Riding the indoor surfing wave
Several dozen adults and kids showed off their style and skill in a contest hosted by Surf’s Up, Nashua’s new indoor surf stream adventure center.
But Anderson, who travels every year to catch the waves in the Caribbean, said the new indoor surf center is a terrific place for wave chasers of all ages and levels of experience.
And that’s what Surf’s Up owners Laurie and Rob Greer were going for. The couple has been at the forefront of a growing trend of moving adventure sports and recreation indoors.
Over the past decade, technology and design has made it possible for thrill seekers to experience a variety of adventure sports in controlled, indoor environments. Indoor ski slopes, white-water rafting parks, bungee jumping platforms and mountain biking courses are popping up in resorts areas, and at malls.
And as Laurie Greer pointed out, indoor surfing eliminates some of the inconvenience surfers face outdoors.
For Lenny Nichols, head of the Eastern Surfing Association of Northern New England, Surf’s Up is a good way for beginners to get the feel of surfing. “It’s a novelty,” said Nichols who brought a group of Hampton-based surfers to Surf’s Up weekend competition. “Kids have fun, and you don’t have to wear a wet suit.” For Nichols, surf streams and surf pools are not substitutes for beaches and oceans.
Still, the Atlantic has nothing on Surf’s Up when it comes to timing and dependability.
Although launching an indoor surfing site was a significant investment of time and money, the Greers saw it as a good fit with SkyVenture.
And both Greers believe that Surf’s Up will eventually have the same following as SkyVenture.
“It’s a new business and we are growing,” said Laurie Greer who added that people not only like riding the waves, they love sitting under a palm tree, ordering food from the new café and watching the surfers.
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