Learn to ride waves at Surf's Up New Hampshire or the wind at SkyVenture in NashuaBy KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Sunday News Correspondent July 22. 2013 4:34PM
NASHUA — The nation's largest standing-wave machine is now under construction at New Hampshire's premier skydiving facility and could possibly open by the end of the summer.
Surfers of all levels and abilities are expected to travel to Surf's Up New Hampshire, which is being built at the existing SkyVenture New Hampshire site at 3 Poisson Ave.
Rob and Laurie Greer, owners of SkyVenture, are excited to not only teach people to fly, but to now teach water enthusiasts how to surf.
The all-season indoor SurfStream could be completed by the end of August. American Wave Machines Inc., the leader in artificial wave technology for surf parks, is constructing the new surfing adventure.
Surfers will be able to experience a 5-foot barreling wave with 32 feet of face to carve in a multi-sport venue, according to Bruce McFarland, founder and CEO of AWM, Inc.
"SurfStream is the most fun water ride there is," McFarland said, praising the enormous system chosen by the Greers for the indoor facility. "It is very cold to surf outside in New Hampshire. The water inside is going to be in the low 80s, and so is the air."
McFarland expects that people will travel a far distance to try the new SurfStream technology.
Learning to surf in the ocean can be challenging, as it takes a lot of effort just to get standing on a board, he said. With the SurfStream, McFarland explained that people can often stand and ride on a surfboard fairly quickly, often during the first session.
SurfStream is a gel-coated fiberglass modular system that can be built in different shapes and sizes to produce different size waves. In basic mode, the machine can be used by inexperienced customers who are trying to surf for the first time.
However, it also has the capability of producing barreling waves for professional surfers, according to McFarland.
SkyVenture, and now Surf's Up New Hampshire, are located on Poisson Avenue off the Daniel Webster Highway behind Best Buy.