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Kelly’s Sunshine Coast wave pool misses its chance

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This week, the Sunshine Coast Council acquired a 120ha land parcel from Brisbane-based Consolidated Properties Group for $6 million, halting the development of the Kelly Slater wave pool in Coolum. The land will be integrated into the Blue Heart Sunshine Coast initiative, with plans to convert it into wetlands for flood storage purposes. The termination of this project marks the

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The Guide to Circular Wave Pool Designs

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Kelly had one. Greg Webber had one. Even Wavegarden had one. The quest for an endless wave peeling along a circular wave pool is embedded deep within our collective surf psyche. Even with all the surf-able technological wonders coming to light these past few years, we've yet to see the mythical endless wave surface. Perhaps it's the physics of water

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Chris Hemsworth is a wave pool connoisseur for the people

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So just wondering if we care that Thor is surfing the world's wave pools? Well, clickbait aside, we do care. Because if one of the most recognisable actors in film has a surf park jones, then somehow that makes it OK for the rest of us. Granted, most of us don’t have the means to jet off to Brazil, Melbourne,

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Television: BL Blast Off Video Challenge sees heaps of wave pool entries

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The BL Blast Off Video Challenge, led by 1988 world surfing champion Barton Lynch, showcases a variety of submissions from its young participants, featuring footage from both wave pools and local saltwater breaks. In this edition of WavePoolMag TV, we've curated a selection of clips from the event for your viewing pleasure. At its essence, the competition is a four-week

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The Wave Bristol: A pioneering sustainable surf park in England

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Along with Melbourne, this years-in-the-making-surf-park built in a sheep paddock in Jolly Ol' England helped propel the world into modern-day wave pool euphoria. In just a few short years the park has evolved to become THE inclusive wave pool model and establish a blueprint for environmentally responsible venues everywhere. WavePoolMag first visited the Wave in 2020. A lot has changed

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Waco Surf unveils plans for Landlock Festival

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Waco Surf will host the first-ever Landlock Festival from May 3 to May 5, 2024. The event concept comes from Matt Bizer, co-founder of the Luck Reunion music festival, and will combine competitive inland surfing, diverse live music, and a variety of culinary offerings, all centered around surf culture. At the heart of the festival's undertaking is Mike Schwaab, General

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Double Dutch: 24/7 construction in The Hague with new pool planned for Roermond

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We've been tracking the development of the Surf Pool wave pool project in The Hague since its inception in 2018. Despite delays caused by COVID-19 and supply chain disruptions, the project has steadily progressed. If all goes according to plan, the bustling surf community of Scheveningen on the North Sea will soon enjoy a consistent, ready-made wave using 24/7 Waves

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The face of the WSL post-heat interview dives into the world of wave pools

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AJ McCord is well recognized as the perceptive post-heat interviewer for WSL CT events. Growing up in San Diego, she took to surfing and later expanded her journalistic skills as a sports broadcaster on TV news. This combination of surf world experience and professional media training has enabled her to extract thoughtful commentary from top-tier surfers — sometimes a very

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Lost Shore Resort team to head up Manchester wave pool

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Waterside regeneration specialists Peel Waters have announced the team behind the Lost Shore Surf Resort in Edinburgh, Tartan Leisure, have been brought on board to deliver the new surf park for TraffordCity, Manchester.  Planning for the inland surf destination was approved in 2021. Once completed, it is estimated to create up to 140 new full-time jobs during peak times. The £75m development

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OpEd: Is the wave pool build in Australia really lagging?

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An Australian TV news report recently lamented that, despite Kelly’s V1 plastic liner dream debuting just eight years ago, “Almost a decade later, there’s still only one wave pool in surfing mad Australia.” There’s been a collective shift of perception in the surf park space and we've moved from a Jetson’s dream age of surfing anywhere and everywhere to a climate

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Gold Coast wave pool gets development approval

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Parkwood Village is set to be transformed into a world-class integrated golf and surf village after the mixed-use development received Development Approval today. The project, which will be anchored by the Gold Coast’s first surf park, the ‘Endless Surf Wave Lagoon’, will also include an upgraded 18-hole golf course, as well as residential, hotel, retail, entertainment and dining facilities. Managing

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First tickets available and (some) pricing announced for Munich’s wave pool

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o2 Surftown MUC announced today pre-sale tickets for Germany's first surf park. Construction work on the 20,000 square meter surf park in Hallbergmoos adjacent the Munich Airport is on schedule with the official opening date still planned for early summer 2024. Standard rates across the board will be 89€ for most sessions we're told. However, all pricing has not yet

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7 Simple and Not-So-Simple Wave Pool Hacks on Video

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Didn’t make the investor or guest list for Surf Lakes or Wavegarden? Not on the CT or invited to Kelly’s Wave? Don’t worry. We live in an era where makers are celebrated and everything from hand-crafted whiskeys to crocheted shoe inserts are available on Etsy. Wouldn’t it be great to see surfers apply some of that ingenuity and elbow grease

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Tweaking waves in real time between Siheung-Si and Spain

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Industry heavy hitters Aventuur saw their team Ace Buchan, Conner Coffin and Glenn Hall go to Korea to "develop and refine new competition wave settings for Korea’s first WSL Qualifying Series events." In a departure from dry company investment tripe, aventuur took a cue from surf brands and made an edit for YouTubeLand and other social media. The result is

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Why aren’t there more saltwater wave pools?

