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Fantasy Island wave pool drawing

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Dream wave pool powered by secret underground volcanic vent

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Think differently. The creative mind is as integral a component to wave pool development as engineering chops. Quite often, that spark of surf inspiration happens visually in the form of a scribble on a napkin or a 12-hour sketchbook bender. Next comes the hours of photo rendering. We’ve profiled several artists here on WavePoolMag as well as major players in

Think differently. The creative mind is as integral a component to wave pool development as engineering chops. Quite often, that ...Continue ›


Shane Beschen and son at Citywave

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Podcast: From cranky pro to pool bro – Shane Beschen opens up

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Find out why one of the few surfers to irritate Slater in the ’90s is emerging as a major player in the wave pool boom Shane Beschen has found an impressive post-Tour career revolving around coaching and wave pools. Top ten surfer throughout the nineties, the only surfer to secure a perfect 30 heat and one of just a handful

Find out why one of the few surfers to irritate Slater in the ’90s is emerging as a major player ...Continue ›


PerfectSwell at Richmond Surf

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World’s largest PerfectSwell to open in Richmond Virginia

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A new development in the suburbs of Richmond Virginia will include the largest-to-date PerfectSwell wave pool by American Wave Machines. Estimates are that the surf park will be twice the size of the famed BSR Surf Resort in Waco and could open as soon as spring 2022. The overall commercial project is called The Lake. Within that, the Richmond Surf

A new development in the suburbs of Richmond Virginia will include the largest-to-date PerfectSwell wave pool by American Wave Machines. ...Continue ›


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Multi-use pass wave pool trend on point at The Wave

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Bristol group announces Surfer Saver program The brand new 180m inland surfing lake near Bristol is the wave pool hit of the Northern Hemisphere. Despite it being deep winter, European and North American surfers are making the pilgrimage to try out the first full-size Wavegarden Cove. To satisfy a hearty local crew of UK surfers the folks at The Wave

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“Beast Plus” setting launched for latest Melbourne clip

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Ozzy Wright is fast approaching, like what, 70-years-old or something right? Anyway, the guy’s showmanship panache has not faded during his years surfing and innovating. In a new clip from Urbnsurf he’s joined by Reef Heazlewood and Isabella Nicols as the Melbourne wave pool tests out some settings at Australia’s newest surf spot. “In late December we began testing a

Ozzy Wright is fast approaching, like what, 70-years-old or something right? Anyway, the guy’s showmanship panache has not faded during ...Continue ›


wave pool surfer ben gravy

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Foamy and Frothy: Ben Gravy homage to Typhoon Lagoon

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Surfing frothiest YouTuber Ben Gravy re-discovered the chlorinated stoke at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon recently. The man who seeks out and surfs the world’s novelty waves has made a career of documenting his triumphs and shortcomings online. To date he’s surfed several wave pools, dodged rocks at weird inlet mysto spots and surfed all 50 states. This latest clip coincided with

Surfing frothiest YouTuber Ben Gravy re-discovered the chlorinated stoke at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon recently. The man who seeks out and ...Continue ›


honokea proposal

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Wave pool development for Oahu’s west side backed by surf park vets

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Honokea is back in the wave pool game after approval of their surf park proposal on Oahu. The $72 million facility received the green light by the Hawaii Community Development Authority last week. The 7-1 vote allows Honokea to do a feasibility study for a parcel of vacant state land in Kalaeloa on the West Side in the vicinity of

Honokea is back in the wave pool game after approval of their surf park proposal on Oahu. The $72 million ...Continue ›


Longboarding the North Sea and hoping for a wave pool

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Wave pool planned for Belgium’s surfing epicenter

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“The North Sea.” Sounds romantic. Mysterious. The name waxes poetic until you’ve spent time exposed on a flat expanse of frozen beach searching a ragged lineup for any signs of rideable surf. Oddly enough, the less-than-inviting set up along the northwest coast of mainland Europe is dotted with core surf communities. Particularly in Belgium. Like most Belgian surfers, Emilie S

“The North Sea.” Sounds romantic. Mysterious. The name waxes poetic until you’ve spent time exposed on a flat expanse of ...Continue ›


from inside the tube at urbnsurf melbourne

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Beast Mode for mortals: Non-pro breaks down Urbnsurf

