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Intrepid South African journalist Nick Robinson turns his mic to those at the center of the wave pool universe. Nick shines a light on the engineers, entrepreneurs, pros and the hand-picked few who have a wave pool story to tell. The questions are pointed and the answers range from the sublime to the illuminating, hitting all flashpoints in between. Dig in each Thursday to hear from the minds designing, building and surfing the world’s wave pools.

Intrepid South African journalist Nick Robinson turns his mic to those at the center of the wave pool universe. Nick shines a light on the engineers, entrepreneurs, pros and the hand-picked few who have a wave pool story to tell. The questions are pointed and the answers range from the sublime to the illuminating, hitting all flashpoints in between. Dig in each Thursday to hear from the minds designing, building and surfing the world’s wave pools.

Location:

Portugal

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Podcasts

Description:

Intrepid South African journalist Nick Robinson turns his mic to those at the center of the wave pool universe. Nick shines a light on the engineers, entrepreneurs, pros and the hand-picked few who have a wave pool story to tell. The questions are pointed and the answers range from the sublime to the illuminating, hitting all flashpoints in between. Dig in each Thursday to hear from the minds designing, building and surfing the world’s wave pools.

Twitter:

@SurfHi123

Language:

English


Episodes

Wave intervals are more important than you might think

11/18/2021
In our latest podcast Nick Robinson dives into the hot topic of intervals in wave pools. Joining Nick and editor Bryan Dickerson are Baptiste Caulonque and Clement Ginestet of Endless Surf wave pools. The four explore the intervals inherent in popular surf systems and how that affects the surf itself, the customer experience and ultimately operating expenditures. It’s a fascinating dive into an area that is just now being recognised as a crucial component to surf park operations.

Duration:00:41:22

Quarterly pool chat with editor-in-chief Bryan Dickerson

10/18/2021
Nick Robinson chats with WavePoolMag editor Bryan Dickerson about the latest happenings and goings-on in the wave pool world including upcoming projects, rumors and pipe dreams. The two also map out what wave pool contests could and should look like...

Duration:00:45:23

Aaron Trevis on the state of Surf Lakes five years in

8/26/2021
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...

Duration:00:34:38

Meet the person behind Brazil's first wave pool, Oscar Segall

8/19/2021
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.

Duration:00:38:44

CEO Damon Tudor mapping Urbnsurf's growth

8/12/2021
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.

Duration:00:41:27

Surfloch one of the "big six" wave tech providers

3/26/2021
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:...

Duration:00:44:23

The intellectual side of surf parks with Professor Jess Ponting

3/18/2021
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 https://csr.sdsu.edu/ (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...

Duration:00:43:03

Life at The Wave in Bristol with Nick Hounsfield

3/11/2021
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!

Duration:00:41:23

How to create a wave pool in Norway

3/4/2021
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...

Duration:00:40:10

Wavegarden update: 43 projects around the world!

2/25/2021
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...

Duration:00:53:40

Scott Bass: well skilled surf journalist chats about his wave pool stories

2/19/2021
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 Ranch Typhoon Lagoon in Disney World NLand in Texas (now closed) BSR in Waco, Texas It's a great chat and he's an incredible personality. Thanks Scott!

Duration:00:49:53

Research and experimentation - the Wave Prizm story

2/15/2021
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...

Duration:01:01:02

A helicopter's view of wave pool projects today

2/4/2021
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. Wavegarden American Wave Machines Surf Lakes Surf Loch White Water We also mention the other smaller...

Duration:00:47:09

The concept of Endless Surf

1/28/2021
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...

Duration:00:39:37

Ryder Thomas and the Punta Cana project

1/21/2021
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...

Duration:00:52:48

The imminent opening of Switzerland's new pool

12/21/2020
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

Duration:00:47:05

Surf coaching in a pool with Surf Simply

11/19/2020
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...

Duration:00:46:10

More surf in the desert - Mesa Arizona!

11/5/2020
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

Duration:00:49:14

Surfing in the heart of Paris!

10/22/2020
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...

Duration:00:48:13

Surf Park Management with Skip Taylor

10/8/2020
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...

Duration:00:53:49