Big Surf

Big Surf is a waterpark 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. The park is currently operated by Golfland Family Fun Centers.

History

As the first and oldest wave pool in the United States, it at one point featured surfing exhibitions and competition, as well as regular use by patrons of the park. This was largely discontinued in the late 1980s and early 1990s due to safety and liability concerns. More recently the park has discontinued all surfing in the wave pool as of 2005. However body board sessions are still available.

The park is currently celebrating their 40th year anniversary.

The park is notable for being the first of its kind in the United States.

On September 2, 2009, it was reported that Big Surf will close indefinitely at the end of the day on Monday, September 7, 2009. However, later that week on September 5, the Arizona Republic reported that Big Surf would open again in Summer 2010, under the original owners rather than the Golfland Entertainment, Inc. banner.

The park's new website is http://www.bigsurffun.com and their phone number has been updated to (480)994-2297.

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Desiree Gaston
20 August 2018
Hitch a ride in the wave pool or test your fear on one of the water slides. Adults and children will enjoy the offerings at this water park. Tip: go early to avoid long lines and looking for seating.
Madi Grace
26 June 2015
Big surf is a blast! If you love water slides, I recommend you go there and try the corkscrew! It's looks scary but it's so much fun!
ShaneNchrystal Hackney-Bowers
Sunsplash is bigger, has a lazy river and bigger slides, plus it's closer for us. Best thing at Big Surf is the wave pool. A lot of renovations need to be done.
Nicolle Bryant
20 July 2013
Super fun! Save with the groupon. Pretty cool 'water' sidewalks so you don't burn your feet. And they have a great kid area with kid only slides.
Jackie S.
13 July 2011
Good variety of food offered but so easy to go in and out to eat snacks. There is a shady grass strip between the parking lot and the park where many families set up a picnic.
Halloween Hall
7 July 2013
It was fun and cheap. Nice day to go to a small water park. Get there early though it gets crowded around 11ish
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1500 N McClintock Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA Get directions
Wed 10:00 AM–2:00 PM
Thu 10:00 AM–3:00 PM
Fri 10:00 AM–9:00 PM
Sat 6:00 AM–11:00 PM
Sun 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Mon 10:00 AM–4:00 PM

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