68 episodes

Veteran surf journalist Bryan Dickerson turns the mic to those at the center of the wave pool universe as WavePoolMag 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 to hear from the minds designing, building and surfing the world’s wave pools.

Wave Pool Mag Bryan Dickerson

    • Sports
    • 4.7 • 11 Ratings

Veteran surf journalist Bryan Dickerson turns the mic to those at the center of the wave pool universe as WavePoolMag 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 to hear from the minds designing, building and surfing the world’s wave pools.

    Just around the corner: Scotland’s first surf park with Andy Hadden

    Just around the corner: Scotland’s first surf park with Andy Hadden

    Many of the surf parks scheduled to open soon have been in the works for nearly a decade or more. Their architects are the original crop of dreamers and doers - the devout wave poolers in a long-term relationship with artificial wave technology. Andy Hadden wed the wave pool dream back in 2013 and is now eyeing the completion of Lost Shore Surf Resort, a 52-module Wavegarden Cove near Edinburgh. Despite the global ebbs and flows experienced by everyone these past few years, the project is marching toward a completion date of September 2024.
    “We were relying heavily on this becoming an Olympic sport,” said Andy. “I think that was something that most of us could see coming. But still, you know, it's a bet. You could call it that. We had to go through two major planning applications, which is something that, you know, all the developers have to go through. So that meant knowing locally exactly how to navigate those choppy waters. And then fundamentally, you have to raise a heck of a lot of money and then you have to have the aptitude and desire to run one. So there's definitely a reason that surf parks aren't more numerous today. There are definitely going to be more later. You know everyone that's built a wave pool is wanting to build another one - I think that speaks volumes.”

    • 36 min
    And just how is the wave pool space evolving? Surf Park Summit returns

    And just how is the wave pool space evolving? Surf Park Summit returns

    In this episode, we have a lively chat with the always-on-point Dr. Jess Ponting Jess is one of the brains behind Surf Park Summit, the annual wave pool dreamer, doer and developer convention. The Summit runs September 18-20 in San Diego, California.

    • 41 min
    In the surf park trenches - Matt Gunn of SwellMFG

    In the surf park trenches - Matt Gunn of SwellMFG

    Revel Surf park is the wave pool powered by Swell MFG. It is the focal point of the 37-acre mixed-use development at Cannon Beach in Mesa, Arizona. In this episode, we have a wonderfully frank discussion with Matt Gunn, who along with his partner, built this wave technology. The journey one takes from obsessing on, and then building a new technology is not for the faint of heart. Matt shares fascinating stories of real-world R&D failures, triumphs and flat-out stoke as his crew prepares to open up to the public in Spring 2024.

    • 43 min
    Find out how Flowstate uses AI to enhance the surf park user experience

    Find out how Flowstate uses AI to enhance the surf park user experience

    How does one go about training a machine to recognise each and every individual surfer? Flowstate have created an AI powered capture system that records each guest’s surf experience. And the amazing thing is that it works without RFID wristbands or board stickers. In this podcast we dig in and learn how Chris, Mike and the crew at Flowstate have built a system that recognises those minute nuances that separate and define us each individually as surfers. By developing this “style fingerprint” Flowstate have created a system that provides surf park guests with keepsake video clips of their wave pool sessions. Dig into the podcast to learn how Flowstate do what many consider to be an impossible task.

    • 27 min
    Hazel Geary - CEO at The Wave, Bristol

    Hazel Geary - CEO at The Wave, Bristol

    We returned live to the middle of a sheep paddock in bucolic Easter Compton to check in with the new CEO at The Wave, Hazel Geary. In this podcast we explore the similarities and differences between the Leisure, Beauty and Well-being Industries and Surf Parks. Are we really that different? Yes and No. Hazel digs in with a fresh level of sophistication gleaned from years in the fitness industry. In the process we discover many nuanced learnings that our wave pool industry can benefit from.

    • 32 min
    How to manage a wave pool with URBNSURF's Shaun Hutchinson

    How to manage a wave pool with URBNSURF's Shaun Hutchinson

    Shaun Hutchinson is Group Operations Manager at Urbnsurf. Most of the day he’s tucked back in the office redlining in the tasks department, but we coaxed him out long enough to do a podcast. During our half hour conversation we learned just how complex and layered managing a surf park is.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Mike Surfs ,

Can’t Get Enough 🤙

I have been obsessed with wave pools since I was a grom dreaming of surfing Disney’s Typhoon lagoon wave pool in Florida. Now that we’re in a day and age where wave pools are popping up all over the world and new artificial wave technology is coming to fruition, I can’t get enough of the excitement. I started listening to this podcast from Season 1 and find every episode thus far fascinating. I’ll be sad when I catch up to Season 2. Please continue recording new episodes!

NAF103 ,

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!

CbadBrOwens ,

Good content

Enjoy the content. Sound quality could be better but I am sure It will improve with time.

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