13 episodes

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.

Wave Pool Mag Nick Robinson

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    • 5.0, 7 Ratings

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.

    Shane Beschen on his career, City Wave, DSRTSURF and wave pools

    Shane Beschen on his career, City Wave, DSRTSURF and wave pools

    Check out www.wavepoolmag.com/podcast for the show notes.

    • 41 min
    New York! Smoking a barrel on Long Island

    New York! Smoking a barrel on Long Island

    Brett grew up surfing in Long Island, New York and I caught up with him online to talk about the project he has been working on for over four and a half years. Apologies for the audio quality, (it's tough when you're doing these things over the web), however, you can hear him pretty clearly. Let us know on our Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/wavepoolmag) if you have any questions about the park and we'll ask him on to answer them.


    Hang on for the end of the podcast where I discuss the "state of the industry" - 5 parks open, 1 imminent and 7 under construction plus another 30 or so in the planning process.

    • 44 min
    Sophie Everard ventures into The Wave (Bristol)

    Sophie Everard ventures into The Wave (Bristol)

    Sophie Everard is a journalist, passionate snowboarder and surfer who has worked extensively within action sports media for more than ten years and is a published writer for industry-leading snowboard titles. She has also set up a brand called "Mad to Live" through which she promotes a positive, modern message of female empowerment with original content. Attached to the content brand is a series of wildly successful women-only retreats in various places like Portugal, Morocco, Costa Rica, Bali and England.


    Read more on www.wavepoolmag.com/podcast (www.wavepoolmag.com/podcast)

    • 42 min
    Andy Hadden's journey towards a wave garden in Scotland

    Andy Hadden's journey towards a wave garden in Scotland

    We get the full story on Andy Hadden's seven year journey in creating another jewel in the Wave Garden crown. By the time this surf park is constructed it could well be the seventh wave garden in operation around the world.


    Andy relates the story leading up to where he is at now - a massive journey already but still far from over. Exciting times for the wave pool industry!

    • 43 min
    Chas Smith: Surf blogging's bad boy weighs in on wave pools

    Chas Smith: Surf blogging's bad boy weighs in on wave pools

    Chas Smith is a smart guy. Originally from California, he moved to Oregon and commenced his surfing career at age 10. He earned a bachelor’s degree in intercultural studies (1998) and a master’s degree in linguistics (2001) from Southern California’s Biola University; Smith’s studies included semesters spent studying Arabic in Egypt and English at Oxford University.


    That short bio is taken from Matt Warshaw's Encyclopedia of Surf, check it out: https://eos.surf/entries/smith-chas/ (https://eos.surf/entries/smith-chas/)


    Chas and I discuss a wealth of interesting subjects surrounding his life and wave pools. Here are some of my questions, listen up for his answers:


    Establishing personal context:Which surf media publications have you worked for. How was it?


    Can we dig DEEP into the story of Beach Grit. How did you involvement start, was it with a call from a friend and then an office meeting, or a few whiskies in a shady bar.


    You wrote a book about Hawaii. Have you ever returned to the North Shore afterwards?


    You were a war reporter? Have you seen your Wikipedia page or did you edit that yourself?


    Do you aspire to be William Finnegan, surfer and war reporter  (author of Barbarian Days)?


    Artificial WavesLet's get into serious detail here: Chas Smith, Kelly Slater and a dislocated shoulder? What did you experience as you arrived at the gate of Kelly’s Surf Ranch before those wooden gates opened?


    Signing the NDA at Kelly's. What's the point of inviting press over and getting them to sign an NDA?


    I heard a rumour that you have a wild card for the reality TV series: The Ultimate Surfer. Is this true?


    Have you been to BSR? Planned a trip to Jersey?


    What's your take on Urbnsurf down under?


    Here's the deal, imagine some billionaire wires you 50m US for you to construct your dream wave park. Give me a helicopter tour. Would it be next to an airport like Urbnsurf, in a field with camping tents like Bristol, in a mall like Madrid is planned to be? What would your dream park be? 


    What's the wave tech and why?


    The Future of Surfing The growth of surfing is like a double edged sword. On the one hand, you have more opportunities for people to work passionately in the space that they love, on the other hand you have more kooks polluting the breaks. How do you feel about the growth of surfing?


    How will wave pools play a role in that growth?


    A lot has been said about surfing's inclusion in the Olympics in 2020. What kind of real impact do you feel it will bring to the sport?


    Do you feel that Tokyo should be in a pool?


    If you achieve your hell bent mission on destroying the WSL, what will the BEACH GRIT LEAGUE look like? Would you employ Elo to do the content and Chris Coté to commentate?

    • 38 min
    Why Greg Webber has been in the wave pool industry for over 15 years

    Why Greg Webber has been in the wave pool industry for over 15 years

    Has Greg Webber been at this game longer than anyone else? Maybe not, but he sure has a ton of fascinating insights and excellent ideas surrounding the wave pool space. You can check him out on www.webberwavepools.com (https://webberwavepools.com/) Before we kicked off the interview Greg inferred to me that he had no problem in my drilling him about the fact that he essentially broadcasts the fact that his wave pools are the best in the world but none have been built. Well, hold your horses, hopefully, a Webber wave pool is taking shape in Orlando, Florida right now and a V-reef is under development near Perth, Australia.


    Webber Wave Pools show notesWe kick off with some light banter about girls and waves.


    Smacking into a German near Currumbin, Australia at 10 years of age.


    Right-hand rip banks at Bondi on a coolite surfboard (https://eos.surf/entries/coolite/) .


    Dead friends and absence of control when he was a kid and surfing at South Head, Sydney.


    Surf trips to Bali, Hawaii and getting Malaria in Indonesia.


    11:30 Webber Wave Pools


    Thinking about wave machines and a video from a U.S. University kicked off the idea of getting a patent for his creations.


    Greg talks about patents and patent law and hints at his tussle with Kelly Slater.


    Webber Wave Pool's three different wave solutions: wave system, v-reef, v-wall.


    Greg quickly mentions Penrith Wave Pool.


    Ocean Sports Development (http://oceansportsdevelopment.com/) (Anthony Brown) is discussed in more detail. They have three projects, one of which is in Orlando, Florida hopefully breaking ground in January 2020.


    40 wave pools from all wave tech makers by 2025.


    He talks about conical tubes and the foam ball itself.


    Cheaper wave pools will make them much more accessible and expand the sport a lot more.


    Webber wave pools create a Kelvin wake (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wake) similar to the wave behind a boat.


    V-Reefs at Triggs Beach near Perth, Australia and the benefits of V-reefs.


    An aside about "New Sarcasm" (https://kurungabaa.wordpress.com/2010/09/07/critic-at-large-the-new-sarcasm-by-nick-carroll-plus-response-by-mike-mantalos/) article.


    Back to V-reefs and how they fit into the bigger picture of floating cities which is a real thing. Oceanix (https://oceanix.org/) is spearheading the drive.


    The profit involved for developers in V-reefs and how they impact the property price of beachfront developments.


    An oversupply of waves...


    Greg mentions Tom Blake (https://eos.surf/entries/blake-tom/)

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

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.

scottnorby ,

Fantastic data

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.

Scott Norby
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