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AirWave Emerging Tech Presentation at Surf Park Summit 2 (Teaser Version)

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Ross McCarthy’s AirWave Emerging Tech Presentation at Surf Park Summit 2 (Teaser Version)

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Teaser version of Ross McCarthy’s AirWave Emerging Tech presentation at Surf Park Summit 2 on September 7, 2016. Ross is the Founder & Director of AirWave.


Ross McCarthy has a Masters degree in Product Design and is a self-taught engineer. As a designer Ross has been self-employed for the past seven years. During the seven years Ross has developed surf products, wake boards, surf boards and other water sport related products. This led Ross to follow his dream of developing an indoor/outdoor water sports device that can form surfing waves, wake boarding/wake skating wakes, and a water driven half-pipe. Ross McCarthy is based in Dunedin, New Zealand.


AirWave is the ‘brain child’ of Ross McCarthy. “I began development because it showed great safety aspects and also a brand new way of producing surf like waves.”  The wave form is based around the physics of a river wave where water flows down over a rock face and hits the water creating a small river wave. The fluid based wave form and inflatable surroundings create impact resistance much like a bouncy castle, therefore wipe-outs become fun and exciting.

AirWave’s goal was to produce a nice front-on wave which it did, however further testing proved AirWave could do much more by simply changing the fluid levels and pressures in the wave forms. Changing the fluid levels and pressures allowed AirWave to change the height and angle of the wave. AirWave can produce both left and right hand breaks, barrelling waves and the front-on waves. AirWave can also easily alter the face of the wave depending on the experience levels of the surfer. AirWave is one of the most versatile standing waves on the market.

AirWaves greatest feature is its ability to quickly (while the water is flowing) alter the size and shape of the wave to suit the surfer’s ability, therefore creating excitement and variety for those riding it. Operators can do all of this using a simple touch screen interface.