Big Surf is a water park located in Tempe, Arizona. Opened in 1969 and financed by the Clairol Company, it boasted the first wave pool in the United States. The wave pool was designed by Phil Dexter. At a ceremony on August 17, 2013 the Waikiki Beach Wave pool was designated as an ASME Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark. The recognition is for being the “first inland surfing facility in North America”. The Big Surf Water park became the first amusement park or water park to receive such an ASME landmark status.
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