The captions called out American Wave Machines and their PerfectSwell tech, and I knew then and there that the tiny scale model should have been a sign of big things to come.
Fast forward to present and I got a chance to catch up with American Wave Machines founder Bruce McFarland, a former aerospace engineer turned wave maker, to discuss the technology currently powering those dream ramps in Waco, and where it will go from here.
The scale model of American Wave Machines’ Perfect Swell system, back before the Waco facility opened its doors.
I’ll never forget the first time I laid eyes on the small-scale model of American Wave Machines’ PerfectSwell system at their San Diego headquarters.
But we want to incorporate that so that surfers can choose waves or maybe even do some degree of wave designing, then surfers can affect their own session and surf waves that much more customized for them.
So we’ve been looking at this for a long time and have created other types of systems, like a mechanical system we developed for a university, which made sense for their purposes, but couldn’t be applied on the scale that we need for surf parks.
We take feedback from the surfers and the operators here, and we’ve actually heard more than anything else that people want the wave programmed to be less hollow and easier to rip.
But in general, we’ve been asked to tone it down more than ramp it up, in terms of how steep and hollow the waves are that people want to surf.
They call it the “Air Link” section, and to get it dialed, we had a pro surfer in the water for 4 hours, riding each wave and giving feedback.
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