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Rob Machado takes new design to the Surf Ranch

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Rob Machado tested out his new Glazer surfboard design at Kelly's Wave. In a podcast with Firewire's Chris Grow, Rob talks about what it's like to take a surf trip to Lemoore and how the Glazer design came to be. The Glazer is modeled off Rob’s Biscuit design from 10 years ago with several modifications. The graceful goofyfoot reshaped the

Rob Machado tested out his new Glazer surfboard design at Kelly's Wave. In a podcast with Firewire's Chris Grow, Rob ...Continue ›


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All you need to know about Urbnsurf Melbourne

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Editors Note: This piece was originally published in June 2020. We are reposting this guide as Melbourne's favorite wave pool reopens post-COVID lockdown. There is heaps of useful information and insight thanks to our reporter Sarah Beardmore. Also, there is a 3-minute video covering her visit. Check the bottom of this page if you'd rather watch than read a surf

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SurfWrld planned wave pool

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Germany eyes world’s largest wave pool project

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Germany! Oktoberfest! Kraftwerk! That creepy Netflix series about time travel (Dark)! And now it looks like this land of infinite complexities will add the world’s largest wave pool to its list of cultural achievements. Surfwrld is on-trend for what wave pools are doing as of late 2020: Bigger, better, faster and multi-use. On an abandoned coal mine three-hours from the

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Kelly’s Wave hosts slick night-time longboarding event

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The world's most famous wave pool delivered live surfing to fans, a rarity in the time of COVID. The Surf Ranch hosted a handful of loggers to showcase their skills in a unique event that focused on style and tip time. In the end, Soleil Errico and Justin Quintal took top honors at the Cuervo Surf Ranch Classic. The one-hour

The world's most famous wave pool delivered live surfing to fans, a rarity in the time of COVID. The Surf ...Continue ›


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USA, Australia and pretty much the rest of the world smitten with Olympic wave pool training

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Late last year at Urbnsurf in Melbourne the Australian National team went in under wraps for some training. “We're stoked to help more Australian surfers achieve their dreams of qualifying for the World Tour, winning world titles, and earning Olympic gold,” Urbnsurf said in a social media post. But Australia’s Uber-competitive streak is not unique when it comes to training

Late last year at Urbnsurf in Melbourne the Australian National team went in under wraps for some training. “We're stoked ...Continue ›


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Podcast: Deep insight into the wave park creation process with Skip Taylor

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Skip and his team’s job is to help surf parks be profitable. Duties include everything from advising on construction planning, customer experiences, food logistics, locker placement and even towel choices. But the crown jewel of responsibilities, at least in our opinion, is Surf Park Management's role in deciding which wave company technology works best for a particular client. In this

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Ben Player in the tube

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The Slab Whisperer: What’s it take to be a test pilot at Surf Lakes?

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To those non-indoctrinated in the ways of prone surfing, Ben Player is the Mick Fanning of the flipper set, claiming three IBA world titles. He’s also a media mogul, running the much-celebrated bodyboard publication Movement Mag. But to wave pool fans he’s known as “that one guy in the barrel at Yeppoon.” Part of the reason is that early incarnations

To those non-indoctrinated in the ways of prone surfing, Ben Player is the Mick Fanning of the flipper set, claiming ...Continue ›


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Webber Wave Pools’ US licensee plans surf spot for Coral Springs Florida

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Coral Springs Florida unveiled plans for a new wave pool today. The move comes just one week after American Surf Parks pinned Fort Pierce as the latest site of a full-size Wavegarden Cove. City officials are backing the project hoping to expand the area’s recreational draw while creating a space for the area's youth. Located just inland of Pompano Beach

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Value of the learner set recognized in Bristol

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Action at The Wave in Bristol has been humming along since they reopened on August 1 this year. Now, as we move into Autumn, Europe’s first commercial Cove is launching two new sessions to its already full menu of surf options. The first is an hour-long non-coached beginner session. The idea is that learners can practice their skills freely without

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new korea wave pool

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First Look: South Korea’s massive wave pool

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The Kelly of South Korea, Sungyong Ko just dropped a clip of the world’s largest Wavegarden Cove in South Korea. The new wave pool is part of the Siheung Surf Park component of the massive Turtle Island development an hour south of Seoul. The overall development cost is half a billion Euros and will include a hotel, convention center, marina,

The Kelly of South Korea, Sungyong Ko just dropped a clip of the world’s largest Wavegarden Cove in South Korea. ...Continue ›


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A naked look at surfing through the art of DrewToonz

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Surf art is a weird beast. Like a minotaur, half-bull and half-human, it’s often two very separate things that don’t really belong together. The genre of surf art is dominated by two different animals. One is the airbrush flowy Wyland daydream species seen in tropical vacation galleries across the Pacific. And the other is the cartoonish splendor of Andy Davis,

Surf art is a weird beast. Like a minotaur, half-bull and half-human, it’s often two very separate things that don’t ...Continue ›


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Podcast: Digging into Berlin’s future surf potential with Eirik Randow

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Head down and focused, Eirik Randow keeps paddling and paddling in his campaign to bring waves to Berlin. In 2014 the German city was set to plant a Wavegarden Lagoon plow system at an old airstrip outside of town. When the local council axed the plan Eirik was crushed. But then, like a grom, he got all frothy and took

Head down and focused, Eirik Randow keeps paddling and paddling in his campaign to bring waves to Berlin. In 2014 ...Continue ›


Surfworks planned wave pool for Florida

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Fort Pierce project aims to break the Florida wave pool curse

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This week a 200-acre community development received unanimous approval from the Fort Pierce City Commission. At the center of the new Willow Lakes project will be a massive 56-module Wavegarden Cove facility as large as the one in South Korea. If all goes according to plan, the American Surf Parks development will be the first next-generation wave pool to open

