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Surfworks planned wave pool for Florida

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Fort Pierce project aims to break the Florida wave pool curse

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This week a 200-acre community development received unanimous approval from the Fort Pierce City Commission. At the center of the new Willow Lakes project will be a massive 56-module Wavegarden Cove facility as large as the one in South Korea. If all goes according to plan, the American Surf Parks development will be the first next-generation wave pool to open

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artist rendering

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First Look: Mesa Arizona wavepool design and layout

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The world got another glimpse of the new SwellMFG wave-making technology this week through just-released architectural drawings and an Instagram post. The new sketches are the first schematics of the tech which will power the Cannon Beach development east of central Phoenix.Up to this point, we've only seen video clips of perfect little peelers from SwellMFG with no idea of

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Olympic surfing ceremony will look like this

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BSR tweaks settings to give USA Olympic team Japan-esque conditions

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The BSR Surf Resort hosted a special Olympic training camp for the US Surf Team as they prepare for the Tokyo Olympics. USA Surfing team members Carissa Moore, Lakey Peterson, Courtney Conlogue, Kevin Schulz and Christiaan “Otter” Bailey feasted on a buffet of BSR Surf Resort waves and expertise for gaining competitive advantage for surfing’s debut at the 2021 Games.

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Adaptive surfing & surf therapy progress spikes

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Adaptive surfing and surf therapy programs are gaining momentum in the world’s wave pools. Last Spring WavePoolMag spoke with Adaptive Surf Champion Mark 'Mono' Stewart. He said that the whole mojo behind the adaptive surf tour goes beyond the gloss of a corporate blanket. Instead, the system is supported by smaller groups like Ampsurf, Stance and the ISA. The tour’s

Adaptive surfing and surf therapy programs are gaining momentum in the world’s wave pools. Last Spring WavePoolMag spoke with Adaptive ...Continue ›


shakira art

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Video: Shakira surfs a wave pool

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Kelly Slater doesn’t own the celebrity-wave-pool-guest niche. Wavegarden encroached on the King’s turf this month as pop superstar Shakira hit the R&D facility in the Basque Country of Spain. The Queen of Latin Music has a long, successful career and topped the American charts with “Hips Don’t Lie,” a duo featuring Haitian rapper Wyclef Jean. The song spent five weeks

Kelly Slater doesn’t own the celebrity-wave-pool-guest niche. Wavegarden encroached on the King’s turf this month as pop superstar Shakira hit ...Continue ›


Largest standing wave in the USA

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New standing wave near Seattle is 50-feet across

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After several years of detailed planning and construction, the city of Chelan in the Pacific Northwest of the USA is the birthplace to the very first citywave installation in North America. The Slidewaters water park and Munich-based wave pool manufacturer are powering the standing wave with 100% by renewable energy. The new installation marks more than twice the size of

After several years of detailed planning and construction, the city of Chelan in the Pacific Northwest of the USA is ...Continue ›


endless surf wave pool

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Vietnam to get huge wave pool from makers Endless Surf

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Vietnam is changing, recent years have seen rapid growth of tourism infrastructure and significant real estate expansion. International investors have recognized the large potential of this culture-rich, tropical destination and look to support the government's bold economic development plan for a brand-new administrative region. East of Ho Chi Minh City, a new area dubbed Vietnam's Silicon Valley is emerging, spanning districts 2,9

Vietnam is changing, recent years have seen rapid growth of tourism infrastructure and significant real estate expansion. International investors have recognized ...Continue ›


artist rendering of action park wave pool

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New Jersey wave pool resided in world’s most dangerous theme park

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New Jersey's Action Park - often referred to as the "world's most dangerous amusement park" operated from 1978 to 1996 and inspired many harried stories and urban legends. “Class Action Park,” “Accident Park” and “Traction Park” are some of the names ascribed to the loosely run theme park. The wave pool was known as the “Grave Pool.” The park became

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urbnsurf melbourne

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COVID Clips: Urbnsurf tempts with expert setting video

