Surf’s Up New Hampshire, the first ever indoor surf park in the United States, was recently the host venue for another first – the first ever indoor Wake Surfing competition.
More than 20 wake surfers showcased their skills at the contest on American Wave Machines’ SurfStream® technology in three different competition classes (Pro, Outlaw and Amateur). For the Pro class, prize money was up for grabs with Parker Payne, age 16 from Richardson, Texas taking First Place and winning $3,000. Two other 16-year-olds, Jake Caster from Westford, MA and Hunter Sims from Auburndale, FL, placed second and third, winning $1,500 and $500 respectively.
“This first indoor Wake Surfing competition truly showcases the versatility of our SurfStream technology, with multiple wave types for different variations of surf,” said Bruce McFarland, founder and president, American Wave Machines. “With both amateurs and professionals competing, some of whom have never surfed in the ocean, the event highlighted how SurfStream continues to help grow the sport of surfing!”
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Surf’s Up New Hampshire opened in December 2013 as the first indoor surf park in the United States, and hosted the first two sanctioned indoor surfing competitions in 2014 and 2015.
American Wave Machines’ SurfStream technology generates natural feeling standing waves. The SurfStream at Surf’s Up is the world’s largest standing wave machine with a 32-foot channel that can produce two- to six-foot waves, including barreling waves that challenge even experienced surfers.
In addition to SurfStream, American Wave Machines also has patented technology that creates an infinite variety of waves that replicate point break, beach break, and reef break without long waits. Called PerfectSwell®, it is the first and only air-pressure system to recreate naturally occurring ocean swells for an authentic world class surfing experience. Several American Wave Machines are currently operational, with several more currently undergoing installation, expanding the sport of surfing into new locations around the world.
1st – Parker Payne ($3,000)
2nd – Jake Caster ($1,500)
3rd – Hunter Sims ($500)
1st – Dylan Dye
2nd – Nick Hutchins
3rd – Hunter Lyon
1st – Will Watson
2nd – Garret Slack
3rd – C J Lavoie
Amateur Class (15 and under)
1st – Nick Hutchins
2nd – Liam O’Driscoll
3rd – Will Watson