Frequently asked questions

What is a Pacific Surf Designs surf simulator?


A Pacific Surf Designs surf simulator uses one or more large pumps to accelerate water, creating a thin laminar sheet of water flowing over one of our custom-designed ride surfaces, allowing riders to perform incredible tricks and maneuvers. The beauty of our attractions is that they are active rides - meaning riders get better with practice and more ride time. Unlike passive thrill rides (such as rollercoasters and waterslides), where riders get on, the attractions does its thing, and riders get off with the experience pretty much the same each time, our active attractions create the continual desire to come back time and time again. This desire to get better may be personal, to impress friends, or to compete against others. Whatever drives these repeat visits only helps your venue.




Are your attractions safe?


Safety is our utmost concern and we adhere to the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) F3133, Practice for the Classification, Design, Manufacture, Construction, and Operation of Standing Wave Systems. One of our owners, Richard Alleshouse, co-chaired the ASTM committee that drafted the standards. Some of our safety features include the following:

  • Standard twenty (20) foot length rear recovery sections - dramatically reducing impacts with the rear wall.
  • NO roller bars anywhere on any Pacific Surf Designs attraction.
  • Head impact rated padding and matting covering the entire exposed attraction.
  • Angled side walls to minimize impacts with hard 90 degree corners.
A third party safety testing company performed head impact testing on our ride surfaces and those of some competitors. Click here to learn more.




What kinds of waves do you offer?


While we custom-designed all of our products and we will work with you to design a product that makes sense for your venue. If the wave needs to fit within a certain footprint, we will make you your own one-of-a-kind attraction. Depending on the type of guests you are targeting, we have years of experience in the industry and may help recommend the right product for you, if that interests you. Just give us a call at 858.633.6009 and lets see how we can help you out.




How long does it take to install a surf simulator?


While each wave will have different lead times depending on the project scope and location, generally we require 5-6 months as a lead time from signing the deal to commissioning the attraction. On site installation by our experienced team ranges from 2-3 weeks or more for our larger attractions.




What types of venues feature surf simulators?


A surf simulator works for any venue that seeks to attract a captive audience. This includes waterparks, hotels, FECs, theme parks, shopping malls, and standalone locations that feature just a wave and F&B component.




How many riders may ride at one time?


Depending on your needs, we will custom-design a wave that may have one ride lane to many ride lanes. Each ride lane will accommodate one rider at a time with an inflatable divider preventing riders in different lanes from running into each other. Remove the dividers and your riders will have a larger surface to perform.





Pacific Surf Designs ®

4887 Ronson Court, Suite D

San Diego, CA 92111

858.633.6009

info@pacificsurfdesigns.com