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7 Reasons for An Artificial Surf Wavegarden in Vancouver, Canada

7 Reasons for An Artificial Surf Wavegarden in Vancouver, Canada

Here’s 7 good reasons why Vancouver, Canada, should get on the wave and get their very own surf wavegarden. Falko Richter presents his well-researched opinions and insights into how this dream makes perfect sense and how it very well could become reality.

 

Vancouver

1. Welcome to the future

Let’s face it. It’s the future. In the next few decades, artificial surf parks and projects will spring up all over the globe. Europe has started it. Wales and the Basque Country is up and running. Texas is soon to open. Kelly Slater’s Californian project is reality. Germany, mediterranean France, the Middle East and Asia are in the pipes. Artificial waves are not just a fad – they are here to stay and enrich our modern word.  Love the idea or hate it, the future for pool surfing is bright and will go on – with or without you. It won’t stop people from surfing the ocean.

 

No, it won’t replace surfing in nature. It will however be an alternative. Especially for the landlocked, the shark weary, the riptide weary, the one-off surfers, the weekend surfers, the paddle lazy and especially the pros. It’s the really dedicated who can hone their skills to perfection in these condition like clockwork  -wave machines that will pump out perfection, all day long. Want to finally learn an air reverse? What better then perfectly predictable repetition. No guesswork how this set will hit the reef or sandbank. It will break perfect! So you can stop worrying about that part and grin your face off while you score again and again and again.

 

2. Vancouver: The perfect location!

It’s the perfect city for the sport. British Columbia is breathtaking and no one who’s ever been there would disagree. Victoria might be the capital, but Vancouver surely is the throbbing heart of BC. It’s a metropolis that rivals any city on earth for natural beauty, economic strength and vibrant lifestyle. It offers everything that the heart, mind and soul can desire. From mountains, water and wilderness to nightlife, shopping and the arts. It’s all there.  Future surfers, they are there too.  From the teens to the grey hair brigade, Vancouver is full of sport and nature obsessed outdoorsy folks who would take to a wave park in no time. The population size of Vancouver alone, mixed with the demographic of active, affluent people makes this Canada’s first choice for its first project of this kind.

This is what it looked like during the opening of Snowdonia Wavegarden in Wales, UK. Couldn’t you just imagine one of these in Vancouver?

 

3. Bringing surf home to you

It’s soooooo convenient. Vancouver and Tofino, on the west coast of Vancouver Island, are for most surfers tantalisingly close – at least on the map that is. You see, Canada is vast and so the distances are never really to underestimate. Everybody who has done the desperate trip to Tofino knows that five to six hours in the car plus a ferry ride is normality – and we are talking about summer here. In winter you can add a slow going drive on snow (even snow chains) across the mountains of Vancouver Island. All this we surfers endure and pride ourselves in when we decide to get our wave fix. But wouldn’t you rather decide at 3pm that you’d fancy a watery session, switch off Netflix, roll off the couch, get your gear in the car 5 minutes later, be in the water around 4 and home for dinner at 6? Admit it. That sounds pretty sweet. A wave park, only an hour from your house would make this reality. At least until your summer holiday comes up and you can spend two weeks in Tofino, applying your mad skills into the real ocean. Like I said from the start, it’s not a replacement.

 

4. Vancouver already has a vibrant surf community

The surf community already exists. As I said before, the people of Vancouver are sporty and active. Sports and the outdoors are a big part of the culture. There are multiple surf shops in town for the many people who migrate regularly to Tofino or fly far south towards California or south of the border (well, the next border). Until now, those are the only options. Some shift to wind or kite surfing when the waves are too far away but to surf waves in their own city would change everything. And we haven’t even touched on the huge crowds yet that are already in board spots and would surely give it a try, if given the opportunity. Skaters, snowboarders, kite surfers, wind surfers, SUPs and those who have always dreamed of surfing but just cannot face the long journey.

