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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

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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

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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

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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

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Groms at Surf Lakes in Yeppoon

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Surf Lakes refines testing, invites select guests and hints at competitions

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A host of shareholders, potential licensees and locals were on hand recently for two demonstration days at Surf Lakes. The invited guests got to session with Surf Lakes team members Mark and Jay Occhilupo, Barton Lynch, Ben Player, Beau Emerton and Harley Walters. The wave pool in Yeppoon Queensland hosted the event to show off wave size and quality, as

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Virginia Beach eyes financing deal for Wavegarden Cove project

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The push to build Atlantic Park continues as the city of Virginia Beach and the Venture Realty Group struck an agreement to secure funding for the $325million development. Virginia Beach announced they will issue bonds for some of the development and then later reinvest tax revenues generated by visitors back into city coffers. To help the cause, the city will

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Clip compares the world’s three Cove wave pools

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With the unveiling of surf at both Urbnsurf Melbourne and The Wave Bristol, we now have footage of three different Wavegarden Coves. In celebration we've created this clip to show off these new surf spots in sequence starting with Urbnsurf who unveiled footage of their waves peeling off on the "Tubos" setting. Next is Bristol and then the Wavegarden R&D

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The Wave Bristol welcomes Pros and “First Riders”

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European pro surfers Reubyn Ash, Jayce Robinson, Gearoid McDaid, Vincent Duvignac, Ben and Lucas Skinner, and Kai and Hans Odriozola were amongst the lucky few invited to test out the wide variety of Reef waves in the world's first Wavegarden Cove at The Wave in Bristol, England. Designed specifically for experienced surfers, The Reef areas offer many different types of

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First waves in Bristol

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First surf rolls out at The Wave Bristol

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Today marked a historical moment for Wavegarden as waves started breaking in the world’s first public Wavegarden Cove in Bristol, England.  With the official opening of The Wave scheduled for November, Wavegarden’s engineers are on track to complete the commissioning of the machinery that powers the revolutionary Wavegarden Cove technology. Pristine waves standing almost 2.0m high poured through the surfing

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1984 wave pool surfing ohio

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Surf Trip 1984: Fear and loathing in an Ohio wave pool

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"The Wave" is not in Bristol or anywhere in the UK. It's in Ohio, like Ohio USA. Or, at least it was. In 1984 Surfing Magazine sent Bill Sharp and 1976 world champ Peter Townend to Geauga Lake amusement park in Aurora near Cleveland to perform a "surfing exhibition" at a newly minted attraction called The Wave. Peter PT Townend

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Surf Lakes

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WavePoolMag Podcast launches with 3 episodes

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Today we officially launch our podcast. Hosted by South African journalist Nick Robinson, each episode talks to the engineers, entrepreneurs, pros and the visionaries who have a unique wave pool story to tell. https://radiopublic.com/wave-pool-mag-GZl9Dv Here's the rundown for the first three episodes in our launch phase before we kick into regular one-per-week publishing. Remember, every Thursday at 16h00 CET we

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DSRT surf plan

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DSRT Surf project receives planning commission approval

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The highly anticipated Wavegarden Cove slated for Palm Desert moved one step closer to approval this week. The DSRT Surf Project got the nod from the Palm Desert Planning Commission and will move forward to the Palm Desert City Council for final approval next month. The project is one of several seeking a home in the Coachella Valley east of Los

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Lost, Pyzel and Slater Designs surfboards

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The best surfboard for the Wave Pool at Waco? Ask Noel Salas

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Surfboard shaman Noel Salas goes on a board bender in Waco testing out several new sleds from Lost, Pyzel, Aipa, Slater Designs and others. In the first two episodes of this 3-part road trip, Salas departs from his usual drilled-down metrics and analyzing to reconnect with the sheer joy of surfing. “My goal was to have fun,” says Salas of

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Options to the current crop of wave pool technologies

