World leader in surfing wave technology.

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First conceived in the shallow reef breaks off La Jolla, California, Wave Loch® (founded in 1991) is the world leader in human generated wave technology. We hold over 100 patents world-wide and have installations spanning the globe. We’re a technology company and a lifestyle company. It’s our enduring connection to the lifestyle that offers enduring value to your venue. Take the time to understand our product offerings, and how our lifestyle approach can generate reward beyond a financial return. We LIVE what we do and look forward to sharing our passion with you.

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San Diego, CA 92121

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Wave Loch Founder & CEO Tom Lochtefeld

Tom-Lochtefeld-Version-5Tom Lochtefeld is the founder and CEO of Wave Loch, the most successful “wave maker” in the world. As of 2014, his wave attractions are installed in over 200 installations in 35 countries.  He is the inventor of the sheet wave attractions FlowRider® and FlowBarrel®, the Olympic destined Surf Loch SurfPool™, the global sport of Flowboarding®, and the Wave House® and Flow House® venues currently operating in 10 locations around the world, with more in various stages of development. Mr. Lochtefeld has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, FORBES, Men’s Journal, Los Angeles Times, ESPN The Magazine, National Geographic, and many trade and local publications.  His inventions have been featured in two major motion pictures, music videos, the Discovery Channel, CBS Sports’ College Championships, and MTV. He holds over 100 patents worldwide, and his inventions have set the bar and become the standard for all artificial waves.

Honing his skill at “Big Rock”, the California surf-trepeneur spent the first years of his life riding in the tube at this famous La Jolla surf break – and the rest of his life working to re-create that thrill and export it to the world.

Read more or download Tom’s entire bio HERE
Click HERE to read about Tom on Encyclopedia of Surfing website
Click HERE to read a message from our founder as he talks of the development of Wave Loch and this great technology

Product Information

  • SurfLoch WaveSystems™

    A new kind of surfing wave pool that immediately absorbs wave energy and allows many waves per minute, and not minutes per wave. Forget the troubled, inefficient wave machines of the past. SurfLoch WaveSystems™ innovative surf pool designs offer: consistent, quality waves with unprecedented frequency in the smallest physical footprint, and with the greatest energy efficiency. While the few surfing wave pools in existence have struggled to make ends meet, our sister company, Surf Loch LLC, has dedicated over 10 years to the development and refinement of its proprietary technology to make what was once infeasible, now financially viable and ready to deploy. Available in a variety of designs to match your business model and customer base, and available in three aquatic systems: pool, lake and lagoon.  Learn more HERE about this amazing new entertainment sensation! Read and view a case study showing a fascinating SurfLoch SurfPool™ transformation of a town center in the Netherlands.

  • Wave House®

    Invented by a surfer, inspired by surf history and showcasing the future of simulated wave technology, Wave House, our turn-key entertainment venues,  epitomize the surfing lifestyle: sand, music, sunshine, sunsets, barbeque and spirits, overlooking a magnificent man-made beach environment.

  • Wave Loch FlowBarrel® and FlowRider®

    The most successful artificial wave in the world, with over 200 installations (including several Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships), FlowBarrel® and FlowRider® sheet wave technology was invented by Tom Lochtefeld, and provides a wave riding experience for beginners and experts alike in the space of a backyard swimming pool. These sheet waves spawned the birth of the international sport of Flowboarding, and every year competitors from around the world meet for the annual FLOW Championships on a FlowBarrel®

Recent Press

1927 Magazine Spring 2016

1927 Magazine Spring 2016 (.pdf)

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L.A. Times Article 5/04/2016 (.pdf)

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EasyJet Traveller June 2016

EasyJet Traveller June 2016

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Company Brochures

SurfLoch WaveSystems Brochure 2016 (.pdf)

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Surf Pool Feasibility Report (.pdf)

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Wave House Brochure (.pdf)

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Wave Loch Brochure (.pdf)

Wave Loch Brochure (.pdf)

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FlowRider® Brochure (.pdf)

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FlowBoarding Magazine (.pdf)

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Media Assets


Click here to view over 200 locations where our products are generating fun and profit world-wide.


rif010 green logoRif010 SurfPool™

The City of Rotterdam held a citywide voting contest to award redevelopment funds to the best urban initiative.  Out of 26 different projects,the Rif010 Project, using Surf Loch SurfPool™ wave generating technology to create a surfing wave pool in an abandoned canal, was selected as the winner. Opening is projected for 2016.

Men’s Journal

America’s Coolest Man-Made Thrill. CLICK HERE to view the article.

World Waterpark Association

Best of Show.


IAAPA – International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions

Best New Product Waterpark Ride Attraction: Swatch/Wave Loch Mobile Tour.

Honorable Mention Most Outstanding Exhibit of New Major Ride.

Honorable Mention Best New Product. 

County of San Diego, California

Proclamation Honoring Tom Lochtefeld



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