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Surf Ryder simulator opens at Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre

Surf Ryder simulator opens at Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre
August 11, 2014

Australia's third LatiTube standing surf wave simulator has opened at the Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre (RALC) in suburban Sydney.

The $3.5 million project has made the RALC the first community aquatic centre in NSW to offer the thrill of riding a surfboard all year. 

Branded as the SurfRyder, the LatiTube's wave simulation technology provides waves that can be adjusted to suit riders of all abilities and can form a range of wave shapes and heights, from a two metre tube to a 60 cm roller.

Water from a 90,000 litre holding tank is pushed through the riding surface from two, 132kW pumps to create the wave, with water temperature at a constant 29C.

The simulator, which can take up to 48 riders an hour, costs $17.50 for half-an-hour of riding, which includes pool entry.

The attraction was funded by reserves held by RALC, which is one of a handful of Council-owned and operated pools to deliver a surplus.

Developed by Coffs Harbour-based Swimplex Aquatics and inventor Steve Kriticos, the LatiTube captures the rush, velocity and intensity of a barrelling wave.

Unlike other simulators and wave pools, the Latitube pumps water over a flexible 20mm mat known as 'the curtain ride surface', which is similar in feel to a backyard trampoline.

For more information on the LatiTube contact Swimplex Aquatics on 1300 796 759, E:,

Click here to visit the Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre website.


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