The Rogue Wave: Washington’s High-tech Indoor Wave


Riding waves in the Pacific Northwest used to be a pursuit. It seemed to be something new, especially for surfers who frequently visit locations with warmer waters. But now that the CitySurf Seattle has plans of creating an indoor facility in Issaquah, Washington, it’s possible that folks will now be able to enjoy the sport without the chilly waters.

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How the idea came about

Trisha and John Hoss, co-founders of CitySurf Seattle, went to Munich, Germany three years ago to watch a surfing competition. It was where they got the inspiration to build a facility similar to the one they saw at the event.

Trisha said, “As gravity sports people, (we grew up waterskiing, wake boarding, snowboarding and eventually wake surfing) we were mesmerized by watching the surfers, from beginner to pro on the standing (outdoor) wave. The energy of the spectators was electric. My son and husband attempted to surf, as I watched for hours/days with a beer in hand, listening to the music. This is where the vision of ‘bringing surfing to the city’ was born.”

She also stated that John Hoss tried to import the technology that was being used in Germany, but then later decided to make his own, since he has a background in aviation, engineering and finance and a passion for physics.

According to Geekwire, the indoor wave will be created using a high-tech solution called “Rogue Wave.” The machine will form a 32-foot-wide standing wave through its 240,000 gallons of water that move per minute. The waves can be adjusted to as much as five-feet high. It’s also designed in various sizes so that it can be installed in an area as little as 2,000-square-foot; so with this machine, surfing in any city is possible.

“To our knowledge, there are not currently any machines that compare to our technology in the U.S. The closest comparable would be the man-made, standing waves, like in Bend or Boise, or a naturally created, standing river wave that kayakers use on the Payette River in Idaho,” Trisha adds.

The Rogue Wave

Board riders would be able to enjoy the facility for an hour and a half with an approximate price of $30. A restaurant would be another attraction, where visitors can enjoy great food and drinks plus other lifestyle activities.

Right now, the project is still in the works. CitySurf Seattle has acquired a site development permit, they’re looking for a venture partner, but seems like the surf’s going to be up in Washington in 2018.

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