Kissimmee might be landlocked, but the surf's up there anyway.
Fantasy Surf, set to open today, is the city's newest attraction and features a never-ending, 32-foot indoor wave targeting those looking for an endless summer.
Created using a high-pressure pump that pushes a 3-inch sheet of water up an incline at 30 mph, the indoor wave, called a FlowRider, allows riders to experience the thrill of surfing without the sunburns and sand of the beach.
"It has the feel of surfing, the ride of snowboarding and the tricks of skateboarding," said Deborah Roberts, spokesperson for the attraction.
And the climate-controlled Fantasy Surf is open year-round, Roberts said.
On Thursday morning, champion FlowRider Sean Silveira, 21, of who lives in the Dr. Phillips area, showed off his skills on Fantasy Surf's indoor wave. Silveira is headed to Singapore later this week to compete in the world championships.
Silveira and Winter Park's Amanda McCormick, who also showed off her skills, recently won their Flowboarding divisions on the U.S. FLOW Tour in Utah, and will compete starting Oct. 28, with the U.S. team at the World FlowRiding Championships in Singapore.
Silveira and McCormick are sponsored by Fantasy Surf. Silveira was the 2009 U.S. FLOW Tour champion, and McCormick, a USF civil engineering student, made her debut on the tour this year.
On his board Thursday morning, Silveira glided along the flawless wave, performing tricks that take years to master.
Silveira also skateboards, snowboards and wakeboards, but said he likes the indoor wave best.
"You don't have to worry about getting stung by a jellyfish," he said.
Off Kyngs Heath Road and built by Fantasy World Resorts, Fantasy Surf also includes a surf shop, a restaurant and an area with large, flat-screen TVs for parents to watch their kids.
Beginners are welcome, Roberts said. Fantasy Surf offers a safe environment to catch a wave, she said, pointing out how the ride's floors, walls and benches are padded.
"It's designed for wipeouts," Roberts said.
Fantasy Surf isn't the first attempt to bring an indoor wave to the Orlando area. In 2006, Adrenalina, a surf shop at the Florida Mall, featured a smaller version of the indoor wave system. The shop has since closed, making Fantasy Surf the only indoor wave attraction in Central Florida.
Thirty-minute sessions, including the rental of the specially designed FlowRider board and a lesson on how to surf, start at $25.
"Just bring a bathing suit," Roberts said.
Jon Busdeker can be reached at 407-420-6226 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where: 5151 Kyngs Heath Road, Kissimmee
Hours: FlowRide wave runs daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Prices: Thirty-minute sessions are $25 per adult; $20 per child. Double rider sessions are $47 per adult team; $37 per child team
Riders must be at least 42 inches tall to body board or 52 inches tall to Flowboard
Details: http://www.ultimateindoorwave.com or 407-396-7433Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun