Virginia Is For Lovers, Guns, And Now Surf Parks
There's a new wave pool coming to the capital of the Confederacy.
Today thousands of gun nuts and white supremacists are marching through the streets of Richmond, Virginia. Protesting their 2nd amendment rights, it’s actually not the biggest news coming out of Virginia today…at least if you’re a surfer.
American Wave Machines (AWM) has announced that they will be developing “The LAKE” in Richmond, Virginia. They’ve partnered with an area group called Flatwater Companies on the project. The development will include their PerfectSwell technology made famous by the BSR Surf Resort.
It will also include retail and entertainment space, office space, a hotel and apartments. They reportedly have the permits in hand and will begin construction in the near future with eyes set on opening in the second half of 2021.
"We're extremely pleased to add The Lake to a quickly growing list of PerfectSwell surf destinations. Having recently announced PerfectSwell Surf Stadium Japan, scheduled to open June 2020, our vision for a global network of high performance surf pools is materializing." AWM’s Mike Lopez said in the press release. "PerfectSwell Richmond, with its grand vision, adds a key location to our expanding network."
AWM has been on a bit of a roll lately. Capitalizing on the momentum and popularity of BSR, they have a number of surf parks in development. As mentioned, they’ve got a project in the works in Japan. They also have announced a project in Sao Paulo, Brazil.