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35 minutes | Aug 26, 2021
Aaron Trevis on the state of Surf Lakes five years in
Aaron Trevis has been tinkering away for well more than five years on Surf Lakes. He built small 1:25 and 1:10 prototypes of the plunger to see if the idea could work. It did. Fast forward to today and licensing has been fast with Surf Lakes selling territories in Hawaii, China, the US, and elsewhere. In all, the company says they have 19 projects in the works with more to be confirmed. WavePoolMag Podcaster Nick Robinson speaks with Aaron to cover the progress in Yeppoon and map out his company’s expansion into the global wave pool marketplace.
39 minutes | Aug 19, 2021
Meet the person behind Brazil's first wave pool, Oscar Segall
Oscar Segall is the human behind Fazenda do Grama, Brazil and South America’s first surf-focused wave pool. In this episode podcaster Nick Robinson uncovers the how and why of Segall’s master development. The Wavegarden Cove is the central component to the private development and is only accessible via membership or residency. It could also herald the arrival of wave pools replacing golf courses en mass as future real estate developments copy Oscar’s business plan.
41 minutes | Aug 12, 2021
CEO Damon Tudor mapping Urbnsurf's growth
Urbnsurf Melbourne has been open for a little more than one year. In that time the gates have been shut more often than open. By not pumping out waves to a happy public on the daily, their learning curve for building a thriving, profitable surf park has been incredibly steep. CEO Damon Tudor shares with us an accelerated master class in wave pools, outlining the company’s plans including key targets in Sydney, Perth and elsewhere in Australia. Find out how he expects to get the job done.
44 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
Surfloch one of the "big six" wave tech providers
Surfloch is one of the larger wave tech providers having originally made a splash with the sale of the Flowrider system to White Water. Tom Lochtefeld has led Surfloch into a new era of wave creation coming up with a powerful system for creating top quality surfing waves. He has proved it in the Californian desert at Palm Springs with ex-BSR wavemaker, Cheyne Magnusson and his team at the Palm Springs Surf Club.Check out the video of their incredible few months when the test tank was open: https://vimeo.com/463513131 We also talk about lots of other things and Wisemans surf lodge down in Australia https://www.wisemans.surf/ I hope you enjoy it and next week we have Aaron Trevis with an update from Surf Lakes!Stay well,Nick
43 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
The intellectual side of surf parks with Professor Jess Ponting
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 surf tourism. He holds the world’s first Masters and PhD degrees to focus specifically on this topic and is the world’s most published researcher in the field with 14 scholarly journal articles, 2 books, 2 book chapters, and 21 conference presentations. He is an Associate Professor in sustainable tourism at San Diego State University where he founded the Center for Surf Research in 2011 – the world’s first research center to focus specifically on sustainable surf tourism. He also co-founded Groundswell Educational Travel, a company that facilitates university students studying sustainable surf tourism in world class surfing destinations; STOKE, the world’s first certification program to focus specifically on surf and snow sport tourism; and SurfCredits, a program to raise money for non-profit organizations in surf tourism destinations. Dr. Ponting sits on the board of many surf related organizations including World Surfing Reserves, National Surfing Reserves, and Sustainable Surf. He has provided sustainable tourism consulting services in 11 countries and has advised the governments of several countries on the regulation and management of surf tourism.
41 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
Life at The Wave in Bristol with Nick Hounsfield
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 lows, not just of the inception period but also about ongoing operations and the plans that The Wave has for the future. Exciting stuff!
40 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
How to create a wave pool in Norway
I can picture Daniel 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 Norway to study. He had no choice but to work hard and get his degree, which he did. It was an incredible challenge, but he overcame it and is now a thriving member of Norwegian society and has embarked on another major challenge: creating the first wave pool in Norway.Listening to the challenges he has set himself and is overcoming them, I couldn't help but be hugely inspired. I know you will be too. Listen to the end, it wasn't planned but he has an amazing story about a world champion surfer.Check out Sunnnfjord Waves https://www.sunnfjordwaves.com/Daniel referenced this film about cold water surfing in Iceland: http://www.underanarcticsky.com/Hoddevik Surfing Beach https://goo.gl/maps/yAqitm3oDinCWmXn6
54 minutes | Feb 25, 2021
Wavegarden update: 43 projects around the world!
