Wavepool pioneer creates slab that destroys pros!
As noted yesterday, surfing’s great thinker, Tom Lochtefeld, the man who created the Flowrider thirty years ago, had created the tech for the new Magnusson-Robb pool in Palm Springs.
(Take a lil trip down memory lane here to the Flowrider with Tony Hawk and Christian Fletcher.)
Tom’ new tech, which is called SurfLoch, is diff to KS, Wavegarden, American Wave Machine and so on. It uses a combo of vacuum and pressure to make waves.
The promo lit goes,
“An opening at the bottom of each chamber allows the wave energy pulse to be released into open water independently of each other. The controlled variations of the independent pulses can generate an infinite variety of wave swells.”
In this film by Vans, Dylan Graves circles the Palm Springs pool and is given the grisly job of trying to negotiate its slab during a test session.
“Hold on! Wait a second! Hold on! I just pulled back in a pool,” he says after.