"DreamWorks Water Park offered a surreal scene visible through a large, thick-glass wall: a huge wave pool generating two-foot swells that broke on a concrete beach, lapping at the tires of motionless construction vehicles."
American Wave Machines, the Carlsbad-based company who created the tech behind the Waco BSR cable park, has just opened another pool.
This one’s in the new three-million-square-feet American Dream super-mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and which had a partial opening last Friday.
The public was allowed onto the ice of the mall’s NHL-sized skating rink and the thrill rides of its Nickelodeon Universe indoor theme park, even though parts of the interior and exterior looked like the active construction sites they still were — and will continue to be for several months.
Outside, there were backhoes, piles of dirt, stacks of unlaid pipe, and rows of port-o-potties ringing the structure, with fenced-off staging areas just across the mall’s loop road.
Adjacent to the rink, where dozens of skaters glided and teetered around the ice, the mall’s colossal, still-unopened DreamWorks Water Park offered a surreal scene visible through a large, thick-glass wall: a huge wave pool generating two-foot swells that broke on a concrete beach, lapping at the tires of motionless construction vehicles.
“Fantastic,” marveled Lionel Cruz, a 57-year-old IT specialist gazing through the glass.
Indoor, heated, waves year round.
My mind is melting. American Dreams indeed. After years of false starts and misfires it seems like we’ve finally hit wavepool singularity.
Offerings explode forth like some tectonic seam has busted its containment.
Will we now see an exponential curve upwards? Technology, quantity, output?
In a decade’s time will we giggle at the offerings of Kelly’s Ranch like a teenager today giggles at a mini disc player or an iPod?
Will there be a wavepool in every backyard?
Imagine the strip mall surfer! Flips and corkscrews on demand. Unlimited progression. Proto-punks sponsored by Starbucks with double-ended boards and fingers raised to the establishment.
There’ll be further divisions in the tribe. Street vs vert. Park vs pool. Almost indistinguishable. Almost. Eight feet of raw east swell will be our only arbiter. Surfing’s Voight-Kampff test.
For now, a strip mall in Jersey is pushing out waves of a quality and accessibility that will soon turn (small-wave) surfing into an assembly line production.
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#PerfectSwell @americandream is near ready for launch. The pool features 160 feet of PerfectSwell® wave generating, producing a playful air section and a sandbar-like wedge. Shown in the clip, AWM ambassador @robkellysurf had this to say: “The wave is super fun and it’s a wild experience surfing indoors. The wave is more compact since it’s indoors but it’s definitely rippable and epic that it'll be surf able year round.” More content is coming soon. PerfectSwell® is powered by @americanwavemachines Video: @rsmallcheck