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Equipment

Bodyboard Flowboard FlowRider

Rules

There are no written or standardized rules for flowboarding, except those in place during competitions. Board usage and foot position is dependent on the rider, as bodyboards and flowboards ridden in various ways are both common and acceptable.

Description

Flowboarding (sometimes spelled Flow Boarding) is a sport where a rider uses a specially made board in order to surf on an artificially made wave. Flowboarding is a relatively new sport that combines board design, tricks and techniques from various sports like surfing, skateboarding and wakeboarding. Apparatuses called FlowRiders create sheet waves that flow over a smooth surface, replicating the shape of ocean waves. Riders can perform moves and tricks found in other board sports while riding sheet waves.

History

Flowboarding was developed in the late 20th century as an artificial alternative to board riding. This was made possible by the invention of the FlowRider, an apparatus designed to create and contain sheet waves. Popularity began to spread in the early 1990's, when the first mainstream FlowRider was installed at Schlitterbahn Water Park in Texas. Today, more than 80 FlowRiders are installed around the world, and world championships are held in San Diego annually.