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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

On the heels of DSRT surf’s approval by the local council, the company issued a marketing release this week extolling ...Continue ›


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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

This week Aquatic Development Group announced the launch of their new EpicSurf stationary surf wave which was unveiled to the ...Continue ›


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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

To most of us the reeling rights and lefts of the Surf Ranch just look like a perfect 45-second run. ...Continue ›


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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

With wave pools well on their way to becoming the norm, expect to see more females and families planning holidays ...Continue ›


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

Modern Surf Manchester made the news cycle this week with design plans officially submitted to Trafford Council by Leslie Jones ...Continue ›


Waves at Urbnsurf

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Tips for your first wave pool session after lockdown

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Surf Coach Cahill Bell-Warren shares expert advice about how to ease back into the pool after an extended dry spell... After what will have felt like an eternal flat spell, Urbnsurf Melbourne is back open! Launching into a surf session will naturally be on the minds of Victorian surfers, particularly the Melbourne Metro surfers who have been unable to wax

Surf Coach Cahill Bell-Warren shares expert advice about how to ease back into the pool after an extended dry spell... ...Continue ›


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Why is Kelly’s wave pool in Austin not moving forward?

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They were not the headlines we were hoping for. “Austin Surf Ranch ready to open” or “Kelly Slater Surf Ranch fills Austin wave tub.” These would kindle our stoke and quicken our pulse. But no. Instead, local platform Austonia picked up the comatose Kelly Slater Wave Co project at the abandoned NLand site and digital surf media pounced. Stab and

They were not the headlines we were hoping for. “Austin Surf Ranch ready to open” or “Kelly Slater Surf Ranch ...Continue ›


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The South American connection – how three companies are making surf

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Wave pool technology has long been a mostly American and European business, with a few behemoths leading the pack and a handful of smaller players.  Scottish-made Murphy’s Waves, for example, has put its technology in places from Dubai to Beijing. American Wave Machines Inc., meanwhile, has waves breaking from Texas to Japan, and has permits for locations in Florida and

Wave pool technology has long been a mostly American and European business, with a few behemoths leading the pack and ...Continue ›


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POV: A guide to Wave Park with Julie & Emily Nishimoto

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At WavePoolMag we like to give readers as much information as possible about the world’s surf tubs. You can find that in our Surf Planner guide, a map detailing the world’s upcoming wave pools, and in our Tech Guide. Sisters Emily and Julie Nishimoto recently made the jaunt from Hawaii to Wave Park South Korea. In a video clip, the

At WavePoolMag we like to give readers as much information as possible about the world’s surf tubs. You can find ...Continue ›


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Brazil’s new private wave pool – can you surf it?

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The new Wavegarden Cove in South America will open in Praia da Grama, located 60 miles from São Paulo, on July 1, 2021. Despite COVID issues, the project was completed quickly and now becomes the first Cove in Brazil, South America and The Americas. “Built in partnership with KSM Realty, the world-class waves breaking in a palm-fringed, white sandy beach

The new Wavegarden Cove in South America will open in Praia da Grama, located 60 miles from São Paulo, on ...Continue ›


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Surf Lakes provides more details about the Las Vegas project

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A few months ago plans were announced for a Surf Lakes pool in Las Vegas. The company had been hinting at something big in the desert and in April CEO Reuben Buchanan posted on Instagram an artists’ mockup for the new Surf Lakes wave pool. Today Surf Lakes provided more information on licensee Torrey Ward. "Ward, an entrepreneur from California, and his

A few months ago plans were announced for a Surf Lakes pool in Las Vegas. The company had been hinting ...Continue ›


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First surf footage of Surf Stadium Japan signals summer grand opening

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New footage leaked this week of Surf Stadium Japan shows pro surfers Sara Wakita and Taichi Wakita enjoying wedge rights at the new Shizunami pool. "A global pandemic, supply chain disruptions, quarantines, travel restrictions and 5500 miles of ocean could not stop us," American Wave Machines said. "Thanks to help from Volcom, Sara Wakita and Taichi Wakita surfed the first

New footage leaked this week of Surf Stadium Japan shows pro surfers Sara Wakita and Taichi Wakita enjoying wedge rights ...Continue ›


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Pool Tips: Threading the barrel at Urbnsurf without cartwheeling

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We’ve heard a lot of you express frustration about fitting into the tube, especially at a Cove design pool. Admittedly it’s a tight fit, more so than Waco’s wedge settings. But there are techniques to help you through Beast and Barrel mode perfection whether it’s a Wavegarden Cove in South Korea, Bristol, Switzerland or Melbourne. Surf coach Cahill Bell Warren

We’ve heard a lot of you express frustration about fitting into the tube, especially at a Cove design pool. Admittedly ...Continue ›


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Can Felipe oust Gabriel at the Surf Ranch Pro?

