Citywave USA moves to testing phase

Lakeside Surf, a standalone surf park adjacent to Slidewaters Waterpark in Chelan, Washington, has finally seen standing wave attraction ‘citywave’ come to life, seven years after owners Burke and Robert Bordner first connected with inventor of citywave, Rainer Klimaschewski.

The world’s largest standing wave saw its first official surfers when the Bordners dropped in on the wave last month to enjoy the fruits of their labour.

The world record citywave plans to be ready for full operation in 2021, with Lakeside Surf set to open for the 2021 season in April.

“It was such a monumental moment to be on the wave with Robert,” Burke Bordner said. “The project has stretched us in every conceivable way and to get to the point of surfing was a testament to God’s faithfulness and the value of perseverance.”

The project has dealt with its share of setbacks, the most dramatic coming this summer with COVID-19 wiping out the 2020 season. But now that testing is underway, the only wipe outs are from smiling surfers who have gotten the privilege to be one of the first surfers in the world to experience a 16-metre (52 foot) wide standing wave.

“The only way to really appreciate the size of this wave is to see it first hand,” Robert Bordner said. “We expect surfers from around the world to be blown away not only by the width of the wave, but also the quality. The guys from citywave have taken their already fantastic product to a new level with our installation.”

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