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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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Dozens of clips from South Korea’s new wave pool plus a rising surf star

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As images keep coming in hot from the world’s newest wave pool in South Korea, we kept noticing a snappy young goofyfoot populating the Instagram posts. The 16-year-old surfer is Jae Ung Seol, a mystery grom to many, but a rising star in South Korea. “I live on Jeju Island, and I’ve been surfing for four years now,” Jae told

As images keep coming in hot from the world’s newest wave pool in South Korea, we kept noticing a snappy ...Continue ›


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German championships go down in Berlin’s favorite standing wave pool

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Germany is a stoked country. With five wave pools planned in the next few years, the land of Kraftwerk and Struwwelpeter (the first modern children's book) is fast-tracking its way to becoming a legit surf country. Pools planned for Krefeld, Berlin, Stade, Hallbergmoos, and most recently the Ruhr area are likely to bring the fictional Rick Kane/North Shore scenario to

Germany is a stoked country. With five wave pools planned in the next few years, the land of Kraftwerk and ...Continue ›


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Pharrell Williams’ wave pool momentum keeps rolling

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Pharrell Williams’ surf park and entertainment center in Virginia Beach cleared another hurdle last week as it speeds toward breaking ground. Venture Realty Group, the developers behind the plan, secured the financing necessary to move ahead to the next phase of the project. Investors have worked closely with the city to fund the $325million development, meeting regularly and tasking the

Pharrell Williams’ surf park and entertainment center in Virginia Beach cleared another hurdle last week as it speeds toward breaking ...Continue ›


Endless Surf Punta Cana

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Two Endless Surf pools coming to the Dominican Republic

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These days people value experiences and put travel at the top of their expenditure list. For some, a trip to a world-class surf break is the ultimate adventure and reward. For now, we are unable to do that, but we miss trips expanding our horizons and thirst to return to tropical beaches just like those in Punta Cana. For almost

These days people value experiences and put travel at the top of their expenditure list. For some, a trip to ...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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Erin Brooks at the BSR Surf Resort

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Portfolio: Rob Henson’s artistic take on the prosaic wave pool point-and-shoot

News

Rob Henson, the staff photographer at the BSR Surf Resort is becoming an artist. But he won’t admit to it. Between 16-hour days shooting and his no-frills Texas sensibilities he has little room to embrace the fancy stuff. We tried to out him as an artist by throwing out terms like “composition” and “texture” regarding this latest batch of photos

Rob Henson, the staff photographer at the BSR Surf Resort is becoming an artist. But he won’t admit to it. ...Continue ›


Surf Lakes new smaller model

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Surf Lakes launches new smaller wave pool priced at US$20Million

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As demand for artificial wave facilities continues to grow, Surf Lakes has launched a new product model designed to suit reduced-sized footprints and with a view to targeting the beginner to intermediate surfing market. While still producing up to 2000 waves per hour like its larger sibling in Yeppoon, the new Surf Lakes model requires only two hectares (five acres)

As demand for artificial wave facilities continues to grow, Surf Lakes has launched a new product model designed to suit ...Continue ›


Surf Denver

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Wave pools for the inland masses spell a death-knell for coastal elitism

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To live and breathe surfing and wave pools 24/7 takes its toll. Personally, I can’t look at a baseball diamond outline without thinking about a Wavegarden Cove. When I see a sign for donuts I see the Surf Lakes plunger. Valentine's Day heart-shaped candies are just miniature Endless Surf pools. It’s not healthy, but it beats rollerblading or live streaming

To live and breathe surfing and wave pools 24/7 takes its toll. Personally, I can’t look at a baseball diamond ...Continue ›


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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

Action at The Wave in Bristol has been humming along since they reopened on August 1 this year. Now, as ...Continue ›


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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Television: An outsider’s look at the Surf Ranch

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We love Casey Neistat. His video title teaser is “This wave pool costs $100 per second.” He’s a filmmaker, not a public relations company hired out by the WSL. So the seven-minute edit he just dropped about his Surf Ranch visit is a refreshing non-corporate peek at world’s most expensive wave. Check the clip below to enjoy Neistat's deft editing,

We love Casey Neistat. His video title teaser is “This wave pool costs $100 per second.” He’s a filmmaker, not ...Continue ›


far far a bay

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New Jersey PerfectSwell wave pool to open October 8th