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The Surf Ranch Pro will return mid-June as the WSL strives for normalcy in a year that is everything but normal. This year's tour, originally 13 events, had to cut the J-Bay, Portugal and Santa Cruz comps due to the ongoing pandemic. Now five of the nine official events have been run and done leaving two-time world champ Gabriel Medina

The Surf Ranch Pro will return mid-June as the WSL strives for normalcy in a year that is everything but ...Continue ›


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COVID variant jams Urbnsurf and Victoria’s re-opening plans

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Authorities in Victoria, Australia claimed they were concerned about a major spike in COVID cases after detecting the highly infectious Delta COVID-19 variant. The Delta strain is likely to have caused the devastating outbreak in India. Last week Urbnsurf announced they would close for a few days as the government implemented a weeklong circuit breaker lockdown. That closure has now

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Baptiste Caulonque

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Industry: Baptiste Caulonque’s shred moxie and Endless Surf

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Baptiste Caulonque is a core surfer who slipped into the surf industry during the heyday of the Big Three. He helped anchor Rip Curl in Europe and navigate the trappings inherent in European business. Where in America the industry can be as simple as wholesale profit margins, the Euro game is like an extended chess match. Baptiste knows how to

Baptiste Caulonque is a core surfer who slipped into the surf industry during the heyday of the Big Three. He ...Continue ›


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RetroVault: The super speedway of surfing is here!

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The hyperbole is good and includes "a revolution in surfing," "perfect endless dynamic overhead barreling surf" and other gems. But the reality is that it's a guy named Kevin (possibly with a mullet but it's hard to tell with that backdrop) in a Hawaiian shirt mansplaining the next big thing in surfing. "This machine delivers the most intense continuous excitement

The hyperbole is good and includes "a revolution in surfing," "perfect endless dynamic overhead barreling surf" and other gems. But ...Continue ›


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How Michael Schwab, the Surf Ranch’s best customer, is making more pools

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Michael Schwab is busy and everywhere in that unique way super-entrepreneurs are. Racing cars one day, surfing Lemoore the next, or energizing zoom meetings across the globe. He’s like Richard Branson, but with more human-looking teeth. The Surf Ranch’s biggest customer is currently working with several capital partner groups, a fusion energy company, and Travis Rice for the Natural Selection

Michael Schwab is busy and everywhere in that unique way super-entrepreneurs are. Racing cars one day, surfing Lemoore the next, ...Continue ›


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Wave Pool Review: Good vibes in a surreal setting – Skudin Surf at American Dream

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Average surfer Brett Hass finds that Skudin Surf offers great waves, confusing parking and fun vibes as he drops $250 for 19 waves. Did he feel surfed out after the two-hour session? Below is his full first-hand account of surfing til midnight… I think of myself as the classic weekend warrior surfer: I’d rather be surfing than doing almost anything

Average surfer Brett Hass finds that Skudin Surf offers great waves, confusing parking and fun vibes as he drops $250 ...Continue ›


Surfing in South Korea

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Surfing and shooting Korea’s natural and unnatural waves with Moon-Ho Jung

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Shortly before Wave Park South Korea opened and Wavegarden had a tight lid on all digital assets, we discovered a trove of wonderfully stripped-down clips by Moon Ho Jung that showcased the wave’s potential. What we soon realized is that Korea has a core surfing scene. It’s one that went from just a handful of core participants to having overrun

Shortly before Wave Park South Korea opened and Wavegarden had a tight lid on all digital assets, we discovered a ...Continue ›


Gigi Lucas of SurfearNegra

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Can wave pools help diversify the lineup?

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There’s always been a barrier to surfing for persons of color. When beaches ban a specific group of people - until about 1960 in SoCal and 1968 in the Gulf - the result is kids who don’t grow up swimming, going to the beach, or, ultimately, surfing. Most dedicated surfers today learned at a young age, ushered into the fold

There’s always been a barrier to surfing for persons of color. When beaches ban a specific group of people - ...Continue ›


Rip curl gromsearch national champs at bsr surf resort

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American GromSearch champs crowned at BSR Surf Resort

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The 21st Rip Curl GromSearch National Final presented by Banzai Bowls wrapped up its most challenging season yet on the freshwater peaks of the BSR Surf Resort in Waco, TX. A season that saw qualifiers battle it out via video submission came together in one of the most spectacular shows in junior surfing history. Four divisions composed of four surfers

The 21st Rip Curl GromSearch National Final presented by Banzai Bowls wrapped up its most challenging season yet on the ...Continue ›


Baptiste Caulonque and Andrew Thatcher

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Industry Update: Endless Surf adds key positions

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Growing wave-making technology company adds surf park veteran Baptiste Caulonque as Chief Commercial Officer and Andrew Thatcher as new Vice President of Business Development... It has been almost a year since WhiteWater launched Endless Surf to the world, and what a year it has been. Despite going in and out of pandemic lockdowns, travel restrictions, and economic uncertainty in many

Growing wave-making technology company adds surf park veteran Baptiste Caulonque as Chief Commercial Officer and Andrew Thatcher as new Vice ...Continue ›