Wave House® Hosts Competitors from Around the U.S. and Abroad for the Finals of the Second Annual Wave House Flow Tour Sept. 21 and 22, 2007

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Wave House® San Diego hosts two-day flowboarding competition, with participants from throughout the United States and beyond. They will attempt to tame the Bruticus Maximus®, affectionately known as the 'B-Max', this beast uses 800 horsepower to create a perfect 10' barreling wave. One hundred thousand gallons of water is propelled by four, 250 hp pumps to a speed of 30 miles per hour, upon which Flowboarders accomplish maneuvers unimaginable on an ocean wave. Registration is still available for competitors. The event is free and open to the public to watch these unbelievable athletes.

After nearly four months, 13 states and hundreds of competitors from all over the globe, the finals of the 2nd Annual Wave House® Flow Tour are coming to San Diego. Hosted by Wave House and presented by Royal Caribbean International®, the two-day event will feature the best of the best Flowboarders on Friday, Sept. 21 and Saturday, Sept. 22. They will compete for $10,000 in prizes, with the two overall winners receiving a seven-night Royal Caribbean cruise vacation for two on Freedom of the SeasSM or Liberty of the SeasSM - the only cruise ships in the world you can surf on.

The competition kicked off in May right here in San Diego and then made its way around the country with its final stop at the Wave House in Mission Beach. Winners from around the United States, Australia, and South Africa received round-trip tickets from Wave House to compete in the finals. Winners include:

  •     Victoria Helliwell - Splash City, Collinsville, Ill.
  •     Nic Huebing - Kalahari Dells, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
  •     Mallory Vedder- Kalahari Dells, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
  •     Scott Stoltz - Kalahari Sandusky, Sandusky, Ohio
  •     Brittany McCoche - Kalahari Sandusky, Sandusky, Ohio
  •     Sean Silveria - Adrenalina, Orlando, Fla.
  •     Vanessa Arroyo - Adrenalina, Orlando, Fla.
  •     De'lori Manus - Hawaiian Waters, Kapolei, Hawaii
  •     Buck Brackman - Waterpark of America, Bloomington, Minn.
  •     Meghan Krantz - Waterpark of America, Bloomington, Minn.
  •     Sean Beckwith - Schlitterbahn Water Park, Galveston, Texas
  •     Morgan Seabert - Schlitterbahn Water Park, Galveston, Texas
  •     Andy Haase - Waterville USA, Gulf Shores, Ala.
  •     Nick Nygen - Waterville US, Gulf Shores, Ala.
  •     Aaron Dean - Camelbeach Waterpark Poconos, Pa.
  •     Allie Conant- Camelbeach Waterpark Poconos, Pa.
  •     Jai West - Dreamworld, Gold Coast, Australia
  •     Greg Lazarus and Billy Tennant, South Africa

Local Southern California area competitors include:

  •     Kristen Barney, San Diego, Calif.
  •     Andy Gold, San Diego, Calif.
  •     Jamie Lovett, Newport Beach, Calif.
  •     Tyler McIntyre, Del Mar, Calif.
  •     Derek Zemen, La Jolla, Calif.

The qualification round will be from 12:00 pm to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, with the final-round action starting at 2:00 pm on Saturday, Sept. 22. Flowboarders will vie for titles in divisions that include Junior Men's Bodyboard, Women's Bodyboard, Men's Bodyboard, Drop Knee, Expert Bodyboard, Junior Men's Stand-up, Men's Stand-up, Women's Stand-up, and Expert Stand-up.

"The Flow Tour gives an unknown boardsports enthusiast, from anywhere in the country, the opportunity to compete against the stars," said Wave House owner Tom Lochtefeld, who also invented the FlowRider® and Bruticus Maximus, a 10-foot high barreling wave competitors will need to tame to win the title. "We're excited to host the final rounds at Wave House and to crown a hero for the 2007 Wave House Flow Tour," Lochtefeld said.

A grand prize of a seven-night Eastern or Western Caribbean cruise aboard one of Royal Caribbean's two new Freedom-class ships will be awarded to the two top Flowboarders of the Flow Tour. The winners and their guest can continue to hone their boarding skills on the FlowRider® aboard Freedom of the Seas or sister-ship Liberty of the Seas, two ships that share the title of the largest cruise ships in the world. They also will enjoy onboard amenities that vacationers can only find on Royal Caribbean ships, such as the H2O Zone water park, cantilever whirlpools suspended 112 feet above the ocean, an ice-skating rink, and rock-climbing wall. And that's just the beginning of their Royal Caribbean cruise adventure.

It's not too late for local competitors to join in the action. Anyone can register in-person at the Wave House® Athletic Club in Mission Beach. Pre-registration is just $25. Competitors receive a tour t-shirt, tour magazine, practice time, and on Saturday, a complimentary pancake breakfast served by the Mission Beach Rotary Club, followed by lunch from Wahoo's Fish Tacos.

The event is free and open to the public both Friday and Saturday. There will also be a vendor village on Saturday, with the top names in action sports on site with free samples and giveaways. Wave House® is located at 3125 Ocean Front Walk, Mission Beach in Belmont Park. For more information please call (858) 228-9300 or visit http://www.wavehouse.com.

About Wave House®/Belmont Park
Located on the boardwalk in the heart of San Diego's Mission Beach, Wave House® (http://www.wavehouse.com) is a key component in the revitalization of Belmont Park (http://www.belmontpark.com), a seven-acre beachfront commercial/recreational development that offers the quintessential California experience for locals and visitors alike. In addition to the Bar and Grill, adjacent Wave House® elements include: the Wave House® Athletic Club with its state-of-the-art gym equipment and FlowRider® sheet wave attraction, the historic Plunge swimming pool and advanced mind/body classes, such as Yoga and Bosu training; a historic amusement park with seven attractions, including the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster.

About The FlowRider®
The FlowRider® is a wave machine specifically designed to simulate the perfect never-ending surfing wave. Its submersible pumps generate a thin sheet of water flowing at a speed of 20+ miles per hour over a stationary wave form. The resulting "wave-like" shape permits riders to slide down, carve a turn, and ride up the simulated wave surface. The FlowRider® offers the thrill of surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding in the size of a backyard pool. The sport of Flowboarding was established 16 years ago, and there are currently 40 FlowRiders® in the United States and 84 throughout the world. Experience the power of the flow at http://www.flowrider.com.

About WAVE LOCH'S Bruticus Maximus®
Affectionately known as the 'B-Max', this beast uses 800 horsepower to create a perfect 10' barreling wave. One hundred thousand gallons of water is propelled by four, 250 hp pumps to a speed of 30 miles per hour, upon which Flowboarders accomplish maneuvers unimaginable on an ocean wave. See http://www.waveloch.com for information.

About Royal Caribbean International®
Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise brand with 21 ships currently in service and three under construction. The line also offers unique land-tour vacations in Alaska, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, South America and New Zealand through its cruisetour division. For additional information or to make reservations, call your travel agent, visit http://www.royalcaribbean.com or call (800) ROYAL-CARIBBEAN. For travel professionals, go to http://www.cruisingpower.com or call (800) 327-2056.

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