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The PerfectSwell wave pool at Far Far A Bay has had a rough run. Originally slated to open November 27th at the American Dream mall in New Jersey, construction delays postponed the opening until Spring 2020. Then, the grand opening debuted with the arrival of COVID-19. This week the official “in” to the wave pool Skudin Surf announced that surfing

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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 ›


wave pool construction

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Why wave pool construction is a difficult, moody beast

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In the creation of dream waves it's the engineers who get all the glory. These creative minds tethering their stardust visions via slide rules and math are the rock stars of the wave pool movement. But Aaron Trevis, Josema Ordriozola, Bruce McFarland, Clément Ginestet, Adam Fincham and others need a solid backing band to bring these dreams to life. This

In the creation of dream waves it's the engineers who get all the glory. These creative minds tethering their stardust ...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

This week a 200-acre community development received unanimous approval from the Fort Pierce City Commission. At the center of the ...Continue ›


Surf Lakes wave

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Feature: The many layers to Surf Lakes’ stone-in-a-pond concept

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The test pool in Yeppoon is known by a lot of names: The Mad Max Wave, The Plunger Wave, Apocalypse Wave, That Giant Donut Thing …Surf Lakes makes a huge visceral impression. Arguably more than any wave technology out there at the moment. While concrete and software-synced air-powered swimming pools become the Dave Mathews Band of the surf park landscape,

The test pool in Yeppoon is known by a lot of names: The Mad Max Wave, The Plunger Wave, Apocalypse ...Continue ›


artist rendering

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First Look: Mesa Arizona wavepool design and layout

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The world got another glimpse of the new SwellMFG wave-making technology this week through just-released architectural drawings and an Instagram post. The new sketches are the first schematics of the tech which will power the Cannon Beach development east of central Phoenix.Up to this point, we've only seen video clips of perfect little peelers from SwellMFG with no idea of

The world got another glimpse of the new SwellMFG wave-making technology this week through just-released architectural drawings and an Instagram ...Continue ›


Olympic surfing ceremony will look like this

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BSR tweaks settings to give USA Olympic team Japan-esque conditions

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The BSR Surf Resort hosted a special Olympic training camp for the US Surf Team as they prepare for the Tokyo Olympics. USA Surfing team members Carissa Moore, Lakey Peterson, Courtney Conlogue, Kevin Schulz and Christiaan “Otter” Bailey feasted on a buffet of BSR Surf Resort waves and expertise for gaining competitive advantage for surfing’s debut at the 2021 Games.

The BSR Surf Resort hosted a special Olympic training camp for the US Surf Team as they prepare for the ...Continue ›


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Adaptive surfing & surf therapy progress spikes

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Adaptive surfing and surf therapy programs are gaining momentum in the world’s wave pools. Last Spring WavePoolMag spoke with Adaptive Surf Champion Mark 'Mono' Stewart. He said that the whole mojo behind the adaptive surf tour goes beyond the gloss of a corporate blanket. Instead, the system is supported by smaller groups like Ampsurf, Stance and the ISA. The tour’s

Adaptive surfing and surf therapy programs are gaining momentum in the world’s wave pools. Last Spring WavePoolMag spoke with Adaptive ...Continue ›


shakira art

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Video: Shakira surfs a wave pool

News, Television

Kelly Slater doesn’t own the celebrity-wave-pool-guest niche. Wavegarden encroached on the King’s turf this month as pop superstar Shakira hit the R&D facility in the Basque Country of Spain. The Queen of Latin Music has a long, successful career and topped the American charts with “Hips Don’t Lie,” a duo featuring Haitian rapper Wyclef Jean. The song spent five weeks

Kelly Slater doesn’t own the celebrity-wave-pool-guest niche. Wavegarden encroached on the King’s turf this month as pop superstar Shakira hit ...Continue ›


Largest standing wave in the USA

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New standing wave near Seattle is 50-feet across

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After several years of detailed planning and construction, the city of Chelan in the Pacific Northwest of the USA is the birthplace to the very first citywave installation in North America. The Slidewaters water park and Munich-based wave pool manufacturer are powering the standing wave with 100% by renewable energy. The new installation marks more than twice the size of

After several years of detailed planning and construction, the city of Chelan in the Pacific Northwest of the USA is ...Continue ›


endless surf wave pool

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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 ›


artist rendering of action park wave pool

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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

New Jersey's Action Park - often referred to as the "world's most dangerous amusement park" operated from 1978 to 1996 ...Continue ›