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Big Surf Water Park in Tempe AZ


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Intro to Big Surf
© Judy Hedding

Big Surf is a water park in Tempe, Arizona that originally opened in 1969. In recent years it was operated by Golfland Entertainment, Inc., along with WaterWorld in west Phoenix and Mesa Golfland SunSplash in Mesa. WaterWorld was sold after the 2008 season and is now Wet 'n' Wild. After the 2009 season, Golfland Entertainment Inc. gave up the lease and announced the park's closure after 40 years of operation. Inland Oceans Inc., who owns the property, decided to reopen and manage it in 2010.

In 2012 Big Surf Waterpark received the designation of Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The society approved the Big Surf nomination as the very first inland surfing facility in North America. Big Surf Waterpark is the first ever amusement or water park to receive this designation from ASME.

Tip #1: Season passes are good at Big Surf only, and are not accepted at the other waterparks in the Valley of the Sun. All three waterparks in the Phoenix area are independently operated as of the 2010 summer season.

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