A FlowRider® costs more than a Ferrari but is less than a private jet. We would love to send you more information on our products, simply click here to contact us and someone will be in touch with you shortly.
Approximately six months from start to finish. However, we could answer that question with another: “How fast do you want it and how deep are your pockets?”
Yes, there are FlowRiders installed in many indoor waterparks, shopping malls and surf shops. However, it is important to remember that a very substantial Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system will be required. The size and/or amount of systems required will vary depending on local law(s) and building requirements.
There is no problem with heating the water in the FlowRider, although that should be performed by a local contractor. Most likely that person will be a pool expert of some sort.
No, the FlowRider is not a wave pool – it’s better than that. Traditional wave pools use paddles, plungers, pressure or gravity to pulse a mass of water through a pool of water many acres wide. Wave pools are designed to put as many riders as possible on that dissipating wave of energy. A FlowRider sheet wave is an endless wave which pumps thousands of gallons of water over a composite membrane riding surface, creating a perfect perpetual wave.
Wave Loch’s first sheet wave attraction was installed at Schlitterbahn Waterpark & Resorts, Texas, in 1991 and is still up and running successfully. Since then we have built almost two hundred worldwide.
No. FlowRider, Inc. is actually owned by WhiteWater, the largest company in the waterpark attraction industry, out of Richmond, British Columbia. In 2014 they acquired the sheet wave assets and trademarks from Wave Loch, the pioneer and original wave manufacturer in the industry. Luckily with the acquisition WhiteWater still allows us to flip flop straight into work – no suits and ties here. We are in San Diego after all, right? To see the best attractions in the waterpark industry, click here.
The four main markets are Hotels & Resorts, Waterparks, Stand-Alone and Municipalities. Types of venues include surf shops, well-known hotels, restaurants, cruise ships, city-owned recreation centers, private residences, and shopping malls.
Skill is not a requirement for most waterpark rides. There is no learning curve, or challenge, to going down a slide. Although it is exciting, over time, the excitement diminishes.
Riding a FlowRider takes skill, balance and most importantly, practice. The adrenaline rush of becoming a better flowboarder with every try inspires patrons to achieve a never-ending cycle of skill-based reward. That learning curve takes time and dedication, thereby increasing rider visitations and loyalty.
The FlowRider has a coolness factor that allows any waterpark to connect with the extremely popular board-riding lifestyle that includes surfing, skateboarding, bodyboarding, wakeboarding, skimboarding and snowboarding.
Spectators also end up having a great time just being near the FlowRider! It is sheer entertainment that sets this ride apart. When orchestrated correctly, the crowd of spectators can be turned into increased revenues through food, beverage and retail sales.
A stand-alone venue always has a FlowRider wave simulator machine as the “centerpiece” and is mostly or totally separate from a hotel, city or waterpark. With many years of experience, we have worked out a great concept called Flow House. Food, Beverage, Retail, Events and Ticket Sales are the main revenue generators. For more information on Flow House click here.
Almost anywhere! It can be as close or as far away from the ocean as you want. What you really need is a population with the right demographics, and some good traffic. Remember though, the first three rules of real estate apply here – Location, Location and third, Location! Click here to get some more in-depth information and guidance on how to build an epic gathering place that will appeal to tourists and locale alike in your neck of the woods.
Flowboarding League Of the World. We have created the sport of flowboarding, the guidelines for the sport, and the process for the competitive landscape. Annually the FLOW Tour sanctions and facilitates 30+ competitions globally. Email Adam Muller if you have any questions regarding the FLOW Tour.
Submersible propeller pumps located in the pool below inject a three-inch sheet of water over the engineered ride surface creating a surfable wave. The resulting wave-like shape permits flowboarders of all ages and skill level to surf the wave face.
The FlowRider Compact uses 75kW, the FlowRider Single uses 90kW and the FlowRider Double uses 180kW.
Yes. The FlowRider’s waveform is a proprietary tensioned ride surface. It is similar to a trampoline and designed to absorb the energy of impacts. Flowboarders may wipe out, but they’ll get back up again and again and again.
Our latest invention is called “Pillow Padding.” This was invented to outfit the recovery zones of FlowRiders. Now when novices and pros inevitably wipe out, not only is the ride surface going to support the fall but so will the recovery areas. Email Rob Chalfant if you currently own a FlowRider and want to inquire about updates or a refurbishment for your ride.
There are two types of capacities: Active Capacity and Passive Capacity.
Active Capacity: The FlowRider has an average capacity of 160 riders per hour. The FlowRider Double has an hourly throughput of 320 persons.
Passive Capacity: Spectators love watching people ride the FlowRider, including the pratfalls of the inexperienced and especially the kickflips of the pros. The entertainment value of this attraction makes it the perfect anchor for alternative revenue sources like food and beverage, retail products, sponsorship opportunities, and corporate and competitive events.
Another thing to consider is for its size, the FlowRider is considered a high capacity ride.
Stand-up riding is permitted if the patron A) signs the official FlowRider® Voluntary Acknowledgement of Risks, Release of Liability and Indemnity Agreement and B) has once before ridden the FlowRider in the prone position (a.k.a. bodyboarded on a FlowRider machine previously).
There are two types of boards – bodyboard and flowboard – both of which have been designed especially for the FlowRider. Click Here
Practically everyone on planet earth! The FlowRider mostly appeals to young people between the ages of 13 and 21 though. Kids younger than that are usually very fascinated, so the FlowRider gives them an opportunity to ride a wave without worrying about the critters and mysteries of the ocean. Older riders wonder if they still have the balance and nerve of their youth, and want to give it a go. No matter how old a rider is, the FlowRider is a challenge, but with just a few tries everyone can experience the thrill of riding a wave.