Catching up with Wavegarden is an exciting conversation. We discuss the traditional diamond shaped "Cove" and how it could be modified to fit different locations and topographies. We talk energy and how the Wavegarden is more efficient than any of it's competitors. We talk about some of the key projects that they're working on around the world and Séan lists the "next to market" contenders. It's definitely an exciting company to be working for!One point that really stood out for me was when Séan outlined some details of the Fazenda do Grama project in Brazil. Fascinating!
50 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
Scott Bass: well skilled surf journalist chats about his wave pool stories
Scott Bass hails from San Diego and runs his own surf show: "The Boardroom Show" Check it out over here https://boardroomshow.com/ It's a solid surfing podcast and an excellent show where Scott brings people together around the stoke of surfing.We get to chat about his experiences in the following pools:Kelly Slater's Surf RanchTyphoon Lagoon in Disney WorldNLand in Texas (now closed)BSR in Waco, TexasIt's a great chat and he's an incredible personality. Thanks Scott!
61 minutes | Feb 15, 2021
Research and experimentation - the Wave Prizm story
Mark has built a brand around making waves. It's called https://www.waveprizm.com/ , 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 his current experimentation with wave machines and discusses his claim that he can make bigger waves that are currently on the market.It's a long chat, that gets very technical in places and some great stories are told in others. I'd love to hear your opinion, but podcasts don't really have a space for comments :(Keep listening, this episode was late due to some technical glitches but we'll be back with Scott Bass this Thursday!
47 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
A helicopter's view of wave pool projects today
We have an amazing page on our website over on www.wavepoolmag.com called the surf planner. It details all the projects in the space that we've written about and there are potentially quite a few others under wraps. In this chat Bryan and I head through all the projects we're aware of and proceed from the point of view of the companies who provide the technology:Kelly Slater Wave Co.WavegardenAmerican Wave MachinesSurf LakesSurf LochWhite WaterWe also mention the other smaller companies like: Wave Prizm, Swellspot, Swell MFG, Wave SEG, Ola wave pool, Webber Pools, Okahina. Additionally we discuss sheet waves vs RAPID waves (TM - just kidding) and the companies involved in that space. It's the perfect primer on wave pools for 2021!
40 minutes | Jan 28, 2021
The concept of Endless Surf
Andrew Thatcher grew up surfing in the warm waters off Durban, South Africa and came to live in my home town, much further south before leaving for the USA back in 2000.The happiest coincidence occurred when a family connection to Tom Lochtefeld landed him a job at the legendary wave maker's Surf Loch and Wave Loch company. Tom had created the Flowrider and Andrew helped to spread the piece of joy all around the world. Flowriders are in a wide range of places, from cruise liners, to restaurants, to water parks and as stand alone venues. We talk a lot about Endless Surf, White Water's "new" product. It's essentially not new as they have been making waves for over 30 years when they built Typhoon Lagoon in Disney World and more than 400 other pools around the world.It's a fascinating company, with equally absorbing products. You'll enjoy this one.Cheers,Nick
53 minutes | Jan 21, 2021
Ryder Thomas and the Punta Cana project
Ryder Thomas is a fun, engaging character, and while he was sitting in a cold grey day in New York, I jumped on a call with him from my base down here in Portugal.We had a long and super interesting conversation all about the inception story of his company Pegasus Lodges, his relation to the Paris wave pool project and then his project down in the Caribbean at Punta Cana. Get this, it has not one but TWO pools to surf.We talk about how Swell International evolved out of this and another exciting project which is going down in the Azores, Portugal. Listen up, it's a good one!-Nick
47 minutes | Dec 22, 2020
The imminent opening of Switzerland's new pool
Adam Bonvin had a dream a long time ago and worked diligently to create it. His story is an inspiring one, where someone with a completely different background to that of a big time property developer and armed with a passion for the sport envisaged a completely new tourism offer. He is on the road to opening that dream in April 2021 and not even Covid can stop him! Good luck for the launch Adam, it was very motivating to hear your story.Nick
46 minutes | Nov 19, 2020
Surf coaching in a pool with Surf Simply
Rupert Hill set up "Surf Simply" from scratch over in Costa Rica. He has made a remarkable success of it, going from zero to hero in over 10 years. It's been a long hard slog but he is on top of his game now, offering surf weeks for over $6,000 per person and boasting a two year waiting list. That's an incredible achievement. Well done, Surf Simply! Nick picks Ru's brain about surfing and how the coaching aspects changes when you eliminate nature's whims from the equation. Learning to surf and improving your surfing in a pool becomes a whole lot more effective... or does it? What do you think?
49 minutes | Nov 5, 2020
More surf in the desert - Mesa Arizona!
Matt Gunn became disillusioned with the total lack of waves after moving out to Arizona from his native California. Being starved of surf certainly drives you crazy, but would you be crazy enough to build a wave machine AND a wave park? Matt's certainly not crazy, but he's really committed in a quiet, dedicated kind of way. Backed by a big hitters like Shane Beschen and others... well, he's bound to succeed!Good luck, Matt, it was good fun chatting to you and I'll see you at the launch!Nick
48 minutes | Oct 22, 2020
Surfing in the heart of Paris!
The Paris project has been a fascinating combination of public and private co-operation and Baptiste has been working as a consultant in the thick of all the agencies working hard on the project. The promise of perfect machine made waves in the middle of a large capital city hasn't been realized yet - will Paris be the first to market? These large undertakings are notoriously riddled with problems, let's get under the skin of this one with Baptiste.Interestingly "Le Vague Grand Paris" has chosen their wave technology and after initially working with one of the leaders in the industry, they switched to a newcomer. We discuss how that went down.Thanks for listening to www.wavepoolmag.com/podcast !We'll be back in two weeks,Nick
54 minutes | Oct 8, 2020
Surf Park Management with Skip Taylor
We discuss Skips background, the wave pool industry as a whole and how he started Surf Park management. Probably the best story was when he flew down to some country in Central Americat to the location of a proposed surf park and was shocked to find a sex store and a gun shop neighbouring the property. Location is pretty important! We dig into his Turtle Bay Hotel project on the North Shore of Hawaii after he did the turnaround there: ramping up mountain biking trails, helping Hans Hedeman to uplift his surf school, he brought in the APP Stand Up world tour, created restaurants and bar venues with lifestyle programming. His business partner, Kate and him met and then went to the 2017 Snowdonia Surf Park Summit. They presented their new concept of 3rd party management and consulting within wave pools and it was well received by the industry. We also discuss:Coral Mountain with Kelly's Wave and private residential projectsSurf training and a fully enhanced progression program.A deep insight into the wave park creation process and a how to for people who want to get into the space and who to call. Diversity of new technologies that are coming in to the market: wave in your backyard...
44 minutes | Sep 24, 2020
How hard is it to bring a wave pool to Berlin? Find out.
In 2014 Berlin was set to plant a Wavegarden Lagoon plow system at an old airstrip outside of town. When the plan was axed by the local council Eirik Randow got all frothy and took it upon himself to do something. In 2016 he kicked off a program to bring the new Wavegarden Cove technology to Berlin. “In the beginning of projects like that you don’t have a very good understanding of what you’re getting into,” he tells us. Find out how the phrase “When in doubt, paddle out” has kept him redlining these past four years on a project with many unknowns. Nick Robinson finds out what it will ultimately take to bring waves to Berlin.
42 minutes | Jan 17, 2020
Shane Beschen on his career, City Wave, DSRTSURF and wave pools
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