Continuous Surf – Any Shape and Size
SOLANA BEACH, CALIF. (June 3, 2013) – American Wave Machines (AWM), the technology leader in out of ocean surf recently completed installation and commissioning of the latest PerfectSwell® wave generating invention in East Durham, New York.
Adding to the PerfectSwell® suite of innovations, including the patented reflecting wave generator, the new software based invention creates surf by sequenced control of multiple wave generating chambers. Virtually any wave shape and direction can be generated continuously including point breaks, peaks, beach breaks, barrels, and multiple rider waves. The recently patented invention is applicable to all pneumatic systems including linear and circular wave pools.
Additional patent pending innovations include a mobile wave control application designed to run on mobile devices. The mobile app will enable operators, coaches, and surfers to call and control waves and personalized playlists. A media option allows photo and video capture of the surf session within the app.
“We’re stoked our customers have bigger and better waves in their pools than they thought possible. The capabilities of this system exceeded our predictions” said Bruce McFarland, founder and president of AWM. “Not only does this demonstrate the scalability of PerfectSwell®, it demonstrates wave quality and quantity necessary for successful surf parks..”
The PerfectSwell® systems currently under construction are focused on surfing and standard wave pool recreation and are engineered for waves up to 8 feet. Still larger wave systems are within the technical capability.
American Wave Machines, Inc. (AWM) designs, engineers, manufactures and sells world class wave pools, wave systems and surf centers. Founded in 2001 by California surfer Bruce McFarland, the company is committed to delivering authentic surfing experiences in a safe and controlled environment. SurfStream® is the world’s first standing wave machine that delivers a stationary surfing experience (on real surfboards) scalable to various spaces. PerfectSwell® is the first air-powered system to create an authentic surfing experience through natural-like ocean waves. From the Caribbean to Sweden, American Wave Machines has developed more than 15 small and large-scale installations exclusively for surf parks, waterparks, resorts, malls and research institutions. www.americanwavemachines.com
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Company expands U.S. footprint with SurfStream® installation in South Dakota
SOLANA BEACH, CALIF. (April 10, 2013) – American Wave Machines, the company behind the highest-quality, scalable wave technology systems – SurfStream® and PerfectSwell™ – announced today a new sale to a cutting-edge water park in the U.S. Rippin’ Rapids Resort & Adventure Sports in South Dakota is one of the first parks in the nation to install American Wave Machines’ breakthrough wave systems.
“We’re excited to bring surfing to people located in areas across the country that traditionally don’t have ocean access,” said Bruce McFarland, founder and president of American Wave Machines, Inc. “Our breakthrough patented technology and proprietary innovation delivers high quality surf experiences – even if you’re in South Dakota.”
Rippin’ Rapids Resort & Adventure Sports
Rippin’ Rapids Resort & Adventure Sports opens in Rapid City, SD in the spring of 2014, and will feature SurfStream® – the world’s first standing wave machine that delivers a world class stationary surfing experience on real surfboards. Rippin’ Rapids will be the second U.S. venue for American Wave Machines (the first is located in Nashua, New Hampshire opening summer 2013).
About American Wave Machines, Inc.
American Wave Machines, Inc. designs, engineers, manufactures and sells world class wave pools, wave systems, and surf centers that offer authentic surfing experiences. Founded in 2001 by California surfer Bruce McFarland, the company is committed to delivering ideal conditions for surfing in a safe and controlled environment any time of the year anywhere in the world. SurfStream® is the world’s first standing wave machine that delivers a stationary surfing experience (on real surfboards) scalable to various spaces. PerfectSwell™ is the first air-powered system to create naturally occurring ocean-like waves for an authentic surfing experience. From the Caribbean to Sweden, American Wave Machines has developed more than 15 small and large-scale installations exclusively for surf parks, waterparks, resorts, malls and research institutions.
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A Solana Beach company founded by the great-nephew of San Diego surf legend Charles Wright has created what it says is the world’s largest standing wave machine — producing waves with a 5-foot barrel and a 28-foot face — that will be making its debut this spring in the United States.
Another of the machines will be debuting in Canada’s first indoor surf park this summer.
The company — American Wave Machines, founded by engineer and recreational surfer Bruce McFarland — developed its SurfStream technology in the mid-2000s.
The first SurfStream debuted in 2009 at a resort in Turks & Caicos.
In the years since, several more of the machines, which can be engineered to any size and shape specification, have opened at surf parks, water parks, hotels and resorts around the world, McFarland said.
The patented surf machine allows for authentic surfing on real surfboards with fins, with a water temperature that averages around 82 degrees.
