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Edward Pong

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Armed with Zoom and a wave pool, surfer makes dramatic improvements

News, Television

In the collective unconscious of surfing, there’s a big void where people like Edward Pong dwell. Digital surf media is 90% pros and superstar groms doing impossible things. It’s not reflective of the majority of the world’s surfers. True, no one wants an Instagram feed of bogged turns and dug rails, but we have to acknowledge at least some reality

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Six years in with property and approval, Long Island Surf Park eyes the big dig

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The site plan for Long Island Surf Park was fully approved last week, pushing New York’s first surf-focused wave pool that much closer to the finish line. At 52,000 square feet, the wave pool will be a tad smaller than an American football field and surrounded by the usual surf park amenities. The Long Island Surf Park project’s website states

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BSR Surf Resort season opener

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BSR kicks off 2021 season with changes on tap

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While Urbnsurf Melbourne has the curated chic of the Three Blue Ducks restaurant, BSR has BYO barbecue pits. Yes, Waco’s favorite wave is notoriously low on amenities when compared to other surf parks around the world. But that’s changing. As the home of the Freak Peak wakes from its January/February hibernation to fire up the 2021 season, we spoke with

While Urbnsurf Melbourne has the curated chic of the Three Blue Ducks restaurant, BSR has BYO barbecue pits. Yes, Waco’s ...Continue ›


Alaia Bay wave pool in switzerland

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Swiss wave pool Alaïa Bay fires up the machine

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During the last few months several of the world’s best surfers have tested a new Wavegarden facility in Alaïa Bay, located in the Swiss Alps. Ahead of the official opening in May, Hawaii’s Zeke Lau, Basque Country’s Aritz Aranburu and Maud Le Car from France surfed the Wavegarden’s 20-wave menu under the snow-capped mountains, 500 metres above sea level.  “I've surfed

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speed blur at urbnsurf

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Wanna be a wave pool photographer? Here’s a peek inside the life

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Mark Dadswell was approached by Urbnsurf to run the wave pool’s photography services a few years ago. When he accepted the position he brought with him more than a decade of photojournalism experience that includes a 15-year stint at Getty Images. Mark told us last year that the best part of his gig is the interaction he gets with the

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Story 2 Kaana Wave Co

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Backstory: The how-and-the-why of the Ka’ana Wave Co

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It’s the backstory of bringing new technology to see the light of day that makes the wave pool space so interesting. Throwing rocks in a pond inspired Aaron Trevis to build the giant plunger in Yeppoon while Greg Webber’s fire was lit by watching boat wakes reel down a riverbank. In a follow-up to our initial conversation with bathymetry agnostic

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wavegarden Cove lineup with planets

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The Wave in Virginia Beach moves closer to Cove-land

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Costs for The Wave, Pharrell Williams' pet project in his hometown of Virginia Beach, faced increased price estimates this week. VB city documents showed that fallout from the pandemic has increased the overall price tag of the development. Fortunately, the city council approved on Tuesday an additional $9 million for the design and construction. The $325 million Atlantic Park development

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hand and water making waves

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Guest Blog: Pneumatic wave pool technology crash course

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When it comes to man-made waves, not all surf pool technologies are created equal. Sure, the end goal is ultimately the same, creating an epic surf-able wave that brings the stoke of surfing to inland areas devoid of wave-producing coastlines. There are many ways to achieve this goal, however, and that comes down to the wave-making technology that is pursued.

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Rip Curl Gromsearch at urbnsurf melbourne

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National grom event runs at Urbnsurf Melbourne for the first time ever

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Ellie Harrison and Lennix Smith have been crowned 16 & Under Rip Curl GromSearch National Champions today at Urbnsurf Melbourne in the 20th Year of the prestigious grom event. 2021 is the first time the Rip Curl GromSearch National Final has been run at Urbnsurf and showcased an innovative format testing competitors in turn and barrel waves to crown the

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nick hounsfield podcast

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Podcast: Life at The Wave in Bristol with Nick Hounsfield

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Nick Hounsfield had a background in healthcare and is the chairman of Surfing England, having long been involved in the governing body. His dream to build a wave pool in a field outside Bristol has captured the attention of thousands, if not millions of people around the UK and the world. He chats with us about the highs and the

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Alaia Bay

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Alaia Bay takes the wind-tunnel training model to the surf

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Alaia Bay CEO Vincent Van Laethem about the similarities between a wind tunnel and a wave pool.  One element comes up in every conversation with wave pools, and that is the element of progression. That is radical, rapid progression. It stands to reason that consistent surfing a wave pool will result in rapid progression because the waves are always the same

Alaia Bay CEO Vincent Van Laethem about the similarities between a wind tunnel and a wave pool.  One element comes up ...Continue ›


Hilton Alves artwork wave pool

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Art Study: The 101 Perfect Waves project from Hilton Alves

