Nashua, NH. Thirty minutes north of Boston, hugging the Massachusetts/New Hampshire border. What surf relevance does this frost-ridden township bear? If curiosity is poking, prodding and just won’t let the question free, the answer is “none”. No surf culture or surf scene whatsoever. Absolutely none. That was until an adrenaline-seeking couple aligned their sights with a company by the name of American Wave Machines, forerunner in manmade wave technology. The confluence of these two parties has resulted in what is the largest river wave replica in North America. Housed under the roof of Surf’s Up New Hampshire, this machine is 40’ wide x 75’ long and is capable of moving 200,000 gallons of water per minute. Four municipal sewer pumps thrust a one foot sheet of water along preformed sections of fiberglass molds to project multiple wave configurations and heights. The complete atmosphere within the park is a fabricated surreal-ness. Tropical blues, palms shipped in from the more equatorial situated regions, a waterfall adorned with Amazon inspired vegetation, and a retractable glass roof are all features that are distinctly contrasting to the fabric of New Hampshire. Whats more, theres a surfable wave within the walls of this illusion.
Michael and I were invited to test out this wave before the park opened its doors back in November. After having experienced surfing an artificial wave, I was evoked with deepened curiosity as to how the physics compare to the real thing.
Michael will be surfing at ~12:30~ EST today in the Surf Open Acapulco. To view the live webcast click the link below.
The Sweetwater team is about to surf for the National Championships in Bali. They advanced to the final round yesterday after posting solid scores in the first round. Michael is the “double whammy” surfer, the Captain Kirk of the team if you will. Click the link below to watch. It should be airing at 10:15pm EST.
Tomorrow will commence the four day waiting period for the Oakley Surf Shop Challenge, in conjunction with the world tour’s Oakley Pro Bali. Team Sweatwater (pictured above in traditional Hindu gear) will surf against 6 shops from other regions of the USA for the grand prize of $10,000. It will be broadcast live at the website below.
Currently Ben and I are trudging through a Holiday Inn breakfast that has been paired with the hotel Qantas provided me as result of a 12 hour delay imposed on my journey from LAX –> SYD.
Prior to this 24 hour stint in California I spent a ~week~ in Puerto Rico with friends for the Rip Curl Pro Puerto Rico. The waves were sub-subpar, touching on both ends of the size spectrum. Going from near flatness to extra large, and that change happened in a span of six hours. Excluding my performance in the event and the waves on offer, the “Island of Enchantment” offered up a great time with friends. Visual aiding by Streetsnake.