TURNING A BOAT INTO A FLOATING WAVE MACHINE
Our floating wave machine is actually a large skiff-style boat with a deep heavy specially designed lower hull and oversized engine. It is wake surfing on steroids.
We have extensive experience in wake surfing. We operated one of the biggest and best wakeboard boats with 5000 pounds of ballast and custom alterations. We also experimented with our 30 foot fishing boat, adding massive ballast and wake surfing in the ocean. Our experience has taught us many things about producing the perfect wave behind a boat.
Wake surfing, as it is practiced now, is done behind wakeboard boats. The wave is generally 2.5 feet high or less, but is actually much more powerful than a 2.5 foot wave that you would ride in the ocean. That is why the more advanced wake surfers can launch aerials over 2 feet above the breaking part of the wave. This would be impossible on a 2.5 foot wave in the ocean.
With this excessive power comes a paradox. You would think that this excessive power would be a good thing. Scale it up, and it would be even better. However, with a standard style wakeboard boat or fishing boat hull, you can't scale it up to 3.5 or 4 feet because the wave turns into Teahupoo. The wave is too steep, breaks too fast and has a lip that is about 1 foot thick. That is why you seldom see wake surfing done behind big boats. It just doesn't work very well.
We spent many hours surfing behind our fishing boat. The hull was similar in shape to our wakeboard boat. With this experience we came to the conclusion that we needed a hull designed specifically for wake surfing in order to make the big boat work.
A standard big boat hull has two basic flaws that we were able to overcome. The changes we made to the standard hull are substantial, yet simple and are fully described in our patent application that was filed in October, 2020. The result is a long perfect clean wave face with a perfect curl, similar to Malibu Point, breaking far behind the transom.