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.
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Surfloch is one of the larger wave tech providers having originally made a splash with the sale of the Flowrider system to White Water.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 (https://vimeo.com/463513131)
We also talk about lots of other things and Wisemans surf lodge down in Australia https://www.wisemans.surf/ (https://www.wisemans.surf/)
I hope you enjoy it and next week we have Aaron Trevis with an update from Surf Lakes!
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 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 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.
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!
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
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!
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 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!
Love the podcast!
Loving the podcast. Well done interviews, interesting discussions, and a great distraction if you can’t get in the waves right now. can’t wait for season 2!
Enjoy the content. Sound quality could be better but I am sure It will improve with time.
When listening be sure to be ready to take notes. Great inside knowledge for those wanting the latest news about wave parks.
Other industries will also benefit. Still curious about the numbers of visitors each park thinks they will get weekly/yearly. And it may be good to chat about the tourism dollars to be gained. Some of the local businesses, in areas pools are being built, must surely be curious about the numbers of visitors expected. Also no mention of te adaptation of equipment? Thin wetsuits or body rashguards etc. and of course boards.