Travis Dauria Flowriding Photo Credit: Travis Dauria
Travis Dauria is the manager and instructor at the Flow House in Wildwood. He has loved the water and has been surfing ever since he was 14 years old. He is not only a surf instructor but he also guides American tourists through Costa Rica to surf the best waves for their skill level. Dauria has surfed all over the world including Brazil, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and up and down the East Coast. You might have seen him in Moondoggie surf magazine where he was featured in several articles.
Dauria discovered flowboarding about three years ago and fell in love with it. He believes Flowriding is a great sport that allowed him to keep busy at night or when the waves were flat. I was able to sit down and talk with Dauria about the up and coming water sport.
Travis Dauria Flowriding at night. Photo Credit: Travis Dauria
Q. What is Flowriding and how is it different/ the same as surfing and snow boarding?
A. Let me say first that it is not surfing. The biggest hurdle is to get people to try it and you do not need to be a surfer to try it. It’s actually more rail to rail riding which is similar to snow boarding, but we have people everyday with no surfing, skate boarding, or surfing experience that come in and start Flowriding no problem.
A lot of people think you need to be a surfer or some surfers think that it’s not “real” surfing and do not want to try it, but Flowriding is for everyone no experience needed.
Q. What does one need to know before they try Flowriding?
A. No matter your age or skill level you can always challenge yourself. The rider’s ages range from six to 60 years old. Some other requirements are you must be 42 inches tall to lie down and 52 inches to stand up surf. We also have everything here for you wetsuits, boards, all you need to do is just show up and have great time.
Q. Are there any safety precautions?
A. The main thing that we emphasize is to listen to the guards and pay attention to the instructors. They are the ones that are really going to get you to learn how to Flowride safely without any injuries. The base of the FlowRider area is a trampoline, so it is soft and does not hurt when you fall off.
Q. Are there competitions for Flowriding?
A. Yes, there are national competitions like the Flow Tour National Circuit, which goes around the country every year and a Pro/Am, which is an Amateur contest that is a fun, laid back experience for the new Flow Riders. Flow Riding will also soon be featured in the X-Games.
Q. Would you consider Flowriding a workout?
A. Absolutely, Flowriding is definitely a workout because when you body board you are using your arms, biceps, triceps and your core to turn. You’re also using your legs to keep you centered on the board preventing you from falling off.
Once you start stand up riding you are really using your legs especially your back leg because you’re really using your quads to control your movement and turns. Flowriding is definitely a full body workout.
Q. How much does it cost and how long can you try it for?
A. Regular prices at night in the summer are $30 per hour 7- to 11pm. Memberships are $50 per month then it is only $15 per hour once u are a member.
Of course I had to try it too . I have to say as a surfer it is nothing like surfing. You are up against the force of 22,000 gallons of water being recycled three times every minute, which is challenging but fun at the same time. I will admit that my first few tries I got worked and thrown off the board, however, as I started to do it more I began to get the hang of it. I did not try the stand up surfing but I did get up on my knees, which I felt was an accomplishment.
Flow House Wildwood is closed for the season but will be opening up again the weekend of April 19th, 2014 and they will be adding more to their already awesome set up so definitely check it out next year!
My second attempt at Flowboarding. I actually stayed on the board. Photo Credit: Alison Mastrangelo
This is as close to standing as I could get…I made it to my knees which I felt was a HUGE accomplishment. Photo Credit: Alison Mastrangelo