Westin Keirland : FlowRider Wave Machine

Client: Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
Brand: Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
Date: 2009 – 2013
Project: Kierland Flow Rider, Guest Room Remodel, Corridor Upgrades, Meeting Room Renovations, Marshall’s Outpost Pavilion, Lobby Bar

Issue: Every site utility moved to make room for Flow Rider (ie: fire, media, data, phone, electrical)

  • Corridor upgrade job 2009
  • 2010 Complete remodel of 732 Guest Rooms
  • 2011 Marshall’s Outpost Wedding Facility Project- 4,000 sq ft new construction
  • Marshalls Outpost – Romantic outdoor courtyards, a golf-course view ballroom with adjoining patio for cocktails under the stars
  • 2012 Flow Rider job Lead to New Pool Bar Project
  • 2013 New Lobby Bar Project
  • Project gained a lot of Media Attention
  • Design-build for patio & Flow Rider Shop
  • Only accessible to guest of Westin Kierland
  • Open 365 days a year; can heat in cooler months
  • 1st board sport simulator in AZ resort market.
  • Bringing CA beach lifestyle experience to Sonoran Desert
  • Addition to the Resorts award-winning FUN program
  • Has two jets that pushes nearly 30,000 gallons of water per minute at a speed of 25-30 MPH

Adventure Water Park Addition

The 6,000 square foot addition to the Adventure Water Park includes the FlowRider boardsport simulator, Swilling’s Point viewing patio and event space with shade structure, and retail space where flowboarding sessions are available to purchase per hour. The dual Kierland FlowRider has two jets that push nearly 30,000 gallons of water per minute, at a speed of 25 & 30 mph. It is open year-round, with the capability to heat the waves during the cooler months of the year.

  • Site Work
  • Design Build
  • 1st of its kind in Arizona
  • Bringing the surfing lifestyle to the Sonoran Desert
  • Open 365 days a year
  • The Flowrider’s waveform is a proprietary composite membrane ride surface designed to absorb the energy of impacts

The First

Opened in October 2012, Kierland FlowRider is the first boardsport simulator in the Arizona resort market. Bringing the California beach lifestyle to the Sonoran desert of Scottsdale, this wave technology by Wave Loch attracts youth, families and boardsport enthusiasts of all ages. Kierland FlowRider is a welcomed addition to the Resort’s award-winning FUN Program, and is managed by Kierland Resort’s very own -Wave Master – Steve Richardson who was selected through a unique job search process where the candidates submitted a video along with their application and finalists competed in a surf-off for the dream job.


Flowboarding is not just a ride, it is a sport, a 21st Century alchemy that has the look of surfing, the ride of snowboarding, the tricks of skateboarding, and boards derived from wakeboarding. Thrilling to do, thrilling to watch, and designed to handle wipeouts. The FlowRider’s waveform is a proprietary composite membrane ride surface that is designed to absorb the energy of impacts. Flowboarders may wipe out, but they’ll get back up again and again and again. Boardsports such as surfing, snowboarding, and skateboarding are skill-based activities that challenge riders to develop new tricks to emulate their heroes. The best part about Kierland FlowRider is that no skill is required to flowboard for the very first time, thus making this latest boardsport appreciated by all ages.

  • Mr. Angelone, It is with much gratitude that I author this letter. As we complete the renovation of all guestrooms and corridors, I wanted to take a minute to offer my sincere appreciation to Angelone Builders for a job well done. As you clearly understand, completing this type of work in an operating Resort brings many challenges by way of keeping all concerned happy. The expectation guests, owners and operators often times puts contractors under the spot light as these stakeholders want a fresh product but, also ask that you do it without displacing revenue of guests’ interruption. Not only did you and your team accomplish this task, but on two occasions, you turned over rooms back to the Resort earlier than expected which allowed us to take unanticipated short term reservations for busy weekends. Your hustle to accomplish this resulted in an additional $80,000 in revenue that would have otherwise gone to our competitors! Moving forward, Angelone Builders is at the top of my bid list and I look forward to executing many more projects in the future.

    Bob Cisco
    Bob CiscoWestin Hotels & Resorts / Director of Engineering
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