Located off of Miracle Strip Loop in Panama City Beach, the new Flowrider attraction we’ve all been waiting for is coming closer to opening each day. Miracle Strip Loop is right across from Wal-Mart on the Beach and the Shubee Flowrider is in the center of the “loop.” The Flowrider is a stationary structure that is shaped with a smooth slope that provides the ideal surf conditions with a special board as water is thrusted over the shape.
Ok, so maybe “weeks” is a little of a stretch, but the projected open date should come end of June, depending on the weather.
Just late last week the concrete form was poored for the Flowrider structure. 12 feet tall at the back, the structure goes about 6 feet into the ground and will house the monstrous equipment that is responsible for pumping 75,000 gallons of water each and every minute over a shape that is said to form a perfect wave. The material is a “composite membrane riding surface” that is “soft and flexible like a trampoline,” padding your fall, should you feel the need to. I read the water travels over the surface at 25 to 35 mph.
Reading around, it would seem that the Flowrider puts surfers, skaters, snowboarders and skimmers on “equal” ground, er- water. The board is different than a skim or surf board, picture a larger skateboard, with no wheels or trucks and not as much curvature on the nose or tail.
The Flowrider being installed here will be a “double” Flowrider, with a capacity of 55,000 gallons.
The concrete form that will house the Flowrider requires a larger than usual cure time and should be ready next week sometime. When its ready, they’ll pour the rest of the concrete and the steel building should go up pretty quick.
No word on pricing yet, but I did hear talk of 24 hour marathon runs during peak high seasons and hints at some competitions. You can be sure that you’ll find all the updates here. This will definitely be a cool addition to our growing area.Print Story