Surf's up for Solana Beach-based wave technology company

For Solana Beach-based American Wave Machines, the surf will definitely be up Monday. That’s when a float using its patented technology glides down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena for the 128th Tournament of Roses Parade.


American Wave Machines worked with Irwindale-based Fiesta Parade Floats to build the float, sponsored by The Lucy Pet Foundation, a Thousand Oaks-based national nonprofit that sponsors spay/neuter and adoption mobile clinics around the country. 

The float — which will feature surfing dogs, of course — is billed to be the heaviest and longest at 125 feet long, 136,000 pounds with a capacity to carry 5,000 gallons of water. It is expected to break the Guinness World Record thanks to those stats. 

“This is the second time we have been involved with setting a Guinness World Record, and we are thrilled to have our wave technology applications recognized as the industry leader,” said Bruce McFarland, founder and president of American Wave Machines. “We are delighted to team with Fiesta Floats and The Lucy Pet Foundation as part of our ongoing corporate charity efforts.”

Since 2000, American Wave Machines has been behind the technology that drives wave systems at many surf pools and surf parks around the world. 

“The challenges in designing for a mobile environment are trying to maximize the wave size while at the same time minimizing weight and footprint. With programmable controls, our patented…

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