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Bodysurfing Urbnsurf in Melbourne

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Bodysurfing Beast Mode – can you do it?

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According to the Google Search Engine, when it comes to wave pools the lion’s share of YouTube results go to Kelly Slater or that one time a Chinese wave pool malfunctioned and sent out a huge wave injuring people. It's not a very accurate representation of who uses pools. Beyond the bot algorithms that provide these search results so much

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COVID return haunts Melbourne attractions including Urbnsurf

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Just like a villain in a horror movie at that moment when we think the hockey-mask wearing killer is gone, COVID comes back for another knife-wielding jump-scare. Urbnsurf has been running on all cylndars this summer. Until now. Victoria Australia is entering the state’s third lockdown after officials discovered 13 cases of COVID. Victoria had been case-free for 28 days

Just like a villain in a horror movie at that moment when we think the hockey-mask wearing killer is gone, ...Continue ›


Damon Tudor of Urbnsurf

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Master Class: Running a surf park with Urbnsurf CEO Damon Tudor

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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. Hot on the heels of 2020, and with just six-months

Urbnsurf Melbourne has been open for a little more than one year. In that time the gates have been shut ...Continue ›


beginner wave pool indonesia

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Throwback to beginner-friendly concept pool in West Java

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In the wave-rich Indonesian archipelago, some inventive persons built a wave pool prototype in Sukabumi City. This 2013 clip shows how beginner-friendly the waves are. Not so beginner-friendly is the concrete wall at the end of the ride. “This wave pool is incomplete at only half of its intended length,” says the YouTube description. “This video was created to attract

In the wave-rich Indonesian archipelago, some inventive persons built a wave pool prototype in Sukabumi City. This 2013 clip shows ...Continue ›


evan geiselman and Kevin Schulz

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Quick Hit: Guide to airs courtesy of Evan Geiselman and Kevin Schulz

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Can you tell a Stalefish Air Reverse from a Frontside Grab Air Reverse? Sounds complicated, but it’s simply a matter of hand placement on the rail. In this clip, Evan Geiselman and Kevin Schulz play a game of S-U-R-F. Modeled after the game of H-O-R-S-E, each surfer trades turns calling out an air and then executing it (or not). In

Can you tell a Stalefish Air Reverse from a Frontside Grab Air Reverse? Sounds complicated, but it’s simply a matter ...Continue ›


Largest standing wave in the USA

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Insight from Shane Beschen on new rapid wave pool sizes

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With the unveiling of Wai Kai and Chelan Washington we thought it was time to revisit the river wave-inspired genre of stoke. In light of the term “standing wave pool” being absolutely zero percent exciting, in this piece we’ll try on the term “Rapid Wave Pool” for size and see how it goes (we’re open for suggestions, so please hit

With the unveiling of Wai Kai and Chelan Washington we thought it was time to revisit the river wave-inspired genre ...Continue ›


okahina test barrel

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Tiny tubes hint at full-scale potential

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Creators of the floating deploy-almost-anywhere circular wave system, Okahina Wave, aired more footage of their test model. In the video we see tiny barrels rolling out like spokes on a wheel at their facility in France. The Okahina wave pool works like this: A floating atoll is deployed in the ocean, stagnant bays, lagoons and lakes. Wave generators revolve around

Creators of the floating deploy-almost-anywhere circular wave system, Okahina Wave, aired more footage of their test model. In the video ...Continue ›


south america on the globe

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New wave pool tech, concept discovered in South America

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In line with two surf parks coming up fast in Brazil and a new wave technology launched out of Ecuador, WaveSEG joins the South America wave pool party with their own unique technology and branded surf park concept. WeveSEG is part of SEG (South Entertainment Group) South America, and implements the design, installation and maintenance of wave pools marketed under

In line with two surf parks coming up fast in Brazil and a new wave technology launched out of Ecuador, ...Continue ›


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5 Reasons to Head to the Nearest Wave Pool by Olivia Jameson

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Editor’s note: This post is part of a guest series of articles from the global surf community. If you’re looking to scratch your itch and go on an adventure, why not try your hand at the fun water activities at your nearest wave pool? Artificial waves date back to late 19th century Bavaria — when King Ludwig II ingeniously electrified

