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WSL adds wave pools to the official QS, LQS and JQS tours

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This week the WSL confirmed they will expand the Pro Junior, Qualifying Series, and Longboard Tiers to include wave pool venues. Earlier in 2022 the world's largest and best-known tour re-instated the Surf Ranch Pro CT comp at Kelly's pool in Lemoore. The latest move officially embraces wave pools (or wave basins as the WSL likes to call them) as

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Wave Park Surf League completes first-of-its-kind season in Korea

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The inaugural 2022 Wave Park Surf League (WSPL) hosted by Wave Park came to a dramatic conclusion after several events, closing with a ceremony to applaud the winners and award prizes. This first surf league series was held over a 10-week period from May 21st to August 7th, with a total of 125 surfers entering the mix. The series is

The inaugural 2022 Wave Park Surf League (WSPL) hosted by Wave Park came to a dramatic conclusion after several events, ...Continue ›


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Ribbon cutting ceremony kicks off Edgewater Florida pool project

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A month after Hurricane Ian tore across Florida, US, the sun shined on the Edgewater project in Florida. Last week, developers, surfers, and the mayor gathered to commence the development of PerfectSwell Edgewater. The surf will be powered by American Wave Machines' PerfectSwell tech. The project got off the ground through the work of the company's Senior Vice President Mike

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Michel Roque and Janire Gonzalez Etxbarri claim Alaïa Open Winter Cup

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It was an action-packed final day at Alaïa Bay for the second edition of the Alaïa Open Winter Cup. Despite the frigid 10-degree water, the surfing was red-hot and a testament to the amazing wave quality that Alaïa Bay produces.The Open Men’s Final was an incredibly close affair, with the lead changing a few times. Yago Dominguez from Basque Country

It was an action-packed final day at Alaïa Bay for the second edition of the Alaïa Open Winter Cup. Despite ...Continue ›


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Op-Ed: Is the Kelly Slater Wave Co. system obsolete already?

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It’s been seven years since Kelly Slater first unveiled his dream wave, captivating the minds of anyone who has ever touched a surfboard. The central-California pool broke down the door for what was once thought possible by creating 10-second barrels over 100 miles from the ocean.  But the world of wave pool technology has grown lightyears since that eureka moment

It’s been seven years since Kelly Slater first unveiled his dream wave, captivating the minds of anyone who has ever ...Continue ›


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New coaching software targets the wave pool set

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A new surf coaching program launched recently to capitalize on the repetitive surfing available in wave pools, The Pactto app is the brainchild of Demian Borba, a product manager from Brazil, who saw a need for an ease-of-use coaching app in the surf park space. "We have surfers from beginner to advanced using Pactto to accelerate their progress, even remotely,"

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Wrap Up Report Surf Park Summit 2022: Thought leaders, investors & developers connect

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Under a brilliant October sun at Scripps Seaside Forum in San Diego, a record-setting number of surf park operators, developers, investors and thought leaders gathered to share ideas and connect at the 2022 Surf Park Summit. It was the seventh annual event, since Surf Park Central launched their first gathering in 2015.With a steady stream of snacks, coffee, cocktails and

Under a brilliant October sun at Scripps Seaside Forum in San Diego, a record-setting number of surf park operators, developers, ...Continue ›


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Wavegarden opens up about wave menu, new settings

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Wavegarden made public their wave menu this week, launching it with a snazzy cluster of social media clips featuring a new air wave. But the meat in thier announcement lies in what's available to the average wave consumer. Let's explore. The company said the release includes the most relevant data for 26 wave settings. Each Wavegarden Cove facility differs slightly

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Op-Ed: The Mentawai Islands vs. Wave Pools

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I'm sitting here in the Mentawai Islands, a sand-fringed, coral-festooned cornucopia for surfers. Consistent swells rolling into this region of Indonesia ensure rideable waves daily. I know it, as do tens of thousands of other surfers worldwide. Add to these numbers charter boats and surf resorts multiplying exponentially, along with readily available flights, and you've the perfect storm to turn

I'm sitting here in the Mentawai Islands, a sand-fringed, coral-festooned cornucopia for surfers. Consistent swells rolling into this region of ...Continue ›


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Who won the 2022 Surf Park Awards? Full results here

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The results from the 2022 Surf Park Awards are in after the finalists and winners were announced at this year’s Surf Park Summit. This year’s award was a submission contest with a written explanation and a video highlighting one of three categories that are defining the future of surfing and the wave pool industry. A group of surf industry leaders,

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Employee of the Month: Shaun Hutchinson at Urbnsurf

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Shaun Hutchinson is Group Operations Manager at Urbnsurf. We met when WavePoolMag toured the Melbourne site this year. He's super busy, as you'd expect, but we love South African accents so we kept calling him on WhatsApp just to hear his voice. Most of the time Shaun was tucked back in the office redlining in the tasks department. Despite this,

Shaun Hutchinson is Group Operations Manager at Urbnsurf. We met when WavePoolMag toured the Melbourne site this year. He's super ...Continue ›


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Senegal’s 2024 Olympic hopefuls kick off qualification at EpicSurf

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In mid-September, the Senegal Surfing Federation’s six-person team and four coaches flew across the Atlantic from Dakar to New York. The group was en route to the International Surfing Association (ISA) World Games, which ran September 17-24, and was the first qualifying event for the 2024 Paris Olympics. Team Senegal wasn’t there for sightseeing, but for waves. And not just

In mid-September, the Senegal Surfing Federation’s six-person team and four coaches flew across the Atlantic from Dakar to New York. ...Continue ›


