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Cringe or Binge? The Ultimate Surfer drama goes down at Kelly’s wave pool

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The Ultimate Surfer is a Bachelor-esque reality TV show that pits 7 men and 7 women against each other in competitions at Kelly Slater's Surf Ranch. Each week two contestants are eliminated until a men's and women's champ walks away with $100K and wildcard slots into 3 yet-to-be-determined WSL CT events. Just after the WSL euthanized the Surf Ranch Pro,

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Coral Mountain meets resistance from neighbors

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As the Coral Mountain Resort private development and its associated wave pool in La Quinta, Coachella Valley, California comes closer to reality, local opposition arises. While wave pool developers have their wave heights, length of ride, frequency of swells, and hollowness, all dialed into their pools plans, there’s one aspect, a simpler choice, which can cause everything to grind to

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What are the best POV camera mount options for a wave pool?

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The best POV camera mount options for surfing a wave pool are: mouthpiece, rail mount, front pole mount, front-facing board mount, back-facing board mount and rear pole mount. Which one works best for you is a matter of skill level and personal taste. Here is what each POV looks like as used by Aaron Withers at The Wave in Bristol.

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What happened to BJ Penn? Unraveling the How and the Why of a surf tragedy

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A wave pool near-death experience places surf tank safety in the spotlight and forces the question "How do you make safety standards for a wave pool?" This week UFC superstar BJ Penn posted about his near-death experience at an un-named wave pool when he got sucked into the engine room. In the Instagram post, Penn shared his nightmare in great

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Firsthand encounter with ADG’s surf-specific rapid wave EpicSurf

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Cohoes, New York – just north of Albany, the state capital – seems like an unlikely place to find a new wave pool technology. A former mill town on what was originally Iroquois land, it’s known for its massive waterfall and colonial days as a hub of textile manufacturing. A quick drive through town reveals a mix of one-family homes

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Life Ring

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Who is developing standards for surf pools? That’s right, “Safety Nerds”

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The safety protocols for monitoring wave pools are rather complicated. Surf Lakes and the Palm Springs Surf Club demo pool are two different beasts. One is expansive and open while the other is small and boxed in. Safety guidelines aren’t a one-size-fits-all endeavor. The expanse of Surf Lakes requires more lifeguards while in Palm Springs, the main danger comes from

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Update: Hawaii wave pool count continues to grow

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Wave pool surfing in Hawaii could become a thing as four projects, Wai Kai, Honokea, Surf Lakes and The Endless Summer Resort eye a range of development possibilities. The wave pools, while mostly focused on Oahu near Ewa Beach, are also planned for the outer Islands. The birthplace of surfing could be known as the home of modern wave pool

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Greg Webber thoughts

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Greg Webber – The Fastest Brain in Surfing

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It was a searching, penetrating - slightly red-eyed from salt and wind - stare that I found disconcerting. That, the Aussie drawl, and the missing front tooth gave me the impression I was under scrutiny from some intense Pacific pirate. I was stoked to finally meet Greg Webber, but out of everyone in the group, he was the only one

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Shizunami pool Japan’s most sought after wave

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The new PerfectSwell wave pool in Shizunami, Japan hosted Team USA for a training session just ahead of the Olympics. The team took advantage of the Surf Stadium venue to run through moves on the eve of the Tokyo Games. This year, surfing will make its debut at the Olympics with pro-surfers Carissa Moore, Caroline Marks, John John Florence, and

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Quick catchup: 5 years of Surf Lakes

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Aaron Trevis has been tinkering away for well more than five years on Surf Lakes. He built small 1:25 and 1:10 prototypes of the plunger to see if the idea could work. It did. Despite this major triumph, the small machine sat in Aaron's backyard in Brisbane. Then in July 2016 with the help of Engenuity Solutions (Dr. Chris Hawley,

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The Battle for Perth Part Two: Urbnsurf & Endless Surf

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Perth wants a wave pool. So much so that the city allocated a 5.7-hectare lot adjacent to the Kwinana Freeway and Cockburn train station. Then they pitted veterans of the surf pool space Aventuur and Urbnsurf against each other in the bid to build Western Australia’s first wave park. The two parties have a tangled history. Aventuur and Andrew Ross, the

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A few more deets on the Praia da Grama wave pool in Brazil

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The new wave pool in Brazil grabbed the world's attention last month with clips of Brazilian surf royalty enjoying Beast mode tubes and special aerial sections. But beyond the likes of Ian Gouveia and Miguel Pupo ripping, the project signals the first private club surf tank model. Press materials claim it is the first private wave pool in the world,

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The Battle for Perth Part One: Aventuur & The Cove

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Perth wants a wave pool. So much so that the city allocated a 5.7-hectare lot adjacent to the Kwinana Freeway and Cockburn train station. Then they pitted veterans of the surf pool space Aventuur and Urbnsurf against each other in the bid to build Western Australia’s first wave park. The two parties have a tangled history. Andrew Ross built Urbnsurf Melbourne

