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World’s First Indoor Wake Surfing Competition at Surf’s Up NH

Jake Caster 2nd Place | Indoor Wake Surfing Competition at Surfs Up NH

New England Resident Jake Caster flies into second place, earning $1,500 at the first inaugural indoor Wake Surfing competition. Photo: Carter McCoy

Tropical Wave Shred | Indoor Wake Surfing Competition

April 11, 2016

Solana Beach, CA – Surf’s Up New Hampshire, the first ever indoor surf park in the United States, was recently the host venue for another first – the first ever indoor Wake Surfing competition.

More than 20 wake surfers showcased their skills at the contest on American Wave Machines’ SurfStream® technology in three different competition classes (Pro, Outlaw and Amateur). For the Pro class, prize money was up for grabs with Parker Payne, age 16 from Richardson, Texas taking First Place and winning $3,000. Two other 16-year-olds, Jake Caster from Westford, MA and Hunter Sims from Auburndale, FL, placed second and third, winning $1,500 and $500 respectively.

“This first indoor Wake Surfing competition truly showcases the versatility of our SurfStream technology, with multiple wave types for different variations of surf,” said Bruce McFarland, founder and president, American Wave Machines. “With both amateurs and professionals competing, some of whom have never surfed in the ocean, the event highlighted how SurfStream continues to help grow the sport of surfing!”

Surf’s Up New Hampshire opened in December 2013 as the first indoor surf park in the United States, and hosted the first two sanctioned indoor surfing competitions in 2014 and 2015.

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.

Parker Payne First Place | Indoor Wake Surfing | Surf Park Central

Parker Payne lead all surfers on American Wave Machines’ SurfStream at the first ever indoor Wake Surfing competition at Surf’s Up New Hampshire, earning the $3,000 first place prize. Photo: Carter McCoy

In addition to SurfStream, 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 recreate naturally occurring ocean swells for an authentic world class surfing experience.  Several American Wave Machines are currently operational, with several more currently undergoing installation, expanding the sport of surfing into new locations around the world.

Full Results

Pro Class

1st – Parker Payne ($3,000)

2nd – Jake Caster ($1,500)

3rd – Hunter Sims ($500)

Outlaw Class

1st – Dylan Dye

2nd – Nick Hutchins

3rd – Hunter Lyon

Amateur Division

1st – Will Watson

2nd – Garret Slack

3rd – C J Lavoie

Amateur Class (15 and under)

1st – Nick Hutchins

2nd – Liam O’Driscoll

3rd – Will Watson

Hunter Sims 3rd Place Indoor Wake Surfing Competition at Surf's Up NH | Surf Park Central

Hunter Sims sprays his way into third place at Surf’s Up New Hampshire’s indoor Wake Surfing contest. Photo: Carter McCoy

Top 3 First Ever Indoor Wake Surfing Competition | Surf Park Central

Pictured following the first ever indoor Wake Surfing competition are Parker Payne (center), Jake Caster (left) and Hunter Sims (right). The inaugural event was hosted by Surf’s Up New Hampshire, powered by American Wave Machines’ SurfStream technology. Photo: Carter McCoy

About American Wave Machines, Inc.

American Wave Machines, Inc. designs, engineers, manufactures and develops world-class surf parks, wave systems and surf pools. Founded in 2000 by California surfer Bruce McFarland, the company looks to nature to design patented and proprietary technology that delivers authentic surfing experiences using real surfboards. SurfStream®, the world’s first standing wave machine, and PerfectSwell®, the first large-scale surf pool that programs custom waves, are ground-breaking technologies replicating ocean-like waves. American Wave Machines technology is found in surf parks, water parks and resort destinations across the globe, including Montreal, Sweden, Peru, Turks & Caicos, Taiwan, East Durham, NY and Nashua, NH. For more information, visit

About Surf’s Up New Hampshire

Surf’s Up New Hampshire, the first ever indoor surfing venue, features the world’s largest SurfStream® standing wave machine for an authentic out-of-ocean surfing experience. The 32’ wide surfing system creates waves for all skill levels from 2’ training waves to 6’ barreling waves. With a retractable glass roof for seasonal open-air operation, the indoor water and air temperature is 85 degrees year round. Surf’s Up is part of SkyVenture New Hampshire, the country’s first multi-sport, all-season, adrenaline sports facility offering skydiving and surfing. For more information, visit

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