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Surfin’ Dogs Float Headlines 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade


December 28, 2016

American Wave Machines, Inc. (AWM), the world’s leading wave pool, surf venue, and wave technology company for the emerging out-of-ocean surfing market, will create a wave machine for surfing dogs designed specifically for the 128th Tournament of Roses Parade float that will happen on January 2, 2017 in Pasadena, California and is sponsored by The Lucy Pet Foundation.

Set to break the Guinness World Record on December 30 for the longest and heaviest float, the float—themed Beachside Paradise—is 125 feet long, weighs 136,000 lbs and will carry 5,000 gallons of water for dogs to surf on.  The float will feature eight surfin’ dogs selected in a nationwide competition.

The float was built by Fiesta Floats and the wave generator by American Wave Machines.

“This is the second time we have been involved with setting a Guinness World Record and we are thrilled to have our wave technology applications recognized as the industry leader,” said Bruce McFarland, founder and president of AWM.  “We are delighted to team with Fiesta Floats and The Lucy Pet Foundation as part of our ongoing corporate charity efforts.”

“The challenges in designing for a mobile environment are trying to maximize the wave size while at the same time minimizing weight and footprint,” McFarland explained. “With programmable controls, our patented PerfectSwell wave technology can vary in shape and size, creating a dynamic program for the surfing dogs. The system components are very high quality and able to withstand a mobile environment over a long period.”

As its core business, since 2000, American Wave Machines has been designing, engineering, manufacturing and developing world class surf pools, wave systems and surf parks. The company looks to nature to design patented and proprietary technology that delivers authentic surfing experiences using real surfboards.

American Wave Machines has two ground-breaking technologies replicating ocean-like waves that create ideal conditions for surfing in a safe and controlled environment, any time of the year, anywhere in the world.  PerfectSwell is the first surf pool system capable of creating an authentic surfing experience that delivers 100% real ocean dynamics found in nature.  SurfStream is the world’s first standing wave machine that delivers a deep water stationary surfing experience (on real surfboards) scalable to various spaces.

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