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Are wave pools out of line with COVID-19 refund policies?

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People around the world are losing jobs and businesses are shutting their doors despite loans and injections of cash from government agencies. During this Black Swan event, economists are predicting a downturn deeper than the Great Recession of 2008 and on par with the Great Depression of the 1930s. In our little corner of the world, a few surf media

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How many wave pools are there in the world?

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We did our best research this week to answer the one question we get asked all the time: "How many wave pools are there in the world?" Well, we have to qualify that by firing back – do you mean “open,” “planned,” “under construction” or “sketched-on-a-school-folder?" The results are mixed. And a brief takeaway would look something like the below:

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Are things getting weird at your house during the lockdown?

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Life is strange right now. Some of us are using the lockdown time to better ourselves with YouTube cooking classes, podcasts on home organization and online yoga. All good corners of self-improvement. But many of us are discovering it’s really hard to stay the course after four weeks (depending on your corner of the world) indoors. Beyond bettering yourself what

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Number of waves surfed at Urbnsurf this year into the millions…

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While the world economy shuts down and health care systems globally strain under the new demands of COVID-19, it’s a fair time to seek out distractions. First priority during this pandemic is health and safety which, depending on where you live, can either be as simple as staying inside or as difficult as locating complicated medical equipment. Let’s hope for

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Time Warp: ASP mullet wave pool party in Japan

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Tim Bonython’s known for the "Big Wave Project," a jaw-dropping annually updated cinematic adrenaline fest that tours Australia each year like the surf films of yesterday. At the height of mullet-era pro surfing, Mr. Bonython hit the Marui Wave Pool Pro to record Damian Hardman, (the Tour's most tactical world champ pre-Kelly) take the win in really crap waves. Along

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Global report on how Covid-19 is affecting wave pools and surf parks

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Wave pool operations have shut down at Urbnsurf, The Wave and BSR Surf Resort, with the cartoon reality of New Jersey’s Far Far A Bay dimmed along with the rest of the world’s shopping malls. But the impact of the lockdown across the burgeoning wave-pool sphere extends far beyond these temporary gate closures. WavePoolMag interviewed the world’s wavemakers to see

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Things to watch during lockdown that aren’t Tiger King

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This deep into the lockdown many of us have exhausted our favorite watch lists. And unfortunately, the low-hanging fruit on our playlists have expired. In the interest of keeping the community sane during the pandemic, here is a list of some must-see, might’ve-missed-it, and how-do-I-pass-the-time-until-I-fall-asleep? programming. Enjoy. Watch John John at Kelly’s One of the world’s favorite surfers enjoying 11-time

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With several projects and proof-of-concept, here’s why SurfLoch’s time is now

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SurfLoch has joined the A-Listers American Wave Machines, Wavegarden Cove, Kelly Slater Wave Company and Surf Lakes in proof-of-concept wave pools for surfing. But SurfLoch has really been there all along. Tom Lochtefeld knows the water-pushing game better than most. He cofounded Raging Waters in the eighties then invented and patented the sheet-wave standard of the day, the FlowRider in

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Nick Rees of The Wave

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Nick Rees of The Wave on staying core when the surf industry moves inland

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Nick Rees loves British surfing. He cut his teeth on the beach running errands for Surfing England then translated that mojo into project management. His work eventually pushed him up to the Chief Operating Officer position. The crown jewel of his accomplishments being securing National Governing Body status for surfing in England, a big move that put UK surfing on

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First look at Palm Springs Surf Club footage

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From the comfort and the convenience of our digital devices, we are privy to a world of surf spots once only known by a privileged few. The two A-List guides in the YouTube era of surf exploration are Ben Gravy and Dylan Graves. Stoke-able vloggers who couldn’t be more different from each other. While Gravy bounces around like a puppy,

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Comparing advanced and expert settings at The Wave

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Up until this point, the Bristol wave pool offered three-wave settings, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. With the recent addition of Advanced Plus and Expert, there are now five-wave settings at the surf park. The first digital clues to the new Advanced Plus and Expert settings emerged this week. Instagram accounts and YouTube channels sizzled with praise for the new settings

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“Can I get Coronavirus from a wave pool?” It’s not the water that puts you at risk

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This was supposed to be the big year for surfing: Olympics, new wave pools, larger pool comps, even bigger wave pools, a Surf Ranch reality TV show (!?) and, well, who knows it still might very well be huge once this whole virus thing passes. We hope so. As we enter the Covid-19 era a new normal is emerging, one

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Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart: Why wave pools will change everything in adaptive surfing

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Mark Mono Stewart is the Kelly Slater of adaptive surfing. Despite being dad-age to many of his peers, he keeps bagging event wins and championship titles. In September 2015, at the age of 53, he won the inaugural ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship in California. He went on to repeat the following year - almost 40 years after losing his

