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Vietnam to get huge wave pool from makers Endless Surf

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Vietnam is changing, recent years have seen rapid growth of tourism infrastructure and significant real estate expansion. International investors have recognized the large potential of this culture-rich, tropical destination and look to support the government's bold economic development plan for a brand-new administrative region. East of Ho Chi Minh City, a new area dubbed Vietnam's Silicon Valley is emerging, spanning districts 2,9

Vietnam is changing, recent years have seen rapid growth of tourism infrastructure and significant real estate expansion. International investors have recognized ...Continue ›


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New Jersey wave pool resided in world’s most dangerous theme park

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New Jersey's Action Park - often referred to as the "world's most dangerous amusement park" operated from 1978 to 1996 and inspired many harried stories and urban legends. “Class Action Park,” “Accident Park” and “Traction Park” are some of the names ascribed to the loosely run theme park. The wave pool was known as the “Grave Pool.” The park became

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Tom Lochtefeld – The Godfather of modern surf parks

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Tom Lochtefeld is the OG wave pool geek and a core surfer. For the past 30 plus years, he’s found ways to have fun and surf outside of the ocean. He fixed a cable to the rear-wheel-drive system of a Dodge truck to make a foil wave (a concept that began in 1987!) For this and many other reasons we

Tom Lochtefeld is the OG wave pool geek and a core surfer. For the past 30 plus years, he’s found ...Continue ›


Turtle and Rick Kane oil painting by Derek West

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How wave pools play into the pop culture art of Derek West

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Derek West was born too early. Maybe. He grew up in a town just half an hour but decades away from Kelly’s Wave in Lemoore. Landlocked and surf-less, his Central Valley upbringing forced him to find stoke elsewhere. “We surfed in the canals around here all the time if we couldn’t get to the beach,” recalls West. “We’d pull each

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dan mann and kelly slater

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All design roads lead to the Surf Ranch – Firewire’s ‘No Brainer’

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Dan Mann designs boards for Firewire and is responsible for some of the brand’s most popular models. He recently made a board for Kelly Slater specifically to go in one-foot mush. However, a board that Kelly rides in one-foot mush is going to be very, very different from what 95% of the surfing world rides in such conditions. Surreptitiously, Kelly,

Dan Mann designs boards for Firewire and is responsible for some of the brand’s most popular models. He recently made ...Continue ›


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Meet the Taylor Steele of wave pool videos…

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Chris Monroe is excitable. Which is refreshing in an era of surf edits blanched with rights-free music and predictable quick cuts. Mr. Monroe narrates the action as it happens. Which, isn’t really necessary. The viewer can see exactly what is going on. It would be annoying, but when Chris throws out an “oh my gosh look at that” or an

Chris Monroe is excitable. Which is refreshing in an era of surf edits blanched with rights-free music and predictable quick ...Continue ›


Artist collage featuring Big Surf

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How Big Surf in Tempe cut the modern wave pool template

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Big Surf in Arizona was way ahead of its time. The world is just now catching up some fifty years later. Go ahead and make fun of Rick Kane and the cult classic "The North Shore," but as more wave pool projects emerge each month we’re finding that the surf park song remains the same. Through some digging and an

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Waves at Urbnsurf

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Urbnsurf celebrates the average surfer

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As the wave pool space matures, the challenges presented to surf parks are not simply producing enough waves, but catering those waves to fit your clientele. Surf abilities run a wide-range with expert-level surfers making just a small top percentage of the ability pyramid. The rest of us want something more manageable. In line with this evolution, Urbnsurf has launched

As the wave pool space matures, the challenges presented to surf parks are not simply producing enough waves, but catering ...Continue ›


Shane Beschen at Citywave Germany

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Guide to the major standing wave pool technologies

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The river surfing scene is credited with launching the standing wave pool boom. Riders don’t have to paddle into standing waves, they can simply acid drop or butt-slide in from the coping. Surfers stay in the same place, never traveling away from where they dropped in. Consequently, the vibe is different, with riders cheering each other on from just a

