Watch: The Waco wake up call

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Progession in a wave pool? Over the weekend 180 waves were ridden at Kelly's Fountain of Fortune with around ten airs made, the most radical Felipe's alley oop, and none of 'em as progressive as Seth Moniz' backflip in Waco:


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Along with JOB and Cheyne Magnusson playing in the wedges (see below), the BSR tech may have already usurped KSWC on the path to progression.


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Island Bay Tuesday, 8 May 2018 at 10:54am

Yep, to me this looks much more fun than Kelly's pond. Loved the oncoming section to whack, and while nobody really got above the lip at Flounders, that back flip is very lofty.

Wonder how much it costs to build one of these, and how the waves are generated. (Edit: just read the guff on AWM's website. Apparently it's driven by pressurised air, but they don't go into detail about it. It'd be interesting to see a tech video.)

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stunet Tuesday, 8 May 2018 at 8:55am

...and a few more from the 8:40 mark in this vid:


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mk1 Tuesday, 8 May 2018 at 9:59am

As an average punter, I can see myself having fun on this wave and doing some turns I'd be stoked on. With Slater's pool I can see the pressure not to blow the wave would be restrictive, especially with a crowd watching!

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thermalben Tuesday, 8 May 2018 at 10:36am

I'll have one of each, thanks. Waco out the front, Lemoore out the back.

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Jono Tuesday, 8 May 2018 at 10:48am

It will be interesting to see what the wait time is between the sets of waves.

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Lanky Dean Tuesday, 8 May 2018 at 10:49am

Wow that's looks fun! Ripping Seth ; )

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yocal Tuesday, 8 May 2018 at 11:04am

IMO this is the type of repetitious wave that I would want to surf (to practice airs and closeout maneuvers). I have a feeling that sitting in a barrel that is guaranteed a clean exit and has a 'maximum achievable depth' on each ride would lose all the charm of getting barrelled in the first place. Practising airs- i can see the merit & hours of entertainment.

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freeride76 Tuesday, 8 May 2018 at 11:15am

is This a new one?

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stunet Tuesday, 8 May 2018 at 11:17am

Yep, first vision of it came out yesterday. This clip dropped this morning.

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freeride76 Tuesday, 8 May 2018 at 11:20am

Sorry, just read story below.

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thermalben Tuesday, 8 May 2018 at 11:30am

Interesting, American Wave Machines have been around for a while (been watching them from afar, waiting for a clip like this to materialise). 

Here's a video from Nov 2010 (seven and a half years ago!): 

Another from Oct 2013: 

And another from Nov 2013: 

And this from 2014 featuring JOB, Cheyne and Kalani: 

Here's JOB and Cheyne talking about the tech last year: 

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shoredump Tuesday, 8 May 2018 at 11:53am

$999 for a season pass. Not so bad if you lived locally. Have you guys scoped out the royal flush waterslide at this park too?

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Chipper Tuesday, 8 May 2018 at 1:42pm

Honestly, all this wave development stuff is bloody exciting.... the possibilities.... imagine in 5 years time..... in 10 years time (big waves, in big pool parks).....your imagination can run wild with the future possibilities... I for one am excited by this technology.

That being said, I will always watch the weather and chase the ocean waves for the fun, joy, peace and solace.

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Chipper Tuesday, 8 May 2018 at 1:45pm

Does anyone know how much do they cost to build???

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truebluebasher Tuesday, 8 May 2018 at 4:56pm

Aloha Surfhouse in Joondalop W.A. use exact same mob.... AWM (Surfstream)

Riverwave (Rough housing- turbulent) + learner mode.
Sweetspot (Performance wave)
The Barrel (6ft Barrel is for shredders)

Ben/Stu or crew... could you please link this if it don't happen!

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truebluebasher Tuesday, 8 May 2018 at 7:15pm

Here's a run down...
Aloha Surfhouse is geared to Mall market.[ L] packages/free deals shopping so on.
Geared up BYO surfers are shunted...(Sweet Spot & Barrel are fairytale hours only)

Fin Surfboards are supplied or BYO
(Skegz are supplied helmets?) Possibly for surfing Sweetspot only.
Boogerz/bodybasherz don't need safety gear... as such they surf restricted hours also.

(30mins for $45)( 5 sessions for $175)(10 sessions -$320) (Affords solo/twin rider option)
Open sessions (30mins- 12 riderz) + (2 surfers per wave).

The Barrel is a lefthander that really throws some weight. Surprisingly solid for size.

Aloha surfhouse is a default Boardriders Club that has already lured Surfing WA groms.
Rebel AWM competitions are up and running independent of( S.A./WSL/KSWP).
AWM plan host Australian Wide competitions. Dog eat Dog American ethos....
Mall surfers throw bulging wallets into the coin fountain/Beach surfers are tight asses.

AWM are challenging [S.A./WSL/KSWP] to a shopping Mall showdown for Oz Surf Crown.
AWM have trolley full @ checkout/Meanwhile [S.A./WSL/KSWP] are stuck in the lineup.