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The big names in wave pools technology at the moment are Wavegarden, American Wave Machines Kelly Slater Wave Co. and Surf Lakes. All have working pools with heaps of sessions logged and social clips of surfers going at it. We are stoked. We are having a blast. Now here’s the proverbial Baby Ruth (see video at bottom) in the “we’re

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WavePoolMag SurfPlanner

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SurfPlanner Update: Coolum Kids, Canadians, Kiwis & Americans froth

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It’s an amazing time for unsalted surfing as Bristol and Melbourne have filled their tanks and are ready to crank out waves. While the world focuses their attention on these two big brands, it’s good to take note that there is much more going on right now in the global wave pool narrative. American Wave Machines in on a roll

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Kelly Slater Wave Co project keeps growing on the Sunshine Coast

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New information emerged on the KSWCo facility slated for the Sunshine Coast at Coolum Beach including stadium seating and a $1.1Billion price tag. At the center of the project (besides the Kelly Slater Wave itself) would be a 20,000-seat spectator stadium built for surf fans to sit back and take in competitions including WSL qualifying events. Andrew Stark, WSL Australasia

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Waco wave pool BSR Surf Resort

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Massive Meadowlands mall opening soon with PerfectSwell

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There have been heaps of whispers about a New Jersey Meadowlands wave pool for one full decade now. And this year the developers, American Dream, announced they would be including a 1.5-acre wave pool. The surf pool is just one component of a $5billion mega-mall that will be 45% retail shops and 55% amusement park. American Wave Machines' PerfectSwell tech

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WavePoolMag Photographer Series Episode 2, Vic & crew at Snowdonia

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As wave pools expand across the globe, we're finding the art of surf photography keeps its footing within surf culture. No easy task, as wave pool surf photography could easily devolve into crass turnstile point-and-shoot. We fear the surfing equivalent of a rollercoaster drop-shot, those blurry TV monitor images you see exiting the ride. Consequently, we were a little apprehensive

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Photo courtesy Okahina

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What if the future of wave pools was pool-less?

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Despite what we’re told via movies and inspirational TedTalks, the best inventions don’t strike us like lightning bolts of divine inspiration. No. Most design progress is the result of prosaic wandering from problem to solution and back again. In between those two points are countless, exhaustive hours of note-taking, testing and a string of expletives. This is the space where

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Latest Guide to surfing The Wave Bristol

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On the heels of The Wave filling up the pool and its much anticipated grand opening, the folks in Bristol announced hours, prices and a few extras recently. In addition to the nuts and bolts information you need for a session at The Wave, the innovative company debuted some creative ideas to help shape the future of inland surfing. Becoming

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Tru Sterling at Surf Lakes

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That other kid in the water at Surf Lakes

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During Surf Lakes' second round of testing, we saw waves surfed by the company's ambassadors like Occy's son Jay. But observers noticed another kid surfing the slabby peaks. Tru Starling made the trek from Narrabeen way, way north to Yeppoon to check out the wave pool during th same session that saw a dazzling split peak by Occy and Jay

During Surf Lakes' second round of testing, we saw waves surfed by the company's ambassadors like Occy's son Jay. But ...Continue ›


American Wave Machines Perfect Swell

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American Wave Machines to power desert wave pool

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The Thermal Beach Club is back on the wave pool map after receiving approval from Riverside County this week. The planned development in the Coachella Valley would have bungalows, villas, residences, a club house/restaruant, surrounding swim pool and bar all surrounding a state-of-the-art American Wave Machines wave pool. Known as the Thermal Beach Club, the project by WhiteStar Development LLC

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(The Wave) pool is filled – first waves to roll out in October

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If you coughed up the dough to The Wave project in Bristol during the past decade as part of their Crowdfunding campaign, well now it’s payoff time. Today The Wave announced their lagoon is filled and ready to test. The team will fire off a few sets when October rolls around (which is next week.) Nick Hounsfield posted on Instagram,

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