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Three tales of wave pool woe and perseverance in COVID times

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International travel is down but staycations are up - how wave pools are navigating the business end during the ebbs and flows of an international pandemic. We spoke to surf park operators on three separate continents to find out how COVID is affecting their surf park business Regardless of your location on this blue planet, or your political/scientific beliefs, the

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Volcom’s wave-pool obsessed designer kicks off their own brand

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So, wave pool-themed T-Shirts is a thing now. Brands include Lemoore Surf Club, the Palm Springs Surf Club and the highly visible Country Club Surf Club. All three brands are running hot on social channels and in select retail outlets fuelled by the unique juxtaposition of the shaggy surf aesthetic with private club exclusivity. It’s a brave new world out

So, wave pool-themed T-Shirts is a thing now. Brands include Lemoore Surf Club, the Palm Springs Surf Club and the ...Continue ›


Title: Ka’ana Wave Co announces manufacturing partnership to deliver innovative wave-making system

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Ka’ana Wave Co enters production deal with AdvanTec

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This week Ka’ana Wave Co. formally announced an agreement with leading manufacturer AdvanTec Global Innovations Inc. The partnership gives Ka’ana the resources required to rapidly scale up manufacturing to provide global service and support for their CM7-Series installations. Ka’ana’s first CM7-Medium-wave machine, capable of producing a variety of deep-water, stationary waves, is already in production with the legacy marine engineering

This week Ka’ana Wave Co. formally announced an agreement with leading manufacturer AdvanTec Global Innovations Inc. The partnership gives Ka’ana ...Continue ›


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Cove Wars: Bristol vs. Melbourne – who was first?

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Competition in the wave pool space. At first, it wasn’t really a thing. The first wave pool opened to the public was Big Surf in Tempe Arizona in 1969. The next wave pool of the new surf-focused generation didn't start pumping until 46 years later when Adventure Parc Snowdonia in Northern Wales opened on August 1, 2015. Then in 2016,

Competition in the wave pool space. At first, it wasn’t really a thing. The first wave pool opened to the ...Continue ›


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Wave pool company Westlake banking on the family surf set

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When it comes to media and surfing these days it’s all about gargantuan airs, the largest waves and longest barrels. Along with a few spine-tingling and face slapping wipeouts to really round out the experience. It’s all epic achievements and entertaining fails. But where’s the middle ground that most of us actually inhabit on the performance index? Wave pools are

When it comes to media and surfing these days it’s all about gargantuan airs, the largest waves and longest barrels. ...Continue ›


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Oahu wave pool project finds unique investment classification

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The $72million Honokea development, wedged between Oahu's Westside and bustling South Shore, announced more Opportunity Zone funding details this week. The project sits in an Opportunity Zone near Kalaeloa Airport, an area at the center of city and state revitalization efforts. Classified as a low-income community, officials and developers are offering unique investment incentives to attract funding. A recently passed

The $72million Honokea development, wedged between Oahu's Westside and bustling South Shore, announced more Opportunity Zone funding details this week. ...Continue ›


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Firsthand Surf Lakes: Average bro surfs pro’s namesake break

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What's it like catching a few waves with Occy at Surf Lakes? YouTuber and tireless digital curater Chris Stevens strokes into a few waves, films Mr. Occhhilupo and marvels at the sense of "open-ness" of the pool design. The R&D facility was running the following setup during the visit:Beach Break – ideal for longboarders and learner surfers Occys Peak –

What's it like catching a few waves with Occy at Surf Lakes? YouTuber and tireless digital curater Chris Stevens strokes ...Continue ›


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Futuregazing: What will the wave pool space look like in 2031?

