Lines Out the Door at the First Surf Park in Canada and U.S.

Until now, the only thing limiting the 3 million-plus active surfers in North America from getting more waves is geography.  The two stand-alone indoor surf parks in Montreal and New Hampshire that just opened for business in 2014 are breaking down the geographical boundaries.

Oasis Surf evening crowd enjoying the action
Nightlife at Oasis Surf in Montreal, Quebec

These surf parks are demonstrating that not only is the surfing great, but the business is great. With upwards of 200 surfers paying to surf in 30 minute sessions daily, business is booming. Click here to read the Business NH Magazine’s take on out-of-ocean surfing.

Click here to view a 30-second clip of the Oasis Surf experience

“New Hampshire and Montreal’s SurfStreams are paving the way for urban surfing.” –Bruce McFarland – President & Founder of American Wave Machines

Oasis Surf owner Claude Coudry and friends ringing in the New Year

 

August 17, 2014 – ESA Makes History at Surf’s Up NH

August 17th will go down in the history books as the world’s first sanctioned indoor surf contest. Surf’s Up in Nashua, New Hampshire, the home of the largest SurfStream on the planet, was host to many of the Eastern Surfing Association’s top competitors including several ESA All Stars.

Kainalu Nichols ESA Contest Winner at Surfs Up NH
Contest Results & Division Winners
Menehune (11 & Under)
  1. Robbie Goodwin
  2. Quinn Battagliese
  3. Elliot Anderson

Boys (12-14)

  1. Braeden Logue
  2. Tristan Hamilton
  3. Perran Trentalange

Jr. Men (15-17)

  1. Kai Nichols
  2. Lars Hamilton
  3. Griffin Brunette

Open (All Ages)

  1. Kai Nichols
  2. Lars Hamilton
  3. Weiland Anderson
A big thanks to all the sponsors for making it a great event
  
About the ESA  
ESA is the largest amateur surfing association in the world. Their family oriented
programs promote a healthy and active lifestyle. It is not uncommon to find two or three generations of the same family involved as members of the ESA, and actively competing in ESA programs. Two of the original founders of the ESA, Cecil Lear and David Reese, are still active in the association forty years later.Eleven time world professional surfing champion Kelly Slater and former world professional womens surfing champion Lisa Anderson both learned their competitive skills through the Eastern Surfing Association.

June 13, 2014 – Red Bull

Watch the latest Who is JOB Episode at RedBull.com

 JOB and the Body Glove team pack up the RV and take New England by storm. See the action on the SurfStream® at Surf’s Up NH here. (Surfing starts at 6:30 in the video)

Jamie O'Brien Boosting at Surfs Up NH
JOB Boosting on the SurfStream® at Surf’s Up NH

“About to go get shacked indoors, we’re fired up!” – Jamie O’Brien, Pro Surfer  

 

Check out the video below currently featured on RedBull.com: 

Who is JOB Episode 8

 

Kalani Chapman SurfStream NH
Kalani Chapman – North Shore Power Hack on the SurfStream®

“So sick we got to surf a stationary wave with fins. Thanks for showing the team such a great time @americanwavemachines” – Kalani Chapman — Pro Surfer, Body Glove Team Rider 

 

JOB Party Wave Surfs Up NH
JOB Party Wave

The future of surfing: No ocean required

 

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REUTERS   |  11-22-2013

By: Richard Valdmanis on Reuters.com

(Reuters) – A surfer drops down the face of a crashing swell, crouches low and stalls his board into the tube, achieving the sport’s ultimate goal of a ride inside the barrel.

But instead of being on a sunlit beach in Hawaii or southern California, this surfer is inside a glass-and-concrete building in New Hampshire – at America’s newest surf park, an hour’s drive from the Atlantic.

“Part of our mission is to bring surfing everywhere, including where there isn’t an ocean,” said Bruce McFarland, president of American Wave Machines.

