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Surf-Style Flowrider Indoor Surfing Wave Machine

311 South Gulfview Boulevard, Clearwater, FL 33767
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Ranked #30 of 70 Activities in Clearwater
Type: Water sports
Owner description: The FlowRider Indoor surf machines let surfers practice without subjecting them to the dangers of strong undertows, jagged rocks, and sharks that... more » Owner description: The FlowRider Indoor surf machines let surfers practice without subjecting them to the dangers of strong undertows, jagged rocks, and sharks that denounce the value of a college degree. Amid Surf Style's cavalcade of retail shops, the rushing tides of the FlowRider artificial surf machine lures thrill seekers of all ages. A combination of surfing, snowboarding, and skateboarding, FlowRider, which has been featured in the St. Petersburg Times, challenges wave gliders to balance atop surging currents reminiscent of Mother Nature's towering waves. A soft riding surface absorbs inevitable wipeouts, and windows flank the sides of the surf center, allowing onlookers to peer in during each radical carving session. Catering to experienced boarders and rookies alike, FlowRider affords enough riding space to practice tricks, hone skills, and pump veins with more adrenaline than the amount that results from making friends with a T-shirt cannon.Free parking is available inside Surf Style's sprawling garage, which touts a 44-foot-tall marine mural crafted by Guy Harvey. Although not included with today's Groupon, visitors can also take advantage of the beach emporium's retail shops, restaurant, and convenience store. « less
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Husband and son did this for an hour. Plenty of time! We have a boat that we surf behind so they thought this would be easier then it was! It was great to get a break from the sun! The guides were not very enthusiastic and seemed bored with their job.

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Jacksonville, North Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

My daughter had surfed as a teenager but at age 26 I was initially concerned but the staff are great, courteous and helpful, am early is the best time for beginners and at a little over $25 it was just the right amount of time in the water.. Be prepared if you have a daughter make sure she wears shorts... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

My niece's boyfriends did this and it was awesome to watch! They had a lot of fun! If only I were 20 years younger, I'd be tempted to give it a shot. I still am, but I didn't go through with it. Even if you don't surf, you can stand around and watch everyone else try!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014 via mobile

Great, friendly staff. We, especially my son, enjoy visiting Flo rider every year when we visit Clearwater Beach.

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Clearwater
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 via mobile

Kids lived the surfing! Great items at fair prices. A lot to do and a lot to see. Will come back again.

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Flowrider staff is good and helpful. Experience is fun. Don't care for the general manager, Ed, though.

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Kids had a blast. Staff was very nice and helpful. Spent hours there, surfing and shopping! Went with group from youth so we had 3 sessions.

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Ripley, Tennessee
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

For the most part, our experience was pleasant. My daughter completely enjoyed the body board. Our experience with the staff was fine. The only issue we had was with opinionated onlookers. The staff could have done a little more as far as identifying inappropriate behavior/comments and not tolerating this. Fortunately my 7 year old was surfing so she was not... More

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Newnan, Georgia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014 via mobile

The flowrider was FUN! My husband had a blast the poor review is for the staff....rude and not very helpful whatsoever. We were in the store a couple times during our visit and any interaction we had with the staff was same....rude and not helpful.

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Orlando, Florida
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

In all candor, the concept deserves 5 stars. The problem, as you can tell from the other reviews, is in the application and the customer service. Here is the concept: Patrons are put in line and each gets a turn. Beginners' turns usually last between 2 seconds and 30 seconds, and involve a lot of wobbling/holding on for dear life.... More

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SurfStyleRetail, General Manager at Surf-Style Flowrider Indoor Surfing Wave Machine, responded to this review

We appreciate your feedback and sincerely apologize for your experience at our store. You are welcome to file your complaint with the Corporate office at Surf Style where the situation can be handled appropriately and measures can be taken to assure that this doesn't occur again. The refund which you are speaking of has been issued but as with any... More

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