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wave pools and mental health and physical health

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Wave pools signal mental and physical health boom beyond expensive coastal zipcodes

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Does surfing make you a happier person? Yes. Salted surfers have known this all along. There are obvious exercise benefits, but more and more we see that surfing is good for mental health as well. Some call this Blue Health. And as wave pools push surfing beyond the world's coastal borders, stoke and wellness are reaching the landlocked on global

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KOA Bay fort pierce

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Fort Pierce Update: Koa Bay defines new project

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Without fail, each week we get an inquiry via Instagram or after our Newsletter send out "What's happening with the Florida project?" Our answer is always a question "which Florida project do you mean?" This week we learned that the Fort Pierce wave pool project in Florida is pushing ahead. A new website for Koa Bay shows artist renderings for

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how does the unit standing wave pool work

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Unit wave pool breaks ground in Utah

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The aptly named Hurricane Valley, Utah - 30 minutes from the gates of Zion National Park - is set to host waves. Namely, to be home to the first Unit surf pool in North America. On March 24 ground was broken on an 80 acre, luxury private surf community, Southern Shores. Along with a small lake hosting the 16-meter wide Unit surf

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surfaid cup 2022 at the urbnsurf wave pool

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Wave Pools and Fundraising: SurfAid & Urbnsurf forge template with unique event

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On Friday, March 25th SurfAid's signature fundraiser event, The SurfAid Cup ran at Urbnsurf in Melbourne for the second year. Eight teams from around Australia raised $54,537 for SurfAid’s programs helping to improve the health, wellbeing and resilience of people in remote surf communities. Each team of six featured a lineup of talented surfers, with judging provided by Surfing Victoria.

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Endless Surf pool gets the greenlight in Northern Queensland

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The Endless Surf wave pool planned for a site adjacent Port Douglas in northern Queensland Australia was approved by the local council this week. A 294-page officer's report addressed initial concerns about sewage and water use as well as use of agricultural land. The Douglas Shire Council granted the development permit for the 100-acre eco-resort with SUP lagoons, an aqua

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This is how the kelly slater wave pool works

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How the Kelly Slater Wave Pool Works

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Kelly Slater Wave Company Kelly’s design is the most famous of the wave pools. The prototype transformed an abandoned waterski park in Lemoore California into the upscale Surf Ranch, the darling of the WSL and company team-building power perk for the Fortune 500 surf set. The system is a simple plow design, like Wavegarden’s Lagoon and Surf Poel in The

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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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Leon Glatzer feels at home from Waco to Munchen to Pavones

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Leon Glatzer calls a lot of places home, Hawaii, Germany, Costa Rica and a few spots in between. Like Forest Gump, he’s comfortable wherever he goes. And Leon’s surfing reflects this. He can take the same aerial twist and apply it to different environments, from the roping walls of Pavones to the quick ramps of Waco and onto the jet

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lewis hamilton loves wave pools

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It’s kinda weird, but Lewis Hamilton loves wave pools

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We've got video evidence of Lewis Hamilton in Lemoore, Melbourne and most recently, Waco. And we can't figure out what's going on. This we do know: He is called the Billion Dollar Man, or simply King. He’s often compared that other fast-twitch-muscle-fiber anomaly in the world of sports named Kelly Slater. Lewis owns seven Formula1 world championships to Kelly’s 11

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Endless Surf operating settings

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Endless Surf offers more insight into system with latest video

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Endless Surf launches its latest corporate video detailing the ins and outs of its technology. For a world eagerly seeking more information on their brand of wave pool, this latest clip provides a deep dive into metrics and advantages while telling the product story through interviews with the people bringing this innovative system to light. “With over 40 years of

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Ace Buchan joins Aventuur

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Ace Buchan named surf and sustainability director at Aventuur

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Aventuur announced this week that CT stalwart Adrian “Ace”’ Buchan has joined their growing team. Ace will fulfill the role of Director of Surf and Sustainability. Ace’s position will oversee the sustainability aspects of upcoming Aventuur projects and help ensure their wave parks are in line with surfing’s environmental ethos. Aventuure currently has projects in Perth, Queensland, Northern NSW, New

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bsr changes name to waco surf in 2022

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Find out why BSR changed its name to Waco Surf

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Today, after two years of transition, BSR Surf Resort is now officially Waco Surf and open for the 2022 season. Guiding the transition from a wave tank with minimal amenities to a more sophisticated user experience has been Mike Schwaab, (not to be confused with Michael Schwab of Kelly's technology and Coral Mountain.) Mike's an energetic character who addresses us

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Pope blesses wave pool

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Saying goodbye to the world’s first surf park – Arizona’s Big Surf

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Welcome. Please be seated. We’re gathered here today not to mourn a loss but to celebrate a life well-lived - one of countless waves and good times. And, yes, there was that one time the Pope blessed our beloved wave pool. And it was with a slew of sad emoji faces on our devices that we learned of the closure

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international women's day at urbnsurf