The river surfing scene is credited with launching the standing wave pool boom. Riders don’t have to paddle into standing ...Continue ›


okahina wave test pool

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First images of Okahina Wave technology revealed

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The wave pool world has long been stunned by the unique properties of the Okahina Wave system. Artist renderings show a circular system spitting out endless rides. Many have pointed out that you can make anything look surf-able in an art mock-up. The recent video of Okahina Wave’s proof-of-concept only raises more questions.In the clip by news outlet Paris Match

The wave pool world has long been stunned by the unique properties of the Okahina Wave system. Artist renderings show ...Continue ›


Wavehouse by surfloch artist rendering

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SurfLoch has 10 wave pools in the works

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Tom Lochtefeld’s SurfLoch design is the ‘It Girl’ of the wave pool space at the moment. It’s hard to follow the #wavepool hashtag and not come across SurfLoch digital eye candy. Especially with daily Insta blasts from the prolific crew at Palm Springs Surf Club. The pool in the desert might look familiar to some. This is the same Lochtefeld

Tom Lochtefeld’s SurfLoch design is the ‘It Girl’ of the wave pool space at the moment. It’s hard to follow ...Continue ›


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How do they work? Every wave pool tech explained

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With so many promotional pushes from wave-making technology companies, it's hard to cut through the marketing hype and know what's really going on. To get the lowdown on the different human-made wave companies out there, we spoke with geek-in-the-know Mark "Skip" Taylor of Surf Park Management. Skip and his team's job is to consider all the little details on how

With so many promotional pushes from wave-making technology companies, it's hard to cut through the marketing hype and know what's ...Continue ›


Surfing Bristol in February

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All you need to know about surfing The Wave Bristol

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We went to England to bring you this ultimate The Wave Bristol review. In the article below we investigate, explore and surf the UK’s newest surf spot. This comprehensive report covers everything from The Wave prices to parking and all points in between. Is this surf park user friendly? Can you get barrelled? What’s The Wave cost? How is their

We went to England to bring you this ultimate The Wave Bristol review. In the article below we investigate, explore ...Continue ›


Sarah Beardmore and app graphic

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New app offers complete information on the world’s growing list of 77 wave pool projects

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WavePoolMag launches an interactive global wave pool map with detailed information on every human-made surf-specific wave on the planet.  Working with app developers Nown, WavePoolMag applied the same dedication used to build the Wave Pool Surf Planner to create an app program that's fun, unique and super informative. "I have been a big fan of their Surf Planner for some

WavePoolMag launches an interactive global wave pool map with detailed information on every human-made surf-specific wave on the planet.  Working ...Continue ›


The wave pool at Boa Visto

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Brazilian wave pool doubles Texas PerfectSwell size

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American Wave Machines today announced a new development called Boa Vista near Sao Paulo, Brazil. The new project with partners JHSF will cover 370 acres and include the world’s largest American Wave Machines wave pool.Currently, the pool at BSR in Waco offers 120-160 waves per hour for 8-10 second rides. While this new pool design looks very different, the thought

American Wave Machines today announced a new development called Boa Vista near Sao Paulo, Brazil. The new project with partners ...Continue ›


kelly slater in texas wave pool

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Firsthand: Sharing the lineup with Kelly Slater in Waco

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Throttled by COVID-19, surf travel today rarely includes exotic, far off destinations like the Mentawai Islands. Instead, surfers are booking domestic sessions to wave pools where available. BSR Surf Resort has seen an uptick in domestic visitors this year as they come into their own as a legitimate surf destination. Americans are dropping into Waco for a few days instead

Throttled by COVID-19, surf travel today rarely includes exotic, far off destinations like the Mentawai Islands. Instead, surfers are booking ...Continue ›


Artist design with surfboard outline

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Design Basics: Separating standing wave and moving wave surfboards

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What is the difference between a surfboard designed for standing waves and one made for moving waves? At a glance, the standing wave variety looks like hobbit-sized sticks, squished-down versions of high-performance shortboards. We know that shapers build finely-tuned boards suited to the different wave pools of the world like Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch or BSR in Waco. There are

