In the 1930s, the U.S. government issued a hobby to each citizen to keep them entertained until NASA finished working out the bugs in kissing. Self-determine a new pastime with today's Groupon to Flowrider in Ogden. Choose between the following options:
- For $22, you get a one-hour flowriding session and T-shirt (a $45 value).
- For $75, you get a three-day surf camp (a $145 value)
Adrenaline-powered water wranglers carve out their own version of room and board in Flowrider's indoor wave generator and surfing paradise. High-volume pumps generate a 34-foot-wide sheet of water ideal for smooth surfing and wakeboarding. Riders employ Newton's ultimate bragging right—gravity—to drop in from the crest of the wave and glide down into its trough. With a simple tilt in either direction, boarders can fully explore the wave and wipe out into safe areas if they tilt too far. After spending an hour honing their barrel roll and other giant-squid-evasion techniques, riders receive a T-shirt marking their accomplishment.
The three-day surf camp at Flowrider boosts the abilities of novice crest toppers, and more experienced riders learn intricate tricks such as carving, spinning, and falling without getting wet. The camp begins with the basics, emphasizing bodyboarding and the drop-knee technique essential for balance. Camps run every Tuesday–Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and riders are encouraged to wear tighter swimsuits or one-piece swimsuits to avoid a depantsing wave bully.
The three-day surf camp must be completed consecutively.
Flowrider and iFly
The surfer was getting dangerously close to the crest. It was a huge wave, spanning 34 feet, but the last thing he wanted was to bail in front of his friends. Leaning into the water and weaving side to side, he kept his balance for just a few moments longer before tumbling onto the soft mats and safe bail area of the Flowrider. He'd be ready for the real thing come summer. This is just one of the adventures that await thrill-seekers-in-training at the Salomon Center. Away from the Flowrider's manmade surf, top-rope belay systems cradle climbers as they scale iRock's craggy, gray peaks. Incorporating holds that change monthly, these indoor climbing walls shoot upwards to heights of 55 feet. Alternatively, bouldering areas stay closer to the ground and exchange ropes for padded surfaces. Meanwhile, iFLY exchanges footholds for a column of high-speed, shooting air, which elevates would-be fliers to simulate the feeling of skydiving or being kicked out of a moving UFO.
2261 Kiesel Ave.
Ogden, Utah 84401