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Urbnsurf Melbourne opened this week. And Wooly TV is first out of the gates with a YouTube review of the world’s newest wave pool. In a quick six-minute clip Wooly Macpherson shares s a few takeaways from his sessions at Urbnsurf, from board choice to surviving Beast Mode to paddling. Paddling “Don’t paddle casually into the waves,” says Wooly. “Paddle

Urbnsurf Melbourne opened this week. And Wooly TV is first out of the gates with a YouTube review of the ...Continue ›


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Full update on Oceanside’s wave pool…

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The once a gritty Southern California beach town of Oceanside, sandwiched between the open expanse of the Camp Pendleton military base and bustling North San Diego, is hoping to reinvent part of itself. The old drive-in at Foussat Road and Route 76 will, if all goes according to plan, be re-developed into a mixed-use space that will include a state-of-the-art

The once a gritty Southern California beach town of Oceanside, sandwiched between the open expanse of the Camp Pendleton military ...Continue ›


tandem surfing at urbnsurf

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Everything you need to know about surfing Melbourne’s wave pool

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Surfing Melbourne's star wave in 2020! The long wait is over, as Melbourne's newest surf spot busts open its doors for the public today. The full-sized Wavegarden Cove facility at Urbnsurf is the first of its kind in Australia and only the second one in the world open to the public. Originally scheduled to open last Easter, the big debut

Surfing Melbourne's star wave in 2020! The long wait is over, as Melbourne's newest surf spot busts open its doors ...Continue ›


Rob Wagner

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AdviceLine: How to get the most out of Kelly’s wave pool

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While pros make any pool session look stellar, we are more interested in the experience of the average surfer because let's face it, most of us are average surfers. Rob Wagner reached out to us with a modest prompt to check out an edit from his session at Kelly’s. Mr. Wagner labels himself a “no-name surfer” and said he was

While pros make any pool session look stellar, we are more interested in the experience of the average surfer because ...Continue ›


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Podcast: Sophie Everard ventures into The Wave (Bristol)

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Sophie Everard is a journalist, passionate snowboarder and surfer with a lust for life. The stylish goofyfoot has worked extensively within action sports media for more than ten years and is a published writer for industry-leading snowboard titles. She has also set up a brand called "Mad to Live" through which she promotes a positive, modern message of female empowerment

Sophie Everard is a journalist, passionate snowboarder and surfer with a lust for life. The stylish goofyfoot has worked extensively ...Continue ›


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WavePoolMag’s Top Stories for 2019

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Online, certain tricks work better than others to attract pageviews and clickthroughs. Screaming works. Distressing content works. Sexy stuff works. Sometimes all three work, ie "Oh My God Best Bikini Fails Ever!" Because most internet content is framed to please Google, which in turn leads to audience acquisition and conversion, most of what you read in the digital surf sphere

Online, certain tricks work better than others to attract pageviews and clickthroughs. Screaming works. Distressing content works. Sexy stuff works. ...Continue ›


An elephant near Sun City South Africa

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Chlorine and chaos in deepest Africa

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Steven Michelsen walks us through his wild trip from way back when with Mikey February and crew to South Africa’s only wave pool... South African Steven Michelsen is a skilled videographer with stacks of urls in his portfolio. He’s worked for Bong, Quik, Monster Energy, Red Bull and all the brands that tend to pay their invoices on time. His

Steven Michelsen walks us through his wild trip from way back when with Mikey February and crew to South Africa’s ...Continue ›


water drop splash closeup

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The lowdown on buoyancy in a wave pool

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There is so much theory tossed back and forth about why surfing in freshwater feels so different than it does in salted waves. We did some digging to mythbust Fresh vs. Salt buoyancy rumors and answer some basic questions. Guess what we found out? Yes, salt water is more buoyant than freshwater. But it’s a bit more complicated than that.

