‘Falling face first into a wall of chlorinated water’: a beginner’s guide to inland surfing

Meant to be less intimidating to novices than the open ocean and more consistent for the pros, surfing in a wave pool is not without its perils

On a sunny Melbourne afternoon, the perfect temperature for repeatedly but cheerfully embarrassing oneself on a surfboard, I hop into the car and head in the opposite direction to the ocean.

Following signs to Melbourne airport, I eventually arrive at Urbnsurf Melbourne, a turquoise pool that generates pristine artificial waves.

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