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EpicSurf receives Surf Park Award for Democratizing Access

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The EpicSurf deep water stationary surf wave by Aquatic Development Group (ADG) has received the Surf Park Award for “Democratizing Access to Waves for More People.” The award was presented at this year’s Surf Park Summit in San Diego, CA , where EpicSurf exhibited and participated as an acting sponsor. Hosted annually by Surf Park Central, the Summit connects industry

The EpicSurf deep water stationary surf wave by Aquatic Development Group (ADG) has received the Surf Park Award for “Democratizing ...Continue ›


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Alaïa Open Winter Cup kicks off soon

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The Alaïa Open Winter Cup is back and will take place from November 4th to the 6th, 2022. For this year's edition, the city of Sion, the capital of the Valais region, will see surfers from all over Switzerland and the rest of the world compete on the waves of Alaïa Bay in water temperatures below 10°C. This event can

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Surf Lakes to land in Austin, lure area surfers and nearby Tesla employees

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Surf Lakes announced a licensing deal for a new project in Austin Texas. The company said this will be the biggest surf park development in the world to date. At the center will be a 12-acre Surf Lake surrounded by a beach, boardwalks, restaurants, hotels, retail shopping and residency. It's part of the 400 acre ‘Pura Vida’ high adventure community

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New Smyrna Florida project moves to Edgewater, eyes November construction

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American Wave Machines announced that land development and construction planning has begun on its PerfectSwell Edgewater project in Florida, US. Initially, the project was envisioned as a New Smyrna Beach development but was relocated four miles south to a location close to the I-95 corridor in the City of Edgewater. The company said the move was to accommodate a larger

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WavePoolMag Photographer Series: Travis de Clifford

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During WavePoolMag's recent trip through Australia, we met Travis de Clifford, an affable bloke who can be found most work days adjacent the lifeguard tower at Urbnsurf. He was shooting a beginner session. I mentioned that it must be easy, just point and shoot at someone wide-stancing it to the shore. But I learned that's not really the case. "They're

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New clip dishes more deets on full-size Boa Vista surf tank

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PerfectSwell launched a new clip showing the now Instagram-famous Boa Vista wave pool commissioned by developers JHSF. According to PerfectSwell, it’s the company’s “longest, biggest, and most varied wave menu yet." Set to a backdrop of heavy construction, the six-minute video also shows off a new "double rider" setting where two separate waves launch from opposite ends of the pool

PerfectSwell launched a new clip showing the now Instagram-famous Boa Vista wave pool commissioned by developers JHSF. According to PerfectSwell, ...Continue ›


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Crest Surf Clubs brand launches, eyes Long Island as first venue

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Long Islanders Chris and Brett Portera announced the launch of Crest Surf Clubs: a members-only social club with a state-of-the-art wave venue. The $35 million project, which was originally named Long Island Surf Park, will now be called Crest New York. “We are thrilled that, after seven years, we now have our approvals, our expert team, and our first site

Long Islanders Chris and Brett Portera announced the launch of Crest Surf Clubs: a members-only social club with a state-of-the-art ...Continue ›


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Surf Park Awards name judging panel

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Surf Park Central announced this year’s panel of judges for the 2022 Surf Park Awards. The annual awards ceremony is the closing event of Surf Park Summit, and it highlights the best of the growing surf park industry. This year, companies and organizations related to creating, operating or working with human-made waves submitted applications fitting in line with three categories:

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Fort Pierce Florida adds rapid wave pool to planned surf park development

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Situated between Miami and Orlando, the Koa Bay project announced the addition of a Unit surf pool this week. The development is a total of 200 acres planned for residential, hospitality, retail, restaurants, and recreational amenities. The most notable amenity being one of the World’s largest surf parks under development with two wave technology suppliers announced Wavegarden and UNIT Surf

Situated between Miami and Orlando, the Koa Bay project announced the addition of a Unit surf pool this week. The ...Continue ›


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Stoked: Core Houston surfers (and the rest of the city) to get big ass Wavegarden Cove

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Beach Street Development went public this week with the HTX Surf project in Northeast Houston. The project will feature a Wavegarden Cove set within 15 acres of surrounding amenities. Houston has a core surf community with most surfers opting to go to the Gulf Coast for the occasional session or driving a few hours to the Waco pool. HTX Surf

Beach Street Development went public this week with the HTX Surf project in Northeast Houston. The project will feature a ...Continue ›


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Endless Surf says that arriving late to the surf party has its benefits

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Water park pioneer White Water West has been around for a long time. Longer, in fact, than any of today’s elite tour surfers have even been alive. But Endless Surf, its dynamic-wave-making subsidiary, is a relatively new kid on the wave-pool block.  The company, which has its first project underway in Munich, broke onto the scene in 2020, smack in

Water park pioneer White Water West has been around for a long time. Longer, in fact, than any of today’s ...Continue ›


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Reminder: Surf Park Summit launches on Sunday

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We are just days away from the start of Surf Park Summit 2022. The exclusive event is the leading networking and insider meeting for the future of the surf industry. Experts in human-made wave creation will meet with big name surfing legends at this year’s event to discuss how to create successful surf parks and bring waves to new corners

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Industry: Jessica Mahoney on the Future of Surf Park Central

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When Jessica Mahoney sat down to discuss the 2022 Surf Park Summit, she was tucked into the corner of a casino conference hall. She’d only been in her job as COO of Surf Park Central for a few weeks, but she was already on the road, at a trade show in Las Vegas. Our virtual hallway meeting, it turns out,

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