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First Look: South Korea’s massive wave pool

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The Kelly of South Korea, Sungyong Ko just dropped a clip of the world’s largest Wavegarden Cove in South Korea. The new wave pool is part of the Siheung Surf Park component of the massive Turtle Island development an hour south of Seoul. The overall development cost is half a billion Euros and will include a hotel, convention center, marina,

The Kelly of South Korea, Sungyong Ko just dropped a clip of the world’s largest Wavegarden Cove in South Korea. ...Continue ›


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Television: An outsider’s look at the Surf Ranch

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We love Casey Neistat. His video title teaser is “This wave pool costs $100 per second.” He’s a filmmaker, not a public relations company hired out by the WSL. So the seven-minute edit he just dropped about his Surf Ranch visit is a refreshing non-corporate peek at world’s most expensive wave. Check the clip below to enjoy Neistat's deft editing,

We love Casey Neistat. His video title teaser is “This wave pool costs $100 per second.” He’s a filmmaker, not ...Continue ›


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New Jersey PerfectSwell wave pool to open October 8th

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The PerfectSwell wave pool at Far Far A Bay has had a rough run. Originally slated to open November 27th at the American Dream mall in New Jersey, construction delays postponed the opening until Spring 2020. Then, the grand opening debuted with the arrival of COVID-19. This week the official “in” to the wave pool Skudin Surf announced that surfing

The PerfectSwell wave pool at Far Far A Bay has had a rough run. Originally slated to open November 27th ...Continue ›


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A naked look at surfing through the art of DrewToonz

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Surf art is a weird beast. Like a minotaur, half-bull and half-human, it’s often two very separate things that don’t really belong together. The genre of surf art is dominated by two different animals. One is the airbrush flowy Wyland daydream species seen in tropical vacation galleries across the Pacific. And the other is the cartoonish splendor of Andy Davis,

Surf art is a weird beast. Like a minotaur, half-bull and half-human, it’s often two very separate things that don’t ...Continue ›


wave pool construction

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Why wave pool construction is a difficult, moody beast

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In the creation of dream waves it's the engineers who get all the glory. These creative minds tethering their stardust visions via slide rules and math are the rock stars of the wave pool movement. But Aaron Trevis, Josema Ordriozola, Bruce McFarland, Clément Ginestet, Adam Fincham and others need a solid backing band to bring these dreams to life. This

In the creation of dream waves it's the engineers who get all the glory. These creative minds tethering their stardust ...Continue ›


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Podcast: Digging into Berlin’s future surf potential with Eirik Randow

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Head down and focused, Eirik Randow keeps paddling and paddling in his campaign to bring waves to Berlin. In 2014 the German city was set to plant a Wavegarden Lagoon plow system at an old airstrip outside of town. When the local council axed the plan Eirik was crushed. But then, like a grom, he got all frothy and took

Head down and focused, Eirik Randow keeps paddling and paddling in his campaign to bring waves to Berlin. In 2014 ...Continue ›


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

This week a 200-acre community development received unanimous approval from the Fort Pierce City Commission. At the center of the ...Continue ›


Surf Lakes wave

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Feature: The many layers to Surf Lakes’ stone-in-a-pond concept

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The test pool in Yeppoon is known by a lot of names: The Mad Max Wave, The Plunger Wave, Apocalypse Wave, That Giant Donut Thing …Surf Lakes makes a huge visceral impression. Arguably more than any wave technology out there at the moment. While concrete and software-synced air-powered swimming pools become the Dave Mathews Band of the surf park landscape,

The test pool in Yeppoon is known by a lot of names: The Mad Max Wave, The Plunger Wave, Apocalypse ...Continue ›


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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

The world got another glimpse of the new SwellMFG wave-making technology this week through just-released architectural drawings and an Instagram ...Continue ›


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.

The BSR Surf Resort hosted a special Olympic training camp for the US Surf Team as they prepare for the ...Continue ›


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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

New Jersey's Action Park - often referred to as the "world's most dangerous amusement park" operated from 1978 to 1996 ...Continue ›


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 ›


artist image of tom lochtefeld

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Tom Lochtefeld – The Godfather of modern surf parks

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Tom Lochtefeld is the OG wave pool geek and a core surfer. For the past 30 plus years, he’s found ways to have fun and surf outside of the ocean. He fixed a cable to the rear-wheel-drive system of a Dodge truck to make a foil wave (a concept that began in 1987!) For this and many other reasons we

Tom Lochtefeld is the OG wave pool geek and a core surfer. For the past 30 plus years, he’s found ...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

Derek West was born too early. Maybe. He grew up in a town just half an hour but decades away ...Continue ›


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,

Dan Mann designs boards for Firewire and is responsible for some of the brand’s most popular models. He recently made ...Continue ›


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

Big Surf in Arizona was way ahead of its time. The world is just now catching up some fifty years ...Continue ›


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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

The Wave Bristol announced this week they will host the 2020 Korev Lager English Adaptive Surfing Open, an event showcasing ...Continue ›


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

As the wave pool space matures, the challenges presented to surf parks are not simply producing enough waves, but catering ...Continue ›