American Wave Machines (AWM), a leading wave pool, surf park and wave technology company, recently announced the completion of a new PerfectSwell high-performance surfing pool in Shizunami, Japan. Now, Team USA has had the chance to put the new venue through its paces as they prepare for the Tokyo Games.
This year, surfing will make its debut at the Olympics and pro-surfers Carissa Moore, Caroline Marks, John John Florence, and Kolohe Andino visited PerfectSwell Shizunami in Makinohara, Japan as part of their training camp in mid-July.
Building confidence ahead of Toyko games
“It’s nice to get some waves right off the plane, surf a new wave pool, try out some new boards, and get a bunch of reps. Everyone is ripping. It’s really fun, ” said Marks, while Moore added: “Getting to train in the wave pool before heading to the Olympic venue in Chiba gave me a lot of repetition and a bit of confidence going into the event window.”
“The pool has been super fun,” said Florence. “For me, it’s been really good because I’m coming out of an injury right now so just to slowly push a little harder and harder and have the same thing over and over again is pretty cool because you have so much control over it. It’s amazing for repetition and timing.”
American Wave Machines would like to wish Team USA the best of luck for the competition. Medals will be awarded during the competition window between July 25 and August 1.
The company also recently invited pro surfers Evan Geiselman and Kevin Schulz to compete in the first-ever game of SURF held in a PerfectSwell wave pool, and showed how PerfectSwell technology is being used for surf lessons, making these wave pools the ideal tool for people of all levels to improve their skills.
Top image: Team USA in the pool at PerfectSwell Shizunami. From left to right: Kolohe Andino, John John Florence, Caroline Marks, Carissa Moore