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Chris Hemsworth at Surf Lakes wave pool

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Shooting Thor and Occy at the world’s most surreal wave pool

Television

Freelance photographer/videographer Elke Mai got the call up to shoot Chris Hemsworth and Mark Occhilupo during a recent demo day at Surf Lakes in Yeppoon. The wave at Surf Lakes is surreal enough, but mix in the likes of Thor (with family in tow), Occy's serendipitous ramblings and it's, well, there's a lot to unpack there. "It was cool to

Freelance photographer/videographer Elke Mai got the call up to shoot Chris Hemsworth and Mark Occhilupo during a recent demo day ...Continue ›


A Surf Lakes set framed as a tropical vacation postcard

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Ryan Callinan and Morgan Cibilic steep and deep in Yeppoon

Television

Surf Lakes has been busy lately pushing out more and more clips to bracket the wide range of surf park experiences. On one end we have a clean "everyday-user" lineup clip of a brilliant three-wave set and on the other end of the spectrum, slab barrels and a hyper flash edit of Morgan Cibilic and Ryan Callinan. Morgan became a

Surf Lakes has been busy lately pushing out more and more clips to bracket the wide range of surf park ...Continue ›


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The Wave is a fresh respite from the QS slog for Logan Nicol

Television

In this interview by Survival Stance, Welsh surfer Logan Nicol spends a day at The Wave and talks about the QS slog and what it takes to compete in less-than-ideal conditions. You got to love it. There are some boys who do it but aren’t keen on it and that’s not gonna work because it’s not easy,” says Nicol. “The

In this interview by Survival Stance, Welsh surfer Logan Nicol spends a day at The Wave and talks about the ...Continue ›


Lukas skinner

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Wave pools & tech boards a staple for up-and-coming UK grom Lukas Skinner

Television

Lukas Skinner is a 14-year-old up-and-coming talent who’s been fixed on Firewire’s Sci Fi 2.0 and Hydroshort in AWT construction. While the salted breaks around Cornwall are home, he and his dad, 11x European Longboard champion Ben Skinner, hit the wave pools of England as often as they can. In Lukas' latest clip he pushes Firewire’s AWT construction through the

Lukas Skinner is a 14-year-old up-and-coming talent who’s been fixed on Firewire’s Sci Fi 2.0 and Hydroshort in AWT construction. ...Continue ›


filipe toledo at urbnsurf

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Warming up for Bells Beach at Melbourne’s best, uh, left

Television

Part of being a pro is having to go out when the surf is small, blown out or big and blown out or just plain ugly. This is the big, unglamorous side of being paid to surf. Conditions most of us would ditch in favor of a warm cup of coffee is the stuff pros force themselves into on the

Part of being a pro is having to go out when the surf is small, blown out or big and ...Continue ›


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After helping flood victims, The Mad Hueys go for a night surf

Television

The Mad Hueys crew were one of the first to boat aid to towns cut off from the rest of the world during Australia's worst-ever flooding. It was the kind of sober scene we’re growing accustomed to during increasing natural disasters. The brand’s social media channels briefly halted its usual fare of boating fails, surf slams and images of team

The Mad Hueys crew were one of the first to boat aid to towns cut off from the rest of ...Continue ›


dan mann and rob machado

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Rob Machado & Dan Mann explore new design at the Surf Ranch

Television

The Mashup was initially conceived by both Dan Mann and Rob Machado. Rob asked Dan if there was a way he could sprinkle some 'shortboardisms' into his favorite Seaside, and Dan was quick to take lessons learned from the FRK, Spitfire and other designs of his, and incorporate them into the Seaside. Where they landed was a perfect mix of

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mark occhilupo talks about surf lakes

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Occy gives wonderfully, uh, Occy-esque Surf Lakes assessment

Television

Mark Occhilupo is a Surf Lakes spokesperson. He’s not terribly articulate and his words come out slowly, yes, just like many of the surfers we know. And while his delivery will never be confused with the crushed velvet cadence of Alec Baldwin narrating a Wes Anderson film, it’s Occ's simplicity, honesty and lack of eloquence that resonates with surfers like

Mark Occhilupo is a Surf Lakes spokesperson. He’s not terribly articulate and his words come out slowly, yes, just like ...Continue ›


alaia bay surf the alps

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Video: Alaïa Open Winter Cup recap

Television

The majestic Swiss Alps can now claim to be part of the history of surfing. Despite the water temperature reaching near freezing (3.5ºC/38.3F), 125 brave surfers from across the globe competed in the inaugural Alaïa Open Winter Cup in Sion, Switzerland. Participants were quick to forget about the icy waters and focused on posting their best performances and highest scores possible. This was one of the first major international competitions staged in the Wavegarden Cove,

