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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ›


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USA looking very Surf Lakes friendly with the addition of Florida and Texas licenses

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Surf Lakes is keeping busy in the lead-up to their Yeppoon tank going public. While inventor Aaron Trevis and crew file reams of paperwork for local approval, globally their licensing arm is securing new territories - much of it in the USA. Surf Lakes said their ever-expanding global sales team has been fielding many inquiries and then determining which of

Surf Lakes is keeping busy in the lead-up to their Yeppoon tank going public. While inventor Aaron Trevis and crew ...Continue ›


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Art Study: 3D printing wave pools with Dennis Harroun

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Dennis Harroun spent the entire pandemic in the desert dreaming up and making wave sculptures to pass the time and retain as much sanity as possible. As a kid he learned to surf on The Big Island before being relocated to Albuquerque New Mexico. So he spent as much time as possible at a local wave pool getting thrashed about

Dennis Harroun spent the entire pandemic in the desert dreaming up and making wave sculptures to pass the time and ...Continue ›


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Local Knowledge: Let’s hit South Korea’s wave Park with Jina Kim

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One of the great things about wave pools is that they level the playing field in terms of which corners of the world have good surf. South Korea is not the Gold Coast of Australia in terms of wave quality. But Wave Park’s giant Cove wave pool ensures consistent sizzling surf in an area that relies on the rare wind

One of the great things about wave pools is that they level the playing field in terms of which corners ...Continue ›


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Atlanta eyes “access to all” wave pool project for locals and neo-locals

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The "City in a Forest" is well-known as the filming location for The Walking Dead, music stars like Ludacris and Usher, horrendous traffic and a major launch point for the Civil Rights movement. And now, it might become known as the home to Georgia's first wave pool. Running through the center of the city, the Chattahoochee River keeps Atlanta just

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Livorno’s heartbreaking work of staggering genius never had a chance

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In Italy politics always rule. Everyone knows it. If it's not politics then it is bureaucracy or some legislative bulimia that kneecaps projects, new ideas and ultimately innovation. These elements combined to kill the wave pool project at Livorno, a pretty town overlooking the sea of Tuscany, whose fate seems to be that of early death. Today ‘Wave Park Livorno’

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What you need to know: Trip guide to Wave Park in Siheung South Korea

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Wave Park opened its doors this week for the 2021 season. Here are wave pool prices, hours, stay options and much more about the world's biggest public surf park Wave Park in South Korea is the wave pool du jour after spiking everyone's dopamine levels with social media nuggets of long rides, deep barrels and new air sections. Wave Park

Wave Park opened its doors this week for the 2021 season. Here are wave pool prices, hours, stay options and ...Continue ›


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What if you created Kelly’s Wave, but standing still?

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The most exciting thing about the wave pool space is that it’s constantly evolving. Currently, surf tanks are neatly defined as producing either traveling waves or rapid (stationary) waves. But what happens when something new emerges that defies previous classifications? The new Ka’ana Wave Co. system is a rapid wave, but it also resembles a boat wake perfect for wake

The most exciting thing about the wave pool space is that it’s constantly evolving. Currently, surf tanks are neatly defined ...Continue ›


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Know Your History: That one thing from that one movie, Lost Atlas

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Surf cinema virtuoso and talented artist Kai Neville tapped the world’s wave pool potential a decade ago with a two-minute segment in Lost Atlas. At the Siam Wave Park in the Canary Islands, Kolohe Andino, Julian Wilson, and Evan Geiselman air-reverse to their heart's content in a nighttime shoot punctuated by fireworks and set to a trippy cacophony of synthesizer

Surf cinema virtuoso and talented artist Kai Neville tapped the world’s wave pool potential a decade ago with a two-minute ...Continue ›