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WavePoolMag Photographer Series Episode 1, Rob Henson of BSR

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Digital pixels are free and easy compared to the film days of shooting a 36-frame-roll, changing film (and possibly missing the set of the day) then trudging off to get it developed - never really knowing if you had scored the goods. In a way, wave pools are to surfing what digital is to photography. Yes, it’s so much easier,

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urbnsurf melbourne

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Urbnsurf Updates: Melbourne ready to turn on the taps

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In a busy wave pool week that included a huge media push by The Wave and new maxed-out footage of Surf Lakes, Urbnsurf announced via Instagram they are ready to fill the pond. “We’re stoked to announce that we’re just a few weeks away from turning on the big taps, and filling up our next-generation surfing lagoon,” said Founder Andrew

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Ben Skinner at The Cove

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The Wave offers bookings as warm-up phase nears

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The Wave in Bristol today released its first wave of surf slots. The general public can now book tickets to surf from 18 November 2019 to 4 March 2020. Tickets will go live at midday on 20 August. The Wave will be in its Warm-Up phase until the end of the year. The lake will be pushing out waves and the Clubhouse will be ready,

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below the water line ben player

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Update: Surf Lakes just pumped up the volume

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Last month Surf Lakes announced that their 5 Waves R&D facility was back up and running for structural testing. At the time the company stated they had successfully run sets that push out four consecutive waves. Max wave face heights reached 1.8 meters or 6 feet. Today on Instagram Surf Lakes aired photos of three-time world bodyboard champ Ben Player

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Wavegarden Cove like the one coming to Myrtle Beach

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South Carolina announces plans for Wavegarden Cove

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Myrtle Beach will break ground as part of a development project to inject quality surf into an area plagued by lackluster breaks. The new wave pool hopes to see completion by 2021. The Myrtle Beach City Council approved a letter of intent from American Surf Parks LLC to build the full-size Wavegarden Cove and amphitheater on land owned by the

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Naegleria fowleri amoeba

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Amoebas & bacteria could be to wave pools what sharks are to Reunion Island

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Another person has died after contracting Naegleria fowleri, the brain-eating amoeba. The man in his fifties, later identified as Eddi Gray, was at Fantasy Lake Water Park in Hope Mills North Carolina. The alleged incident happened at the water park’s artificial lake which serves as the facility’s centerpiece. Last year the surfing world lost Fabrizio Stabile after he contracted the

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wave pool plan for Castets

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France to kick off new pool construction near Hossegor

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The small town of Castets, 40 minutes northeast of the famed sandbanks of Hossegor, will be home to France’s newest wave pool. The project, dubbed Wavelandes Atlantic, secured 32 acres of land from the town for roughly $850,000. Officials said they will be using Wavegarden’s Cove technology. Computer sketch ups in the Presslib article announcing the project show a system

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Evan Geiselman’s spirit animal is a wave pool

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Evan has spent more time in wave pools than most any other pro surfer. His debut to the world came as the wonder grom in Kai Neville’s Lost Atlas. The snappy goofy foot sessioned the Canary Islands pool with Julian Wilson and Kolohe Andino in captivating, moody slow-motion. Evan has frequented Typhoon Lagoon, competed at the Snowdonia pro event, tracked

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The godfather of water parks passes away

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Richard Croul was an inspiration to Southern California’s hotbed of wave pool inventers and dreamers, influencing everyone from Tom Lochtefeld, Tom Morey and Phil Roberts. “He was the godfather of building waterparks in the US and paved the way for the rest of us,” recalls wave pool artist Phil Roberts. “He’s built them everywhere and he’s one of those old

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wave pool art by phil roberts

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Take a Little Trip: The rich imagination and wave pool art of Phil Roberts

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Philip Roberts is always in close orbit to surfing’s greatest inventors. Mentored by water park guru Dick Croul (Wild Rivers) he’s brought the trippy ideas of Tom Lochtefeld to life while acting as the grounding cable for Boogie Board inventor Tom Morey. Decades ago Roberts got his start in the surf-art world by painting boards for Floridian legend Mike Tabeling.

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The Wave in Bristol's wave making machine

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Sneek peak at The Wave’s hidden Cove technology

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The Wave Bristol released drone footage this week of their construction site. While the unmistakable silhouette of a Wavegarden Cove is clear, several key engineering pieces have been digitally blurred out. “We are really excited to finally be able to give you a sneak peak of our lake construction, which has been very much shrouded in secrecy, due to confidentiality

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Nick Hounsvield _The Wave_main

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How Nick Hounsfield is making The Wave a different kind of surf space

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One thing that becomes obvious when speaking with Nick Hounsfield is that he’s a sincere gent. Or, since he’s been working on the impossible task of creating a wave pool in Bristol for nearly a decade, he’s just become very good at brand messaging. He phrases debilitating project complications as “workstreams” and oozes LinkedIn can-do positivity in the face of

One thing that becomes obvious when speaking with Nick Hounsfield is that he’s a sincere gent. Or, since he’s been ...Continue ›


ADG WaveTek system

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OG wave pool maker celebrates 50th anniversary

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Most of the dialogue on WavePoolMag is geared toward next-generation surfing pools produced by Wavegarden, American Wave Machines, Kelly Slater Wave Co and friends. But the wave pool engine that planted the collective “what if?” seed in our surf brains has just turned 50. The WaveTek generation system by Aquatic Development Group is responsible for 450 wave pools worldwide and