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Coronavirus restrictions are still in place in the Australian state of Victoria. Consequently, Urbnsurf Melbourne remains closed. “We’ve been reviewing the new roadmap toward COVID Normal with government authorities and industry bodies, and will be issuing an update soon,” said Urbnsurf. The company added that they appreciate everyone’s ongoing support and that they’ll be back “pumping perfect waves” as soon

Coronavirus restrictions are still in place in the Australian state of Victoria. Consequently, Urbnsurf Melbourne remains closed. “We’ve been reviewing ...Continue ›


3DFins design for wave pools

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New pool-core hardgoods go soft on the outside

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3DFins released their new high-performance “Go Hard/Soft” fin series aimed at the entry-level and wave pool surfboard markets. The hard-in-the-center but soft-on-the-outside fin received an Australian Good Design award this week. As far as we know, it’s the first product in the hardgoods accessory category designed specifically with wave pools in mind.3DFins would be the stand-alone victors in this micro-niche

3DFins released their new high-performance “Go Hard/Soft” fin series aimed at the entry-level and wave pool surfboard markets. The hard-in-the-center ...Continue ›


Turtle and Rick Kane oil painting by Derek West

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How wave pools play into the pop culture art of Derek West

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Derek West was born too early. Maybe. He grew up in a town just half an hour but decades away from Kelly’s Wave in Lemoore. Landlocked and surf-less, his Central Valley upbringing forced him to find stoke elsewhere. “We surfed in the canals around here all the time if we couldn’t get to the beach,” recalls West. “We’d pull each

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dan mann and kelly slater

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All design roads lead to the Surf Ranch – Firewire’s ‘No Brainer’

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Dan Mann designs boards for Firewire and is responsible for some of the brand’s most popular models. He recently made a board for Kelly Slater specifically to go in one-foot mush. However, a board that Kelly rides in one-foot mush is going to be very, very different from what 95% of the surfing world rides in such conditions. Surreptitiously, Kelly,

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beautiful yeppoon sunset

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Video: Mellow joy and multi-craft use at Surf Lakes

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Surf Lakes just launched an acoustic counter clip to the pumping biggest-tubes-ever-in-a-wave-pool we saw last week. The big water clip featured slab hunters Ben Player, Dingo Morrison, Coby Perkovich and others. This clip, just posted on the Surf Lakes YouTube channel, shows the pond in Yeppoon being ridden by all manner of craft and surfer set to mellow acoustic guitar

Surf Lakes just launched an acoustic counter clip to the pumping biggest-tubes-ever-in-a-wave-pool we saw last week. The big water clip ...Continue ›


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Meet the Taylor Steele of wave pool videos…

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Chris Monroe is excitable. Which is refreshing in an era of surf edits blanched with rights-free music and predictable quick cuts. Mr. Monroe narrates the action as it happens. Which, isn’t really necessary. The viewer can see exactly what is going on. It would be annoying, but when Chris throws out an “oh my gosh look at that” or an

Chris Monroe is excitable. Which is refreshing in an era of surf edits blanched with rights-free music and predictable quick ...Continue ›


Artist collage featuring Big Surf

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How Big Surf in Tempe cut the modern wave pool template

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Big Surf in Arizona was way ahead of its time. The world is just now catching up some fifty years later. Go ahead and make fun of Rick Kane and the cult classic "The North Shore," but as more wave pool projects emerge each month we’re finding that the surf park song remains the same. Through some digging and an

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Adaptive surfing pushes further into wave pools

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The Wave Bristol announced this week they will host the 2020 Korev Lager English Adaptive Surfing Open, an event showcasing both local and international surfers. “We are now on the Fourth English Adaptive Open, an event which has grown exponentially over the last four years and is well recognised by International Athletes,” said Surfing England. “We are proud of all

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Waves at Urbnsurf

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Urbnsurf celebrates the average surfer

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As the wave pool space matures, the challenges presented to surf parks are not simply producing enough waves, but catering those waves to fit your clientele. Surf abilities run a wide-range with expert-level surfers making just a small top percentage of the ability pyramid. The rest of us want something more manageable. In line with this evolution, Urbnsurf has launched

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Shane Beschen at Citywave Germany

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Guide to the major standing wave pool technologies

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The river surfing scene is credited with launching the standing wave pool boom. Riders don’t have to paddle into standing waves, they can simply acid drop or butt-slide in from the coping. Surfers stay in the same place, never traveling away from where they dropped in. Consequently, the vibe is different, with riders cheering each other on from just a

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Colby Perkovich at Surf Lakes

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Firsthand: What’s it like to ride the biggest wave pool surf ever?

