Indoor surf machines let surfers practice without subjecting themselves to the dangers of strong undertows, jagged rocks, and sharks that denounce the value of a college degree. Dodge oceanic dropouts with today’s Groupon to Surf Style’s Beach Walk location in Clearwater Beach. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get one 30-minute indoor-surfing session on the FlowRider (a $20 value).
- For $27, you get a punch card for three 30-minute FlowRider sessions (a $60 value).
Amid Surf Style’s cavalcade of retail shops, the rushing tides of the FlowRider artificial-surf machine lures thrill seekers of all ages. A combination of surfing, snowboarding, and skateboarding, the FlowRider—which has been featured in the St. Petersburg Times—challenges wave-gliders to balance atop surging currents reminiscent of Mother Nature’s towering waves. A soft riding surface absorbs inevitable wipeouts, and windows flank the sides of the surf center so that supportive friends can watch each radical carving session. Catering to experienced boarders and rookies alike, FlowRider affords enough riding space to practice tricks, hone skills, and pump veins with more adrenaline than the amount that results from making friends with a T-shirt cannon.
Free parking is available inside Surf Style’s sprawling garage, which touts a 44-foot-tall marine mural crafted by Guy Harvey. Although not included with today’s Groupon, visitors can also take advantage of the beach emporium’s retail shops, restaurant, and convenience store.
The images of sharks and turtles swim across a 44-foot-tall mural created by Guy Harvey to welcome patrons into Surf Style's 55,000-square-foot shopping center, which the Tampa Bay Times called to “a baby Grand Central Station.” The artist's designs adorn an entire section of the center's racks of surf clothing, while other areas stock gear such as skateboards and skimboards.
Elsewhere, the sounds of crashing water and cheering bystanders lure shoppers to the FlowRider, a self-contained wave-pool machine that mimics some of Mother Nature's biggest waves. The machine incorporates aspects of surfing, snowboarding, and skateboarding and allows boarders to execute aerial maneuvers straight out of a pogo stick's wildest dreams. Visitors stow their cars in Surf Style’s six-level parking garage as they shop in the store or ride waves at nearby Clearwater Beach.