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Are wave pools a farce?« on: February 23 2009 05:02:00 »
Growing up in surfing crowded, rarely good quality waves, I dreamed of having my own wave pool with controlled perfect waves and only sharing it with my friends. Now this sort of concept seems a reality for those who are innovative enough. You can find wavepools all over the world now. Even to my suprise, India has a family style wave pool. Manila is the latest to come up with a wave pool that is just surfable, but ideal for beginners. I think it is only a short matter of time before some one gets it right and builds one that is economically viable and has the waves that we really want. If they get it right, would you pay to surf? Or would you rather travel to the natural wave of your choice and or wait for your local spot to work?
RE: Are wave pools a farce?« Reply #1 on: February 23 2009 21:02:00 »
yeah, i agree with you darryl, i just hope there is one here in cebu. good for hoodads to practice...hehehe
RE: Are wave pools a farce?« Reply #2 on: February 25 2009 04:02:00 »
every beach and every point break and river mouth in the world has good days and bad days. Sometimes it can be onshore for weeks,,,or no swell for weeks , but , every now and then it just pumps---everything comes together! good swell , offshore wind and not too crowded These are the days we LIVE for----the days that we remember for the rest of our life ! Its when the MAGIC happens ---natures gift to surfers--------------------------------wave pools can't do it
RE: Are wave pools a farce?« Reply #3 on: February 25 2009 18:02:00 »
Yes pat, or patrick? Sometime we do get blessed by nature with days that you eloquently described. But you usually have to wait for the right season or that special day. Most probably everyone else in the neighbourhood is waiting for the same. I grew up in Bondi, Australia through the 70's and 80's and believe me, we had too many crowded days (everyday), even back then. Now we are in the 21st century, you can go to the most remote places on the planet and you will still find a european misfit out in a spot that you thought would only have a select few hard core surfers out. Nature does do its best for us and gives us those magic days, but there are too many wannabees out there in the way. Take a look at Bali, the last time I was there, there was some guy out at Padang Padang from Romania.
RE: Are wave pools a farce?« Reply #4 on: February 25 2009 18:02:00 »
I first went to Siargao, Philippines in 1988 and found waves that were all over the place. By 2002, there were surfers all over the place. Fortunately I found islands near by with no one around. Not everyone is, or was as lucky as me. But now I am here in Manila and the waves are so far and few, I am back to my childhood days, thinking of alternatives. I thought it would be great for all the novice and intermediate surfers that are in Manila to have a good place to get wet on the days there is no surf, or they are not able to travel. Me included.
RE: Are wave pools a farce?« Reply #5 on: February 28 2009 03:02:00 »
We all know that you are a part of the Philippine Surf Academy and are doing your best to promote your business by justifying your points of view for a wave pool. But, just like you, people want the sense of adventure that comes with surfing real waves, learning to surf in a crowded spot, learning etiquette first hand and having the experience of "paying their dues" which means many things to people who learned what surfing is all about, which is not something that you nor anyone can duplicate in a wave pool.
Surf pools are limited on when it comes to conquering one's fears and actually prohibit one's advancement in the sport. You of all people should know this as you claim to be the experienced surfer.
RE: Are wave pools a farce?« Reply #6 on: February 28 2009 03:02:00 »
How do you manage to stay in the Philippines to run your business when you're an Aussie who pays no taxes?
And don't even try to claim that you're helping your mate with the business. I've heard you use that excuse before, and that was close to two years ago.
RE: Are wave pools a farce?« Reply #8 on: February 28 2009 11:02:00 »
Hey antioz and Alkieta, I know you guys are regulars on this site, because you keep coming up with the same old critisism of what a normal guy is trying to do good at. While I am doing so, there are a lot of happy people that are surfing at beaches around the Philippines, as well as club manila east. You guys have been surfing for a couple of years, I get amuzed at you trying to preach or abuse me, when I have been teaching the culture before you guys even picked up a surfboard. Try to stop the critism and concentrate on improoving your surfing.
RE: Are wave pools a farce?« Reply #9 on: February 28 2009 16:02:00 »
If you've put in that much time in surfing as you have claimed, why is it then that you love wasting your time justifying yourself in a surf forum? You claim to be better than everybody else as you have just noted yet you are no where near the level that everyone at your age should be. Are you a poser trying to get attention? You must really believe yourself to be a surf God since you insist that you have had seen, heard, done more within anyone's lifetime, yet you are not where you should be in life. It's easy to claim any surf title when you know that surfing in the Philippines isn't up to Australia's level. There are too many people who are not from Philippines that claim to be surf experts taking advantage of newbies. It's sad but true.