Editor’s note: This post is part of a guest series of articles from the global surf community. If you’re looking ...Continue ›


rob kelly

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Employee of the Month: Rob Kelly, Operations Coordinator for PerfectSwell

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What are the differences between the waves at American Dream and BSR Surf Resort? PerfectSwell Employee of the month Rob Kelly shares details about each spot... Rob Kelly is a well-rounded social media powerhouse stacking clips in gnarly, cold surf the world over while still keeping his hair wet with novelty sessions in the Great Lakes and the occasional adventure

What are the differences between the waves at American Dream and BSR Surf Resort? PerfectSwell Employee of the month Rob ...Continue ›


wavegarden HQ

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Unfiltered: What I learned on my visit to Wavegarden headquarters

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The unlikely location for the next chapter in surfing is near the town of Zaurutz in the Basque Country of Spain. The medieval beach town is home to a thriving surf scene complete with surfboard factory, luxury surf boutiques and an annual WSL event. Game of Thrones fans can thank the area for Gaztelugatxe, the isthmus setting for Queen Daenerys Targaryen’s

The unlikely location for the next chapter in surfing is near the town of Zaurutz in the Basque Country of ...Continue ›


night surf wave pool

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How much to surf Urbnsurf? Price changes reflect the cost of perfect waves

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It’s amazing the variety in wave pool projects that blip on our radar screen. From multi-million dollar homes fronting a central surf lagoon to low-cost, barebones waves peeling off adjacent to a dirt lot. The business models are varied, and there’s a reason for that. In this new space, surf parks are trying to make the dream of sharing waves

It’s amazing the variety in wave pool projects that blip on our radar screen. From multi-million dollar homes fronting a ...Continue ›


artist image of wave pool, beer and hops

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Latest wave pool project opts for America’s beer barrel

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If all goes according to plan Yakima Washington, two hours from Seattle and three hours from Portland will break ground on a Wavegarden Cove this year. Yakima Valley is closer to Canada than it is to Trestles and while most surfers will envision either Bigfoot country or cold, windswept plains of wheat, in reality, the valley here resembles that other

If all goes according to plan Yakima Washington, two hours from Seattle and three hours from Portland will break ground ...Continue ›


Wai Kai standing wave pool

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World’s largest deep-water standing wave breaks ground on Oahu

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Developers announced today that construction is underway on The LineUp, the anchor attraction to the Wai Kai waterfront facility at Hoakalei Resort in Ewa Beach in West Oahu. Wai Kai will feature what’s labeled by developers as “the world’s largest deep-water standing wave.” Built by CityWave, the 100-feet-across structure will host three surf areas sitting side-by-side. Citywave machines run between

Developers announced today that construction is underway on The LineUp, the anchor attraction to the Wai Kai waterfront facility at ...Continue ›


artist rendering of mix tape

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Battle those Bots! Captivating wave pool videos recommended by flawed humans

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What’s appearing on your social media feed? Did your House Hunters International YouTube binge kick the surf clips off your suggested list? Did you inadvertently create a vortex of paint-choice tutorials pockmarked with Bed, Bath and Beyond adverts and nary a Ben Gravy suggestion? Blame the YouTube algorithm. “But algorithms and their bots are wonderful,” you say. The one on

What’s appearing on your social media feed? Did your House Hunters International YouTube binge kick the surf clips off your ...Continue ›


world map of wave pools

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Surf Planner Update: The world’s latest wave pools – Is your town on the list?

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Welcome to our latest edition of the Surf Planner update. This month saw a flurry of activity globally with more wave pools planned for Europe, South America, Australasia and the USA. The WavePoolMag Surf Planner is currently up-to-date with nearly 95 projects worldwide. How do we do it? How do we track down all the developing projects in the world?