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Vietnam to get huge wave pool from makers Endless Surf

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Vietnam is changing, recent years have seen rapid growth of tourism infrastructure and significant real estate expansion. International investors have recognized the large potential of this culture-rich, tropical destination and look to support the government's bold economic development plan for a brand-new administrative region. East of Ho Chi Minh City, a new area dubbed Vietnam's Silicon Valley is emerging, spanning districts 2,9

Vietnam is changing, recent years have seen rapid growth of tourism infrastructure and significant real estate expansion. International investors have recognized ...Continue ›


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New Jersey wave pool resided in world’s most dangerous theme park

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New Jersey's Action Park - often referred to as the "world's most dangerous amusement park" operated from 1978 to 1996 and inspired many harried stories and urban legends. “Class Action Park,” “Accident Park” and “Traction Park” are some of the names ascribed to the loosely run theme park. The wave pool was known as the “Grave Pool.” The park became

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Tom Lochtefeld – The Godfather of modern surf parks

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Tom Lochtefeld is the OG wave pool geek and a core surfer. For the past 30 plus years, he’s found ways to have fun and surf outside of the ocean. He fixed a cable to the rear-wheel-drive system of a Dodge truck to make a foil wave (a concept that began in 1987!) For this and many other reasons we

Tom Lochtefeld is the OG wave pool geek and a core surfer. For the past 30 plus years, he’s found ...Continue ›


Turtle and Rick Kane oil painting by Derek West

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How wave pools play into the pop culture art of Derek West

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Derek West was born too early. Maybe. He grew up in a town just half an hour but decades away from Kelly’s Wave in Lemoore. Landlocked and surf-less, his Central Valley upbringing forced him to find stoke elsewhere. “We surfed in the canals around here all the time if we couldn’t get to the beach,” recalls West. “We’d pull each

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dan mann and kelly slater

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All design roads lead to the Surf Ranch – Firewire’s ‘No Brainer’

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Dan Mann designs boards for Firewire and is responsible for some of the brand’s most popular models. He recently made a board for Kelly Slater specifically to go in one-foot mush. However, a board that Kelly rides in one-foot mush is going to be very, very different from what 95% of the surfing world rides in such conditions. Surreptitiously, Kelly,

Dan Mann designs boards for Firewire and is responsible for some of the brand’s most popular models. He recently made ...Continue ›


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Meet the Taylor Steele of wave pool videos…

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Chris Monroe is excitable. Which is refreshing in an era of surf edits blanched with rights-free music and predictable quick cuts. Mr. Monroe narrates the action as it happens. Which, isn’t really necessary. The viewer can see exactly what is going on. It would be annoying, but when Chris throws out an “oh my gosh look at that” or an

Chris Monroe is excitable. Which is refreshing in an era of surf edits blanched with rights-free music and predictable quick ...Continue ›


Artist collage featuring Big Surf

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How Big Surf in Tempe cut the modern wave pool template

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Big Surf in Arizona was way ahead of its time. The world is just now catching up some fifty years later. Go ahead and make fun of Rick Kane and the cult classic "The North Shore," but as more wave pool projects emerge each month we’re finding that the surf park song remains the same. Through some digging and an

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Waves at Urbnsurf

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Urbnsurf celebrates the average surfer

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As the wave pool space matures, the challenges presented to surf parks are not simply producing enough waves, but catering those waves to fit your clientele. Surf abilities run a wide-range with expert-level surfers making just a small top percentage of the ability pyramid. The rest of us want something more manageable. In line with this evolution, Urbnsurf has launched

As the wave pool space matures, the challenges presented to surf parks are not simply producing enough waves, but catering ...Continue ›


Shane Beschen at Citywave Germany

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Guide to the major standing wave pool technologies

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The river surfing scene is credited with launching the standing wave pool boom. Riders don’t have to paddle into standing waves, they can simply acid drop or butt-slide in from the coping. Surfers stay in the same place, never traveling away from where they dropped in. Consequently, the vibe is different, with riders cheering each other on from just a

The river surfing scene is credited with launching the standing wave pool boom. Riders don’t have to paddle into standing ...Continue ›


okahina wave test pool

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First images of Okahina Wave technology revealed

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The wave pool world has long been stunned by the unique properties of the Okahina Wave system. Artist renderings show a circular system spitting out endless rides. Many have pointed out that you can make anything look surf-able in an art mock-up. The recent video of Okahina Wave’s proof-of-concept only raises more questions.In the clip by news outlet Paris Match

The wave pool world has long been stunned by the unique properties of the Okahina Wave system. Artist renderings show ...Continue ›


Wavehouse by surfloch artist rendering

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SurfLoch has 10 wave pools in the works

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Tom Lochtefeld’s SurfLoch design is the ‘It Girl’ of the wave pool space at the moment. It’s hard to follow the #wavepool hashtag and not come across SurfLoch digital eye candy. Especially with daily Insta blasts from the prolific crew at Palm Springs Surf Club. The pool in the desert might look familiar to some. This is the same Lochtefeld

Tom Lochtefeld’s SurfLoch design is the ‘It Girl’ of the wave pool space at the moment. It’s hard to follow ...Continue ›


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How do they work? Every wave pool tech explained

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With so many promotional pushes from wave-making technology companies, it's hard to cut through the marketing hype and know what's really going on. To get the lowdown on the different human-made wave companies out there, we spoke with geek-in-the-know Mark "Skip" Taylor of Surf Park Management. Skip and his team's job is to consider all the little details on how

With so many promotional pushes from wave-making technology companies, it's hard to cut through the marketing hype and know what's ...Continue ›