One of the downfalls of living in landlocked Indiana is that it doesn’t leave much opportunity to try out thrilling water sports. We don’t own a boat or know anyone that does, so forget tubing or water skiing. We could kayak, but our Hoosier waters tend to be calm – no rapids for us, especially in this drought. The bodies of water we can claim don’t boast giant waves, or even medium waves for that matter … until now.
FlowRider is Indiana’s first simulated surfing ride, and you can find it at The Waterpark at the Monon Community Center in Carmel. With 30,000 gallons of water flowing through every minute, rushing at 30 mph, it’s the closest most Hoosiers will get to surfing without a plane ticket.
Lessons aren’t required to participate, but they certainly help. You have the option to ride the wave body board-style, on your knees, or for the very adventurous, standing up. You do have to be 48″ tall to ride, so Eli was out (sad trombone). Elena and my nephew, Marc, were all over it.
Why should the kids have all the fun, though? We might be The Risky Kids, but every once in a while The Risky Parents want to play. And really, what’s riskier for a grown woman than posting a video of herself in a bathing suit for all the internet to see?
If you live somewhere other than the great state of Indiana, don’t fret. You can find FlowRider at venues all over the world.
We never made it to standing up, but with more practice I’m sure we could. And then, just maybe, we’ll be ready for some real waves on a coastline far, far away. For now, we’ll just keep catching our waves in Carmel.
And, really, isn’t wiping out so much more fun without jet lag?