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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.  

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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: Try Not to Laugh Watching These Sumo Surfers
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Video: Try Not to Laugh Watching These Sumo Surfers

Video: Try Not to Laugh Watching These Sumo Surfers

It’s worth noting that the act of surfing isn’t just limited to riding a board. Technically, as long as you’re able to catch a wave it doesn’t quite matter what you’re riding. Just look at Fred David and Toby Cunningham, they’re using a sumo suit in Nazaré and do just fine. RELATED: British Kitesurfer Flies 600 Feet Over a Sandpit Hopefully, this won’t spur a whole sumo suit revolution, which I fear would overtake traditional surfing. Just imagine a whole lineup filled with these sumo

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Hanalei Bay Closed After Shark Attack
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Hanalei Bay Closed After Shark Attack

Hanalei Bay Closed After Shark Attack

Three teenage fishermen were fishing in Hanalei Bay, Hawaii Monday afternoon when they heard cries for help coming from the water nearby. Tommy Hamai and his friends, Kea Dwight and Chas Weimar, raced their boat out to the source of the commotion and discovered a surfer floating in the bloodied waters.  RELATED: Fisherman Fatally Attacked by Shark Off Of Réunion Island. According to Khon 2 News, the victim had been surfing in the “The Bowl” when a 13-foot tiger shark bit him. Once he was

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VIDEO: What it’s Like to Photograph Thunderous Tahitian Waves Underwater
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VIDEO: What it’s Like to Photograph Thunderous Tahitian Waves Underwater

VIDEO: What it’s Like to Photograph Thunderous Tahitian Waves Underwater

Forging a career as an underwater surf photographer is, to put it lightly, a daunting task. RELATED: See showtimes, buy tickets for our tour If you want to photograph the best breaks in the world up close and personal, the job requires an immense amount of physical dedication. Shooters are required to constantly balance against hellish currents while swimming with bulky camera gear in hand and regularly have to wear one (or two) waves on the head as a price for their art. And now, with