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Globe Called Home: Surfing with a Flowrider – hard or incredibly hard?

I’ve never surfed. The last time I skateboarded was when I was 7. I only tried snowboarding once and quickly figured it was a bad idea, when little kids at the bunny slope started complaining about me holding up the lift line by constantly falling down.

Still when Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort offered me a chance to try out their new Flowrider, I jumped at it. in my mind, this was such a Florida thing to do!

Flowrider in Florida - Margaritaville Hollywood

The way Flowrider works is that a thin sheet of water flows up a slope at 20 to 30 MPH and creates an artificial wave that you can surf. Or can try. If you’ve never done it before, it’s best to start from bodyboarding and get used to the sensation of water flowing at you, losing your balance and crashing towards the back wall. I’d say it doesn’t hurt, but the bruises I found the next morning tell a different story.

Flowrider Experience at Margaritaville Hollywood
This is probably seconds before I go crashing over the wave
Flowrider Experience at Margaritaville Hollywood
The instructor recommended I keep a shirt over my bikinis, and so do I. There’s always at least 10 spectators with their cameras ready to snap a photo if your top comes off, so better not to take chances.
Flowrider Experience at Margaritaville Hollywood
Can’t smile while concentrating…

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