Canadian Surfers

5. Forget Klondyke, this is the real gold mine!

There is a great economic potential. Lets just for a moment think of all the non-surfers. Not even the potential surfers and outdoorsy folk I’ve mentioned before. Lets think of the people who want to make money. They are not all bad. We all need money. Not a lot, but it’s a valid reason. Investors should be fighting each other over the potential return of a wave park. It’s a gold mine. Surfing is a growing sport. It’s a multi million dollar business worldwide. It attracts the cool people and those who want to be cool. It attracts the fit and healthy and those who want to be fit and healthy. It’s a popular sport if there ever was one. The business potential is huge and a well run installation with attached surf school, restaurant, bar, accommodation and surf shops in close proximity to an affluent city would make the till ring so long that even Donald Trumps funky hair-do stands up in salute. But the rewards would not just be reaped by a handful of investors and the staff. Local surf shops can sell more gear to a wider clientele and it would add yet another tourist attraction to Vancouver’s portfolio. In the end, people spend money on things that are fun. More money than they spend on anything healthy, prestigious or sensible.


– Snowdonia Wavegarden goes to show how local businesses and the national tourism could benefit from a project like this.

6. Carbon footprints? Nope – here’s how a green wavegarden might reduce pollution.

Don’t be hatin’. Right, sorry for the neologism, but its true. There might be quite a few people thinking of so many reasons why an artificial wave is somehow a bad idea. So lets go through some of them. “What about nature and the carbon footprint?” some of you with the dirty Birkenstocks are shouting. Well, consider the carbon footprint of driving fuel guzzling north american brand pick up trucks for 5 hours to Tofino and back or even a flight. Now think about taking the bus or even your bicycle to the surf session.  Getting it?

 

“But what about the water waste?” you might shout, waxing your Alaia. Right now, in Texas, the soon to be opened wave garden is planned to be supplemented or even completely supplied with rainwater… rainwater… Vancouver aka Rain City…  any bells ringing?  “But it isn’t hardcore like real surfing in the ocean!” you will say, while growing your beard with pure manly determination.  And you would be right. It’s not. The skills however are directly transferable for when you go “real” surfing. And while all those who like surfing a wave pool are busy doing so, the highways are clearer for you hardcore people and so are the beach and the surf. Less stress in the water, less fighting over waves, less localism, more fun for everyone – win win.

 

Surfers testing a wave garden

7. This dream would be so much fun – and makes perfect sense!

It would simply be awesome. I love surfing and I love the city of Vancouver. To combine both would be a dream come true. There are most likely many more reasons for an artificial wave project in Vancouver but I don’t need more. Reason 7 would be enough for me. In a perfect world, I would like to be the person to get it off the ground. But even if I just see it realized in the future would put a smile on my face.  So if you feel remotely similar, show your support. ‘Like’ my facebook page, voice your support or maybe, be the investor or developer to make this happen.

 

Show yout support on FACEBOOK: Vancouver Artificial Surf Pool / Wavegarden & Super Stoked Magazine

 

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You might also want to check out this relevant article:

NUMB - A Cold Water Surfing Travelogue
NUMB – A Cold Water Surfing Travelogue

 

 

Brad Domke skimboards record wave in Puerto Escondido.

Brad Domke. A name to cheerish. A name to jubilate. On Saturday, 5th of july, 2014, this man surfed (on a skimboard) what must certainly be the big wave ride of 2014.

We are happy to announce that he has indeed been nominated for entry in the 2015 XXL Global Big Wave Awards. We wish him the best of luck.

 

The following video is from his session in Puerto Escondido, where he surfed a record-breaking wave on his Exile skimboard.

 Picture:
Brad Domke surfing a skimboard at Puerto Escondido - Photo credit Dylan Palmer
Brad Domke surfing a skimboard at Puerto Escondido – Photo credit Dylan Palmer & Alexy Orlov

 

Nomination text:

“Brad Domke (Wabasso Beach, Florida) gets a jet ski assist into a huge peak on a finless skimboard and holds his edge through a heaving barrel at Puerto Escondido, Mexico on July 5, 2014. Video by Alexy Orlov/The Go Big Project. An entry in the Billabong Ride of the Year category of the 2015 XXL Global Big Wave Awards.”

 

 

Be sure to check out Exile’s skimboards online:


Read more (and see assorted colors) by clicking here: Exile SuperG Skimboard (Large)

 

“The power of SHE!” Interview with Gina at SheShreds.co

“The power of SHE!” Interview with Gina at SheShreds.co

Meet Gina Duffy,  the fun-loving adventure junkie that decided to combine her two true passions in life – fashion and surfing – and in inspirational style truly go all out with her new lifestyle company, Sheshreds.

They specialize in clothing and apparel for the fashionistas amongst the female athletes, as well as edge women and girls of all ages to take their dream on with full power and utilize their potential.

