Welcome to The Boardroom podcast. Spawned from a desire to continue the conversations that take place at our annual surfboard tradeshow, Scott Bass is bringing you detailed discussions about waves and the equipment to ride them with. In today’s episode, Scott gives a brief history of wave pools and has a discussion with Willy McFarland about his company, American Wave Machines, their recent successes at the BSR Cable Park in Waco, Texas, and what’s next for this rapidly evolving industry. Enjoy!

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BSR Cable Park in Waco, Texas debuted in a spectacular fashion with a series of high-performance surfing clips. Most notable, Seth Moniz’s backflip, the first-ever landed in a wave pool.

@sethmoniz & the new gold standard for a manmade aqua ramp

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BSR Cable Park features the first surf-specific wave pool featuring American Wave Machine’s PerfectSwell technology.

A brief history of wave pools . . . courtesy of Matt Warshaw and the Encyclopedia of Surfing

1934 – Empire Pool, London, England

1966 – Summerland Wave Pool, Tokyo, Japan

Summerland Wave Pool, Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan
Creates a 1 meter wave for 5 minutes every hour on the hour. 100s of swimmers crowd into the pool in anticipation of waves, then jump out and wait for the next round of waves.

1969 – Big Surf, Tempe, Arizona, USA

Fred Hemmings at Big Surf Water Park in 1969

1985 –¬†Dorney Park Wildwater Kingdom, Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA

1997 – Typhoon Lagoon, Disney World, Orlando, Florida, USA

2015 – Surf Snowdonia, Wales, United Kingdom

2015 – Surf Ranch, Lemoore, California, USA

2018 – BSR Cable Park, Waco, Texas, USA

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Host, Produce, Edit: Scott Bass @BoardroomShow

Music: Giant Steps, John Coltrane



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