Fantasy Surf, an indoor surfing facility just down the street from Walt Disney World is open and ready for adventurous waveboarders and surfers of all experience levels.
The new building features a 32 foot wide, 49 foot long double FlowRider. The FlowRider uses high-pressure pumps to create as much as a 30 MPH three-inch sheet of water. The water from a 55,000 gallon tank flows up and over to simulate an ocean wave. Some describe the FlowRider as having the look of surfing and wakeboarding, the ride of snowboarding and the tricks of skateboarding.
Orlando locals and 2010 U.S. Flowriding Champions Sean Silveira and Amanda McCormick were on hand last Thursday to show members of the media just how easy Flowriding can be. Fantasy Surf sponsors the pair at events worldwide.
We sent our reporter JD to find out about Fantasy Surf and give it a try himself. Here’s his report:
Don’t worry if you’ve never ridden any waves, Fantasy Surf has staff on hand to teach you the ropes.
And don’t worry about getting hurt. The padded walls, floor and “beach” were designed for wipeouts.
A half-hour ride on the FlowRider costs $25. Children 5 to 9 are $20 per 30 minute session. They also offer a small savings for purchasing two sessions.
Even though it’s centrally located on the Kissimmee tourist area, Fantasy Surf can be a bit of a challenge to find. It’s located off Poinciana Boulevard between state Route 535 and Highway 192. It’s a part of the FantasyWorld Resort at 5151 Kyngs Heath Road in Kissimmee.
You must be at least 42-inches tall to body board on the FlowRider and 52-inches tall to flow board. The FlowRider is available from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. Fantasy Surf can be contacted at 407-396-RIDE.
Here’s Flowriding Champion Sean Silveira giving you the scoop on Fantasy Surf from the wave: