Ben Nielsen is a professional licensed engineer with McLaughlin Whitewater Design Group in Denver Colorado. He was the design engineer for the Boise River Park and Chattahoochee River Restoration in Columbus Georgia. While attending Cal Poly, where he received a degree in civil engineering, he fell in love with surfing the powerful, empty lineups of Central California. With Ben’s passion for rivers and surfing combined with expertise in hydraulics and fluid dynamics he is advancing river wave design to bring land locked surfers, like him, the stoke of riding waves. Ben has presented at many U.S. and international conferences on various topics related to river recreation design. Most recently, he presented design strategies for integrated recreation and fish passage projects at the 2013 International Fish Passage Conference and design of surf waves in natural river systems at the 2014 Forum Flusswellen in Munich.