 

We were lucky to exchange some words with Gina:

 

Superstoked Magazine: Hello Gina! Please introduce SheShreds and tell us a bit about yourselves?


Gina: Hey there, I am Gina from Sheshreds.co. We are lifestyle company that provides action/adventure apparel, gear and inspiration for fashionable female athletes. As individuals we have fifteen years experience in various positions in marketing, advertising and hospitality ranging from boutique lifestyle agencies to global shops supporting all manner of consumer product categories.

 

 

SheShreds Girls
SheShreds Girls

 


Our founding partner is All-Actionsports.com, an event production and marketing entity that executes events in wake, snow and other adventure sports. It supports larger properties in programming and execution (i.e. Dew Tour, Summit Series). I myself was a key member of the international team that brought the first U.S. Moncler store to Aspen, CO.



I decided to combine my two true passions- fashion and action sports, to create a cultural and retail experience for snow/wake/skate/surf/moto to all around adventure junkies like me. As a result, SheShreds.co was launched in 2013 to celebrate and embrace ladies of all ages that are pushing the guys out of the way and “gettin’ some” in action sports (and looking good doing it.) I am a key founding member of the International Women’s Wake Alliance, a new association for females in the global wakeboard industry from the pro ranks down through entry level access to the sport.



Superstoked: Wow – that sounds fantastic! What inspired you to start up a clothing line for women in particular?


Gina: I’ve been riding some kind of board or another since I was 14. I’m just a huge fan of these sports. I am also a fashion junkie and started reading Vogue at age 12. I’ve done talent styling on big tours for big brands, been in marketing and advertising for a long time as well.

 

Gina Duffy surfing a 'boat wave'
Gina Duffy surfing a ‘boat wave’



I wanted to take my two biggest passions and find a way to marry them. My passions inspired both our move to the mountains of Utah and the launch of sheshreds.co. Action sports/Adventure Industries are still male dominated. I want to help create a cultural shift there-The Power of SHE. I have created a brand to wear as a badge of honor and to bring females together in a unified voice to effect change in the industry for access to the sports, R and D, retail focus and respect.

 


The number of girls and women of all ages from all over the world that have reached out to be a part of Sheshreds.co has been humbling. It is bigger than me and it has meaning and impact in its infancy. I am still driven by the original passions of mine for fashion and action sports but it is so much more as I now know there are a lot of girls and women out there counting on our support and for this to be a strong voice and brand for them and their passions. We are here to impact change for girls and women in these sports and beyond. Beauty and Beast. The Power of She! Shred on sisters, shred ON!

 

Sheshreds clothing
Sheshreds clothing

 


Superstoked: That sounds inspiring. The world of womens sport has certainly taken off in the last few years, and it’s brilliant to see people like you helping promote – as you say – the Power of SHE! Have you any projects/campaigns to promote women in sport?


Gina: Currently we have created the FUEL THE POWER OF SHE Indiegogo campaign to help bring SheShreds to the next level. We are very new (only 8 months old) but the momentum we have had so far has been incredible and has made us want to take it even further!


We have a number of different aims and ongoing projects.

* We want to enhance our signature apparel design and work with other manufacturers and brands to create female focused goods (See Woodies collaboration perk)


* We want to continue to support our sponsored athlete program and our ambassador programs that continue to grow.


* Very important to us is supporting events that have female friendly divisions and/or to become that voice at established events to garner more female access and respect.


* If we don’t reach our fund raising goal, we are confident any incremental support will allow us progression toward our goals given our existing momentum

 

 

Stylish Sheshreds gear
Stylish Sheshreds gear




Superstoked: We would love to help – Where can our readers buy your products and support your company?


Gina: You can check out our Fuel the Power of She Indiegogo Crowd funding campaign for limited edition and special collaboration perks at: http://igg.me/at/sheshredsco/x/8016834


You can also shop our signature line and gear for all things “shred” on our website at www.SheShreds.co

 

Sheshreds Collage
Sheshreds Collage



Superstoked: Perfect, we’ll be sure to let our Superstokers know. Finally, we’d love to know if you have any favorite locations to surf in the world?


Gina: My favorite place to surf so far is Sayulita, Mexico! I had an amazing surf and yoga trip there and next on the list is Costa Rica. I also “surf” behind our boat which is super fun and no paddling in!

 

Best of luck onwards with SheShreds, Gina! Shred on and stay super stoked!

