Hop on your surf board and head out to a wave pool for the opportunity to ride impressive-looking authentic waves in an incredible man-made environment.
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You may be surprised to know that some of the best wave pools are located in destinations that are home to incredible beaches. For instance, you can ride 10-foot-tall waves at Wave House in San Diego, rent out the Typhoon Lagoon wave pool in Florida, to enjoy a private surf session morning or night, and relish in about 500 waves per hour at Webber Wave Pools in Australia.
Wave pools are also perfect for beginner surfers or those looking to learn. You can take private lessons; lifeguards are on the lookout and there are fewer crowds. Advanced surfers will also benefit from these pools as they can practice on waves of all different sizes, shapes, speeds, and lengths.