Surfing in Sweden: portable wave machine to have at home

American Wave Machines, an innovator in artificial wave technology, today announced the successful commissioning of the first modular surfing system delivering multiple wave types including a left and right breaking barrel option. Surfers are lining up to ride real surfboards with fins on the first barreling standing wave in Europe.

The machine debuted at the Himlabadet Municipal Aquatic Sports and Spa Facility in Sundsvall, Sweden and is another first for AWM. The locals in Sundsvall came out in full-force to ride SurfStream at the opening day event, sponsored by Quiksilver™ and Red Bull.

The event featured a live demonstration of the newly patented barreling wave technology and patent pending adjustable gated stream delivery system. The installation of the 16’ x 4’ SurfStream (model 4016) paves the way for larger systems and establishes a value benchmark in the industry.

The modular system can be configured into four different waves; a wide wave, for beginner stand-up surf training; a left barrel; a right barrel; and a wide standing hydraulic jump wave.

As early adopters of innovative technology, Himlabadet has received positive responses from the riders.

“We rode the SurfStream® with a 4’2” twin fin and a 5’0” thruster. The riding was awesome,” said Per Öhman, a local Baltic Sea surfer from Sundsvall. “With the modular inserts, we can alternate between frontside and backside surfing in 82 degree water. We’re totally stoked to have a SurfStream® in our home town.”

“It’s been a great experience working with the team at Himlabadet and VinterTeknik to bring this SurfStream on-line. After a long development project, to finally see surfers, snowboarders and wakeboarders, surfing a man-made barreling wave, was fulfillment of a shared vision,” said Bruce McFarland, President of AWM. “We will be working with Himlabadet in the years to come on events, surf camps, contests, and new wave modules as they become available.”

Semi Pro: Slater's not a pro, yet

Channel Islands Surfboards has unveiled the lucky gear used by Kelly Slater at the Hurley Pro Trestles.

Slater was delivering top scores and surfing performances with a 5'9" x 18 1/4" x 2 1/4" Semi Pro.

He even used that funny "Semi Pro" headband during the heats.

Maybe the relaxed attitude of not being a Pro mixed with the professional drive gave him the win over Bede Durbidge.

Sardinia Longboard Invitational: waves and pizza are welcome

The 10th edition of the Sardinia Longboard Invitational will be open to international riders that will surf with the Italian top longboarders.

The contest waiting period has been given a go and everybody is expecting the best swell available in the Mediterranean Sea.

"Mini Capo", located in the Sardinia Island, is one of the best surf spots in the Mediterranean Sea.

The invited athletes will be notified at least 48 hours before the event.

There's a total prize money of €2,000 sponsored by Bear Surfboards.

The Sardinia Longboard Invitational is a stage of the Italian Longboard Tour (ILT).