Georgia: Did You Know You Can Go Flowriding At These Locations?
It’s not as easy as it looks, but it is as fun as it looks. If you’re unfamiliar, flowriding uses a smaller style board that is essentially part wakeboard, part balance board in a manmade wave pool. In Georgia, there are two places where you can engage in a Flowrider experience.
This sport dates back almost 25 years. Tom Lochtefeld, the creator behind Waveloch, is often credited as the founder. Its popularity increased when Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines added a flowriding pool to their activity deck in 2006.
So, here is where you can try flowriding in Georgia
Aside from the various cruise lines that offer flowriding as an activity, there are some great Flowrider wave pools in Georgia to try out.
First, Splash in the Boro Waterpark and Aquatics Center in Statesboro has a Flowrider pool. It does require its own pass. This can be purchased for $10 per day or $50 for the season.
If you head over to Jonesboro, you will find another Flowrider attraction. This is at the Spivey Splash Water Park. This park is currently closed as it is seasonal. However, you can jump back into the flow come spring. “With only 2 FlowRiders in the state of Georgia, let’s get ready to carve some turns and ride up and down the surface of your very own unbroken wave….If you can hold on, of course,” Spivey Splash says.
They make a good point. Here are a few helpful tips for mastering your Flowrider session. First of all, be patient. This has multiple meanings. Only one person can ride at a time, which means there is always a singular line. The person in the pool typically is done with their turn when they fall, and the board flies up the wave and settles in the back water. If you are new to the activity, it’s important to remember to keep your weight on your back foot. Again, this could be a different technique than you are used to if you are a skateboarder, snowboarder, or surfer. Your backfoot is essentially your crutch. Then, your hip movements (and balance) steer your ride.
Lastly, keep your arms out and have fun.