Getting Cornish about Cornwall – with Finian Pye Vogel.

Getting Cornish about Cornwall – with Finian Pye Vogel.

Filmmaker Finian Pye Vogel is currently underway with an exciting surf movie project which seeks to portray Cornwall’s culture, beaches and it’s beautiful, serene surroundings.

 

We’ll bring you the trailer for the surf movie when it is done, but for now you’ll have to settle with some longboarding from Cornwall – directed by Finian himself. Superstoked knows that Fikapojkarna Productions has also provided some footage for the up and coming movie, so this should be good. We can’t wait for this mouthwatering Cornish pastry of a movie.

50.4164 Degrees North 5.1024 Degrees West from Finian Pye Vogel on Vimeo.

 

Finian took us through the link he has to Cornwall:

 

I have an odd link with Cornwall in the south west of England. When visiting the Royal Duchy of Cornwall I don’t consider myself Cornish, but firmly detest being put in any kind of tourist bracket.

 

Outside Fistral beach, Cornwall.
Outside Fistral beach, Cornwall.

My brother was brought up in Cornwall (with complicated family links I choose not to expand upon) and my long term girlfriend has direct lineage from a bunch of Saxon bashing Normans who came to Cornwall shortly after the events of 1066.

 

Tourism makes me cringe, yes I have often been a tourist, recently I was in Morocco donning sandals and an Indiana Jones type hat sticking out like a sore thumb.

 

Moroccan surfing - Linus
Moroccan surfing – Linus Eliasson from Fikapojkarna

 

I very stubbornly detest the mere thought that I might be a tourist in Cornwall and put myself in this in-between category, a purgatory I will probably never escape. I know I am far more superior then the foam boarding tourists who feebly attempt to catch a wave for 10 ft, but nowhere near the extent of my brother and his mates who when they can will go for dawnies before work.

 

I lie somewhere in between, with my 45″ bodyboard and fins I swim out to what my girlfriend says is far beyond my depth to trim some neat waves back to the shore. The one time I was at Porthtowan and I was taking a wave darting amongst the floundering holiday makers like a slalom and a lady in the water started taking photos of me like I was some hardened Cornish waterman. I must admit I smugly laughed, and thought back to how years before my birth when my German Grandma had lived in Barcelona and had been photographed on the street ended up on a postcard portraying a typical spanish lady.

 

One summer I went down to Cornwall to hang around with my new girlfriend and family, it was ideal, my girlfriend worked a summer job her Dad’s Land End hostel and would drop me off at the popular Sennen beach early in the day for a boarding session to pick me up later in the afternoon when she had finished, meaning I got some quality sea time.

 

Dolphins playing - by Hilton Alves
Dolphins playing – by Hilton Alves

 

On one occasion me and a friend had just got out the sea and sat on the beach eating our sandwiches and gazing out to the Atlantic. Over the next hour and a half slowly but surely the cars pulled up and people descended upon the beach en mass. What incensed us was the wind breakers. Twenty minutes previously we had a clear view of the beach and now we were sat with these tarpaulin horse blinkers either side. Sure the wind can be annoying but it was the way large groups of co-holidaying families, twenty strong would create fortresses and pretty much cordon off their own bit of the beach which no one else can access. That annoys me. Maybe it was because I wasn’t invited to their fortress…

 

Aside from my grumbling, tourism in Cornwall is rife and supports a huge part of the Cornish economy. It looks likely that I will end up living there in the not too distant future and I will be able to continue to grumble about tourists and at least I go to breaks where there no line ups. Yet.

 

– Finian

 

– See more videos from Finian on his VIMEO account.

 

Best of luck with the movie, Finian – we look forward to seeing the end result. Stay super stoked!

 

 

Lobitos surf forum – Surf spot, surf report and surf guide.

Lobitos surf forum – Surf spot, surf report and surf guide.

Welcome to our SURFING FORUM, a forum solely devoted to surfing and surf-related topics – such as surf travel (find the best surf holidays and get-aways!), surf equipment (Need a ding repaired DIY style? Ask the surf experts!) and general surf talk.

 

– Click here to visit the surfing forum

 

Surfing Forum
Surfing Forum – Click image to visit and register. ‘Lobitos surf forum – Surf spot, surf report and surf guide.’