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With Kelly Slater’s unveiling of Surf Abu Dhabi last week and the stacks of comments that followed, one person asked, “Fresh water must be really hard to come by in that part of the world. Where are you getting it from?” Kelly answered with “The ocean, and it’s salt (water).” Insert collective mind-blown emoji here from the staff at WavePoolMag.

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Siheung Korea Open raises the bar for wave pool comps

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The Siheung Korea Open ran at Wave Park in Siheung, South Korea from November 17-19, 2023. The event was unusual for a couple of reasons: One, it snowed during competition and two, it's part of the WSL's new affinity for wave pool events.

 The first-ever Asia regional QS to be held in a wave basin was won by Amuro Tsuzuki

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Employee of the Month: Reef Ellison at Waco Surf

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Reef Ellison started his work life at Waco Surf during the somewhat wild days before the new owners took stewardship and cleaned things up. In his time here he's seen the good, the bad and the ugly as the Waco drama unfolded. He started as a lifeguard and worked his way up to the surf operations position. A highly sought-after

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48-hour wave pool trip: Skai Suitt goes from Hawaii to Waco and back again

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During WavePoolMag’s visit to Waco this year a few things struck us as odd about the clientele. First off, there was a large contingent of Hawaiians. Second, there was a large contingent of Hawaiian groms. To our point, surf dad Spencer Suitt reached out to us with footage of his 13-year-old-daughter Skai dropping in at Waco for the first time

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Surfland Brasil’s soft opening goes hard

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The first waves rolled through at Surfland Brasil in Garopaba this week. Several top pros, including Yago Dora, Matt Herdy, Joao Chumbinho, as well as elite skateboarders Pedro Barros and Keegan Palmer, all collaborated with Wavegarden’s fluid dynamic experts to program the Wave Menu. The soft opening here marks Wavegarden ́s second facility in Brazil and seventh globally. The condominium

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Siheung Wave Park delivers magical snow moments for WSL

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A huge day of firsts for the WSL was topped by mother nature as a snow flurry took centre stage on the opening day of competition for the Siheung Korea Open World Surf League Qualifying Series 3,000 and Longboard Qualifying Series 1,000 events.

 Snowflakes began to fall midway through the morning, and soon a full-blown flurry turned Siheung Wave Park

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CEO Damon Tudor to step down after URBNSURF Sydney launch

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In a statement issued today URBNSURF have announced that after five years at the helm Damon Tudor will be stepping down as CEO to pursue the next stage in his career. With the Sydney park on track to open in Autumn 2024, Damon will continue in his role for the next six months to deliver the wave pool's opening and subsequent

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Portugal’s first wave pool project is here. Say hello to Surf City Lisbon

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More than 20 years ago Santa Cruz California and Huntington Beach battled it out in court for the official title of “Surf City.” The drama saw each side present a flurry of Surf City claims via local media outlets. For Santa Cruz it was reminding everyone that the first recorded surfboard riding in California was done at the river mouth

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2023 Surf Park Summit photo gallery

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John Cocozza is the photographer for the annual Surf Park Summit event held each year in La Jolla. During the two-day event his job is to capture absolutely everything and anything that happens. And as we saw from this year’s haul of digital images, his game is on point. “The Surf Park Summit is one of those rare events where

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Big changes for Kelly’s wave pool tech as Abu Dhabi unveils new “W” design

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A few years ago we posted an Op-Ed that pointed to the shortcomings in foil wave systems, particularly Kelly Slater’s design at Lemoore. One critique was that Kelly's is a long 50-second liquid vortex of bliss that can only be valued by expert surfers. With limited whitewater for newbies to practice pop-ups, the design was a dinosaur already when compared

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WavePoolMag video guide to Hawaii’s newest wave pool

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The Lineup at Wai Kai features a German rapid wave pool technology flourishing in the birthplace of surfing. Sounds strange but that’s what’s happening here on Oahu halfway between Waikiki and the North Shore. This wave pool has become a gathering point for both local Hawaiian surfers and visiting pros. During WavePoolMag's visit we sessioned with Nathan Fletcher, Shane Beschen,

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