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.
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
1969 – Big Surf, Tempe, Arizona, USA
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
Learn more at BoardroomShow.com and AmericanWaveMachines.com
Host, Produce, Edit: Scott Bass @BoardroomShow
Music: Giant Steps, John Coltrane