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Neil Armstrong explores the wave pool (left) space

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I’m not angry, I’m just disappointed with you. Well, most of you anyway.  There you are surfing, having a great time at wave pools, and letting waves go to waste. But not just to waste, often completely unappreciated. And just because these waves are born by machine doesn’t mean they’re any less special. I’m talking about lefts. Those waves often

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Olympic surfing: Nikki van Dijk wavegarden cove

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The real reason wave pools haven’t been and won’t be in the Olympics

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Remember those raging debates about which wave pool should be used in the Olympics? Back when the venue for surfing’s Olympic debut was still up in the air, everyone had an opinion on a wave pool's role in the Games and which technology would work best. Now as we head into the Paris 2024 Olympic cycle where the world-renowned Teahupo’o

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urbnsurf paddling out

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Melbourne’s Urbnsurf Closed Due To “Serious Medical Incident”

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Editor's Note: Urbnsurf released the below update on 20-06-22, nine days following the incident: "The surfer is in a stable condition in hospital. He is awake and responding well, after experiencing a cardiac episode whilst paddling out during a surf session at the park. The surfer, his friends and family, and our team, extend utmost thanks and gratitude to the

Editor's Note: Urbnsurf released the below update on 20-06-22, nine days following the incident: "The surfer is in a stable ...Continue ›


jina kim in south korea

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In Korea a wave pool and startup surf league anchor a fledgling surf scene

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Surfing is contagious. Just shy of the 20th century, Hawaiian Royalty gave demonstrations in California while a couple of decades later Duke Kahanamoku wowed crowds in Australia. Both locations immediately embraced the sport and it flourished. Fast forward a century and you can now find groups of like-minded surfing devotees gathered together in boardriders clubs. But the Duke never gave

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Firsthand: The Surfing Samurai, adaptive sessions and wave pools

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Eleven years ago Dylan Hronec rode his first wave and “In that moment I felt like I was no longer in my body anymore; I was flying and totally free.” Dylan was born with Cerebral Palsy, a neurological disorder that affects fine motor skills.  We received some clips of Dylan at SkudinSurf American Dream and wanted to chat with him.

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waves per hour

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Is there such a thing as the perfect number of waves per hour?

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How much does the waves-per-hour boast matter? Surf park operators and insiders give their take on this contentious metric. The successful operation of a wave pool business largely comes down to the skill of the pool operators in knowing, and being able to cater successfully, to their clients. It’s a delicate balancing act with millions of dollars on the line.

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A Surf Lakes set framed as a tropical vacation postcard

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Ryan Callinan and Morgan Cibilic steep and deep in Yeppoon

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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

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urbnsurf wave pool party

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Did you blow your last wave pool session? Here’s help from one of the best in the business

User Guide

In this article surf coach Martin Dunn took a look at what was going wrong at one of the world’s most popular wave tanks. Being the curious man he is, Martin studied the surf zone and took notes. He saw many surfers making the same mistakes over and over. Below, Martin Dunn Surf Coaching shares with you what to do

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wavepoolmag app for android

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By popular demand the WavePoolMag app is now available for Android users

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WavePoolMag announced today a reboot and several functional updates to the Surf Planner page which powers the iOS and Android apps. Both the webpage and the apps allow users to discover the latest proposed, planned, and open-for-business wave pools from around the world, roughly 100 projects around the world! Hit the buttons below to download the FREE WavePoolMag app Android

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Air Jordan wetsuit booties

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Waco session inspires Air Jordan wetsuit booties

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There are few harsher critics than surfers. By and large, inventions in the surf world are met with scorn and derision. That is until they are deemed necessary. The retractable legrope? Yeah, that didn’t last long. Nose guards? Out of vogue now and scoffed at when they first hit the market, but they’ve saved more than a few eyeballs and

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@maxisms wave pool review

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First Person: Melbourne airport’s got barrels in a vending machine!

