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Chicago Surf at Montrose Beach provides an on-land surfing experience simulating ocean-like waves and has a full service restaurant!

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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!

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Chicago Surf LLC has worked closely with the Chicago Park District, Alderman, Police Commander, other neighborhood organizations, and engineers to ensure the surf park is properly installed to benefit the community and the City of Chicago.

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  • You selected
    $5 reward

    1 backer

    Tell-a-Friend, “Thank You”.
    Help spread the word Chicago is now going to have a surf park! Promise to tell a friend about our exciting surf park at Montrose Beach opening this May 2015, and we will “Thank you” on our sponsors section of our website.

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    $35 reward

    15 backers

    Recieve our EXCLUSIVE Chicago Surf T-Shirt or a Surf Hat with our Logo. Thank You!

    This also includes Reward #1

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $40 reward

    14 backers

    First Surf Session Experience.
    - Be one of the first to surf the SurfStream® with this 1 hour in length surfing certificate, redeemable anytime during regular surfing hours of operation. Thank you!
    Also includes Reward #1

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  • You selected
    $75 reward

    11 backers

    "The Cowabunga Dude!"
    This Reward includes your choice of our exclusive Chicago Surf T-Shirt or Hat, and one (1) hour surf session on our SurfStream® machine. Plus, you will receive a free Chicago Surf sticker! Thank You!
    Also includes Reward #1

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  • You selected
    $120 reward

    3 backers

    "SURF, SURF, SURF!!!" This Reward is for three (3) surf sessions of one hour in length each. It also includes a FREE exclusive Chicago Surf t-shirt...!

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    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    $200 reward

    9 backers

    “The Ferris Bueller”. -
    It’s summer, ditch school or work for a day! This Kickstarter ONLY Reward allows you UNLIMITED surfing for a whole day. Plus you will receive our exclusive t-shirt or Chicago Surf mesh hat!
    (This package will not be offered during our regular hours of operations – Kickstarter ONLY). Thank You!
    Also includes Reward #1

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  • You selected
    $1,000 reward

    6 backers Limited (14 left of 20)

    Attend our VIP Invite Only Grand Opening (May 2015). -
    This Reward is valid for up to four (4) people. Includes surfing, eating and drinks during the event. It also includes an exclusive Chicago Surf t-shirt and hat for each guest.
    Date TBD, but ETA early May 2015 at Montrose Beach. The Grand Opening will also include lots of fun music and many other giveaways! Thank You!
    Also includes Reward #1

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $3,000 reward

    0 backers Limited (20 left of 20)

    “The Surf League” -
    Grab some friends and reserve your weekly surf league time slot now! Monday through Friday, Once a week for eight (8) weeks you can select the nightly surf time slot of your choice. Includes one cold beverage each week per person at our Chicago Surf patio.
    For Instance, if you and your surf friends want to meet at the Surf Park every Wednesday night at 7pm and surf for an hour, improving your surf skills, learn new tricks, turns, jumps and sprays… This is your opportunity.
    *Valid one hour/week, up to 10 people per hour, valid for a period of eight (8) consecutive weeks. Cold beverage voucher valid one (1) per person each week – cannot be carried over to other weeks or transferred onto to others.* Thank You!
    Also includes Reward #1

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  • You selected
    $5,000 reward

    0 backers Limited (20 left of 20)

    “The Beach Bum” -
    Receive an EXCLUSIVE surf board with the Chicago Surf logo, and 10 hours per week on the SurfStream® machine valid for our entire 2015 season!
    (Surfing based on capacity and availability when booking each surf session).
    *This Reward is a Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE, not offered during our regular hours of operations. Thank You!

    Also includes Reward #1

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $10,000 reward

    0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)

    “The Big Kahuna!” -
    This is IT! Valid for up to 45 people.
    - Includes VIP Patio area during the 5 hours,
    - Exclusive access to the SurfStream® for 5 hours
    - Drinks and Food service included for 5 hours
    - Chicago Surf exclusive t-shirt for each guest (45 max)
    Thank You!
    Also includes Reward #1

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  • You selected
    $10,000 reward

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    “The Sponsor” -
    Sponsorship opportunity available, inquire within. *
    Note: Any sponsorship is subject to agreement terms and approval by the CPD, and Chicago Surf LLC. No alcohol sponsors allowed. Good for 1 year (from January 1 2015 – December 31st 2015). Thank You!

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