There is so much theory tossed back and forth about why surfing in freshwater feels so different than it does ...Continue ›


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Fab 5: Most Popular WavePoolMag YouTube clips

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To remind the world we have a thriving YouTube platform we carved out a list. We stayed away from click-bait headlines like “Baby Panda Loves Wave Pool” and shied away from tricks like using a screengrab of a bikini slip to promo something about wave pool SUP fails. No. Instead, we are simply showcasing the clips that excited us most

To remind the world we have a thriving YouTube platform we carved out a list. We stayed away from click-bait ...Continue ›


Martin Dunn and Pauline Ado

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Veteran surf coach Martin Dunn on the best approach to wave pool training

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As a tool, wave pools could realize spectacular results in a shortened time frame for those motivated surfers willing to do the work. But like any tool, the technicians who will be advising the surfers must also be up to the job. I have seen no evidence one way or the other whether quality coaching is in place to get

As a tool, wave pools could realize spectacular results in a shortened time frame for those motivated surfers willing to ...Continue ›


A photo of Rob Machado by WavePoolMag

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Experimental wave pools and surfboards with Rob Machado

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We shared a table with Rob Machado at a cafe in France to drink tea and talk about wave pools. In this edit, Rob shares his design for a perfect wave pool, then stops, reflects, and dishes out a few more ideas. You’ll also find out why an Alaia or Twin works best at Kelly’s wave and how Munich could

We shared a table with Rob Machado at a cafe in France to drink tea and talk about wave pools. ...Continue ›


tyler wright

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Urbnsurf goes all-in with Aussie brand partnership

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While everyone waits for more clips of the Beast, Urbnsurf Melbourne has secured three partnerships with leading Australian surf brands, ahead of the surf park’s much anticipated public opening in Summer 2020. The southern hemisphere's first full-size public Wavegarden Cove will work hand-in-hand with Rip Curl, Surf Hardware International, Creatures of Leisure, OTIS, Sex Wax, Surf Ears and Sun Cure.

While everyone waits for more clips of the Beast, Urbnsurf Melbourne has secured three partnerships with leading Australian surf brands, ...Continue ›


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Wavegarden Cove construction begins in the Swiss Alps

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After several years of quietly working away, Wavegarden and Alaïa SA today jointly announced that construction of a Wavegarden Cove has commenced in Sion, Valais, in the heart of the Swiss Alps.  The addition of a Wavegarden Cove to Alaïa's already impressive action sports center is welcome news for the landlocked country’s 40,000 strong population of surfers. The Alaïa Bay project will give rise

After several years of quietly working away, Wavegarden and Alaïa SA today jointly announced that construction of a Wavegarden Cove ...Continue ›


guide to private sessions

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Dream On: Guide to wave pool private bookings for the Holidays

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The Holiday season is bizarre. Company parties in particular. Who wants to pretend not to see Michelle from marketing stuff egg rolls into her Valentino messenger bag or watch Brad from accounts payable throwup eggnog? Didn't think so. Gifts are just as strange. From gluten-free candles to DVD box sets of “Golden Girls,” it gets weird out there during the

The Holiday season is bizarre. Company parties in particular. Who wants to pretend not to see Michelle from marketing stuff ...Continue ›


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One surfer’s meteoric assent via TV coaching and wave pools

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Does your surfing get bigger, better, faster in a wave pool? Edward Pong is a newbie who documented his rise from kook to capable with the help of several wave pool sessions and video instruction from Martin Dunn. So impressed with his progression via wave pool repetition, Ed made a YouTube clip chronicling his improvement. The video shows how the

Does your surfing get bigger, better, faster in a wave pool? Edward Pong is a newbie who documented his rise ...Continue ›


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Latest Surf Lakes clip confirms “more” design premise

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With all the fanfare surrounding the launching of two full-size Wavegarden Coves, we were paid a reminder that Surf Lakes, the steampunk engine that could, is hot on track to move some new licenses. In a recent corporate video for investors, the company promoted the things that make Surf Lakes a unique alternative to the Wavegarden Cove design. Their latest

With all the fanfare surrounding the launching of two full-size Wavegarden Coves, we were paid a reminder that Surf Lakes, ...Continue ›


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The Wave Bristol cancels intermediate surf sessions, requests patience

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The Wave Bristol took the world by storm this month reaching an estimated 82 million people via several hundred media outlets covering the grand opening. But problems with the intermediate wave settings on the Wavegarden Cove technology have upset guests and thrown a wrench into the company’s scheduling and plans. Consequently, the Bristol company has had to invest in more

The Wave Bristol took the world by storm this month reaching an estimated 82 million people via several hundred media ...Continue ›