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Bettylou Sakaru Johnson Wavegarden Cove

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Wavegarden demo center local Josh Kerr pushes kids into slabs

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Former pro surfer and DSRT Surf ambassador Josh Kerr is still regarded as one of the most innovative and versatile surfers of his era. His daughter Sierra (11yrs) and her Hawaiian friend Bettylou Sakaru Johnson (13yrs) are two very talented youngsters spearheading the next generation of progressive female surfers. During an intense session in the Wavegarden Cove, Josh, Sierra and Bettylou warm-up with a variety

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Brian Filmore at BSR Surf Resort

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Employee of the Month: How to go from kook to expert in 18 months

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When someone says they have the best job in the world, you tend to take their word for it. Working at a wave pool each day? That’s a great job. But what we don’t hear about are long hours (15 hours some days) standing in the Texas heat and humidity while trying to organize a group of surfers amped to

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French protest group says no to ‘Le Freak Peak’

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A proposed American Wave Machines-powered wave pool in the west of France is receiving pushback from a French activist group and some local residents. At issue is La Bergerie (field for sheep in French) Surf Camp, a six-hectacre project planned for an agricultural area 30 minutes west of France’s sixth largest city, Nantes. The PerfectSwell wave pool is projected to

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Back in action: First images of Surf Lakes 2.0 show promise

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Surf Lakes announced that their 5 Waves R&D facility is back up and running as they continue with more structural testing. The full-scale facility is in operation after the group made repairs, upgrades and improvements following a mixed launch last October. The company said they have now successfully run sets that push out four consecutive waves. Max wave face heights

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wavepool mishap

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Wave pool unleashes bomb set on unsuspecting swimmers

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A wave pool in China malfunctioned, sending out a massive closeout. While the wave in the video isn't that impressive by Kelly Slater wave pool standards, it is gnarly when you consider the pool's clientele. The unsuspecting swimmers bobbing around in floatiess and rings were slammed into the sidewalls and barriers. Britain's Daily Star had a field day with the

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wave pools from space

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Tour the world’s wave pools from space

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Surf exploration used to be full of mystery. The first generation of adventurers poured over nautical logs and maps then hit the coastal deserts and jungles of the world. It was analog adventuring at its finest. It was also random. Surfers hoping to discover a new Jeffreys Bay were just as likely to sit out a flat spell on a

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Waco wave pool BSR Surf Resort

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How Kevin Schulz won $10K for an event that never ran

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Stab didn't get to run their Freak Peak comp due to a wild storm. But they still awarded lanky goofy foot Kevin Schulz $10k for an air he pulled during the warm up session. Designed by Perfect Swell (the people at American Wave Machines), The 'Freak Peak' is a relatively new addition to Waco's wave repertoire. What sets this wave apart

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waco big air wave pool

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Pros on Progression: From ocean to wave pool and back again

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In a recent clip by American Wave Machines promoting their Perfect Swell technology, the California company interviewed Stab High competitors to find out how surfing in a wave pool aids in the progression of surfing. Not surprisingly, the crew including Kevin Schulz, Matt Meola, Mason Ho and Chippa Wilson confessed that the wave pool has helped their surfing immensely. And

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stephaine gilmore surf ranch pro

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Computational fluid dynamics – how it’s helping you as a surfboard customer

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That foam and fiberglass sled beneath your feet, including the fins, just got a whole lot of help from the pocket-protector set. The scientists best known for studying airflow and resistance on rockets, Formula 1 cars and various aircraft, have now turned their attention to surfing. Well, at least one has. Enter Riccardo Rossi. The 42-year-old from Rimini Italy is

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aritz aranburu

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Aritz Has Got the Hits: Flat spell fun with Mr. Aranburu

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Basque surfer Aritz Aranburu was fortunate enough to unleash some of his powerful trademark hacks in between countless barrels at Wavegarden's demo center in the Basque mountainside recently. Reporters from El País - one of Spain's most prominent newspapers - visited Wavegarden HQ's on a content gathering mission for a video they are making about Wavegarden. Their crew of photographers and cameramen were keen to see how the local hero

Basque surfer Aritz Aranburu was fortunate enough to unleash some of his powerful trademark hacks in between countless barrels at Wavegarden's demo center in the Basque ...Continue ›


wavegarden early days

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Be Kind Rewind: Teeny Tiny Wavegarden

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2020 will mark the tenth year since the first digital images of Wavegarden tech hit the internet. Let’s roll back the clock and watch Mick Fanning and Owen Wright shred knee-high primitive Wavegarden. It’s hard to believe it was so long ago that the world got its first look at the company’s Lagoon technology. Back then refinements like a larger

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welsh adaptive surf champs

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Adaptive surf champs fire at Snowdonia wave pool

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The world’s best adaptive surfers hit Adventure Parc Snowdonia to compete in the Welsh Adaptive Surf Championships. The event, a first of its kind in a wave pool, saw former world champs Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart and Bruno Hansen mix it up with 24 athletes representing 13 nations. The surfers competed in three categories, standing (AS1), kneeling (AS2) and prone (AS3).

The world’s best adaptive surfers hit Adventure Parc Snowdonia to compete in the Welsh Adaptive Surf Championships. The event, a ...Continue ›