That warm water is likely to be a strong pull when the first SurfStream in the United States opens this spring in Nashua, N.H.
The machine will be the centerpiece of a park called Surf’s Up New Hampshire, an expansion of SkyVenture NH, a massive indoor sky diving venue.
The SurfStream will be indoors in a facility that features a retractable glass roof, glass walls for spectator viewing, surfside lounging and a cafe, McFarland said. Surf’s Up will be the first multisport venue with surfing and sky diving.
When the owners polled their sky diving customers, “they were very enthusiastic about being able to surf after flying,” McFarland said.
McFarland said all the SurfStream machines share a design scheme: The basic platform is a training wave where you can body-board or learn to stand up.
“It’s very easy. It’s a small wave and it’s very stable,” he said. “Level two is what we call the standing wave, it’s kind of like a rapid in a river. The wave jumps up about twice as high and it’s more turbulent and a lot more powerful. You can also have white-water kayaking on that wave.”
The most advanced wave, McFarland said, is a barreling wave that breaks either continuously left or continuously right. The barrel is created by moving modular pieces of different sizes and shapes.
The changes in the waves are created by adjusting a spoiler at the bottom of the machine.
McFarland said the machine is great for learning how to surf and for practicing maneuvers, such as aerials and 360s.
“You can practice the same maneuver as many times as you need to to perfect it,” he said. “It is using real surfboards with fins, so the skills are transferable to ocean surfing.”
American Wave Machines also offers a technology called Perfect Swell, which is essentially a wave pool that you can surf in.
PerfectSwell is an air-powered system that uses computer controls to modulate wave shape, ride duration, frequency and energy efficiency. The waves range from about 2 feet to 7½ feet.
McFarland, who in the 1990s developed sheet-flow wave simulators at Belmont Park and The Wave Waterpark in Vista, said his company’s goal is to open a SurfStream or PerfectSwell in every major city in the U.S.
He said they are working with some developers in California, but nothing is scheduled yet.
Canada’s surf park, called Oasis Surf, will be set in a contemporary surf retail center with a California beach-themed bar and restaurant. It will also include a surf shop featuring surf apparel and custom surfboards.
“(The owner) is creating a place (for customers) to go any time of year,” McFarland said. “In the winter, when it’s so cold up there, it’ll be a pretty warm place where you can go and get in the water and hang out.”
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First dedicated indoor surf park in US developed by leading wave machine company to open at SkyVenture New Hampshire in 2013
American Wave Machines, Inc. (AWM), the leading wave technology innovation company, announced the debut of the world’s largest standing wave surfing machine, the SurfStream® model SS5032, in Nashua, New Hampshire. This will be the first multi-sport venue with surfing and skydiving.Called Surf’s Up New Hampshire, it’s part of an expansion of SkyVenture NH, a profitable massive indoor skydiving venue. The all-season indoor SurfStream® will be connected to the skydiving facility and features a retractable glass roof for seasonal open air operation, glass walls for enhanced spectator viewing, surfside lounging, and a café.
With programmable controls and modular inserts, the SurfStream® model SS5032 creates multiple wave types in one machine. For experienced surfers the signature wave is the 5’ barreling wave with 28’ of face to carve on. This set of wave modules can be assembled in both right and left breaks accommodating goofy and regular foot riders. For broad appeal, the system also features training and intermediate waves which operate at lower power. Due to this versatility, owners Laurie and Rob Greer have developed a robust pay-for-surf revenue model including interscholastic surf team packages to help develop local high school surf teams.
“We can already teach anyone to fly, now we can teach anyone to surf.” said Rob Greer, owner of SkyVenture NH. “SurfStream® is a tremendous value proposition with broad appeal. That’s what convinced us to invest and that’s essential for our bottom line.”
Bruce McFarland, founder and CEO of AWM said “Laurie and Rob are visionaries. Their expertise in action sports facility marketing and operations, not to mention their passion, has contributed greatly to the success of this project. They really do believe in the development of extreme sport talent.”
About American Wave Machines, Inc.
American Wave Machines, Inc. (AWM) is the powerhouse creator of artificial wave technology for applications in recreation, action sports, and hotel/resorts. Its patented SurfStream®, the world’s first standing wave machine, is a technology breakthrough that delivers authentic surf and wave riding capabilities. The company also offers PerfectSwell™ surf pools for resorts and outdoor surf parks. For more information, visit www.americanwavemachines.com.
About SkyVenture New Hampshire
Located in Nashua, New Hampshire, SkyVenture NH features a state of the art vertical wind tunnel where customers experience the FREEDOM OF FLIGHT! In addition to individual flights, group events and parties are also available. For more information, visit www.skyventurenh.com.