The BBC are reporting that a Wavegarden has been proposed for Edinburgh, Scotland. The wave pool race for space has hit a bit of a plateau with only the Surf Snowdonia Wavegarden really operating commercially. NLand in Texas just opened and then closed due to problems with the lining.
The boffins at Wavegarden HQ have apparently devised a new system that works in a baseball diamond shaped lake without the imposing central pontoon. We’re yet to see a working model but pumping ocean style waves every 8 to 10 seconds is rumoured and near ready to be shown to the world.
Kelly’s pool looks great but as to whether it can be rolled out worldwide and deal with the reset time issue remains to be seen. Also Waveloch’s version, mooted for the long awaited Bristol development, is apparently near ready … but the years are ticking on. Then of course there’s the Webber version lauded as being best ever. But remains unbuilt.
Which is the main issue. These developments cost millions and need to recoup the cost. It’s also baby steps with every new installation providing lessons for next time. Local support seems positive unlike a development planned for Perth, the Australian one, not the Scottish one.
From the BBC story:
Andy Hadden, co-founder of Tartan Leisure Ltd, said: “Wavegarden Scotland is a thrilling new concept in the adventure leisure industry. If approved, it could position Scotland as a leading surfing destination as the country already has some world-class natural breaks. “We’ve received fantastic feedback on our plans to date and we look forward to sharing them with the local community.” William Watson, president of the Scottish Surfing Federation added: “We fully support this fantastic project and will continue to work with Tartan Leisure Ltd to ensure it fits with the best interests of Scottish surfing.” The public consultations will be held between 15:30 and 19:30 on Wednesday at the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena, and next Monday between 14:30 and 19:30 at Ratho Library.
Sydney-based surf travel company, The Perfect Wave, launches a specially curated Surf Music in Paradise experience for summer 2017. Fusing waves, music and sunshine, The Perfect Wave has collaborated with Anglo-Aussie quartet Sunset Sons to offer fans a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the band play live in Bali, hang out, practice yoga and go surfing.
Taking place on 17th – 24th June 2017, this exclusive getaway includes one week half board accommodation at S Resort Hidden Valley, three live Sunset Sons shows, signed merchandise, daily shuttles to the beach and complimentary yoga sessions. Prices start at £849, for more information visit www.perfectwavetravel.com
Located only 10 minutes easy access to all of the peninsular surf breaks – Uluwatu, Padang Padang, Impossibles, Bingin and Dreamland – Sunset Sons will join guests for one week at the beautiful S Resort Hidden Valley. By day, travellers can head off with the band in search of the best waves, or swing the afternoon away in a beachside hammock. As the evenings draw in, Sunset Sons will be on hand to entertain guests with a series of intimate shows, two within the resort grounds at Lumbung Village and the poolside lawns, followed by an additional gig on the beautiful cliffs of Uluwatu.
Commenting on the upcoming gigs, Sunset Sons stated: “Well we’ve done it, we’ve finally landed the dream gig. So excited to be playing a few shows in Bali for the guys at The Perfect Wave down on the Bukit at S Resort in Hidden Valley. Can’t wait to see who rocks up…… Yewwwww.”
When guests are not surfing or rocking out at one of the gigs, S Resort is the perfect place to relax and unwind, boasting tranquil gardens, an onsite spa, four swimming pools and a dedicated yoga program.
The Surf Music In Paradise concept kicked off in 2015 with the very first exclusive surf music shows featuring Californian surfer/musician Donavon Frankenreiter. Since then, The Perfect Wave has welcomed a host of other exciting artists including Pete Murray, Tex Perkins (Cruel Sea) & Phil Reynolds (Grinspoon).
Surf Music In Paradise is the combined brainchild of The Perfect Wave’s CEO Jamie Gray and Global Marketing Manager – Ben Horvath. Ben said, “As a fan, attendee and sponsor of some of the early Big Day Out’s, Warped Tours and many other gigs when I was publishing Underground Surf Magazine, I know the super crowded, sweaty, over policed festival gigs these days aren’t really a fun option for over 25s. It’s where the idea of combining a love of music and surfing in a special week in paradise came from. The upcoming trip provides an incredible opportunity for fans to be part of an intimate performance.”