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Max Emerson is a mid-level surfer who has been lucky enough to cobble a career out of making their internet life look more glamorous than it really is. One million Instagram followers is enough to support a chronic travel (and surfing) addiction. As a result, Max has been fortunate enough to paddle out in places like Hawaii, Texas, Australia, Costa

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desert wave pool updates

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California desert wave pool updates 2022

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The WavePoolMag desert update focuses on developments in the evolving surf park oasis east of Los Angeles. After the pandemic, progress on the four surf parks planned for the Coachella Valley is moving ahead with one scheduled to open in a few months with the others to follow in 2023-2024. This current article is an update of the one we

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adult learner Maria Allebring

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We speak with possibly the fastest advancing adult learner on the planet

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“Adult Learner” can be a pejorative term in the surf world. The comments thread for salt-focused publications is rife with kook-calling and the unrealistic expectation that everyone should know how to surf before they even, uh, learn to surf. If surfing was that easy, there would be no Kookslams insta page or Novice-shaming threads on BeachGrit. Fortunately, this hostile climate

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Backyard Sheetwaves: A glimpse into D.I.Y wave machine fails and wins

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Creating inland surfing experiences doesn’t always have to cost millions of dollars and require the infrastructure of a small village. As with any awesome innovation, there are those who will try and recreate it at home. With zero regard for efficiency (or safety), these bold pioneers are determined to release the stranglehold of “Big Surf” on the wave pool industry.

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wave pool mag gear guide

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2022 WavePoolMag Gear Guide

2022 Gear Guide, News

Gear guides are fun. Everyone loves to window shop. That’s why there are so many product showcases sprinkled across the internet. At their worst, they are paeons to objects born of an unsustainable capitalist structure. At their best, they herald a sublime shift in surf culture and remind us that our current pair of boardshorts won't survive another season. We’re

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Andrew Wray explains how today’s pools draw from a well of rich surf tank history and innovation

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Editor’s Note: Andrew Wray had a hand in designing many of the first-generation wave pools. With the launch of Endless Surf, he's been kind enough to provide background, history and overall perspective to bridge yesterday's wave tanks with today's modern marvels of engineering. In this installment, he talks about the patents on those first pools and how that changed everything.

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jackson new jersey

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Zoning board in Jackson New Jersey approve big-ass wave pool. Surfers rejoice.

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While many wave pools coming off the drawing boards now are being used as anchors for private communities, or hotel and restaurant combinations, an increasing number are being built as star attractions for activity parks. One such proposed development is Adventure Crossing, in Jackson, New Jersey. A sprawling 4-stage development featuring Golf, bowling, sports fields, rinks and courts, indoor recreation,

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The Wave Bristo and Ukraine

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How one wave pool is sending aid to Ukraine

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The Wave recently got in touch with fellow Bristol business, British Corner Shop, to develop the We Care package – a parcel of essential food that will be delivered directly to those in need in Ukraine. The packs will be taken by trucks directly into Lviv in Ukraine, as part of Climate Action’s 20-20-20 Campaign, which is aiming to deliver

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

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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

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typhoon lagoon reopens

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History Lesson: Andrew Wray on the wave pools that that kicked off the dream

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Editor's Note: When surfing first hit the wave pool, it was most likely into one that Andrew Wray had a hand in designing. From Typhoon Lagoon to Sun City to Dion Agius' Dubai pool of choice, Andrew has played a role in creating surf. Now with the launch of Endless Surf, he was kind enough to give us a little

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Wave pools offer great dining

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The culinary offerings at the world’s favorite wave pools will surprise you

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The often-heard mantra for surfers is Surf, Eat, Sleep, Repeat. Here at WavePoolMag, we can’t do much about the sleep part for you, though for surf stoke we do keep you updated with all Wave Pool happenings worldwide. But that leaves food. And oh how we need fuel after a good surf session, especially one at a wave pool where

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OLAS RANCH WavePool

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Pools, Ponies, and Promises – California’s Olas Ranch shut down before it leaves the gate

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Editor's Note: Last week and out of the blue we heard about the Olas Ranch project for San Juan Capistrano. We interviewed the development team and got a dialed-in schematic as to how it would all work. Then, just as quickly, the city of San Juan Capistrano tanked the idea in favor of one of the seven other proposals -

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price guide for wave pools

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The Big List 2022: prices, times & notes for all the world’s wave pools

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How many surf-able wave pools are there in the world? As of today, there are 19 wave pools in the world open and semi-open to the public with dedicated surfing hours - Hint: to find a wave pool opening near you soon, check the WavePoolMag Surf Planner. In this guide, we list hours, prices and features of the world's surfable

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couple's surf trip

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Couple Goals: Hit the wave pool, nix the matching polyester outfits, here’s why

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Dripping with sweat, pulse racing, breathing heavily… there’s a reason you like to watch your significant other work out. These physical signs mimic arousal, yet some of us might only see old sweat pants and faded Under Armour gear. But put BAE in a form-fitting wettie, topped off with a stoked smile and surfing can be quite the aphrodisiac. But

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Lukas skinner

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

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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 ›