Meet the latest addition to the rapid wave space, ADG’s EpicSurf
This week Aquatic Development Group announced the launch of their new EpicSurf stationary surf wave which was unveiled to the wave pool market during a virtual trade show. EpicSurf, engineered and manufactured at ADG’s headquarters in Upstate New York, is a true deep-water wave fully compatible with traditional surfing equipment. It is designed to appeal to both the expert and novice surfer alike.
Differentiating it from other stationary waves on the market, EpicSurf produces a real wave of water with a depth that can be adjusted from between 3’ – 5’ for a more authentic surfing experience versus on a stationary ride that produces only a thin sheet of water pushed over a formed surface.
ADG boasts that its system has a compact footprint that works as well in a city setting as well as in a surf park. Stationary, or rapid wave pools, mimic river surfing experiences but differ greatly from sheet waves. They are increasing in popularity with surf projects, most recently the Revel Surf Park announced they would have a rapid wave accompanying their traveling wave pool.
“There are other manufacturers out there who are approaching stationary surf waves with thinner films of water but at ADG we wanted to go all in and create a wave that gives riders a truer surf experience,” said Jim Dunn, President of ADG. “EpicSurf is an opportunity for experienced surfers to get on and use real ocean boards and have lots of room to carve and perfect their skills, but at the same time it also offers a platform for beginners, giving them the chance to learn and advance, growing the sport for everyone.”
Ben Gravy, the YouTuber who has made a career of searching for surf in unusual places, sessioned the new design last month.
“The wave is amazing, we surfed every board under the sun and just had the best day of our lives,” said Gravy. “This wave truly is what they call it… EPIC.”
ADG’s EpicSurf offers a Rapid Wave Adjustability system by means of a remote access control system that allows the operator to quickly and easily tune the wave. Each rider, whether expert or beginner, can get an instantly customizable ride experience matched to their skill level. Dual training bar options are also available for beginners helping to ease them onto the wave.
“This is the perfect wave for surf lessons,” said Phil Jackson, Executive Director of Surf Dreams Foundation who brought a group of youth surfers with him to visit the EpicSurf. “The EpicSurf wave is a real game-changer for the surf industry. The kids couldn’t get enough of it.”
The EpicSurf wave surface can be designed and built starting from a width of 30-feet and can expand up from there in increments of 8’ depending on the specific site plan or business model needs.
“EpicSurf is not the first deep-water surf ride to hit the market,” notes Dunn, “but it is the first to be designed and manufactured in North America and backed by a company that has been making, installing and servicing waves for more than 50 years.”
ADG is well known in the industry with 100 design-build projects to their credit. They are also the team responsible for the development, manufacturing, and installation of more than 125 FlowRiders across North America. The company adds that they were one of the first companies to produce successful hydraulic and pneumatic surfing waves back in the 1970s and ’80s. They have installed various types of wave pools in more than 500+ projects around the world including resorts and water parks, as well as in aquariums, water rescue training facilities, fountains, and even motion pictures.