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Posted: September 16, 2014 by Francesca

This article was added by Francesca Bingley 



Imagine having the best wave to yourself. Then imagine that you can ride that same wave again and again, because it forms perfectly every single time.  Sounding too good to be true?   It might have been a dream, but amazingly there are surf wave pools all around the world that provide consistently amazing waves for surfers… if they are willing to pay for the pleasure of the experience.  There are a lot of pools to choose from, however we have picked our top 5 for you to be inspired by. Check them out and possibly plan a surf trip with a difference:

 
 

Malaisie / Surf spot / Sunway Lagoon from ouisurf.ca on Vimeo.

In the heart of Malaysia lies one of the worlds biggest surf wave pools.  Sunway Lagoon in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpar is home to 13,000 squared metres of attractions, one of which is the amazing artificial beach and wave park. Take a look at the clip for a taste of the Malaysian style of park and just how creative you can get on the man-made waves.
 

For anyone living in Northern Europe, the hot surf and weather of Tenerife is always a draw.  For those who can’t wait for the great surf found in the winter months is the Siam Park in Adeje in the south of the island.  The artificial wave is perfect for fast take offs and hacking rides.  For a bit of a different glimpse of the park take a look at Coolie kid and ASP world championship competitor Julian Wilson smack some airs at night.
 

Wave Pool Session with Mick Fanning and Owen Wright, Rip Curl Edit from wavegarden on Vimeo.

In the Basque Country in northern Spain there is the beautiful Wave Garden. Designed to consistently deliver left and right hand waves it has attracted some of the best surfers in the world. Watch top pro surfers Mick Fanning and Owen Wright tear into the perfectly formed 4-5 foots above.
 

If you feel like going on an Arabian surf adventure then you need to visit the Wadi Adventure park in Al Ain. The artificial wave pool defies logic as it is set out in the heat of U.A.E, so is literally an oasis for surfers looking for pumping 4ft waves. Get inspiration from one of the world's best female surfers Sally Fitzgibbons as she shows how to ride the seemingly endless waves.
 
  • 5- Wave Pool of the future- Surf City Hui, west coast, Oahu, Hawaii
 
 
We may have heard about the top 4 wave pools, but Oahu, Hawaii is the location for yet another wave pool.  Despite the North Shore of Hawaii being the epi centre for the best waves in the world, boasting the 7 mile miracle of wave upon wave, developers feel there is a place for a wave pool on the western shore of the island.  The plan is for a pool that can create different types of waves, so you could even have your own custom wave. Keep a look out for more details as it develops as it is set to open in summer 2017.
 



Posted: September 11, 2014 by Francesca

This article was added by Francesca Bingley 

Does surfing and technology mix? Is it as simple as just paddling out into the line up and catching waves, or is there more to it than that? Does technology have a place in modern day surfing?  If social media is anything to go by technology is incredibly important to surfers around the globe. We all depend upon technology developing our surfboards and our wetsuits, but more than ever, for our gadgets.  Surfers are helping to invent and develop all sorts of gadgets to improve how we surf and how we share our experiences, so take a look at our favourite 5 surfing gadgets of the moment and take inspiration for your next surf session and holiday:
 
  • 1- Go Pro
 
It seems that almost everyone in the water has a GoPro now.  Waves, experiences and holidays are captured not on our cameras or phones, but on our waterproof GoPros, and why not?  The GoPro has revolutionised the experience of watching a surf film, and brought a completely different perspective to surfing.  With the attachment devices, and recording quality getting better all the time footage from the best surfers in the world is becoming accessible, and can be incredibly inspiring. Check out Kalani Chapman getting barrelled twice in Indonesia for that little bit of feeling of surf stoke.
 
  • 2- Kidney Warming Belt
 
It is not always easy to feel motivated for a cold water surf session. Even though our wetsuits maybe getting better all the time at keeping us warm there are some days when the weather and waves are freezing and grey. One surf moral booster is the kidney warming belt which like the name suggests warms your kidneys.  Based on clever heat generating gel, the belt uses an electric impulse (i.e. flick a switch) to active the gels to produce heat. Generally the belt can provide warmth for one hour whilst you are in the surf, so helping you to stay out in the cold waters that little bit longer.
 
  • 3- GPS Track App
 
Rip Curl have brought surfing into the online sharing domain with an app on their watch which allows you to map your rides. Much like the apps in existence for charting your running routes or even your workouts at the gym, the Rip Curl SearchGPS records each wave you ride via GPS, including speed, direction, time; and then enables you to upload your information to your computer and even share online.  The clever gadget and app aims to inspire you to compete with fellow friends and surfers for the best rides, know more about individual surf breaks, and chart your successes along the way.
 
  • 4- Surf Ears
 
Sometimes the difference in making a wave or not is how confident you feel in the water. Something that is often underestimated in the surf is your hearing, especially when wearing ear plugs.  If you are prone to ear infections or want to prevent surfers ear, then wearing ear plugs is a good idea, however one of the side effects is that you can’t hear the wave approaching as well when paddling for the ride, or even hear your mates calling to you.  However the Surf Ears are designed to allow normal acoustics, and especially the human voice to filter through. So you have the best of both worlds when wearing the Surf Ears- ear protection and sound.
 
  • 5- Drone
 
Some of the most beautiful surfing footage has recently been created by drones.  Small remote controlled helicopter like devices with a camera (often a GoPro) attached have changed the way in which we film surf breaks around the world.  Stunning aerial shots sweeping over coral reefs, insane breaks, and a multitude of surfers in the line up have featured in highly publicised work. Drones have expanded our knowledge of surf breaks as well as providing us with some incredible surf clips of breaks such as Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii or even Cloudbreak, Fiji.  Keep a look out for more footage over the next year as more and more surf breaks are given the drone treatment.
 



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