The UK’s first ever Flow Rider* has finally been installed 10 miles outside of Newquay at the Retallack Resort. Last weekend Errant head surf coach Chris Thomson from the Newquay based Errant Surf School took time out of the ocean to train 12 students to coach clients who will be staying and surfing at the resort this summer.
Chris has spent plenty of time demoing the Flowrider on two Royal Caribbean cruise ships, where the Flowrider is installed at the back of the multi-million dollar ships. Combining his Flowrider skills and surf coach trainer assessor status Chris was able to guide the first UK Flowrider coaching team through the weekend.
The Flowrider officially opens in May 2010, so watch this space for more news.
*A FlowRider (or Flow Rider) is an artificial sheet wave surfing environment incorporated in many waterparks and hotels. It was originally invented by Tom Lochtefeld, a surfer, for the Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort in New Braunfels, Texas.
The Flow Rider is manufactured by Wave Loch, Inc. of La Jolla, California and range in cost anywhere from 1 million us dollars and onwards. There are currently more than 100 FlowRider installations around the globe, including five units on cruise ships. Wave Loch also has a mobile unit that can be moved by truck.