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They Invented What? (No. 95)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on April 16, 2008

U.S. Pat. No. 5,387,159: Continuous wave generating apparatus for simulated surfriding.


What is claimed is:

1. A wave-generating apparatus, wherein a continuous wave is formed suitable for various
          surfriding sports including surfing, boogie-boarding and bodysurfing, said apparatus comprising:
          a carriage-support means having a carriage frame structure including a base frame on which said carriage frame structure is mounted;
          an elongated tube rotatably cradled in said carriage support means and having oppositely disposed open ends;
          a cap member mounted over each of said open ends of said tube and including an access opening;
          a reservoir formed in said tube by said cap members to hold a given amount of water within said tube during the rotation thereof;
          means for rotatably supporting said tube in a horizontal position within said carriage support means; and
          drive means for rotating said tube to create a centrifugal force, wherein the water is forced outwardly to define a cylindrical wall of water about the interior surface of said tube, whereby a continuous wave is formed in the upwardly rotating side of said wall of water.