 

Our forum was recently invigorated by popular request – and the last couple of weeks we have seen a 1000% increase in visitors. We hope to see you take part in the forum, showcasing your surf services, your best surf photos (you know.. the one where you got pitted?) and videos, discuss local competitions or the ASP tour with people from all over the globe – including USA, France, United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, Norway and many more.

Promote your surf-related business

Run a surf hostel, restaurant, shaper, surfboard rental, surf accommodation or surf camp? Why not tell our forum members about it? Share photos and videos to intrigue the readers, and who knows… one of them might visit you in the near future. All it takes is a good show and positive attitude.

Share your favorite social media links

Want more visitors to your website? Share the link on the forum! Not only will you get direct click visitors, but you will also get what is known as a ‘backlink’ – which shortly put, strengthens your search engine ranking with popular search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo and many more. You may also contact us through the forum if you want to exchange links.

Boast your Youtube videos or photos

You know you want to…! Showcase your best photos and indulge in the awe and respect of your fellow surfers. If the videos and photos are good enough, we might post them on our website or share them with our over 6000 social media followers – ensuring you get plenty of visibility in the public domain. Pretty cool, right?

Surf forum
Surf forum. ‘Lobitos surf forum – Surf spot, surf report and surf guide.’

 

Chat with fellow surfers

Need a good laugh? Or want to meet other surfers? Start a conversation in our ‘general talk’ section and invite your friends to join in on the discussion. Sounds good? YES! Well, come on then, follow the white rabbit and register on the forum today.

“Try to be like the turtle – at ease in your own shell.”

-Bill Copeland

We want to push for a multi-national surfing forum, hence the title ‘Lobitos surf forum: Surf chat, surf talk and surf advice.’ This is to actively reach Lobitos surfers and encourage them to join our forum. And yes, posting in your own language is allowed, be it English, Dutch, French, Afrikaans, Portuguese, Spanish, Norwegian – we love it.

 

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Huanchaco surf forum – Surf spot, surf report and surf guide.

Huanchaco surf forum – Surf spot, surf report and surf guide.

Welcome to our SURFING FORUM, a forum solely devoted to surfing and surf-related topics – such as surf travel (find the best surf holidays and get-aways!), surf equipment (Need a ding repaired DIY style? Ask the surf experts!) and general surf talk.

 

– Click here to visit the surfing forum

 

Surfing Forum
Surfing Forum – Click image to visit and register. ‘Huanchaco surf forum – Surf spot, surf report and surf guide.’

 

Our forum was recently invigorated by popular request – and the last couple of weeks we have seen a 1000% increase in visitors. We hope to see you take part in the forum, showcasing your surf services, your best surf photos (you know.. the one where you got pitted?) and videos, discuss local competitions or the ASP tour with people from all over the globe – including USA, France, United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, Norway and many more.

Promote your surf-related business

Run a surf hostel, restaurant, shaper, surfboard rental, surf accommodation or surf camp? Why not tell our forum members about it? Share photos and videos to intrigue the readers, and who knows… one of them might visit you in the near future. All it takes is a good show and positive attitude.

Share your favorite social media links

Want more visitors to your website? Share the link on the forum! Not only will you get direct click visitors, but you will also get what is known as a ‘backlink’ – which shortly put, strengthens your search engine ranking with popular search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo and many more. You may also contact us through the forum if you want to exchange links.

Boast your Youtube videos or photos

You know you want to…! Showcase your best photos and indulge in the awe and respect of your fellow surfers. If the videos and photos are good enough, we might post them on our website or share them with our over 6000 social media followers – ensuring you get plenty of visibility in the public domain. Pretty cool, right?

Surf forum
Surf forum. ‘Huanchaco surf forum – Surf spot, surf report and surf guide.’

 

Chat with fellow surfers

Need a good laugh? Or want to meet other surfers? Start a conversation in our ‘general talk’ section and invite your friends to join in on the discussion. Sounds good? YES! Well, come on then, follow the white rabbit and register on the forum today.

“Try to be like the turtle – at ease in your own shell.”

-Bill Copeland

We want to push for a multi-national surfing forum, hence the title ‘Huanchaco surf forum: Surf chat, surf talk and surf advice.’ This is to actively reach Huanchaco surfers and encourage them to join our forum. And yes, posting in your own language is allowed, be it English, Dutch, French, Afrikaans, Portuguese, Spanish, Norwegian – we love it.

 

Article: “Huanchaco surf forum – Surf spot, surf report and surf guide.”

 

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