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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Urbnsurf puts The Beast on a leash, announces intermediate waves & pricing

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After shocking the world with the heaviest Wavegarden Cove barrels to date, Urbnsurf hit the family button and reeled in The Beast, their now-famous slab setting. In this latest edit and pricing info the crew show off the Melbourne facility’s ability to accommodate everyone from the retro-hip set to frothy groms on down to families simply having a day out.

After shocking the world with the heaviest Wavegarden Cove barrels to date, Urbnsurf hit the family button and reeled in ...Continue ›


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Yes! Pharrell Williams and Virginia Beach Cove project advance

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With Urbnsurf in Melbourne and The Wave Bristol open in England, The Wave Virginia Beach finally has a full-size Cove to assess and a business model to copy. Prior to October’s opening of the two, Virginia Beach had to speculate as to what the waves would look like and how a commercial surf park model would actual work. And this

With Urbnsurf in Melbourne and The Wave Bristol open in England, The Wave Virginia Beach finally has a full-size Cove ...Continue ›


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Mason Ho & Blair Conklin push PerfectSwell to create new waves

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“A Wedge Affair,” is the new film project that takes Reef team riders Mason Ho and Blair Conklin to the BSR Surf Resort and let’s them play mad scientist with the wave settings. In the process they create four totally new waves. The clip departs from typical glorified-chandelier-now-dubbed-an-air-section in that this one gets uber-detailed. Bill McFarland, the brain behind American

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Aussie team jumps in the Melbourne wave pool

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Team Australia was quick to test the wave settings at Urbnsurf Melbourne this week. The month of November has been a banger for the new Wavegarden Cove with the launch of Beast Mode and several other settings. In this clip Julian Wilson, Sally Fitzgibbons and Tyler Wright joined Aussie junior stars and icons of surfing for a day of training

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Tom Curren at the Kelly Slater Wave Pool

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Flashback Clip: Tom Curren at Kelly’s Wave

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This Tom Curren wave pool edit makes us smile. Why? For many of us in a certain generation, Tom Curren is THE essence of pure surfing, and we wonder what would his ethereal style look like matched to the perfection of Kelly Slater's Wave Pool? Quick history on Tom Curren pre-wave pool... Born in 1964, the son of big-wave surfer

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The Berlin wave pool artist sketch

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From beer gardens to Wavegardens, Germany anticipates next wave

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German surfers are core. Lacking the wave-rich spoils of California or nearby France they make do with whatever they can to kindle their stoke. For salted surfers in communities dotting the North Sea, this means cold, blown-out sessions centered around the resort isle of Sylt or heading north to Denmark to find decent waves. For inland surfers in Munich and

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Desert communities form surf clubs in anticipation of wave pools

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The speculation that four, possibly five wave pools are set to open in the desert east of Los Angeles has inspired a mini-boom in surf clubs. Longtime surfer and club supporter Dave Hilts created the Coachella Valley Surf Club recently in anticipation of the coming surf spots.Hilts splits his time between Palm Desert and Oceanside and admits it’s a bit

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Wave menu, pricing, opening date announced for Melbourne

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Urbnsurf released much-anticipated footage of their Melbourne facility today along with pricing information and a peek at the wave menu on tap when the park opens to the public January 2020. Last week the company aired a clip of empty waves rolling through for the first time, and while the waves looked thick and barreling, it wasn’t until seeing it

Urbnsurf released much-anticipated footage of their Melbourne facility today along with pricing information and a peek at the wave menu ...Continue ›


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Here’s why paddling in a wave pool can be more difficult than in Mother Ocean

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It looks easy, bob around in the deep end until you hear a loud noise and a wave lunges up. It’s all yours. Unlike the ocean, in a surf park there’s no hassling, triangulating a lineup, random timing of sets or duck diving pesky windswell just to make it out the back. While Kelly’s has the ski to ferry you

It looks easy, bob around in the deep end until you hear a loud noise and a wave lunges up. ...Continue ›


early Surf Lakes rendering

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The fascinating world of wave pool renderings with James Biling

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Wave pool digital artist James Biling is either a renaissance man or just totally, completely overcaffeinated (most likely a big mix of both.) We're fairly certain he wore out his phone screen hitting the send button during the making of this piece. He fired off concept-design art, photos of original paintings, schematics of totally new wave technology and even one

Wave pool digital artist James Biling is either a renaissance man or just totally, completely overcaffeinated (most likely a big ...Continue ›


Taylor Knox at the Surf Ranch

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10 Totally Random Questions with the Carve King, Taylor Knox

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From a hyperactive kid to a sage teacher of surf fitness, yoga and meditation, Taylor Knox has lived a lot of lives. His tongue-in-cheek Captain America persona pushed him through a solid career on and off tour while the surf media lense never strayed far from his cowboy good looks. Knox worked on and refined a carve technique that was

From a hyperactive kid to a sage teacher of surf fitness, yoga and meditation, Taylor Knox has lived a lot ...Continue ›