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What wave pools are doing for International Women’s Day

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To those watching the CT event in Portugal right now, you may have noticed the names of trailblazing women athletes laminated onto the back of the competitors’ jerseys. It’s part of the World Surf League’s way to honor International Women’s Day on March 8. So we wanted to ask, "what are wave pools doing to recognize this day?" In a

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wave pool investment advice

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Is it worth it? The risks and rewards of wave pool investment

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Here's what to expect if you are considering investing in a wave pool. We spell out the risks, rewards and explore whether there's such a thing as a "sure bet." What does it take for a wave pool to get up and running? Dreams and daring help, sure. But mostly it's money. Lots of it. This means major investors with

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giovanni piro alaia bay

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Employee of the Month: Giovanni Piro of Alaia Bay

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Giovanni Piro is a tall affable man with an air of seriousness that is totally out of place at a wave pool. It isn’t until I watch him work, traversing the grounds at Alaia Bay and ping-ponging between employees delivering instructions that I realize it's the job that requires seriousness. I mean, on one hand, it’s just surfing. Fun, wet,

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urbnsurf lifeguard tower close

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Ocean experts, Bondi Rescue star to descend upon Urbnsurf

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In what is likely to be the world’s first national lifeguard conference to be held at a wave park, the Australian Professional Ocean Lifeguard Association (APOLA) has advised that its 25th annual Conference will be held at Urbnsurf Melbourne Australia.Set to welcome leading ocean safety experts from around Australia on the 5th and 6th of May 2022, among those presenting

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Firewire artificial wave technology, or AWT wave pool surfboard construction

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Firewire launches Artificial Wave Technology boardbuild, partners with Awayco

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Surfboards are beautiful. We’ve all lusted after and coveted a model from time to time. For many of us, chasing the perfect board is as obsession-ridden as chasing perfect waves. But finding a craft which is as fine-tuned as it is ding-resilient, well, that’s a tough nut to crack - terrible pun wholly intended.  Wave pools are tougher on surfboards

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wave pool travel : image shows kolohe andino in the tube at Surf Stadium Japan

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The Wave Pool Whisperers – What professional surf coaches really think of wave pools

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In sports coaching it’s not too difficult to get close to an athlete/participant, watch and record their moves and interrupt them for tips and advice. Football, tennis, golf, swimming, baseball, easy done. And then there’s surfing.Unless a surfer is listening to a coach through a waterproof headset (as Ken Bradshaw and 7x world surf champ Layne Beachley did for a

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wave pool projects that will succeed

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Celebrating the latest round of wave pool project superstars

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Our Surf Planner is Dead Wrong. Sorry. We have created the most comprehensive wave pool map on the planet with more than 100 projects listed. But it’s not accurate. Some listings are a decade old and spawned by nothing more than a $100 spend on renderings from a Fiverr art student then paired with empty investment return promises. It’s a

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Sound Off: Pro and Con for the Coral Mountain project

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Before people took to making inflammatory statements in ALL CAPS on Twitter, there was the tradition of the letters to the editor where subscribers could submit their thoughts on any given subject. While 10% of the letters often came from Flat Earth enthusiasts and alien abductees, the other 90% were most often concerns about community projects (put a stop sign

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surf lakes wave pool at darwin australia

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Darwin eyes Surf Lakes wave pool at harbor front

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Surf Lakes is hoping that Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory will approve and fund the latest in a string of wave pool proposals for the Gold Coast company. Darwin’s waterfront is the central attraction for tourists wanting to explore the famous town of 150,000 residents. The land was tagged and plans were underway for a luxury hotel complex, but developers

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olas technologies test wave

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Wave tech company announces Canary Islands surf park plans

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South American company Olas Surfing Technologies and Spain’s Radical Surf Wave group announced this week they’ve launched plans for Technological Wave Park in the Canary Islands. Olas Surfing Technologies (OST) of Ecuador is working together with Radical Surf Wave (RSW), a group of Spanish entrepreneurs led by Miguel Gomá, former director of Radical Surf Magazine. The concept is to create

South American company Olas Surfing Technologies and Spain’s Radical Surf Wave group announced this week they’ve launched plans for Technological ...Continue ›


who built typhoon lagoon

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The often complicated, terribly fascinating answer to the question, “who built Typhoon Lagoon”

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When Typhoon Lagoon opened it became one of the Surfing Wonders of the World. Despite its performance shortcomings when compared to today's marvels like Kelly's, at the time it made us stop and pontificate "what if it was shallower right over there" or "what if we set the dial to 11?" In short, this Orlando wave tank fired our collective

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wave pool in Belgium

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Destination Earth: WPM exclusive on new wave-making system from Belgium

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Construction on a new R&D test facility is nearing completion and the company expects to pump out its first full-size waves this Spring. Once proven, the same company will construct a surf park for the public a few miles down the road near the beach at Knokke-Heist. The tech uses a system of submerged textile that moves to push out

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