Surfing feeds the imagination. The feeling of gliding along a wave is so potent that as soon as itâ€™s over, our minds are open to any possibility of it happening again. And so, open-minded readers, I would like you to imagine a crystal blue, warm water wave peelingÂ perfectly for you in a huge pool in the middle of the desert. The size, shape and direction is controlled by you and once you â€˜discoverâ€™ your perfect wave, it can be repeated every 90 seconds. A two foot lefthander? Easy. A six foot righthand barrel? Not a problem. Imagine how fast your surfing could progress if such a mechanical wave existed. Of course, this wave is no figment of the imagination, and when the UKâ€™s best aerialist Reubyn Ash ended up at the Dubai wave pool by himself for three days, we thought he should let us in on the secrets of some of the most progressive airs he made.Â However, whilst artificial wave technology progresses our natural waves are under increasing threat. So much so that Surfers Against Sewage urgently need you to sign up to their Protect Our Waves petition (protectourwaves.org.uk).Â Imagine a world where our children or grandchildren are growing up without the amazing unpredictable natural phenomena that we have around our coastline. In an unsalted world of artificial waves there would be no road trips, no wave of the day and never a reason to gloatingly say â€˜you should have been here yesterday.â€™ The beauty of waves is their infrequency and fickleness, catching those rare days of perfection.Â And whilst you wait for those rare days, let us feed your imagination with the new issue of Wavelength.
Month In Surfing: Did you play in the aqua playground in July?
In My Experience: How a 12 year old learnt to surf on the slopes
How Did I get Here?: How Devon surfer Ben Howard ended up playing to thousands
Back To Nature: Alex Poppe's ride from the mountains to to the beach
Welcome to Bournemouth: The California of the south coast
Britain's Rarest Waves: These breaks are going, going, gone
Maldives, Indian Ocean: In search of the elusive paradise
Senegal, Africa: Anna Petherick explores West Africa's wave magnet
Wadi Wave Pool, Dubai: Top UK aerialist Reubyn Ash is going to teach you to fly
All this in issue 218 plus: A Surfer's life, surfing in crowds, improve your surfing with forehand snaps, the board geek, behind the shot, environmental news, the ultimate ride, quiver, tested waterproof watches and how to blow 3 million on a surf trip.
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