WhiteWater West Industries is paddling further into the artificial wave market.
The Richmond, British Columbia attractions maker recently acquired the LatiTube line of simulated surfing attractions. The deal was finalized earlier this month and includes all products worldwide, except for those in Australia and New Zealand.
LatiTube, based in New South Wales, Australia, makes the Pocket Single, Pocket Double, Pocket Outbreak and Pocket PRO. Its variable-speed flow concept has already proven successful at top-tier waterparks such as Wet ‘n’ Wild Sydney.
LatiTube has a different take on wave machines that are fast becoming staples at waterparks and resorts the world over. Unlike other surf rides which use a single jet to create a curling wall of shredable water, LatiTube’s multi-jet system generates an infinite number of wave variations.
The operator can tap a screen to adjust the level of difficulty, making it ideal for pros and newbies alike. Just as riders feel they’ve conquered the crest, the operator can ramp up the intensity.
“Joining WhiteWater opens me up to a business that is 100 percent focused on innovating and overcoming boundaries in a given area, whether its wave machines or any other,” said LatiTube inventor Steve Kriticos, who will continue to oversee the brand for WhiteWater West’s Wave Division.
Earlier this year, WhiteWater West acquired FlowRider from La Jolla, Calif.-based Wave Loch. There are more than 180 FlowRiders worldwide.