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Starting November 15th, 2001, the world's supreme artificial wave debuts at WAVE HOUSE in Durban, S.A.

In Europe, North America, and Australia, the Siemens mobile Wave Tour has established itself as the ultimate cool in sport spectacle. With its revolutionary artificial wave technology and team of superstar surfers, skateboarders, and snowboarders, the Wave Tour now reaches African shores, November 15-18, 2001.

However, this time the Tour will not bring the Wave. The Wave will already be there, waiting, as the centerpiece of 'Wave House,' the world's first complex dedicated exclusively to the practices and culture of the boardsports lifestyle. Billed as 'The Royal Palace of Youth Culture,' Wave House features the spectacular double show Wave 'Durbinicus Maximus' (a.k.a. 'D-Rex'), two training waves, a 4,000 sq. meter Tony Hawk Skatepark, specialty retail concept stores from Quiksilver, Billabong, O'Neil, Stussy, Lizzard, and core apparel/equipment brands; and a full production television studio. Additionally, a nightclub/dance area converts into a community forum for concerts, readings, cultural events, and martial arts demonstrations, establishing Wave House as a complete mind/body training center. Wave House anchors the youth lifestyle section of the southern hemisphere's largest mall, the new Gateway Shopping Center in Umhlanga Rocks, Durban.

Siemens Mobile is the sponsor of Wave House Durban and supports the global Wave House network planned for California, Hawaii, Australia, and other prime locations around the globe. Siemens will provide mobile technology devices, services, and solutions designed to maximize each visitor's experience at Wave House, creating a wireless phone, internet and video communications showcase that allows individual waveriders to 'become a star' simultaneously in multiple locations throughout the world.

Wave House and its waves are developed by Wave Loch, a company based in La Jolla, California, USA. The 'D-Rex' double show wave is created by eight mammoth submersible pumps which push almost one million liters a minute into a sheet wave of water 3-meter-high. However, this wave doesn't replicate any wave found in the ocean, Tom Lochtefeld, Wave Loch inventor and President, explains: "To duplicate an ocean wave of this height in an artificial environment is not feasible. My epiphany was to recreate the rideable portion of an ocean wave using a 'supercritical' sheetflow - water flowing uphill over a padded wave-form - a topic previously unaddressed in the annals of engineering. The Durbinicus Double Wave form is something I've thought about since the days when I was experimenting with bathtubs, swimming pools, and the hydraulic lab at Scripps [Institution of Oceanography]. One just need break with the prejudice of Nature."

Flowboarding is the name of this new sport, which combines skills used in surfing, skateboarding, wakeboarding, and snowboarding. Top athletes from these sports will reconvene to test this freak of nature at the Wave Tour event in Durban. (Sydney, Australia and Hanover, Germany played host to the two previous 2001 Wave Tour extravaganzas). Among the competitors will be internationally renowned athletes Terje Haakonsen (Norwegian snowboard legend), Andy Macdonald (champion skateboarder, from San Diego), and Rush Randle (windsurfer, all-around waterman and big wave rider from Hawaii). They're all awestruck by these waves: "It's crazy. I can't explain it. It's completely different from anything I've ever done before. It's such a unique experience and so much fun that none of us can get enough of it," explains Randle.

With thousands of spectators looking on, the Wave will be the focal point of the city scene, and is sure to be the 'must-see' show of the year. In addition to stars from all the different board sports, VIPs from the world of film and television eager to take part in this unique experience will also be on hand. National music acts and top DJs will set the beat every day.

Grand opening on November 15th, 2001 at the Wave House in Durban. The new swell is on its way.

For more information, please contact:
Robert Wagner
Unionstrasse 3, 8032 Zurich, Switzerland
49 89 69 72946: phone
49 172 9182 516: mobile

Information, news, and downloadable images are also available on our homepage at www.my-wavetour.com.
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