Friday, January 20, 2006

San Diego Inventor Is Walt Disney Of Wave Machines

SAN DIEGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – If you tell inventor Tom Lochtefeld he has a swell head, he’ll probably agree with you because he spends most of his time thinking about waves.

Lochtefeld is the inventor of WaveLoch, a brand of wave machines that push a four-inch thick flow of water over a hump to create a 10-foot barrel.

He’s also working on technology that will allow the machines to recreate the waves at popular surf spots like Waimea Bay at a 1/24 scale.

Computer technology helps Lochtefeld recreate some of his favorite swells at a higher level of consistency than what can be found in the ocean.

And since the WaveLoch water flow is faster than ocean surf, “it increases reaction time.”

Lochtefeld admits wave machines won’t completely replace real surf but says there are certain tricks that can be done on his machines that are hard to reproduce in actual water.

Lochtefeld is making waves in other ways. He’s just been chosen the Autodesk Inventor of the Month, which the software company gives out to innovators who are turning great ideas into reality.

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