The majestic Swiss Alps can now claim to be part of the history of surfing. Despite the water temperature reaching near freezing (3.5ºC/38.3F), 125 ...Continue ›


wavepool skimboarding

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Television: Skim-centric wranglings with Blair and Koa

Television

It’s like a buddy movie without famous actors: giddy, spontaneous and punchdrunk (we’ll blame the jet lag.) One of the most innovative skim-to-surf crossover personalities Blair Conklin took Ultimate Surfer contestant and Skeleton Bay standout Koa Smith on a skim-centric trip to BSR in Waco Texas. The two trade surf craft and barrels and a few airs with poolside banter

It’s like a buddy movie without famous actors: giddy, spontaneous and punchdrunk (we’ll blame the jet lag.) One of the ...Continue ›


jackson dorian collage

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Air Farmer Jackson Dorian’s latest Waco binge

Latest, Television

Jackson Dorian is perfecting airs under the watchful eye of surf coach dad Shane Dorian. In this latest digital episode, young Jackson pulls off a handful of truly, technical, innovative airs. Want to know more about Jackson? Check the below interview from WavePoolMag last year. Like John John and others before him, Jackson Dorian learned to skate and surf about

Jackson Dorian is perfecting airs under the watchful eye of surf coach dad Shane Dorian. In this latest digital episode, ...Continue ›


new wave pool settings japan

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Wave pool tweaks: Japan crafts three new settings

News, Television

Wave pool connoisseur Evan Geiselman dishes details on three new wave settings at Surf Stadium Japan: The Drainer, The Wedge Pop and The Highball. In an interview with our friends at Stab, Evan goes into detail about each one, assigning clever names and elaborating about why the PerfectSwell settings appeal to him. Which one is the ultimate performance wave in

Wave pool connoisseur Evan Geiselman dishes details on three new wave settings at Surf Stadium Japan: The Drainer, The Wedge ...Continue ›


Alaia Bay wave pool in switzerland

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Swiss wave pool offers local spot for Northern Euros

News, Television

Finn Springborn is a German surfer living in Denmark. During his annual pilgrimage to France, he drove all night with a slight detour to Alaia Bay for a few sample sessions. “After the North Sea in my adopted home of Denmark had provided tons of waves in the last few weeks, and the forecast for France looked below average, we

Finn Springborn is a German surfer living in Denmark. During his annual pilgrimage to France, he drove all night with ...Continue ›


surf lakes experience

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Firsthand Surf Lakes: Average bro surfs pro’s namesake break

News, Television

What's it like catching a few waves with Occy at Surf Lakes? YouTuber and tireless digital curater Chris Stevens strokes into a few waves, films Mr. Occhhilupo and marvels at the sense of "open-ness" of the pool design. The R&D facility was running the following setup during the visit:Beach Break – ideal for longboarders and learner surfers Occys Peak –

What's it like catching a few waves with Occy at Surf Lakes? YouTuber and tireless digital curater Chris Stevens strokes ...Continue ›


Jordan Oueslati wave pool

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What’s it like when your board hits you in the face during Beast Mode? Find out.

News, Television

Jordan Oueslati is a YouTubing surf pro and instructor from Guadeloupe. He recently made the trek to the French-speaking corner of Switzerland to test out Alaia Bay’s different wave settings, including Beast Mode. “I got into a tube and fell, barely touching the water,” said Jordan. “I caught the side of my board in the face. The lifeguards came immediately

Jordan Oueslati is a YouTubing surf pro and instructor from Guadeloupe. He recently made the trek to the French-speaking corner ...Continue ›


guide to wave pool japan shizunami

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Shizunami pool Japan’s most sought after wave

Latest, Television

The new PerfectSwell wave pool in Shizunami, Japan hosted Team USA for a training session just ahead of the Olympics. The team took advantage of the Surf Stadium venue to run through moves on the eve of the Tokyo Games. This year, surfing will make its debut at the Olympics with pro-surfers Carissa Moore, Caroline Marks, John John Florence, and

The new PerfectSwell wave pool in Shizunami, Japan hosted Team USA for a training session just ahead of the Olympics. ...Continue ›


coaching in wave pool

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Television: How wave pools are changing surfing forever

News, Television

Stormy conditions, flat spells, crowds - surfing is and always will be a challenge beyond just the technical getting-to-your-feet or perfecting your backhand snap hurdles we all face. “It’s an age old frustration and it’s completely out of your control, until now,” says YouTuber Kale Brock. “Wave pools have changed surfing forever and we are lucky enough to live in

Stormy conditions, flat spells, crowds - surfing is and always will be a challenge beyond just the technical getting-to-your-feet or ...Continue ›


Ian Gouveia praia do grama

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Brazil’s new private wave pool – can you surf it?