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Measuring wave height is very subjective. Estimations vary on whether you look at the face or the back of the wave and whether you come from Hawaii or Florida. How brave you are feeling that day also comes into play. Surf Lakes, home to that big, lovable steampunk plunger named Bob, went extra this week and pushed out what we’re

Measuring wave height is very subjective. Estimations vary on whether you look at the face or the back of the ...Continue ›


Designing your own wave pool

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How do I build a surf park? Insights from Endless Surf’s Paul Chutter

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We get a lot of requests at WavePoolMag from hopeful surf park developers. Via our social channels, the messages usually start “Me and my friends are thinking of building a wave pool.” Then they provide reasons why and exclamations of “It’s gonna be so rad!” The queries usually end with “So, like, how do we get started and what do

We get a lot of requests at WavePoolMag from hopeful surf park developers. Via our social channels, the messages usually ...Continue ›


A wave peels off unriden at the Wave in Bristol

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Healing properties of surfing at work in Bristol wave pool

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Can a wave pool help slough off those layers of sad and make you happy, like, within-your-bones happy? For many of us, a session in the surf is a reset button that puts us in a positive headspace. Many of us also see it as a way to reaffirm the bigger picture too. Surf pioneer Tom Blake referred to the

Can a wave pool help slough off those layers of sad and make you happy, like, within-your-bones happy? For many ...Continue ›


surf lakes barrel

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Surf Lakes adjusts their slab wave

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The waves fired back up at the Surf Lakes R&D facility in Yeppoon with more testing and photo ops. In the most recent round of trials surfers Mark, Jay and Jonah Occhilupo, took to Occy’s Peak. Longboarders Luca Doble and Charlotte Lethbridge surfed the improved beachbreak. One big takeaway from recent improvements is that the plunger has now reached a

The waves fired back up at the Surf Lakes R&D facility in Yeppoon with more testing and photo ops. In ...Continue ›


okahina wave test pool

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First images of Okahina Wave technology revealed

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The wave pool world has long been stunned by the unique properties of the Okahina Wave system. Artist renderings show a circular system spitting out endless rides. Many have pointed out that you can make anything look surf-able in an art mock-up. The recent video of Okahina Wave’s proof-of-concept only raises more questions.In the clip by news outlet Paris Match

The wave pool world has long been stunned by the unique properties of the Okahina Wave system. Artist renderings show ...Continue ›


artists rendering of desert wave pool

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Wave pool race heads to Mesa, Arizona

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Arizona wave pool developers Swell MFG announced this week that the local council approved their upcoming project in Mesa, Arizona.In an online post, the company confirmed that its first full-size wave pool and Revel Surf Park will be located within the Cannon Beach lifestyle destination venue. The development in the East Valley of Phoenix has a work, surf, eat, stay,

Arizona wave pool developers Swell MFG announced this week that the local council approved their upcoming project in Mesa, Arizona.In ...Continue ›


Wavehouse by surfloch artist rendering

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SurfLoch has 10 wave pools in the works

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Tom Lochtefeld’s SurfLoch design is the ‘It Girl’ of the wave pool space at the moment. It’s hard to follow the #wavepool hashtag and not come across SurfLoch digital eye candy. Especially with daily Insta blasts from the prolific crew at Palm Springs Surf Club. The pool in the desert might look familiar to some. This is the same Lochtefeld

Tom Lochtefeld’s SurfLoch design is the ‘It Girl’ of the wave pool space at the moment. It’s hard to follow ...Continue ›