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Friday, August 15, 2014

Not your typical surf Mecca: Nashua to host surfing contest on Saturday

Competitive surfers, who usually have to battle mother nature for the perfect wave, will gather in Nashua this Sunday for what is being billed as the first-ever sanctioned indoor surfing contest at Surf’s Up.

There will be about 25 competitors from all over New England at the event, which is sponsored by major surf companies. Points garnered at the indoor event can be combined with regular outdoor competitions and count toward a season’s overall score. ...

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Competitive surfers, who usually have to battle mother nature for the perfect wave, will gather in Nashua this Sunday for what is being billed as the first-ever sanctioned indoor surfing contest at Surf’s Up.

There will be about 25 competitors from all over New England at the event, which is sponsored by major surf companies. Points garnered at the indoor event can be combined with regular outdoor competitions and count toward a season’s overall score.

The Eastern Surfing Association set up the competition, said Laurie Greer, a co-owner of the indoor surfing facility with her husband Rob. Surfers compete in age groups and are judged on performance as they surf on the different waves created by the SurfStream machine.

Sam Burnett, one of the instructors at Surf’s Up, said the competitions “is a big step for us.”

Competitors will start riding a 2 foot-tall, 32-foot wide wave and work themselves up to a 5-foot tall open barrel wave. He said the barrel is “the best experience in surfing.”

“If you can get barrelled, you’re doing something right. If you can get barrelled indoors, it’s pretty cool,” he added.

Greer said they have the first SurfStream installation in North America and the riding experience is the “closest it gets to the ocean.”

“No sharks, no reef, no problem,” said Greer.

Greer likened it to a treadmill for surfers. The experience is continuous. There is no paddling out and waiting for a wave to ride so riders can concentrate on skill building.

Greer said they hope to have more competitions and are talking with Body Glove, Quicksilver and Billabong to host a “battle of the best” between their sponsored riders.

The competition will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at their 100 Adventure Way, Nashua, location.

Don Himsel can be reached at 594-6590 or DHimsel@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Don on Twitter @Telegraph_DonH.

NOTE: This story has been changed online. The day of the event was incorrect in the original version.