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America’s waterpark wasteland could fuel a huge boom in wave pools

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Take a look at America’s cultural waste bin and you’ll find alongside those neon Gotcha thigh-high shorts the bleached-out fiberglass waterslides born in the Regan era. But all things old become new again. Don’t they? Sometimes they even make sense. And while something like a retro fixed-gear bike doesn’t really make sense, a dilapidated waterpark transformed into a next-generation wave

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Surf Lakes moves closer to public opening

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Surf Lakes went all out through the early months of this year, completing the application process to gain approvals for the commercial upgrade to the Yeppoon wave pool site.  A large team, from Surf Lakes and partners APP, Place Design, Liquid Blue and more, have been busy designing the intended facility. Plans will also include numerous attractions around the wave

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Deeper dive into the Alaia Bay air section

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The air section at Alaia Bay in Sion at the base of the Swiss Alps is simply world class... just ask Hawaiian Ezekiel Lau.  Lau sessioned the air section for three days straight with a bunch of European pros including PC Distinguin, Enzo Cavallini, Vicente Romero, Yago Dominguez, and Kai and Hans Odriozola. And there was a breakthrough in each time. Lau did more backflips in three

The air section at Alaia Bay in Sion at the base of the Swiss Alps is simply world class... just ask Hawaiian ...Continue ›


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Surf Ranch hosts Akila Aipa board jam

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The Flat Earth is Kelly Slater and Akila Aipa's performance Twin Fin that works with either two fins, or two fins plus a trailer.This new video breaks down exactly how one of Maui's best up-and-coming talents prefers to set up his Flat Earth, relative to the type of waves he's riding it in.Jackson Bunch is a Hawaii State Champion under Akila's mentorship

The Flat Earth is Kelly Slater and Akila Aipa's performance Twin Fin that works with either two fins, or two ...Continue ›


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Revel Surf breaks ground in the Arizona desert

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Two wave pool firsts are set to go down shortly in Arizona as SwellMFG and Unit unveil their technology to the American public and the world. Cannon Beach Development Group announced today that construction is officially underway on the highly anticipated Revel Surf Park, a recreation, entertainment, and retail destination in Mesa, Arizona. Cannon Beach is a 37-acre mixed-use development

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Podcast: Viewing surfing through the lens of academia with Jess Ponting

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Jess Ponting relates his early days in Fiji and then working his way around the Pacific to San Diego. He ended up there for life becoming an Associate Professor at San Diego State University and is the Founder/Director of Center for Surf Research. He has an impressive resume: Dr. Jess Ponting is considered the leading academic and consultant in sustainable

Jess Ponting relates his early days in Fiji and then working his way around the Pacific to San Diego. He ...Continue ›


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The Wave Bristol to reopen next week

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England is emerging from COVID lockdown as cases decrease nationwide. On March 29 the country will announce new easements of controls with more announcements on April 12, assuming the country meets coronavirus targets. In line with the nationwide reopening, Bristol’s favorite surf spot will open its doors on March 29. “Lockdown has been challenging in different ways, and at different

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Edward Pong

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

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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

In the collective unconscious of surfing, there’s a big void where people like Edward Pong dwell. Digital surf media is ...Continue ›


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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 ›


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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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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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Daniel Lira Figueiredo

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How to create a wave pool in Norway

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The WavePoolMag podcast explores bringing a tank to Norway... I can picture Daniel Lira Figueiredo teaching volleyball on Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro and wondering how these guys can fly in from Norway and enjoy such an amazing quality of life. So, being a man full of initiative he figured it out, jumped on a plane and moved to

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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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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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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.

When it comes to man-made waves, not all surf pool technologies are created equal. Sure, the end goal is ultimately ...Continue ›


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 ›


stephanie gilmore tubed at kelly's wave pool

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International Women’s Day: Top 10 Women-in-Wave-Pools clip

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"The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist,” said world-renowned journalist and activist Gloria Steinem. “Nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.” For more on International Women's Day check here    

"The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist,” said world-renowned journalist and activist Gloria Steinem. “Nor ...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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