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Travelers who have always fantasized about catching a wave, but might have been hesitant to experiment out in the ocean due to lack of skill, can now learn how to surf on Ponte Vedra Beach on the brand-new Surfstream® Wave Machine at Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Leave it to the ingenuity of designers and engineers to create an “out of ocean” surfing market where ground-breaking technology replicates ocean-like waves and ideal conditions for surfing in a safe and controlled environment.
The first of its kind in the continental U.S., this standing wave machine adjacent to the main pool creates up to seven different wave types for all skill levels. So you now have the opportunity to add a little more action and adventure to your visit by experiencing an authentic wave ride in up to 14 inches of water on the Surfstream®. The SurfStream® accommodates one surfer or boogie boarder at a time, while a team of trained spotters and instructors oversee every surfer so they can fully enjoy their epic experience. Participation is booked in a 20-minute session (five minutes of instruction followed by 15 minutes of surf), with up to three people permitted to ride during each turn. Anyone who uses the machine must stand more than 42 inches tall. Riding the waves costs $20 per person for the 20-minute session and reservations for specific time slots can be made in advance. The Surfstream operates from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5:20 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, with extended summer hours to be scheduled.
And once you’ve perfected your surfing technique in this controlled environment, it’s an easy stroll down to the Cabana Beach Club where you can rent a surfboard and try out your new skills in the Atlantic Ocean. In fact, according to SurfForecast.com, “Ponte Vedra in North Florida is an exposed beach and reef break that has pretty consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Waves at the beach are both lefts and rights. Best around low tide.”