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Video: World’s Largest Surf Park Under Construction in South Korea

While wave pools might not have the natural beauty of a beach, there's definitely something to be said for guaranteed top-notch waves.  Several have been built in the past few years, and still more are under construction.  However, none of them compare to the project currently underway in South Korea.  Daewon Plus Construction and Wavegarden are going all in on the man-made-paradise thing, building a $2.3 billion artificial island off the coast of the Korean Peninsula.  Turtle Island will feature hotels, convention centers, marinas, and of course a massive wave pool.  

Related: Hanalei Bay Closed After Shark Attack

Located about an hour from Seoul, Turtle Island's developers are certain that it will become a popular vacation destination.  “With consistent waves of different sizes and shapes, Turtle Island is going to be the new beach of Seoul and the place to surf for families, professional surfers, and everyone in between,” said Fernando Odriozola, Chief Commerical Officer at Wavegarden.  This strikes a stark contrast with Kelly Slater's Surf Ranch, recently purchased by the WSL.  You can pay top dollar to attend a surf-festival of sorts, but unless you're a professional surfer there's no chance of riding the waves.  So, the move towards democracy in high-level artificial surfing is heartening, even if you have to go to Korea to experience it.

Concerning Surf Ranch, though it costs a bit to spend a day surfing in Lemoore, the folks at the Ranch are incredibly generous to charities and organizations around the San Joaquin Valley offering them surf time, instruction, and incredible support.  And you don’t have to be a professional surfer to ride the wave.  The wave can been tailored for the blind, the paraplegic, the developmentally disabled, and those living through poverty or PTSD.  Please don’t assume that only the pro or the well-healed can access Surf Ranch.  It does them a huge disservice.

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Video: Surfer and Jetskier Narrowly Escape Disaster at Nazaré
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Video: Surfer and Jetskier Narrowly Escape Disaster at Nazaré

Video: Surfer and Jetskier Narrowly Escape Disaster at Nazaré

Surfing at Nazaré is a risky proposition, but the jetskiers responsible for towing surfers into waves can usually get them to safety post-wipeout. Sometimes things can get dicey, though, as seen in this video from Pedro Miranda.  Related: Jamie O'Brien Has a Close Call at Pipeline The clip shows 51-year-old big wave surfer Salvador Villas Boas taking a massive wipeout in one of Nazare's most dangerous zones. Seeing Salvador in a perilous situation, veteran jetski driver Ramon Laureano came

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Video: Jamie O’Brien Has a Close Call at Pipeline
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Video: Jamie O’Brien Has a Close Call at Pipeline

Video: Jamie O’Brien Has a Close Call at Pipeline

Jamie O'Brien has surfed Pipeline as much as just about anybody, but his recent wipeout proves that even pros need to stay on their guard. It was a solid day at the break, with manageable four-to-six foot high barrels. Unfortunately, Mr. O'Brien's day at the beach was cut short after slammed his head into either his board or the reef during a fall.  Related: Nathan Florence Gets Barreled on the North Shore After several seconds underwater, O'Brien's float suit brought him to the surface. From

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Video: Nathan Florence Gets Barreled On the North Shore
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Video: Nathan Florence Gets Barreled On the North Shore

Video: Nathan Florence Gets Barreled On the North Shore

Nathan Florence spent most of this winter season getting barreled on O'ahu's North Shore, and he's got the footage to prove it. This reel has some of the best tube-surfing we've seen in a while, which comes as no surprise considering Florence's track record. Related: The Wedge is Back and Ready to Wreck We're not entirely sure if Florence is selecting his waves based on spit-potential, but if so, it's working. Just about every clip from this edit features a hollow tube with Florence getting