American Wave Machines unveils new wave pool
Located in Nashua, New Hampshire, American Wave Machine's new surf park, aptly called Surf's Up, offers a variety of different wave types and can be ridden on a normal surfboard with fins.
The facility in Nashua began with an indoor skydiving facility, but construction on the Surf's Up facility began earlier this year with hopes of being opened for the start of 2014.
Pump It Up
Being the first pool of its kind, the construction process has been somewhat experimental. All of the pumps and parts were custom made.
"Before this experience I was a bit of an artificial wave skeptic," said New Jersey pro Rob Kelly. "Had someone told that a standing wave could replicate some of the same movements used in surfing, it would be hard to believe."
When there's snow on the ground outside and the ocean temp is a hair above freezing, there's a lot to be said for hanging on the side of a wave pool waxing boards and talking smack.
"All the aggression we were use to seeing Todd [Holland] surf with came out on that little wave and we instantly knew that this was not like anything we'd ridden in the past," described Rob Kelly.
An Easter Surfing Association all star, Kai Nichols is originally from Hawaii and is intent on getting back to the islands when he's old enough, but for now he was convinced that Surf's Up would do.
The key to success at Surf's Up is one's ability to stay right in the pocket of the wave, but by riding a normal surfboard with fins on it there's no shortage of maneuvers or lines that can be created.
Watching a group of young surfers in the pool it was obvious that it definitely has the potential to stoke out a community of kids that are hard up for surf. They couldn't get Ben Carboni off of it.
Surf's Up, the ideal spot for GoPro selfies.
What would you rather have built in your neighborhood, a wave pool or a bowling alley?