A few days ago, we chatted with another passenger, also a Tom, in the Diamond Club lounge while we were preparing the day’s post. In speaking with Tom, he shared that he belongs to a group of men who meet on sea days from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm to participate in one of the ship’s most exciting activities, the FlowRider.
|Eric, Darrell and Paul, members of the FlowRider Society determined to surf on a windy and cold day at sea. Tom was finished for the day and thus, I missed his photo.|
Fascinated that men over 40 had become avid and expert FlowRider participants, an activity definitely geared toward youth and/or the fit and coordinated sports enthusiast, we were thrilled to prepare a story on these FlowRider adventurers.
|It’s imperative to stay within the white Royal Caribbean logo on the blue platform to avoid risk of injury from hitting the sides.|
|I wish I could take credit for this photo of FlowRider Tom, taken by a professional photographer aboard Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas. What a fabulous shot of Tom in his mastery of this difficult and challenging sport!|
The FlowRider is a simulator that sends water a very high speed across a small area that mimics what it is like to surf on the ocean.
- Freedom of the Seas
- Liberty of the Seas
- Independence of the Seas
- Oasis of the Seas (two FlowRiders)
- Allure of the Seas (two FlowRiders)
- Harmony of the Seas (two FlowRiders)
- Quantum of the Seas
- Anthem of the Seas
- Ovation of the Seas
- Navigator of the Seas
- Voyager of the Seas
- Explorer of the Seas
- Adventure of the Seas
|Paul was on-a-roll.|
|Every so often the surfer will restart from the side of the FlowRider.|
|Paul back at it again.|
|A good rider such as these has the option to maneuver their way back to the top based on the pressure placed on their feet on the board.|
|Even with the short length of the FlowRider, an experienced surfer can last on the surf for an extended period.
We commend the brave FlowRiders for their acquired skill and persistence in mastering what appears to be a difficult sport requiring considerable coordination, balance and fitness, especially when the participants aren’t necessarily youngsters.
|Eric had an excellent run staying on his feet for quite some time.|
|Inevitably, each rider takes a stumble from time to time.|
|We did a double take in Bali when we saw these two young guys walking their inner tube type boats along the beach. Later, we saw them fishing from these tiny watercraft. For more details, please click here.|