Surf industry hopes surf parks will expand sport

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Professional surfer Gabriel Medina, of Brazil, behind, rides the machine-made wave at Wavehouse San Diego, as Sammantha Aker, right, of Huntington Beach, Calif., waits for her turn Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, in San Diego. Surf parks - massive pools with repeating, artificial waves - are the latest buzzword in the surf community, as everyone from top athletes to retailers look for ways to expand the sport, boost surf-related sales and create a standardized way to train that could ultimately help surfing earn an Olympic pedigree. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

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Surf parks — massive pools with repeating, artificial waves — are the latest buzzword in the surf community, as everyone from top athletes to retailers look for ways to expand the sport, boost sales and create a standardized way to train that could help surfing earn an Olympic pedigree.

This month, dozens of industry leaders, surfers and investors met in Laguna Beach in Southern California for the first annual Surf Park Summit to spark interest in a business proposition that could breathe life into a sport that struggled during the recession.
— Associated Press

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