Welcome to our latest edition of the Surf Planner update. This month saw a flurry of activity globally with more ...Continue ›


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Wave pool plans for West Oz reignited with new location

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Hot on the heels of the announcement that Sydney would be moving ahead quickly with a proposed Wavegarden Cove as done by Urbnsurf, the group is now sighting on the Cockburn section of Perth. Urbnsurf is hoping to begin construction on the $40-million project in 2022. The new location follows a disappointing run at making waves in nearby Melville. In

Hot on the heels of the announcement that Sydney would be moving ahead quickly with a proposed Wavegarden Cove as ...Continue ›


crowd at urbnsurf melbourne

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Where will the next Urbnsurf be?

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Urbnsurf announced today that it has welcomed more than 100,000 guests in 2020 despite only being open for six months of the year due to COVID-19. The park opened on January 6th, then closed twice before re-opening in mid-October, and is now experiencing strong demand in the lead up to the New Year. “Despite a challenging 2020, we’re thrilled to

Urbnsurf announced today that it has welcomed more than 100,000 guests in 2020 despite only being open for six months ...Continue ›



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Arizona could rival Palm Desert with this latest wave pool addition

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Surf Town Arizona adds weight the "desert-as-surf-spot" trend popping up in The West. If all goes according to plan the development will bring the number of Arizona wave pools to four - an even tie with the Coachella Valley. The new park will join Big Surf in Tempe as well as Gilbert and Mesa as Arizona’s latest surf spots. Surf

Surf Town Arizona adds weight the "desert-as-surf-spot" trend popping up in The West. If all goes according to plan the ...Continue ›


map and moneu

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Total Cost of Ownership: Things to consider when considering building a surf park

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On the theme of Total Cost of Ownership, guest contributor Tanner Wilson brings up several key components to consider when constructing and running a wave pool attraction. About Total Cost of Ownership: TCO can be summarized as the purchase price of the pool and its technology, plus the costs incurred to construct and continually operate the pool over time. Within

On the theme of Total Cost of Ownership, guest contributor Tanner Wilson brings up several key components to consider when ...Continue ›


portrait of Valeska Schneider

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Landlocked and Lovin’ It: Valeska Schneider heralds the rise of a new kind of surfer

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“Multi-wave surfer” is an emerging term. What Kai Lenny is to “multiple-craft surfing” (SUP, kite, wind, tow) Valeska Schneider is to riding different types of waves (river, wave pool, artificial standing wave, ocean). In surf-less countries throughout Europe and beyond riders are learning to surf in standing waves and then transitioning to the ocean with some wave pool sessions thrown

“Multi-wave surfer” is an emerging term. What Kai Lenny is to “multiple-craft surfing” (SUP, kite, wind, tow) Valeska Schneider is ...Continue ›


sarah beardmore at urbnsurf

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SurfAid Cup decides to run in freshwater Melbourne

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SurfAid is partnering with Urbnsurf for the second version of their charity event to be held in a wave pool. The contest raises money to help families in remote surfing locations throughout the world, namely Indonesia, the Solomon Islands and Baja Sur, Mexico. The SurfAid Cup is comprised of five-member teams with each individual raising a minimum of $1,000. "The

SurfAid is partnering with Urbnsurf for the second version of their charity event to be held in a wave pool. ...Continue ›


Life Ring

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Who is developing standards for surf pools? That’s right, “Safety Nerds”

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The safety protocols for monitoring wave pools are rather complicated. Surf Lakes and the Palm Springs Surf Club demo pool are two different beasts. One is expansive and open while the other is small and boxed in. Safety guidelines aren’t a one-size-fits-all endeavor. The expanse of Surf Lakes requires more lifeguards while in Palm Springs, the main danger comes from

The safety protocols for monitoring wave pools are rather complicated. Surf Lakes and the Palm Springs Surf Club demo pool ...Continue ›


artist rendering of wave and globe

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Solving surfing’s geography problem with wave pools

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The benefits of surfing are widely known, but for years they’ve only been accessible to those near the coast. Wave pools will change this.  The philosophic thread that “surfing makes you a better person” often misses the fact that exercise and water activity and being in the sun generally make people happy. But can it make you a happier, more

The benefits of surfing are widely known, but for years they’ve only been accessible to those near the coast. Wave ...Continue ›