What is the difference between a surfboard designed for standing waves and one made for moving waves? At a glance, ...Continue ›


felipe toledo

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Surf Ranch Pro survives WSL format restructuring

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Big changes announced this week at the World Surf League include, among other things, a Surf Ranch Pro move to June. Dominated by Gabriel Medina and Felipe Toledo, the one event on tour not dependant on the weather is now sandwiched between Rio and GLand. While fan response has been dour for the Lemoore contest, the WSL is keeping it

Big changes announced this week at the World Surf League include, among other things, a Surf Ranch Pro move to ...Continue ›


owen wright wavegarden

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Wave Pool Surf Coaching: How to have a zesty backside

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When Urbnsurf opened this year we knew they would be working with state surfing NGO Surfing Victoria. But exactly how this partnership would pan out we weren’t certain. Yes there would be club events and comps and certified lifesavers. Beyond that, one of the perks we discovered is comprehensive surf coaching from the crew at Surf Better Now, a branch

When Urbnsurf opened this year we knew they would be working with state surfing NGO Surfing Victoria. But exactly how ...Continue ›


surfworks adventure park

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Consultants from The Wave & Snowdonia helping Myrtle Beach wave pool

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One of the most wildly popular news items on WavePoolMag recently was the announcement of the Myrtle Beach South Carolina wave pool. We were a bit perplexed as to why it received so much traffic as it was just another project announcement. Why this development? It’s not as sexy as a new Kelly wave and it’s not sparkling with the

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adventure parc snowdonia wave pool

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Snowdonia wave pool forced to close for the season

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The world’s first dedicated surf park will close for the rest of 2020 according to a press release issued today. Adventure Parc Snowdonia says they are unable to operate within the latest Welsh Government guidelines regarding COVID-19.In mid-June authorities in Wales issued guidance to close water parks, soft play areas and indoor gyms among other types of facilities. The news

The world’s first dedicated surf park will close for the rest of 2020 according to a press release issued today. ...Continue ›


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10 years ago AWM unveiled their tech to scattered applause

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This decade-old clip from the amusement parks and attractions trade show, or IAAPA shows American Wave Machines guru Bruce McFarland explaining surfing to amusement park video journalists in a quick 7-minute clip. But it soon becomes obvious that while Bruce gives an eloquent, enthusiastic explanation of surfing, he is a fish out of water. The journalists, accustomed to gravity-powered water

This decade-old clip from the amusement parks and attractions trade show, or IAAPA shows American Wave Machines guru Bruce McFarland ...Continue ›


Artist rendering of wave pool surf in space

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Wavegarden confirms four more Coves will open by 2020/21

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Today Wavegarden launched its 2020 product clip, a five-minute online video touting the wave maker's positive selling points along with facts, figures, and a few technical details. In the accompanying press release, the company also revealed the number of upcoming projects. And it's a lot. Currently, there are four Wavegarden facilities open for surfing with four more set to launch

Today Wavegarden launched its 2020 product clip, a five-minute online video touting the wave maker's positive selling points along with ...Continue ›


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All you need to know about Urbnsurf Melbourne

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Editors Note: Talking with Sarah Beardmore is unwittingly joining in a game of accent roulette. Just try to place it. Sometimes it's Ocker, sometimes clipped British and other times it's lost in a deep Scottish bog. It's a mystery accent we can't figure out. Urbnsurf, to the non-initiated, is also a mystery. We see epic clips of pros ripping the

Editors Note: Talking with Sarah Beardmore is unwittingly joining in a game of accent roulette. Just try to place it. ...Continue ›


surfing escape from LA movie

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How an early artificial wave tripped up Hollywood’s CG set

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Hollywood rarely gets surfing right, unless it’s done with enough sublime genius we can quote it 30 years later. Such was the case with the "North Shore." But Escape From LA? This was the sequel no one really asked for to follow up “Escape From New York.” Yet, there's a surfing scene with Peter Fonda and Kurt Russell that can

Hollywood rarely gets surfing right, unless it’s done with enough sublime genius we can quote it 30 years later. Such ...Continue ›