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From Tumbleweeds to Tubes: snooping around DSRTsurf & Palm Springs

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Sometimes you need Jason Bourne. We sorta have one. Our desert reporter Sean McCoy (even without the fluidity of a dozen languages and kung fu panache) was able to pull up details on two of the four Coachella Valley wave pool projects. “I stopped by DSRT Surf and The Palm Springs Surf Club to check on progress and it looks

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Board Science! Epoxy vs. Polyurethane builds for wave pool domination

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Polyurethane foam and fiberglass is cheap, abundant and has become the standard for surfboard construction. It’s been that way for almost 60 years now. Every other aspect of surfing gear has made technological leaps and bounds: fins, leashes, boardshorts and wetsuits. But surfboard materials remain the same. PU is toxic and, relative to other materials, not so strong. There are

Polyurethane foam and fiberglass is cheap, abundant and has become the standard for surfboard construction. It’s been that way for ...Continue ›


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Surf Lakes sight on secret Gold Coast location

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The Gold Coast inched closer to building a new wave pool today. Surf Lakes announced a Memorandum of Understanding with a developer holding suitable land for a 5Waves project. Surf Lakes hopes to start construction in early 2021 and if all goes according to plan the project will be completed and open to the public within nine to 12 months

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Taj Burrow at Urbnsurf

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Know your Cove: Understanding wave settings from Wavegarden

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The world woke to wave pool Wavegarden potential when Urbnsurf made their internet debut with Beast Mode. Prior to that, we’d only seen the smaller Wavegarden test facility pump out slabs. And at one-fifth the size of Melbourne’s Cove, those videos of Josh Kerr and Felipe Toledo airdropping into barrels, while stunning, paled next to Urbnsurf’s version of heavy water.

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The Wave makes good after British House of Commons style row

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Late last week The Wave Bristol announced testing and pricing plans for their new Advanced Plus and Expert Wave settings along with demo days mid-March for surfers to try it out. Up until this point, the surf park only offered beginner, intermediate and advanced waves. But the grand rollout for Advanced Plus and Expert hit a few snags. With the

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Wave Pool Artists: Felipe Iervolino stokes the fires of imagination

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For most of us, the fascination with wave pools started because we want to surf more. This desire, fuelled by the frustrations that come with onshore winds and extended flat spells, touches each surfer differently. Some, like Aaron Trevis, are pushed to design a wave pool. Others choose to plant themselves firmly in the fantasy wave pool world that comes

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Explained: How Urbnsurf went from build to Beast

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Urbnsurf Melbourne is the first Wavegarden Cove in the Southern Hemisphere and, in many ways, is the epitome of what Wavegarden's founders have been working towards for many years. In early January the gates of Urbnsurf Melbourne flung open to the public, providing the long-awaited opportunity for Australian surfers to finally sample Wavegarden's man-made waves.  Two months prior, behind closed doors, a large number of wave testing sessions took place that very

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Bristol pumps up the volume with two new wave settings for the public

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The Wave has announced it will be running a series of Experience Days for its new bigger wave settings. Surfers in the UK and beyond will be able to sample The Wave’s ‘Advanced Plus’ and ‘Expert’ surf sessions which feature Wavegarden Cove’s turning and barrelling wave settings. Bristol’s best surf spot will pump out the new settings on March 12, 16 and 23rd

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Shrekfest! – East Coast surfers believe in the American Dream

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It was only a matter of time before getting pitted under the watchful eye of a giant, fiberglass Shrek and Kung Fu Panda became a reality. Rejoice pop-culture shredders, the day is nigh. Initially set for a late 2019 opening, American Dream announced this week it will launch its DreamWorks Animation Water Park on March 19, 2020. That indoor facility

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New speakers and topics added to Surf Park Summit

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The lineup of speakers and panelists for Surf Park Summit 2020, March 31 / April 1 at the Scripps Seaside Forum in La Jolla, California is unprecedented. The summit audience is approaching capacity and showing a strong mix of current and future surf park developers, operators, investors, surf industry execs/legends, architects, engineers and suppliers across a wide range of man-made

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Australia’s first-ever wave pool competition will go down in March

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Surfing Victoria announced that the first-ever wave pool surfing event in Australia will be the Melbourne Pool Party presented by URBNSURF this coming March 15th. Surfing Victoria and URBNSURF will be bringing together the top Victorian surfers for the first-ever competition showcasing Australia’s first surf park and the depth of Victorian surfing. Featuring DJ’s, Food Trucks, Expression Sessions and over

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Kelly pumps out plan to score in the sand and scrub

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In the California desert between the towns of Thermal and Palm Springs, a distance of 30 miles, surfers will soon be able to sample no less than four wave pool technologies. If all goes well, American Wave Machines, SurfLoch, Wavegarden and now Kelly Slater Wave Company will be pumping out desert waves in the next few years. This week KSWC

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