Surfer Magazine – New Free-Standing Wave Machine to Debut in Sweden

You can surf in a lake. Or in a river. Or in a pool. That’s right, American Wave Machines (AWM) has unleashed a brand new technology, allowing for the first free-standing wave machine that creates artificial lefts, rights, and even barrels in the comfort of a pool.

“You’re in a standing wave in one place. It’s got its own kind of feeling,” said CEO Bruce McFarland. “The more lateral speed you’ve got, the faster you can cut back and the more spray you get. It becomes kind of addicting, because you want to get to where you can turn a little bit harder.”

Sure, there are already locations where blue foam and blasted water produce experiences that simulate surfing. However, this company claims they’ve taken it further. Denise Herich, PR Representative for AWM, says, “The main difference is it’s more of a real, deep water, authentic surfing experience versus standing on a thin sheet of water. With these machines, you can actually use a real surfboard [fins and all], and the experience directly translates to surfing the ocean or a river.”

East Coast competitive surfer Lauren McClean was asked to give one of their other models a try, and after learning on a foam board, she whipped out a real board she had made for the wave. “It’s about the appearance of surfing. It looked just like it and it felt like it once you got enough speed,” she said. She wishes she had one near her home, because it is perfect when no real waves are rolling in. “That would definitely cure the surfer blues,” she said.

The newest synthetic wave will be unveiled at the Himlabadet Pool Facility in Sundsvall, Sweden, set to open next summer. The company asserts that its SurfStream will manufacture the largest waves created using AWM machinery.

Themed with natural elements such as forest, heat, fire, and water, the facility will offer adventure-seekers of all ages the opportunity to test their dexterity on a climbing wall, whirlpools, and of course, a man-made wave.

The machine works by creating a deep cushion of water where surfers can carve on an endless wave. No paddling required. The current design for the Swedish attraction entails a 16-foot-wide wave that can be up to 4-feet-high. “All of our installations have a user control of speed and water depth, so it can be customized for different groups of people,” McFarland explained. “For body boarding, you need a standing wave that breaks, so we can make a constantly reforming wave. It breaks then comes to a green face, and then whitewater, and then a green face,” he said.

The customizability of the apparatus allows surfers of all skill levels to participate. According to McFarland, it is extremely easy for beginners to learn to stand up on a board in such a controlled environment. The company maintains that the skills learned on their chlorine creation will carry over to real-world surfing. Only time will tell, but if this is so could the next generation of surfers be pool-trained groms who’ve hardly seen the sea?

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Sundsvall Arena Selects SurfStream for its New Indoor Adventure Pool Facility in Sweden

Sundsvall Arena Selects SurfStream® by American Wave Machines for its New Indoor Adventure Pool Facility in Sweden

First Patented Standing Wave Surf Machine in Europe Provides Authentic Surf

American Wave Machines, Inc. (AWM), an innovator in artificial wave technology, today announced that the first standing wave surf machine in Europe will debut at the Himlabadet Pool Facility in Sundsvall, Sweden. The Facility and its SurfStream® are scheduled to open next summer. This SurfStream will be capable of the largest waves so far using AWM technology.

The all-season indoor Facility is being designed with a northern Swedish theme creating an oasis of forest, heat, fire, and water elements, natural to the environment. Emphasizing adventure and action for all ages, it will boast water slides, whirlpools, a climbing wall, children’s pool and in keeping with the theme of nature, a SurfStream that delivers an authentic surfing experience.

SurfStream is the first and only commercially available patented surf machine that creates true standing waves.SurfStream delivers authentic surf by creating a deep cushion of water where riders can use real surfboards with fins to carve on an endless wave. As a result, the skills acquired riding SurfStream waves translate perfectly to ocean or river surfing. With wave adjustability, real surfing capability, and designs to meet any footprint, SurfStream meets the varying requirements of a broad demographic.

“Design and flexibility were key factors in selecting SurfStream,” said Hasse Bergqvist, arena manager at Himlabadet.“Since SurfStream is so versatile and can create any kind of wave, including left breaks, right breaks, even full-blown barrels, it’s perfect for learning to surf. We’re looking forward to introducing surfing to the active family clientele in Sundsvall.”

“It’s been a great experience working with the team at Sundsvall Arena to create authentic bodyboarding and surfing for visitors and guests at the Himlabadet Pool Facility,” said Bruce McFarland, president of AWM. “Because to the versatility of SurfStream and AWM’s engineering expertise, we’ve come up with a high-powered, multipurpose system that will meet the needs of a varied demographic, young and old, experienced surfers or not.”

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