in touch with fellow Bristol business, British Corner Shop, to develop the We Care package – a parcel of essential food that will be delivered directly to those in need in Ukraine. The packs will be taken by trucks directly into Lviv in Ukraine, as part of Climate Action’s 20-20-20 Campaign, which is aiming to deliver

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The Wave is a fresh respite from the QS slog for Logan Nicol

Television

In this interview by Survival Stance, Welsh surfer Logan Nicol spends a day at The Wave and talks about the QS slog and what it takes to compete in less-than-ideal conditions. You got to love it. There are some boys who do it but aren’t keen on it and that’s not gonna work because it’s not easy,” says Nicol. “The

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couple's surf trip

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Couple Goals: Hit the wave pool, nix the matching polyester outfits, here’s why

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Dripping with sweat, pulse racing, breathing heavily… there’s a reason you like to watch your significant other work out. These physical signs mimic arousal, yet some of us might only see old sweat pants and faded Under Armour gear. But put BAE in a form-fitting wettie, topped off with a stoked smile and surfing can be quite the aphrodisiac. But

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