Note : S.A. let OZ Flowrider circuit slip thru it's fingers now losing OZ standing wave circuit.
AWM could well take out OZ Wave Park title as well. (Rat Pack headed for the Shark Cage)

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tubeshooter Tuesday, 8 May 2018 at 8:22pm

Wave pool arms races and cold wars between the competition. Might make a good documentary in a few years, but I,m betting 99.99% of us will still be heading for the big blue in our quest for perfection. There is no conquest in a pool, just a mundane , predictable treat served on a platter. No doubt fun for a short period , but for those of us who enjoy the hunt , this like going to the zoo.

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CryptoKnight Tuesday, 8 May 2018 at 8:28pm
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Wharfjunkie Tuesday, 8 May 2018 at 8:29pm

How are the waves created imagine each manufacturer would have a patent surely?

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morg Wednesday, 9 May 2018 at 12:41pm

Wow, this looks like it would be more fun than Kelly’s. Don’t get me wrong I sooooooo want to surf in Kelly’s wave pool as it would be perfect to refine technique, but this one appears to let you mix it up a bit and have fun. From a spectators point of view, WSL’s Founders Cup might have been a bit more interesting if it was in this wave pool too.

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truebluebasher Tuesday, 29 May 2018 at 10:33pm

Flowrider + AWM + City Wave + Unit have converged all surfing formats onto the same wave. Well not quite! City Wave has certainly proved it's possible.

To be truthful it never happened organically! Most gear had to be scaled up or down.

Anyboard from Stik/Balance/Grass/Sand/Snow/Flow/Wake/Kite/Surf/Sup/Oar gets a wave.
Wave House or Surf House respond best to same 4 ft 6" scale body-board/craft equally well.

Flowboarders/Bodyboarders are at home performing a side splitting flip each new day.

Surfboard riders are tangled up in their own sealegs while gnawing their fins off .
Surf Houses can't rid of the tankers fast enough- 6 ft"gone/ 5ft 6"gone/ 5ft gone/ 4ft 6"going'. Bringing their own surfboard along looking like a battleship outta water.

Kayaks cut down to 5ft 6" chopping off their legs to get more face time.
Mini Sups are mocking surfboard length as they flying outta of the pool.

Earlier I said not quite!... that was for a particular reason.
WaveHouses don't dare mention surfboards/SurfHouses don't dare mention Flowboards

Strange because Pro Flowboarders would tear apart any Surf House.
Equally so flowboarding WSL Pro's could bust thru the Flow Barrel but it's prohibited.
WSL are still setting up the Hot Wheels loop. (Just like the one on the front of the Pack)

Worlds apart arriving at common ground at same point in time. (Surf Tribes to test water!)

Flowrider has 100's of set ups with comps worldwide/ AWM & City Wave on same path.
What's more! Comps are exactly the same as WSL: (2 best bag of tricks over 30-45 secs)

Where the bloody hell were you @ Gidget WavePool Party.

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truebluebasher Friday, 5 Jul 2019 at 7:20pm

Waco Wall gets a Deen Bro's makeover for 2019 Acid Drop & Stab High!
Qldurr tbb reckons it's pretty dodgy..."Really! A Qlder said that...Fark!"

Here's the Layout cover shot...

Finished product will look even better once they find the assembly instructions !
Photo: (Surf corporates feed Go Go Wahinies to Banksy's Waco wall sect)

Here's the finished Waco Game Board with instructions.

Bonus! Kentucky fried Chicken Ad.

Get's the Royal Seal of approval...

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truebluebasher Friday, 12 Jul 2019 at 4:49pm

4th of July Celebrations @ 10 pm Surfer found unresponsive in Waco Wave Pool.
Christopher Hayes 42 years/old was taken off life support in hospital. {R.I.P}

Fabrizio Stabile died 21st September 2018 also after surfing in the same Wave pool.

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truebluebasher Tuesday, 12 Nov 2019 at 2:30pm

From Waco Wall to New Jersey Mall (Same wave pool but different)

2003 'Xanadu' Mills Corp went bust > 2009 LLC went bust
2009 The State almost signed Trump for an even bigger WSL wave pool War.
2009 American Dream (Triple 5 > West Edmonton 'Blue Thunder' Wave pool Mall)
1986 Blue Thunder was too wild & toned it down... BYO boards were accepted.
Park also allowed SUPs & Canoes [2013-Vid]- Safety rentals on some decent waves.

2019 NJ (American Wave Machine) has 16 air chambers as to Waco's 24.
Surfer's review..

Here's Taj Burrow slotting AWM indoor flow barrel in WA.

Indoor Wave Parks rival outdoor wavepools (No skin cancer + No putrid Wetties)
*Mid summer Outdoor Pool is a baking tray (Inside no sunburn + chill + $hop in mall).
*Winter frost & winds freeze over pool (Mall Surfers are in boardies going troppo)

Ironically, you can more easily surf the endless summer inside you local Mall.
The Cons...
Access into Mall with BYO surfboard? Past arrangements limit board riding to a/hrs
This avoids surfers banging boards into other patrons on escalators & lifts!
Malls rid boards, gear down wave for a Kiddies froot loop pool...(Standard Formula!)
Mall decides on Promo window to win back surfers. (We'll call you! OK!)
Plenty of past indoor wavepools but ultra rare for boards holding sway for too long.

