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epic surf wave pool

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Business: EpicSurf on building an economically-sustainable surf park

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Wave pools are, without question, capital-intense ventures with highly variable revenue models and returns. At some, like Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch, the wave is the main attraction, with just minimal infrastructure around it. The people that come to its location in Lemoore, California—an agricultural town about four hours from the state’s two biggest cities—are often professional surfers or deep-pocketed enthusiasts.

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Olympic surfing: Nikki van Dijk wavegarden cove

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The real reason wave pools haven’t been and won’t be in the Olympics

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Remember those raging debates about which wave pool should be used in the Olympics? Back when the venue for surfing’s Olympic debut was still up in the air, everyone had an opinion on a wave pool's role in the Games and which technology would work best. Now as we head into the Paris 2024 Olympic cycle where the world-renowned Teahupo’o

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waves per hour

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Is there such a thing as the perfect number of waves per hour?

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How much does the waves-per-hour boast matter? Surf park operators and insiders give their take on this contentious metric. The successful operation of a wave pool business largely comes down to the skill of the pool operators in knowing, and being able to cater successfully, to their clients. It’s a delicate balancing act with millions of dollars on the line.

How much does the waves-per-hour boast matter? Surf park operators and insiders give their take on this contentious metric. The ...Continue ›


OLAS RANCH WavePool

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Pools, Ponies, and Promises – California’s Olas Ranch shut down before it leaves the gate

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Editor's Note: Last week and out of the blue we heard about the Olas Ranch project for San Juan Capistrano. We interviewed the development team and got a dialed-in schematic as to how it would all work. Then, just as quickly, the city of San Juan Capistrano tanked the idea in favor of one of the seven other proposals -

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price guide for wave pools

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The Big List 2022: prices, times & notes for all the world’s wave pools

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How many surf-able wave pools are there in the world? As of today, there are 19 wave pools in the world open and semi-open to the public with dedicated surfing hours - Hint: to find a wave pool opening near you soon, check the WavePoolMag Surf Planner. In this guide, we list hours, prices and features of the world's surfable

How many surf-able wave pools are there in the world? As of today, there are 19 wave pools in the ...Continue ›