Duration: 7 Nights
Accommodation: S Resort Hidden Valley
What’s Included: 3 x Sunset Sons Live Shows, Q&A Evening, Signed CD, Professional Photo, Daily Breakfast, Dinner, Return Airport Transfers, Daily Beach Shuttles, Yoga Sessions, Free WIFI, Government Taxes & Hotel Service Charges.
Dates: 17th – 24th June 2017
Price: from £849 (based on two sharing)
To ensure all Surf Music In Paradise experiences remain exclusive, spaces are limited therefore fans are advised to book early to avoid disappointment. Reservations for the latest Surf Music In Paradise – Sunset Sons in Bali getaway can be made by clicking here
For those who are interested in attending an ISA coaching accreditation award, Baleal Surf Camp and Era Adventures will be having level 1 & 2 surf instructor courses and beach lifeguard as well from the 13th to 22nd of March 2017 in Peniche – Portugal.
For more information, please contact Baleal Surf Camp by private message or just click on the link: goo.gl/K1JpdN
Check 10-year-old Eden Hasson setting up a snap off a great white on Tuesday. Eden was surfing Samurai Beach at Port Stephens just north of Newastle, Australia with his dad taking photos the this happened.
Dad Chris posted the photos saying
“I’m on the rocks taking photos of Eden. I see a big dark shape and about to call the small group in and Eden takes of on a left and smashes it to the beach.
“Just as he is taking off I see something out of the corner of my eye. I keep shooting and after he finishes and starts paddling out I zoom in on the second photo and see he’s just done a backhand snap on an 8 foot Great White Sharks head.
“Lucky he didn’t fall off. This photo is going straight to the pool room. Not everyday you get a photo surfing over a big white.”
Shredding the wave before (Below). Eden was back in the water next day. Groms gotta surf!
With respect to the locals it’s not often surfing in Skegness raises much of an eyebrow on the international stage. But a Facebook Live video entitled ‘This is Skegness North beach – someone’s attempting to surf the tidal surge… ‘ by BBC Look North ( http://bit.ly/2jmMAzh ) has gone viral after a local surfer Danny tried to make the best of the recent North Sea swells.
Danny Louth, an obviously experienced and humble surfer just having fun in conditions well within his comfort zone, posted a response which was eloquent, explanatory and reasoned… and has now had over 1.1 million views!
Danny was doing the run around, common in areas with currents when there is swell (think Snapper, if you don’t want to picture yourself in 4 degree murky brown North Sea water) when he was reported to the police and the local media as being irresponsible/in trouble. Two local officers were sent to ‘have a word’ with him, and the press went out in force to see what was going on.
Obviously if you are inexperienced please do not attempt to replicate this. And as always experienced surfers please look out for the general public and less experienced surfers.
The Quemao Class invitational championship on the island of Lanzarote waiting period kicks off January 8th with competitors on call until March 31st, for the best conditions come to break at El Quemao, known as the Canarian Pipeline.
Riders are divided into two categories: Surf and Bodyboard, with some of the best surfers in the world gathering in the small fishing village of La Santa to enjoy this incredible event.
This year we will see some new faces like the Portuguese Tiago Pires, the Chilean Ramon Navarro, and many more.
The updated invite list for surf is
Alain Riou, Balaram Stack, Benjamin Sanchis, Charly Martin, Dimitri Ouvre, Eric Rebiere, Joshua Braddock, Kevin Bourez, Marc Lacomare, Miky Picon, Nic Von Rupp, Ramzi Boukhiam, Ramon Navarro, Roberto D´amico, Tiago Pires, Tom Lowe, William Aliotti, Alex Zirque, Antonio Marqués, Franito Sáenz, Jonathan González, Jose María Cabrera, Luis Díaz, Manuel Lezcano, Marco Imbernón, Yael Peña, Yeray García, Andy Criere, Aritz Aranburu, Eukeni Masa, Gony Zubizarreta, Hodei Collazo, Indar Unanue, Natxo González.
The Quemao Class is an event that is carried out thanks to the support of the Government of the Canary Islands, Cabildo de Lanzarote, Turismo Lanzarote, Lanzarote European Destination and Tinajo City Council.