They’ve conquered Kelowna’s flow rider and now a Kelowna family will take their flow-motion maneuvers on the road.
Jason Moore and his two kids Madison, 14, and Jaxon, 11, swept the podium at the H2O centre’s FlowRider 2011 competition last weekend, winning the men’s, women’s and youth events.
The H20 Centre lays claim to one of the only FlowRider machines in Canada. It’s an ocean wave simulator that pours water towards the rider, allowing you to surf in place, performing tricks much like a stationary surf machine.
The Kelowna competition was the only one of its kind in Canada, so the Moore’s can also claim three Canadian titles to their name as the Kelowna event was the official FlowRider National Championships.
And now the Moore’s are getting set to see if their tricks and techniques can stand up to the best FlowRider moves in North America.
“My kids had their first competition last year and they won that so I thought I would get involved this year,” said Jason, a former competitive snowboarder. “We thought we would try this out and spend our summer vacation in the motorhome going to some of these resorts and try it out.”
Unlike in Canada, where there are now just two FlowRider machines (the other one is in Quebec) there is an actual FlowRider tour in the United States and has been for the past decade.
“There are a couple hundred of the machines in the States,” said Moore.”They have different water resorts and facilities. They’ve had these wave simulators going for 10 years so they will be pretty good. But my kids seem to catch on pretty quick so we’ll see how they do.”
There are 10 stops on the US Wave Flow tour with competitors picking up points with the hopes of competing in the sport’s international finals which will be in South Africa.
The Moore’s will hit four of the events, giving them a chance to qualify for the international event as only the top three point totals go towards qualification.
Moore says his kids are really driving the bus when it comes to the new sport.
“They’re the ones that are pushing for it,” he said. “They’ve been on the computer watching you tube videos. We went down south and tried one of the bigger wave machines and they are petty keen on it. They like surfing and snowboarding so this is their next step.”
There were 26 competitors riding in beginner, freestyle and technical categories last weekend at H2O. A panel of judges saw unique tricks including backflips, handstands and spins.
H2O general manager Cory Krist was pleased with the turnout and the skill level of the riders.
“It’s been fun watching the riders develop since we’ve opened the facility,” said Krist. “They’ve developed the sport. We’re lucky to have such a unique attraction like the flowrider. We can’t wait to see where the youth take the sport in the future.”
There will be another flowrider competition in Kelowna coming up in November. For more information check out www.kbaad.com.