ESA-NNE District Returns To Surf’s Up

November 23, 2015 • East Coast Contests

  • Dylan Dye. Photo: Carter McCoy
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  • Hunter Sims. Photo: McCoy
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  • Cheyne Magnusson. Photo: McCoy
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  • 2nd Annual ESA-NNE District Indoor Surfing Championships finalists. Photo: McCoy
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  • Keenan Flegel. Photo: McCoy
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  • Robbie Goodwin. Photo: McCoy
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  • Kai Nichols. Photo: McCoy
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  • Rob Kelly. Photo: American Wave Machines/McCoy
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WHO: 30 18 and under competitors from the ESA-Northern New England District, along with East Coast heavies like Sam Hammer and Rob Kelly of Billabong plus Cheyne Magnusson and Keenan Flegel of Body Glove.

WHAT: ESA-NNE District Indoor Surfing Championships.

WHEN: November 14th, 2015

WHERE: Surf’s Up, Nashua, NH

WHY: Because there’s an American Wave Machines’ SurfStream® artificial wave in Nashua, that’s why. For the second consecutive year, Cape Cod’s Robbie Goodwin was the winner in the Boys division (age 11 and under), while Hunter Sims took home the title in the Junior Men’s division and New Hampshire’s Kainalu “Kai” Nichols returned after his big win last year, adding another victory to his resume in the Open competition. Nichols was also the runner up in the Junior Men’s category.

“We were thrilled to come back to Surf’s Up New Hampshire with our talented group of young surfers for an amazing championship event,” said Lenny Nichols, ESA-Northern New England District Director. “Having the ability to surf indoors in November in the Northeast is a huge game changer for the growth of our sport, and technology from American Wave Machines makes it possible.”

Following the ESA competition, a pro surfing exhibition was held, with esteemed pros including Cheyne Magnusson, Rob Kelly, Sam Hammer and Keenan Flegel delighting the crowd and showcasing their talents on American Wave Machines’ SurfStream standing wave machine. “The ESA indoor surfing championship was epic, with everyone ripping throughout the event. It was really cool to see the difference between the kids who learned in the ocean and the kids who learned on American Wave Machines’ SurfStream,” said Magnusson, who recently transitioned into a marketing and team gig with Body Glove. “With each surfer getting the exact same wave to work with, the technology really allows you to judge on pure talent and style.”

American Wave Machines’ SurfStream technology generates natural feeling standing waves. The SurfStream at Surf’s Up is the world’s largest standing wave machine with a 32-foot channel that can produce two- to six-foot waves, including barreling waves that challenge even experienced surfers. “We are thrilled to have another Eastern Surfing Association championship event use American Wave Machines’ technology,” said Bruce McFarland, founder and president of American Wave Machines. “The spectator quality of this amateur contest was the best I have ever witnessed. It was 12 hours of heats and you could see the fatigue, frustration, endurance, and adrenaline in the competitors from as close as 10 feet away. In the final, the personal drive to elevate for one more heat was as evident as their inherent skill and style. SurfStream is expanding the growth of the sport and enabling competition-quality surfing.”

American Wave Machines also has patented technology that creates an infinite variety of waves that replicate point break, beach break, and reef break without long waits. Called PerfectSwell®, it is the first and only air-pressure system to create naturally occurring ocean swells for an authentic world class surfing experience, and is currently operational and expanding into new locations around the world. “With wave pools eliminating the barriers to surfing’s continued growth, including proximity to the ocean and length of time between rides, the potential for world-class surfing competitions, including the Olympics, is within reach,” McFarland concluded.

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