Surfing indoors typically requires an open-face waterbed and a high-powered hair dryer, but not at Surf Xtreme. The recreation center?s automated surf simulator, the Flowrider, creates the illusion of surfing with shallow, fast-moving water, which flows at speeds of up to 30 mph. Constructed of a trampoline-like material, the floor cushions falls as effectively as the marshmallow floors of Candy Land?s retirement homes, and CPR-certified attendants ensure surfers cruise safely through the ride?s heated waters.
For a break from aquatic shenanigans, guests can bound about the 2,400-square-foot trampoline area that flanks the simulator. Kids and adults can cavort with unrestrained glee, ricocheting off the walls bordered by protective padding. Alternatively, youngsters can take to the paintball field, whose customizable bunkers can be configured for games of Capture the Flag or Last Man Standing.
The locations that comprise Paintball Tickets challenge hue-happy gamers to a range of combative revelry fought with air-powered paintbrushes. During games, referees maintain a fun and lighthearted wartime experience while competitors engage in capture-the-flag style strategy. As players navigate the terrain on a quest to invade the other team's territory and avoid epidemics of trenchfoot, they covertly scope opponents and peg them with bright-colored pellets to dull their chance at victory.
Against a backdrop of lush trees, paintball players belly-crawl through gigantic concrete pipes, wade waist-high through wetlands, and pop off rounds from behind disabled Army jeeps. The battlegrounds are so elaborate, in fact, the Butte County sheriff's office and SWAT teams train on them, using the wooden huts as cover and the large tin barrels as the rhythm section for their reggae bands. Citizen players 10 and older, however, navigate the obstacles during fast-paced woodsball and speedball matches as referees monitor to ensure fair play. There's even a field specifically for target practice so gamers can knock the rust from their muzzles. Meanwhile, lights emblazon the speedball field during night matches of adrenaline-fueled play.
At Shooters All-Season Paintball, paintballs whiz by as players take cover from multicolored crossfire behind manmade barriers. An indoor facility and five outdoor battlefields make up the sprawling paintball complex, including two recently redesigned fields. When they aren?t crouching behind the indoor field?s obstacles, players test their luck against the trees and thickets outside on 38 acres, enlisting woodland creatures as scouts and greeting opponents with a barrage of paintballs as they emerge from their leafy hiding places. Shaded picnic areas allow visitors a chance to rest and relax after working up an appetite on the fields.
Players scramble on wide-open, plain-like swaths of grass at Wild Adventure Paintball. This even terrain would make it easy to spot opponents, except that the sightlines on these four playing fields are interrupted by obstacles. The spoolfield is dotted with giant wire spools and bales of hay, for instance, while the lego field features large building blocks to duck behind or construct a life-size replica of the Starship Enterprise. Between games, you can purchase drinks and snacks to enjoy in the picnic area.
Professional paintball player Dave "The Beast" Bains competes in tournaments around the world, but he always comes back to his family's paintball park to share tips with newcomers or referee a game. Some days, he'll pick up a marker and take to the sprawling arena himself, joining other guests as they scramble past giant spools, towering inflatable bumpers, and gigantic tunnels. The sounds of whizzing paintballs and laughter resound across the park's eight fields as players duck behind castle walls and roll over turf and grass. After games, they'll retire to the staging area and rest beneath the shaded picnic area or cool off in the gentle spray of water misters.
Dave and his staff open the fields to guests aged 10 and older, assigning groups of players to separate games according to skill and experience level. They equip guests with professional markers, paintballs, and protective gear.