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Predictions, Trends & Questions For The Coming Decade Of Wave Pools. Heading towards the latter part of 2021 there are currently more than a hundred wave pools around the world in planning stages, the midst of land acquisition or under construction. But despite the millions of dollars being poured into these projects, how many will be completed? Will wave pools

Predictions, Trends & Questions For The Coming Decade Of Wave Pools. Heading towards the latter part of 2021 there are ...Continue ›


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Podcast: Aaron Trevis on the state of Surf Lakes five years in

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Aaron Trevis has been tinkering away for well more than five years on Surf Lakes. He built small 1:25 and 1:10 prototypes of the plunger to see if the idea could work. It did. Fast forward to today and licensing has been fast with Surf Lakes selling territories in Hawaii, China, the US, and elsewhere. In all, the company says

Aaron Trevis has been tinkering away for well more than five years on Surf Lakes. He built small 1:25 and ...Continue ›


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Layne Beachley hops on board as Urbnsurf intensifies expansion

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Urbnsurf announced today the appointment of seven-time world champion and current Chair of Surfing Australia, Layne Beachley to the board of directors. The champ is joined by the former CEO of Impact Investing Nigel Allfrey. The move comes after both Beachley and Allfrey participated in Urbnsurf’s raising of $55million in capital to fund the group’s next wave pool in Sydney.

Urbnsurf announced today the appointment of seven-time world champion and current Chair of Surfing Australia, Layne Beachley to the board ...Continue ›


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Perth wave park gets green light from State Government

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Aventuur has today been named by the Western Australian Government as the winners in the push to build a wave pool in Perth. The $80 million proposal was selected via a competitive bidding process put forth by the gov't and involved several departments and agencies across tourism, sport, lands, planning and transport. The next-generation wave park will be the largest

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Alex Kilauano: When surf culture collides with art

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Alex Kilauano kept deflecting our attempts to call him an artist. “I wouldn’t say I’m an artist” he told us more than once. But we kept pushing - probably due to all those years spent at Uni and our obsession with wanting to be cool and edgy. But from where we're sitting, art is a big deal. It makes tangible

Alex Kilauano kept deflecting our attempts to call him an artist. “I wouldn’t say I’m an artist” he told us ...Continue ›


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England welcomes latest wave pool plan

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The Dorset wave pool is part of a development project by W H White called the Brocks Pine which would sit in the heart of Avon Heath Country Park and use Wavegarden Cove technology A new wave pool proposal is being pitched in Dorset, England just north of Bournemouth International Airport. The current plan is to build a Wavegarden Cove

The Dorset wave pool is part of a development project by W H White called the Brocks Pine which would ...Continue ›


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Shakira drops into a wave pool for “Don’t Wait Up” official video

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Shakira just dropped her latest video and it features - yes! - choreographed dance moves and lots of hips. But to everyone’s surprise, there’s also heaps of wave pool surfing. It’s proving quite popular with the official clip for “Don’t Wait Up” already notching 28 million views on YouTube. Riffing on the lyrics “Do you remember how we lit up

Shakira just dropped her latest video and it features - yes! - choreographed dance moves and lots of hips. But ...Continue ›


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What’s it like when your board hits you in the face during Beast Mode? Find out.

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Jordan Oueslati is a YouTubing surf pro and instructor from Guadeloupe. He recently made the trek to the French-speaking corner of Switzerland to test out Alaia Bay’s different wave settings, including Beast Mode. “I got into a tube and fell, barely touching the water,” said Jordan. “I caught the side of my board in the face. The lifeguards came immediately

Jordan Oueslati is a YouTubing surf pro and instructor from Guadeloupe. He recently made the trek to the French-speaking corner ...Continue ›


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Surf Lakes through the lens of the average surfer

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In a dramatic break from standard-issue wave pool clips, Surf Lakes has just launched a gem featuring - gasp! - real surfers who aren’t paid pros. We’ve grown so accustomed to watching the best land impossible airs as surf brands send their elite teams to inland destinations to wow us via Instagram. It is what powers the internet and has

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Surf Berlin? Yeah, it’s a thing now with the latest wave pool vision

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Berlin, actually just less than an hour outside of Berlin, will host the world’s newest wave pool as Surf Era announced plans this week to build an Endless Surf wave tub. The city of Fürstenwalde/Spree is accessible by bus, car or train from downtown Berlin and lies on the main rail line from Berlin to Frankfurt. The town has 32,000

Berlin, actually just less than an hour outside of Berlin, will host the world’s newest wave pool as Surf Era ...Continue ›


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The person behind Brazil’s first wave pool, Oscar Segall

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Oscar Segall is the human behind Fazenda do Grama, Brazil and South America’s first surf-focused wave pool. In this episode podcaster Nick Robinson uncovers the how and why to Segall’s master development. The Wavegarden Cove is the central component to the private development and is only accessible via membership or residency. It could also herald the arrival of wave pools

Oscar Segall is the human behind Fazenda do Grama, Brazil and South America’s first surf-focused wave pool. In this episode ...Continue ›


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ADG maps course on the heels of EpicSurf launch

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Legacy wave pool company Aquatic Development Group, or ADG, has its pneumatics in several wave pool systems across the world. You just might not recognize them. On the surf culture side, the opening scene from the classic The North Shore was filmed at Oasis in California at one of ADG’s pools. In our view, this totally cements the company name

Legacy wave pool company Aquatic Development Group, or ADG, has its pneumatics in several wave pool systems across the world. ...Continue ›


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What bizarre surfing utopia is this? Meet circular wave pools 2.0

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A new circular wave pool design by SurfRing could break the never-ending-ride barrier as a group of South African engineers tackle the wave pool world's Holy Grail... Octogenarians want the fountain of youth, gluttons search for the ever-expanding, unlimited buffet and surfers seek an endless wave. Literally. A ride so long that the only acceptable ending is your legs collapsing

A new circular wave pool design by SurfRing could break the never-ending-ride barrier as a group of South African engineers ...Continue ›


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Island roots in the heart of Texas – through the lens of Otis Stevens

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The contrast between surfing’s guarded outposts and the all-players-welcome approach of wave pools is like few other juxtapositions in the world today. Otis Stevens learned the Hawaiian surf photography code early. Certain spots you could name, Pipeline, Sunset - pretty much most of the North Shore - while entire Islands were verboten from naming, even shooting. It’s this dichotomy between

The contrast between surfing’s guarded outposts and the all-players-welcome approach of wave pools is like few other juxtapositions in the ...Continue ›


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Cringe or Binge? The Ultimate Surfer drama goes down at Kelly’s wave pool

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The Ultimate Surfer is a Bachelor-esque reality TV show that pits 7 men and 7 women against each other in competitions at Kelly Slater's Surf Ranch. Each week two contestants are eliminated until a men's and women's champ walks away with $100K and wildcard slots into 3 yet-to-be-determined WSL CT events. Just after the WSL euthanized the Surf Ranch Pro,

The Ultimate Surfer is a Bachelor-esque reality TV show that pits 7 men and 7 women against each other in ...Continue ›


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Coral Mountain meets resistance from neighbors

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As the Coral Mountain Resort private development and its associated wave pool in La Quinta, Coachella Valley, California comes closer to reality, local opposition arises. While wave pool developers have their wave heights, length of ride, frequency of swells, and hollowness, all dialed into their pools plans, there’s one aspect, a simpler choice, which can cause everything to grind to

As the Coral Mountain Resort private development and its associated wave pool in La Quinta, Coachella Valley, California comes closer ...Continue ›


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Damon Tudor on the trials and challenges to Urbnsurf’s expansion

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Urbnsurf Melbourne has been open for a little more than one year. In that time the gates have been shut more often than open. By not pumping out waves to a happy public on the daily, their learning curve for building a thriving, profitable surf park has been incredibly steep. CEO Damon Tudor shares with us an accelerated master class

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Glow: Nighttime wave pool photos get a makeover

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Photographer Mathew Tildesley captured our attention with his 'Nocturnal' photo series. The Tasmanian lensman (yes Shipstern’s is a regular haunt) is in the habit of sending a strobe light out the back to capture the ghostly serendipity of ocean waves. He spends a lot of time at the bombies floating around shooting surf. Along with this being one of the

Photographer Mathew Tildesley captured our attention with his 'Nocturnal' photo series. The Tasmanian lensman (yes Shipstern’s is a regular haunt) ...Continue ›