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Update: What’s going on with the Thermal Beach wave pool

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The Thermal Beach Club by WhiteStar Development was approved by Riverside County, California recently, however we've not heard any further announcements regarding the advancement of the project. This wave pool when completed will be the fourth in the Coachella Valley. Here is what we know as of July, 2021... 150 miles from the Pacific Ocean, in the Californian desert town

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Art Study: How running out of air inspired a series of wave paintings

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Italian artist Nicola Di Liegro paints. He paints abstract murals and canvases and caught our eye due to his refreshing take on waves. The art looks nothing like the airbrushed tropical fantasy we’ve come to expect from the surf art world. Instead, it’s abstract, textured and a bit industrial. Like his art, Nicola’s description of creating is refreshing as well.

Italian artist Nicola Di Liegro paints. He paints abstract murals and canvases and caught our eye due to his refreshing ...Continue ›


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World’s first wave pool boardriders club fires up

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Under bright lights, Urbnsurf Melbourne hosted their inaugural Boardriders club competition, the Winter Classic on Friday night, Jul 2nd, 2021. The event was the first boardriders club competition held in a surf park in Australia (possibly the world) and featured a field of 28 surfers across a range of abilities, with the focus on fun and building culture. A unique

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Plan set to put one or two Surf Lakes on each Hawaiian Island

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The next wave pool in Hawaii could be a Surf Lakes design on either Maui or Oahu as the company enters deal with Peter Savio Surf Lakes International entered another Exclusive Territory Agreement (ETA) today for Hawaii. The announcement comes just after the Australian wavemakers signed a deal with a group in China. The agreement between Surf Lakes and Peter

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The best surfer you’ve never heard of hits Alaia Bay, eyes CT cut

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French standout Jorgann Couzinet has been battling through the QS for a couple of years and come within a hair of making the CT. For three years he sat right at the cutoff point for the Big Show and for three years he was edged out by the slimmest of margins. This September he will fly to Huntington Beach to

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WavePoolMag Photographer Series Episode 3, Dany Taylor of Surf Lakes

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Making salted surf look magnificent, ethereal, moody and mythical is rather easy given that it’s, well, the ocean. Giving something human-made a nature-made aura is one of the biggest challenges in photography. No dolphins, salt spray, Technicolor reefs or random imperfections. Wave pools are just stick-to-the-blueprint trappings of measured water and machine output. But to make them appear natural? That

Making salted surf look magnificent, ethereal, moody and mythical is rather easy given that it’s, well, the ocean. Giving something ...Continue ›


PerfectSwell in Richmond

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Richmond Virginia wave pool gets county approval

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The Lakefront surf park development in Chesterfield County got a green light from county supervisors to go ahead and break ground. The 105-acre property will feature a 13- acre lake for water-based activity and a large wave pool of undisclosed technology. According to ABC News in Virginia community members voiced support for the 1000-plus unit development which will reside at

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New Wave Pool Palm Desert

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DSRT Surf issues new renderings, opening date and call to investors

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On the heels of DSRT surf’s approval by the local council, the company issued a marketing release this week extolling the virtues of the project, as well as new renderings and information. DSRT Surf Resort is forecast to complete their wave pool in a two-and-a-half years time with their hotel and resort finishing in two years. The group is also

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Meet the latest addition to the rapid wave space, ADG’s EpicSurf

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This week Aquatic Development Group announced the launch of their new EpicSurf stationary surf wave which was unveiled to the wave pool market during a virtual trade show. EpicSurf, engineered and manufactured at ADG’s headquarters in Upstate New York, is a true deep-water wave fully compatible with traditional surfing equipment. It is designed to appeal to both the expert and

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Decoding the 4 sections of the Surf Ranch

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To most of us the reeling rights and lefts of the Surf Ranch just look like a perfect 45-second run. But to the competitors and their coaches, it’s a series of sections broken down to maximise scoring potential. Four to be exact. We got the lowdown from Aussie surfcoach Martin Dunn on how a section-by-section approach separates the wildcards from

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Wave pools have the unique opportunity to be female-focused

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With wave pools well on their way to becoming the norm, expect to see more females and families planning holidays that meet their requests - as moms, as women, and as pros looking to log serious wave time.  For surfers that means chlorinated travel destinations could replace salt water ones “I think that you can make certain comparisons to surf

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Modern Surf Manchester

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New images released for Manchester wave pool

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Modern Surf Manchester made the news cycle this week with design plans officially submitted to Trafford Council by Leslie Jones Architecture and developers McKinney Group. The new design plans give more detail than previous ones the project floated through press agencies. In the latest renderings, we get a glimpse of the skate park and Wavegarden Cove layout, both with unique

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