Catching Waves At The Wave House San Diego

Wave House San Diego opened in summer 2005 at Belmont Park, on the Mission Beach boardwalk. The 40,000 square feet beach lifestyle venue is packed with restaurants, bars, live music stage, special event areas and the coolest wave machine in the world: the Bruticus Maximus. If you’re a surfer looking for the perfect wave, the Wave House has it. I only surf the Internet so I just kicked back in the Bar and Grill and heckled the surfers from afar while chomping down on nachos and drinking beer. It’s way more relaxing than trying the Bruticus Maximus, which will probably kill me.

Traditional wave machines, or wave pools, were often marketed as surf pools, but were not very rider-friendly because they were designed to get as many people in the water as possible. While splashing around and colliding in the dissipating wave energy that was created by pumps and plungers was an added thrill, none of these wave pools came remotely close to satisfying the needs of true wave riding enthusiasts. Then came flowboarding.

The basic technology behind flowboarding and β€œsheet waves” is the use of multiple, high-energy pumps to project a three inch layer of water over a surface that has been shaped to emulate an ocean wave. Essentially, this means that sheet waves are stationary waves with the movement derived from water flowing over this shaped surface. The water flows at between 20 and 30 miles per hour, with as much as 100,000 gallons of water a minute being propelled by the pumps.

The entry-level wave is the FlowRider and this wave offers riders of all levels, from beginner to expert, the perfect canvas to improve their riding. The FlowRider is a sheet wave that emulates an ocean swell giving riders the thrill of flowboarding without the intimidation of a barrel. Its large open face allows riders to throw tricks of all kinds from learning the basics to advanced moves.

The Wave House doesn’t offer a FlowRIder. Instead it gives California surfers the more challenging FlowBarrel. As the name suggests, the wave has a barrel along with a nice steep face, which resembles the type of hardcore wave surfers travel the world looking for. The FlowBarrel can break as big as 10 feet at 30mph but instead of coral, rocks and urchins lurking beneath the surface, sheet waves flow over a soft, flexible surface – similar to a wrestling mat.

The Wave House is one of the many attractions at Mission Beach and is worth checking out when you’re in San Diego. However, I don’t plan on ever trying out the Bruticus Maximus. I’ll just enjoy heckling from afar.

Wave House San Diego

Wave House San Diego

Wave House San Diego

36 thoughts on “Catching Waves At The Wave House San Diego”

  1. Dino says:

    Cool beans, do they allow any ads on the surfers?

    1. John Chow says:

      I think you are allowed to wear whatever you want while surfing.

      1. rebecca says:

        That looks like so much fun..would love to try it.

      2. Kirk Taylor says:

        Be careful, it might invite a nudist response to that comment

        1. I don’t think he said you can choose to wear nothing.

          Wearing anything is wearing something isn’t it?

    2. dotCOMreport says:

      Ads on the surfers? That’s worth thinking about. Wait till the idea gets to some of the big brands out there. Then we can say ‘Dino said it first!’ Maybe they’ll even hire you to consult, then you’ll be rich!!!

      OK…but seriously, it’s a great idea.

      1. PPC Ian says:

        I agree – I think it’s a great idea. Dino is a true marketer.

        1. It’s a good idea but professional surfers do wear all kinds of ads on them already.

          I saw that in Hawaii last December at Billabong Pipe Masters on Sunset Beach.

          1. rebecca says:

            Here in canada pretty hard to surf

        2. rebecca says:

          I would image,,maximize everthing right

          1. Who is going to pay for such spaces where maximum spectators are kids.

    3. I think it would be a great idea to publish the ads on the centre of attraction of all the around.

  2. Mark says:

    Wow this wave house is awesome. That guy that was surfing was so funny, haha πŸ˜€
    My blog about making money online:

    1. One link to your blog was good enough mark.

      Do not show people that you are new player of this game.

      1. Those old days – When everything we want were to pour in our URL – no matter what πŸ™‚ Godd Catch ZK

  3. WTF News says:

    wow, looks like heaps of fun!

  4. Have fun John in the wave house…anyhow I never saw somebody surfing live….

  5. Abhik says:

    OMG!! Surfing in such a small place..

    1. PPC Ian says:

      Yeah, amazing indeed. It looks like so much fun! I want to learn to surf one day, when I’m living off passive income and enjoying the dot com lifestyle.

      1. Aahhh … that “one day” is in everybody’s list …

        1. I am dreaming of it since my child hood – I hope i will not transfer it through Genes to my Kids LoL

  6. Pinoyblognet says:

    someday i’m going to my vacation and hope that place is my destination.

  7. PPC Ian says:

    Wow! That’s really awesome stuff. I grew up in Southern California and used to really enjoy boogie boarding in the ocean. This looks like so much fun. πŸ™‚

    1. I’m not a surfer and it does look like fun.

      I think that the professional surfers may not like it as much as the real ocean waves though.

      I swim and comparing swimming in the ocean to swimming in a pool will always put the ocean on top.

  8. fas says:

    Common John i thought you love adventure and would do it!

    1. rebecca says:

      Y i know i would adventure out to do this forsure.

  9. jack says:

    Unreal, Cool stuff. Been to southern California many times, i will be boogie boarding next time for sure now. Cant wait till summer.

  10. Viki says:

    WOW! The Wave House is awesome!
    We are going to San Diego in 2 months. Will spend most time there πŸ™‚

  11. Boy this one is really a great fun.

    Though to enjoy it yourself you need some kind of skill.

    But simply enjoyed it by watching only.

    1. Very much fun dude ..

  12. Kirk Taylor says:

    Very informitive, I bet you have to be in great shape to get on this system!

  13. Oh what a great surfing instead of online surfing !!

    1. Like that – Online surfer doing offline water surfing

  14. Dan Lew says:

    They must rake up a huge water bill every month πŸ™‚

  15. God, I want to ride that thing soooooo bad. I was just there too for new years, wish I knew about that thing cuz it looks really fun.

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