Latest, News, Television

The new Wavegarden Cove in South America will open in Praia da Grama, located 60 miles from São Paulo, on July 1, 2021. Despite COVID issues, the project was completed quickly and now becomes the first Cove in Brazil, South America and The Americas. “Built in partnership with KSM Realty, the world-class waves breaking in a palm-fringed, white sandy beach

The new Wavegarden Cove in South America will open in Praia da Grama, located 60 miles from São Paulo, on ...Continue ›


surfer in the tube at urbnsurf

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Pool Tips: Threading the barrel at Urbnsurf without cartwheeling

Latest, Television, User Guide

We’ve heard a lot of you express frustration about fitting into the tube, especially at a Cove design pool. Admittedly it’s a tight fit, more so than Waco’s wedge settings. But there are techniques to help you through Beast and Barrel mode perfection whether it’s a Wavegarden Cove in South Korea, Bristol, Switzerland or Melbourne. Surf coach Cahill Bell Warren

We’ve heard a lot of you express frustration about fitting into the tube, especially at a Cove design pool. Admittedly ...Continue ›


waco texas foam board contest

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Foam surfboard event hits novelty surf high-water mark

News, Television

Soft tops in strange waves are internet gold. Recently YouTube groaned under the added digital weight of nearly a dozen professional YouTubers documenting the Red Bull Foam Wreckers event in Waco. The comp at BSR was part of a 13-event series and was especially fun thanks to a new wave setting in the PerfectSwell pool, a sort of double wedge

Soft tops in strange waves are internet gold. Recently YouTube groaned under the added digital weight of nearly a dozen ...Continue ›


wave park south korea

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Television: South Korea’s surfers train at Wave Park

News, Television

What kind of training ritual do South Korea’s surfers go through at Wave Park? In our latest episode of “Found Footage” we weave synthesisers and a random 1970s sci-fi clip into a thoroughly confusing, but ultimately entertaining clip of South Korea’s up-and-coming surfers training at the Wave Park wave pool in Siheung-si. Video by Watermelon Surf Photography with music by

What kind of training ritual do South Korea’s surfers go through at Wave Park? In our latest episode of “Found ...Continue ›


the first-ever backside front flip air in a wave pool

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The story behind the first-ever backside front flip air in a wave pool

Television

Traditionally, surfing’s child prodigies have grown up with mixed results, either evolving like Grom-John’s transformation into a world champion or crashing and burning on the sidelines of an industry unable to cope with a molten personality like Andy Irons. But these days kids like Jackson Dorian and Cruz Dinofa have solid support networks ensuring a transition into World Tour contest

Traditionally, surfing’s child prodigies have grown up with mixed results, either evolving like Grom-John’s transformation into a world champion or ...Continue ›


Kirra-Belle Olsen

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Surf Lakes stars in latest surfboard test

News, Television

Each year Surfing Life does a big, fat board review called the Surfing Life Board Bible. This year they chose Surf Lakes in Yeppoon to test and review 31 sleds under the feet of Luke Hynd and Kirra-Belle Olsen. The not-so-scientific-but-thoroughly-entertaining method works like this… “(This is the) Sled Review, where we grab a hot young surfer to take some

Each year Surfing Life does a big, fat board review called the Surfing Life Board Bible. This year they chose ...Continue ›


Rob Machado at the Surf Ranch

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Surfboard lessons and Surf Ranch sessions with Rob Machado

News, Television

In between sessions at the Surf Ranch, Rob Machado takes viewers inside of his garage for a tour of his surfboard collection and a quick story behind each one. Want to know about a board he rode in The Drifter? It’s here. What’s his current favorite fin setup for The Sunday? It’s all in here. “I’m always experimenting with new

In between sessions at the Surf Ranch, Rob Machado takes viewers inside of his garage for a tour of his ...Continue ›


The Grom Bomb wave setting by PerfectSwell

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New PerfectSwell setting features fat end bowl

News, Television

American Wave Machines surprised visitors at the RipCurl GromSearch National Final with a new wave setting. The GromBomb - a marketing tie-in to the surf company's wetsuit - features a hollow end bowl section. The new setting became the playing field for a special contest. "The PerfectSwell® Shootout showcased four of the world's best youth barrel riders competing on a

American Wave Machines surprised visitors at the RipCurl GromSearch National Final with a new wave setting. The GromBomb - a ...Continue ›