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Flowriders - The evil within...

Postby KBrylczyk » Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:50 pm

Many of us on this site have encountered a Flowrider before. You all know what I'm talking about. That innocent-looking wave machine that lets you boogie-board your heart out and occasionally wipe out while all of your friends watch and point and laugh. Wiping out is fun on these things, though! They're not particularly painful and you always get right back up laughing about it, right?

Wrong.

There are places in this world, evil places, that allow, no, ENCOURAGE you to learn how to surf on a Flowrider. And I don't mean surf like body-surf. I mean full on stand up surf. And they do this to people who have never touched a surfboard before. This almost always results in what I like to call, "the moment of clarity," which occurs when one's head is about 0.5 centimeters from the base surface of the Flowrider, where that little voice goes, "Um, yeah, probably wasn't the best idea, buddy."

If you ever find yourself in the position to learn how to surf on a Flowrider, please heed my warning and opt out. Instead take your business to a beach with small waves or go to Typhoon Lagoon and get surf lessons in their very deep wavepool. You don't want to end up with a "moment of clarity."

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Re: Flowriders - The evil within...

Postby triggernel » Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:15 pm

Not sure what you're getting at here, but I do believe the same would happen the first time you attempt real surfing. You're landing on a trampoline, it's not uncomfortable. Get yourself a pair of sliding shorts, get your feet set, and don't let go of the lifeguard until you're in a bit of a rhythm.

Flow Riders are one of the best and most reride-able theme park attractions out there. Perhaps if you attempt it more than once you could work on your balance and learn how to just step off the board or fall on your butt if you get the wobbles.
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Re: Flowriders - The evil within...

Postby KBrylczyk » Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:19 pm

triggernel wrote:Not sure what you're getting at here, but I do believe the same would happen the first time you attempt real surfing.


Oh, I was just trying to get some laughs from that picture, no real bigger reason. I figured it'd be a good way to start a Flowrider thread while making people laugh at a shot of someone faceplanting.

As for the same thing happening from real surfing, yeah, it would happen, but at least you'd be going into water rather than onto a surface. Trampoline or not, it's still worse than going into water.

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Re: Flowriders - The evil within...

Postby triggernel » Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:29 pm

I see then, lol.

We have two FlowRiders up here in the Twin Cities, a Junior and a Double. Sadly only the Junior has season passes, but it's enough to work on tricks. Carving is a bit difficult on that one though. I've been using it work on the 720 on knees. Got the 360 down pretty good.

Anyone got any tricks they can do?
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Re: Flowriders - The evil within...

Postby wesley815 » Thu Jul 26, 2012 2:06 am

triggernel wrote:Not sure what you're getting at here, but I do believe the same would happen the first time you attempt real surfing.

I agree!

KBrylczyk wrote:...at least you'd be going into water rather than onto a surface. Trampoline or not, it's still worse than going into water.

Uhh... I guess you've never been in the ocean (or dive into water and land wrong)? There's a sea floor that is much more painful then any theme park flowrider. Waves crash and body slam you into water when actually surfing.

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Yes, I know I missed the humor in your first post. :roll: Had to defend flow riders though, they are not painful and very fun!
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Re: Flowriders - The evil within...

Postby rctneil » Thu Jul 26, 2012 5:53 am

Here is a video from Coaster Tube by Gary of the West Coast Tour group wiping out!


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Re: Flowriders - The evil within...

Postby SharkTums » Thu Jul 26, 2012 6:08 am

I have tried stand up surfing in 'real waves' as well as the flow rider. They are both hard as hell but I much prefer the flow rider as you lack the drowning aspect that actual surfing gives you every time you wipe out!

Btw, LOVE the wipe out pic!!!

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Re: Flowriders - The evil within...

Postby cfc » Thu Jul 26, 2012 8:00 am

Flowriders do eliminate the "drowning" aspect of wipeouts, and they are like landing on a wet pillow. But you can still wrench your back pretty well on a Flowrider, as I found out on a cruise last year. ;)

Lots of fun, though.

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Re: Flowriders - The evil within...

Postby STR8FXXXINEDGE » Thu Jul 26, 2012 8:20 am

I've always wanted to try one of these. I skateboarded for about 15 years, and have been snowboarding for about 16 years. I could be wrong, but it looks like it's the same concept.
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Re: Flowriders - The evil within...

Postby Moose » Thu Jul 26, 2012 8:29 am

Wiping out on a beach with pounding surf can be quite painful. I have never tried surfing, but i have had my face and body ground into the sandy bottom underwater. Not fun for me, and no added fun for people watching since it occured underwater. At least wipeouts on the Flowrider can be watched and enjoyed by all the spectators.
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