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Ultimate List of Surf Pools and River Breaks

Are you an inland surfer? Are you an ocean surfer in a landlocked nation? Do you want to experience wave riding in a different scenario? Find your nearest surf park on the ultimate list of surf pools and river breaks around the world below.
Ultimate List of Surf Pools and River Breaks | Surf Park Central

View of Surf Snowdonia from the top of Snowdonia National Park. Photo: Red Bull

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The world’s first wave pool was probably a swimming pool built in Munich, Germany, in the 1920s. The indoor piscina was equipped with a hydraulic mechanism that produced regular waves.

In 1993, Japan decided to built what it is still considered one of the best artificial wave pools of all time. Located in Miyazaki, the Seagaia Ocean Dome delivered consistent and punchy head-high rollers, and many tube riding opportunities. When it closed in October 2007, it left millions of surfers disappointed.

The world’s first exclusive public surf pool opened on August 1st, 2015, in Dolgarrog, Wales. Surf Snowdonia is the first surf lagoon built with the Wavegarden technology, and it pumps three sizes of waves for beginners, intermediate surfers, and advanced wave riders.

Nowadays, there are over seven different wave generating systems in the market including (but not limited to) American Wave Machines, Citywave, Kelly Slater Wave Company, Murphy’s Waves, Wavegarden, Wave Loch / Surf Loch, and Webber Wave Pools.

If you opt for standing waves, river breaks offer the ultimate freshwater experience. The planet has stationary waves for all tastes – you can ride a river slope sculpted by Mother Nature, or jump into an endless, man-made river flow.

Ultimate LIst of Surf Pools | Citywave | Surf Park Central

Standing wave action during the annual Surf & Style Event at the Munich Airport. Photo: Citywave

And don’t forget those relentless tidal bores – they’re rare, but they’re unforgettable.

Ultimate List of Surf Pools and River Breaks Around the World

Surf Pools & Man-Made Surfing Destinations | Open To The Public

Avalanche Bay (Boyne Falls, Michigan, USA)
Big Surf (Tempe, Arizona, USA)
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park (Orlando, Florida, USA)
Himlabadet (Sundsvall, Sweden)
Kalahari Indoor Waterpark (Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, USA)
N Land Surf Park (Austin, Texas, USA)
Oasis Surf (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Siam Park (Tenerife, Canary Islands)
Sunway Lagoon (Bandar Sunway, Malaysia)
Surf Snowdonia (Dolgarrog, UK)
Surf’s Up NH (Nashua, New Hampshire, USA)
Wadi Adventure (Al Ain, United Arab Emirates)
Wave House (San Diego, California, USA)

Ultimate List of Surf Pools | Wadi Adventure | Surf Park Central

Dion Agius pulling into the barrel at Wadi Adventure in Al Ain, UAE. Photo: Globe & DJ Struntz

Surf Pools & Man-Made Waves | Projected

BSR Surf Ranch (Waco, Texas)
Rif010 (Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
The Wave Bristol (Bristol, UK)
URBNSURF Melbourne (Melbourne, Australia)
URBNSURF Perth (Perth, Australia)
URBNSURF Sydney (Sydney, Australia)

Surf Pools & Man-Made Waves | Test Facilities
Kelly Slater Wave Company | Surf Parks and Man-Made Waves by John Luff

Kelly Slater enjoying his ultimate man-made wave testing facility. Photo: Kelly Slater Wave Company

Kelly Slater Wave Company (Lemoore, California, USA)
Wavegarden (Zarautz, Spain)

River Breaks

Barking Dog (Coloma, California, USA)
Bend Whitewater Park (Bend, Oregon, USA)
Boise River Park (Boise, Idaho, USA)
Bono/Seven Ghosts (Sumatra, Indonesia)
Bulken (Bulken, Norway)
Columbus (Columbus, Georgia, USA)
Corner Pocket (Durango, Colorado, USA)
Cunovo (Bratislava, Slovakia)
Dalhem (Gotland, Sweden)
Eisbach (Munich, Germany)
Fils (Göppingen, Germany)
Floßlände (Munich, Germany)
Gunny (Gunnison, Colorado, USA)
Habitat 67 (Montreal, Canada)
Hauptbrücke (Graz, Austria)
Hawaii 5-O (Denver, Colorado, USA)
Hawea (Albert Town, New Zealand)
Industrial Hole (Rock Island, Canada)
Isar (Plattling, Germany)
Kelly’s Whitewater Park (Cascade, Idaho, USA)
Kugelfang (Steyr, Austria)
Lippstadt (Lippstadt, Germany)
Miracle (Denver, Colorado)
Mizzoccola (Domodossola, Italy)
Nile Special (White Nile, Uganda)
Óbidos (Foz do Arelho, Portugal)
Pororoca (São Domingos do Capim, Brazil)
Radetzky (Graz, Austria)
Severn (Gloucestershire, UK)
Sewer (Ottawa, Canada)
Sherbrooke River (Sherbrooke, Canada)
Subiaco (Tivoli, Italy)
The Bitches (St Davids, UK)
The Mountain (Kananaskis, Canada)
Turbo (Turbigo, Italy)
U2 (Denver, Colorado)
Wave O Saurus (Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA)

Have we missed a surf pool, man-made wave, or river break? Leave a comment below or drop us an email.



  1. Communication

    November 2, 2016 at 8:42 am

    Hello, you forgot in the list of the Surf-pool projects Waves in City in France with various projects: Paris, … See our website: Regards

    • Dave Manning

      December 8, 2016 at 3:44 am

      You gave first credit to a swimming pool in Germany in the 20’s, then jump to Japan in the 90’s ? Come on guys, credit where it’s due to Phil Dexters invention in Tempe Az. “Big Surf” Where the first “official” wave at grand opening was ridden by Fred Hemmings jr. and, the same equipment ( honored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers as an historical landmark) is still pumping good rides for the locals.

  2. Stephen Russell

    November 3, 2016 at 12:45 am

    Need Wave parks for So CA IE Riverside, Palm Springs, Indio, Rancho Mirage, Paso Robles, San Jose, Hemet, Chino CA alone & to allow sans swimsuit to said wave parks for Groups, singles in summer time or when temps hit 89F.

  3. Karen

    December 9, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Hi! you got the picture of the Citywave in Munich but it’s not on your list. Also, 2016 was the first year there was a Citywave pool in Vienna, only for the summer tough, but coming back next year!

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