|Industry||Water attraction manufacturer|
|Headquarters||9747 Olson Drive, San Diego, California, 92121, United States|
|Products||SurfPool, FlowBarrel, FlowTour, Wave House|
Wave Loch Inc. is a surf ride manufacturing company responsible for such water rides as the FlowBarrel, Flying Reef, SurfPool, Wave House franchises, and, formerly, FlowRider.
During the 1980s, Tom Lochtefeld was a partner in the development of Raging Waters water parks in the United States. He created a water park attraction to simulate the riding of waves in the ocean. In 1988, a patent was taken out for "a wave-forming generator for generating inclined surfaces on a contained body of water". This was the concept of a sheet wave, the basis of most of Wave Loch's rides. Lochtefeld worked with Charles Sauerbier, Carl Ekstrom and others to model the wave using wave tanks at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla.
In 1999, Wave Loch built a portable FlowBarrel which was shipped around the world to support the SWATCH and Siemens Wave Tours, which visited Florence, Munich, Australia and other places. Wave House South Africa opened in 2001 with a double FlowBarrel called the D Rex, and two FlowRider Singles at the center of an entertainment, retail and food and beverage complex.
In 2005, Wave House San Diego opened at the northwest corner of the Belmont Park amusement area in San Diego, where the company headquarters was located for ten years. By 2009, Wave Loch had sold more than 175 FlowRider sheet waves to locations around the world. In 2014, there were Wave Houses located in Durban, San Diego, Santiago, Chile, Sentosa, Singapore, and Mallorca. Additional locations are planned for Miami, Florida, Orange County, and three in China.
That same year, after ten years of R&D, Wave Loch introduced its Surf Pool technology. With its goal of making surfing an Olympic sport, Wave Loch’s Surf Pool generates 2-metre-high (6.6 ft) waves every ten seconds in a 5,000 m2 (1.2 acres) footprint. Larger pools allow for additional breaks to increase user capacity for no extra wave generating cost. Like waves in the real ocean, all of Wave Loch’s SurfPools are powered by changes in air pressure. The intensity of waves can be controlled at the turn of the dial from beginner to expert – allowing simultaneous surfing and general public attendance use. For the business owner / operator, SurfPool revenues are generated by hourly or pay-per-use, membership, corporate or group events, and through wave shows or competitions.
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- "Wave Loch turns their attention to surf pools after selling their world-leading FlowRider sheet-wave product to WhiteWater West Industries". waveloch.com. Wave Loch. 27 February 2014. Retrieved 20 November 2014.