09 August 2006

Could This Be the Start of Something Big?

Soul Brother #2 marched out of his bedroom yesterday with his helmet on. What the . . . ? Then he said he was ready to go "skateboarding". That was all well and good except that little man doesn't know how to ride a skateboard. But he's got to start somewhere, right?

Notice he's regular stance in one picture and goofy in the other. I'd love to say he was doing fakies up and down the block, but I'd be lying if I did.


At 8/11/06, 6:34 PM, Blogger Slow_Polk said...

Very Cute!

At 8/12/06, 3:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Time is only money. A fun session ...w/no kooks


At 8/12/06, 5:14 PM, Blogger Surfsister said...

Anonymous, where is that? That's the first man-made wavehouse I've seen where you can use real boards. Sweet!

At 8/13/06, 5:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its the "goon". Typhoon Lagoon at Disney World in Orlando. They have a limited amount of evening 100 wave surf sessions monthly. Usually about 6 to 10 people chip in and pay the $1300 private party fee. Sometimes there's an open list and they just divide the fee by the number of people on for that session. It caps at 12 people per session.

Its about a 2 1/2 hr session consisting of each person catching 10 or more decent waves. Let's just say you've had your fill at the end of the night. They spread the waves out every 3 mins. to give you plenty of time to get back to the "line up" . Everybody waits their turn. No drop ins. Its civilized surfing at its best.

Private Lessons for beginners in the dawn patrol. Otherwise its a swimming hole for Iowans.

The waves 4 to 5 foot mushy, but fun, waves. Its not a flowrider, which is very different The "Goon" is real boards, real surfing. Oh yes, the water is heated in the winter to 78. Right now its about 85, bathwater.

When Ron Jons Surfpark opens in Orlando next winter it will be a more powerful real wave with a real tubing, peeling 6 to 8' break. The priority "membership" list at Ron Jons has been sold out for a year before the place has even opened. It will be a cheaper session ($65 vs. $130.) than Disney and a much better wave. If you had two GREAT sessions like this vs. four mediocre weekend sessions at the beach a month would it be worth the money? To me, yes, but I'd always want more.

I'm surprised nobody in SoCal has even thought of opening a real wave park like this.


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