The company’s SurfStream wave system is being used at the Surfs Up New Hampshire park in Nashua, which is set to open in December.

Surf parks have been around for decades, but a surge in the sport’s appeal and rapid advances in wave-making technology have triggered new construction in unlikely places such as South Dakota, Quebec, Sweden and Russia.

Using proprietary designs meant to emulate waves formed in nature, companies like American Wave Machines, Weber Wave Pools, Waveloch and others are racing to bring the ocean sport to the landlocked masses.

Fernando Aguerre, head of the International Surfing Association (ISA), said their efforts could be a big boost for surfing and businesses built around it.

“Surf parks will give the opportunity to learn to ride waves in a safe way to millions of people around the world,” he explained, adding it could also help ISA to make surfing part of the Olympic Games.

“Without man-made surfing waves, our Olympic surfing dream would be just that – a dream,” he said, adding that reliable, identical waves, virtually impossible to find in nature, are needed to insure fair judging in Olympic competition.

SURFING INLAND

Once seen as a fringe sport, surfing now has around 35 million enthusiasts worldwide. It is a roughly $6 billion retail industry in the United States, according to the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association.

“The industry is doing a good job selling surfing as a lifestyle. It is fun. It influences culture, music, fashion, all that. It is imbedded. But it is hard for anybody who doesn’t live near the ocean to do,” said McFarland.

Surfers, desperate for a good wave, have sought out wind swells on the Great Lakes and tried surfing on river rapids and in the wake of passing barges on the Houston Ship Channel in Texas.

“There is definitely a huge demand,” said Matt Reilly of Surf Park Central, a website that tracks global surf park construction. “The speed of growth that you’re seeing is the result of improvements in technology and increases in efficiencies.”

The most commonly used surf park wave designs are modeled on standing river waves, where thousands of gallons of water are propelled against an immobile object to create a stationary curl.

At a recent Surfs Up New Hampshire test run, a handful of professional surfers – including Todd Holland, who was once ranked No. 8 in the world – carved up different types and sizes of standing waves in front of a panel of engineers and photographers.

“This is great,” said Holland. “Once you get going down the line, it feels just like racing a big section.”

Research has also been done on designs more closely related to waves at the world’s finest ocean spots, where a moving swell is produced that breaks when it hits shallow water along an artificial reef or sandbar.

Although less so than in the past, the cost of building an artificial wave system is still substantial. A standing wave system like the one in New Hampshire costs about $3 million to$6 million, while a traveling, or ocean wave, system is much more expensive.

Despite the surf park industry’s efforts to mimic real surf, McFarland, whose company is now also building a traveling wave park in Russia using his PerfectSwell technology, said artificial waves will always have their limits.

“We’re not trying to compete with the ocean, or replace it in any way,” he said. “But this is fun, and I think it is good for the sport and for people.”

(Writing by Richard Valdmanis; editing by Patricia Reaney and Gunna Dickson)

Discovery Channel Goes Surfing

Lucas Cochran, host of Daily Planet on the Discovery Channel Canada, got an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at our SurfStream® SS6032 system being installed at the Surfs Up surf park in Nashua, New Hampshire.

The TV crew spent the day with us to capture an under-the-hood view of our technology at the largest stationary wave surfing system in the world. — Check out Discovery Channel’s online segment of American Wave Machines.

Lucas interviewed our founder, Bruce McFarland, and received his first surfing lesson from AWM team member John Luff. We had a blast showing him how our technology creates real waves and the TV host learned to surf by the end of the day!

 

SurfStream Standing Wave Barrel Jared Veltsos NH

Jared Veltsos – Nashua, NH Local Surfer & Zapstix Team Rider

 

 

Surf’s Up New Hampshire breaks ground

Construction of the largest SurfStream in the world is officially underway at the Surf’s Up addition to SkyVenture New Hampshire. Congratulations to owners Rob and Laurie Greer. We can’t wait to surf in Nashua! Learn more about the project here.