FlowRider, Inc. is an amalgamation of technology, people and history. A rich history, which started over 30 years ago with a small idea by Tom Lochtefeld – that by shooting water up a ramp (in his bathtub!) he could simulate the barrel of our favorite wave in La Jolla – Big Rock (image left). That small idea grew into a global wave riding experience. He always said “the goal is to bring the thrill of riding a wave to anyone, anywhere in the world.” That goal has been, and still is, our guiding light.

If success is gauged by FlowRider being the most successful simulated surfing experience, then so be it. We prefer to think of it as delivering fun! Our owner up North, Geoff Chutter, allowed us to continue to pursue these goals thru the acquisition of the brand and technology in late 2012. While some of us are still around, everyone that joins our small team in San Diego shares the same passion that we all have. That passion is for health, the business, and for fun, and that same passion extends to our service mentality. With no service there is no FlowRider, as aside from our technology, it is what really separates us from……everyone. I will stack up this team against anyone, yet we strive to have fun each day in our jobs, and we strive to create fun experiences for our customers and their valued patrons.

I once told Geoff, “When I can’t have fun anymore, I quit!” Well Geoff, I am still enjoying the ride, and having fun every step of the way, and really, isn’t that what life should be about? If you want to enjoy the ride, our ride, and bring some fun to your venue, please give us a call. I am positive we can help you out.


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Our goal is to develop honorable relationships with our suppliers, specifiers, and our valued customers and their patrons. We want them to know we are there for them every step of the way. From Specifiers like WTI and Cloward H2O, management groups like American Resort Management, suppliers like Xylem, the shipyards, and lastly our enduring customers including Royal Caribbean Int’l, Marriott, Surf House, and Westin, these valued relationships are what bring so much joy to our work.


We made a promise long ago to keep the sport going. And although we took a break during COVID, it’s time to restart! The flowboarding community is a grass roots group that has endured from the beginning and will continue to do so as we run a series of Flowboarding League Of the World (FLOW) events for the sporting community each year from June to October.


Want the latest in gear? We created flowridershop.com to serve the community and to enable the flowboarders of the world to have an online, one-stop shop. Make it easy on yourself and check out the site for yourself. And if you’re a venue, you can reach us directly for wholesale options!