Check wave malls have good ventilation to detox the chlorine or you'll get headaches.
Wet hard floors soon dry out feet & Board riders can least soothe feet with healing oil.
The sounds will amplify off indoor pool surfaces...far removed from sea of tranquility
Indoor Wave Pool Rules are endless...
Dogs must pee on Plastic Palms...Mall ratz can pee in the pool as much as they like!
see: Surfer Girl's Cheeky Promo (above) ...Such swimwear is banned in Oz Pools
Mall surf shops sell truckloads of G strings that can't be worn at the Mall wave pool.
New Jersey Mall reports a Men's mid winter Xmas shopping stampede.
Sign NJ Mum's to oust Slutty Pros & boot husbands outta their Mall.
Big bro' Waco is booked solid & reckons kid brother is gonna kick big bro's arse.

Australian indoor surfing is not new 1997,1999,2001 saw quality rec' wavepools.
1981 Grundys Centre Water Park (No Wavepool) @ Surfers Beach was a summer hit.
2001 Monash Vic indoor wavepool is the humble home to Oz wavepool softboarding.

2018 Aloha Surfhouse WA(re:Taj-above) is home to fibreglass wavepool boardriding.

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truebluebasher Sunday, 22 Dec 2019 at 3:22pm

Waco offshoot > American Dream Wave Pool
Operators "Skudin Family" ( Will Skudin 2011-2019 WSL BWT )
Partners... Surf for All / ISA / NSSIA / Surfrider Foundation ...
Despite Will being a current WSL comp surfer (...Strictly no WSL in AWM Pools)

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truebluebasher Tuesday, 12 May 2020 at 11:23am

Updates BSR Wave Pool Waco

24th Feb 2020 Court Trial Fabrizio Stabile {R.I.P} Out of Court Mediation by 60 days
BSR were accused of Chlorine Dousing on test eve + hurling phone evidence in Lake.

9th March 2020 Open Day/s Inspection of Little sister New Jersey Mall Wave Pool.

19th March 2020 long postponed Official Open was again set back due to Covid -19

21st March 2020 (Cancelled) Urbnsurf Wavegarden teamed up with BSR > (Ramp)

3rd April 2020 BSR Waco Wave Pool reluctantly closes due to Covid -19
At the time being the only operating wavepool other than WSL Surf Ranch Lemoore.

See You next Year, Lemoore...#1 Surf Journo Stu predicted The Ranch as a 2020 gig.
Just 6 months on, WSL Ranch is #1- 2020 World Surfing hang for surf promos

Note Ranch & Waco do not resource Town Water supplies, granting more freedom.
Other Worldwide wave Pools sourcing their own water also kept open a little longer.

1st May 2020 Waco 'Wake Park' (Only) has reopened...(Same day NT pools reopen)
For the record! Yes, both warmer climate Waco-NT were last to close / 1st to reopen
NT Wave Lagoon is fine to reopen but many NT pools utilise the closure to renovate.

BSR are pushing for Wave Pool reopen during May...(Other Wave Pools in June )

11 May 2020 - Re-Opening of BSR Wave Pool (Guessing the Park is first to do so!)

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truebluebasher Tuesday, 8 Sep 2020 at 7:28pm

17th June ~ Hawaiians do Texas

25th June ~12/13 y/old Grom breaks free from lockdown.

End June ~ Coco v Waco (Revenge Session)

July ~ Waco Pool is open > (Half crew size restrictions) + Face masks thru Park.
20 July - Slater & The Gromz in Texas
24 July Superman Fingerflip

23 Aug - BSR Brain Bug has a sting in the Tail...
2020 (Jan-Court Brief > Feb-Mediation > March BSR walks > Aug (Oral Argument)
Punters remind of 2nd death in BSR > Wave Pools Laws > Surf Beaches on Notice!
31 Aug - [Lost] Light Speed (Solid Hardcore Wave Pool Surfing + Chix)
swellnet straight shooters will get on board with this Ranch posse.
tbb will pour the crew a good strong brew of Texas Tea + Quiver Credits! (Enjoy!)

1 Oct - Next trial Opening...Little Bro Wave Pool in New Jersey Mall

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truebluebasher Sunday, 14 Mar 2021 at 12:53pm

Naked shapely Waves...Drool...

2020-21 Wrap
Sept -(Cont...from last comment) Drone in the Zone
Happy Halloween

Nov 4 Court order...Fabrizio's Death continues from above 2020 May comments.
18 Nov Court...BSR are exploiting Covid construed precedent as judge is dissolving temp' injunction.

Nov Barrel is very roomy.

Wave Pool Paddle Out

Nov - Gromgurl blows the lid off the joint

Surfin' Bird drops in for Thanksgiving

Dec- Santa gets busted stoking his own stocking

Jan 2021 Ice Capades...Wave Pool is frozen over (re: 2 / 3 wave set frozen against the wall)