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Surfing competition held at Surf’s Up in Nashua

NASHUA – Competitive surfers showcased their skills on American Wave Machines’ SurfStream technology in the first official surfing competition held indoors in the United States on Sunday, Aug. 17.

More than 25 surfers ages 9-18 participated in the Eastern Surfing Association competition at Surf’s Up in Nashua. ...

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NASHUA – Competitive surfers showcased their skills on American Wave Machines’ SurfStream technology in the first official surfing competition held indoors in the United States on Sunday, Aug. 17.

More than 25 surfers ages 9-18 participated in the Eastern Surfing Association competition at Surf’s Up in Nashua.

Kainalu “Kai” Nichols, 14, of Hampton, claimed the championship in the Junior Men’s Division for ages 15-17 and the Open Division categories. Robbie Goodwin, from Cape Cod, was the champion in the 11-and-under division, with Braeden Logue, of Hampton, leading the age 12-14 category.

“With a talented group of young surfers and amazing waves provided by American Wave Machines at Surf’s Up, our first indoor surfing competition was a huge success,” said Lenny Nichols, Northern New England district director for the Eastern Surfing Association.

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 2- to 6-foot waves, including barreling waves that challenge even experienced surfers.

“We are really proud to have this official event use American Wave Machines’ technology,” said John Luff, business development, American Wave Machines. “Having this caliber of competition indoors illustrates the sport’s growth potential because it eliminates barriers that have stunted the sport’s growth – including weather, proximity to the ocean and length of time between rides, and it allows surfers to get that natural wave experience.

“We look forward to more contests that utilize our technologies as American Wave Machines grows the sport and allows developers to bring new experiences into their projects worldwide.”

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 create naturally occurring ocean swells for an authentic world-class surfing experience, and is currently operational and expanding into new locations around the world.

“More Americans want to learn to surf than they want to learn any other sport,” Luff said. “American Wave Machines’ technology helps meet this demand with its real-wave experience. Whether it is in surf parks, tourist destinations or at retail and entertainment complexes, we look forward to bringing this unique technology and experience to even more audiences worldwide.”

Other SurfStreams are operational or under construction in La Ola Movistar, Peru; Sundsvall, Sweden; Turks & Caicos; Montreal; and Rapid City, S.D.