Founder, K.C. Hoos is a native Chicagoian. Growing up near the lakefront K.C. always enjoyed the beach and water activities. After living in Southern California for a few years and surfing there, K.C. has returned to his native roots - Chicago. One fall day, K.C. was driving south on Lake Shore Drive and the Lake Michigan waves were uniquely large enough to surf on. This got him thinking; "How cool would it be if you could surf in Chicago?!" So he began searching into options on how to make this a reality... Eventualy K.C. came across American Wave Machines' SurfStream®, a stationary surf machine which provides a controlled environment simulating surfing on real surf boards. It's fun for people of all ages and just as fun for others to watch. Anyone can use the SurfStream®, from beginners to professional surfers to continously improve their surfing skills.
So, over the past several years, K.C. has worked closely with the Chicago Park District to find the perfect location for this exciting new surf park. Montrose Beach was selected as the ideal location with its large sandy beach and expansive surrounding parks. The surf park will complement the other adventure sport and exercise programs currently at Montrose Beach, like; stand up paddle boards, kayaks, jet ski rentals, regular volleyball games and tournaments... In addition, Chicago Surf will offer special events, like Ametuer and Professional Surf Competions featuring actual pro surfers, skate boarders and Olympic champion snow boarders to compete in judged surfing tournaments. Chicago Surf at Montrose Beach will also include a beachside café and large patio seating, offering a front row view to the surfing action while enjoying fresh menu items such as salads, wraps, sandwiches, fish tacos, complemented by your favorite cold beverage. Lastly, Chicago Surf will have available various retail merchandise (sun screen, sun glasses, t-shirts, surf gear, volleyballs, soccer balls, and much more).
Chicago Surf LLC is the first and only surf park within Chicago’s Cook County, IL. and is set to open this May 2015.
The SurfStream® is a stationary, on ground surf park and the only patented surf machine in the world that provides authentic surfing on real surfboards with the ability to deliver multiple wave types in one machine. This means that Chicago Surf at Montrose Beach can offer a flat wave type with safe adjustable water speeds and depths for beginners, and can quickly be changed to manageable 1’ waves… up to challenging 6’ waves breaking left, right or both! Chicago Surf at Montrose Beach can accommodate special events too; Birthday Parties, Day Camps, Nightly Surf Leagues, Surf Competitions, and even Corporate Events
Chicago Surf is a unique vendor at Montrose Beach offering all your Retail Merchandise. Chicago Surf will sell and rent items like; Sun Screen, Sun Glasses, Towels, Chicago Surf T-shirts, Hats, Surf Stickers, Volleyballs, Footballs, Soccer Balls, Frisbees, etc
We have launched this Kickstarter campaign and are offering some exciting Rewards to reach our GOALS:
1) Generating support and awareness around this exciting and unique new experience along Chicago's lakefront. You can now surf in Chicago! This stationary, ocean-like surf machine offers a fun and controlled surfing environment for everyone, from beginners to professionals. Surfing on a SurfStream® is capable of boogie boards, kayaks, kneeling, and stand-up surfing. The surf park is fun for even the non-surfers. It is just as fun to watch people surf! It is enjoyable to watch a beginner boogie boarding and quickly traansition to stand-up surfing, just as it is enjoyable to watch an experience surfer ride waves from 1' up to 6' tall!
2) With a successful Kickstarter we hope to add a heated tent during the colder months which will extend our surfing season into months like March / April, and September / October.
3) Lastly, help us exceed our Kickstarter goal and we will install a wider SurfStream® surf machine increasing our ability to accommodate more surfers at one time, which means more fun for everyone!
So, with your support, we can achieve our Kickstarter goals and help make Chicago Surf at Montrose Beach an amazing facility for everyone to enjoy! We look forward to you visiting us this 2015 season and thank you again for your support!