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Drawing a bead on Hilton Alves's art influences is difficult. At first glance, his work lies somewhere between the celestial boomer vibe of Wyland and the vintage kitsch of a tiki bar. But with a heavy stoke factor. Self-trained, Hilton is on a quest to paint 101 big-ass wave murals. He’s well way with number six of the series decorating

Drawing a bead on Hilton Alves's art influences is difficult. At first glance, his work lies somewhere between the celestial ...Continue ›


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Pools primed as Rapid Surf League kicks off 2021 season

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Rapid Surf League's Quirin Rohleder brings us up to speed on this innovative tour, the first event of which will run on a Citywave for the RSL Pro at Jochen Schweizer Arena in July 2021 River surfer, stationary wave riders, floating wave riders - the best of them will finally be back under Rapid Surf League’s roof in 2021. United

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New project aims to bring Endless Surf to Gold Coast in two years

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Australian media outlets reported a new development sighting on a golf-and-boat heavy section of Queensland. The project will be just five kilometers inland of the Gold Coast’s famous turquoise water and just 20 minutes down the road from the famed rights of Burleigh heads. The Club at Parkwood Village is a well-established leisure destination already and serves the local community

Australian media outlets reported a new development sighting on a golf-and-boat heavy section of Queensland. The project will be just ...Continue ›


The Camp at The Wave

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The Camp at The Wave Launches in Bristol

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As the surf world anticipates a hyped-up summer of more travel, new can now stay meters from the most consistent surf break in the UK. The Wave - the inland surfing destination in Bristol - has this week launched bookings for its new accommodation, The Camp at The Wave. The UK's first Wavegarden Cove surf park has just recently completed the 25 furnished tents, located near the shore of the surfing lake. The Wave says the tents pay

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Podcast: Research and experimentation – the Wave Prizm story

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Mark Kosich has built a brand around making waves. It's called WavePrizm and threads some unique theories together to produce large surf. However, he is not about to compete with the major players at this stage. In this long conversation, Mark recounts how his life led up to this current experimentation with wave machines and he discusses the claim that

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wave pool test tank

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Another vintage wave pool machine from the mysterious Fred Island

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Our latest wave pool discovery from the YouTube vault features motorized mini barrels reeling out from somewhere in the Southern Hemisphere tropics. To make the waves, a strap is attached to the drive wheel of a pickup truck - much like Tom Lochtefeld’s early test systems - which powers the door to a resevoir. Water from the tank then spills

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Disney fantasy wave

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Coming up Disney: Designing the pump and dump at Typhoon Lagoon

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The great thing about wave pools is that with such a short history - just 15 years, well, 30 and 50 respectively if you count Typhoon Lagoon and Big Surf - you’d think there’d be very few mysteries stashed away on microfilm in some exotic city. But thankfully life is full of surprises. We received an email informing us that

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Clement Ginestet of Endless Surf

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Engineer Clement Ginestet details the Endless Surf system

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Clement Ginestet is a product engineer at Endless Surf. In this feature he walks us through this new technology explaining how it works, what it can do and what surf sessions will look like. To simplify, Clement likens the system's wave-making chambers to keys on a piano able to produce both rhythm and melody at the same time, meaning the

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Ben Gravy at the Palm Springs Surf Club

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California desert updates: Wave pools still target 2022-23 launch

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The WavePoolMag desert update focuses on developments in the evolving surf park oasis east of Los Angeles. This time we find that not a whole lot has changed since our last update, but seeing as there is so much interest in this space, we wanted to keep everyone up-to-date... The pandemic continues to slow progress on the four surf parks

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aaron neighbour surfing

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Everyday Surfers: Aaron Neighbour’s POV tubefest

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It gets a little tiring watching pros in wave pools. Sweet digital candy that it is, there’s a big disconnect between what we as everyday surfers experience and the selected curation from the pros. Unfortunately, the other end of the scale is not much better. Many of the amateur wave pool clips feature dudes throwing out rapid-fire high-fives and tense

It gets a little tiring watching pros in wave pools. Sweet digital candy that it is, there’s a big disconnect ...Continue ›


Andrew Ross of Aventuur

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”Top 5 things to know before you build a wave pool.”

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Meet Andrew Ross (Top Image). He’s on the elite A-Team of wavemakers, having brought Melbourne to life and launching his new company Aventuur which specializes in wave pool development projects. We’ve compiled a Top 5 list of ingredients for a successful project. They include Market Analysis, Feasibility Reviews, Water & Power Access, Light & Noise Limits and Wave Pool Design.

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Surf Stadium Japan

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Sneak Peek: Surf Stadium Japan sends out first sets

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American Wave Machines leaked images and a clip of their new facility in Shizunami Japan. With the pool only 43% full, Instagram viewers were treated to a very-Waco looking left peeling along the wave pool’s main wall. Surf Stadium Japan broke ground for their PerfectSwell wave pool just 13 months ago, making this one of the fastest builds in the

American Wave Machines leaked images and a clip of their new facility in Shizunami Japan. With the pool only 43% ...Continue ›


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

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