TESTED: Indoor Surfing at Cardiff International White Water (For The First Time!)

TESTED: Indoor Surfing at Cardiff International White Water (For The First Time!) || The Travel Tester
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Follow The Travel Tester on an adventurous day to Cardiff to try Indoor Surfing at Cardiff International White Water for the first time ever!

Ever since we returned from Australia with a surfboard (a birthday present for Nick), we talked about ways that we could go surfing again now that we are in Europe. Of course we decided the best way to do this was in Wales. In Winter.

Luckily, we found out that surfing at Cardiff International White Water meant not having to dive in a freezing cold sea, but that everything would happen inside.

Have a look with me at how this works, because it really is quite inventive. And fun!

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Cardiff International White Water Center

Indoor Surfing? Yes, some clever people have managed to recreate the current of a wave through an ingenious system called Flowrider. With specially designed boards, you can hit the waves with a technique that is a bit of a mix with surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding.

And I happen to be terrible at all of them. This can only be good….

TESTED: Indoor Surfing at Cardiff International White Water (For The First Time!) || The Travel Tester

TESTED: Indoor Surfing at Cardiff International White Water (For The First Time!) || The Travel Tester

TESTED: Indoor Surfing at Cardiff International White Water (For The First Time!) || The Travel Tester

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Indoor Surfing Cardiff

After putting on your charming wetsuits, it’s on to the instruction video where you can see all the amazing things you can do on the Flowrider. Things you will probably never be able to do, but hey, at least you can pay attention to the safety instructions.

Then the instructor will show and tell you everything you need to know, before it’s your turn to try it yourself. It’s quite exciting the first time as the water really flows quite hard (hold on to your contact lenses!) and you have to practice your balance a bit before you get the hang of it. Unless you’re a kid, because in that case you’ll probably have this secret talent to not be scared one bit, not listen to instructions and still do better than everyone else in the class.

TESTED: Indoor Surfing at Cardiff International White Water (For The First Time!) || The Travel Tester
Listening to instructions. Although it seems that my hands are tied behind my back to the bar there, I was not. I just wanted to get onto the Flowrider first. Wouldn’t you?
TESTED: Indoor Surfing at Cardiff International White Water (For The First Time!) || The Travel Tester
The instructor will show you what to do. Seems it needs quite some practice though!

 

Learning How to Surf …Is Hard!

You start on a body board, where you begin with holding on for dear life. If you are still smiling after that, you can try to sit on it with your knees and even let go of your hands or grab the board and bounce on it a couple of times. The pro’s will bounce, then spin around 360 degrees (not kidding) and land back on the board. In my dreams unfortunately. In my dreams.

This is how we did:

TESTED: Indoor Surfing at Cardiff International White Water (For The First Time!) || The Travel Tester

TESTED: Indoor Surfing at Cardiff International White Water (For The First Time!) || The Travel Tester
Nick’s first attempt. Not too bad!
TESTED: Indoor Surfing at Cardiff International White Water (For The First Time!) || The Travel Tester
My first attempt. Nick is only slightly judging me from the sidelines…

TESTED: Indoor Surfing at Cardiff International White Water (For The First Time!) || The Travel Tester

TESTED: Indoor Surfing at Cardiff International White Water (For The First Time!) || The Travel Tester
Trying very hard not to crash into someone, but I did manage to throw in a quick trick at the end (pushing the board forward, getting it back and floating upstream). Well done me!

 

Standing up on the Board

After a couple of tries on the body board, both from the side of the bottom of the Flowrider as from the top (well scary), we moved on to the surfing. Surprisingly enough, I could actually stand up on it! Nick and Dylan also did great, have a look:

TESTED: Indoor Surfing at Cardiff International White Water (For The First Time!) || The Travel Tester

TESTED: Indoor Surfing at Cardiff International White Water (For The First Time!) || The Travel Tester
Well done guys!

 

White Water Rafting Cardiff

Besides indoor surfing, you can also choose other adventurous activities in Cardiff International White Water. How about kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding or white water rafting? There is also an air trail where you can cross the high ropes steel and timber terrain towering above the white water course in a harness. Or you can go gorge walking in the nearby Neath valley.

When we arrived for the indoor surfing, there was no water in the white water rafting course, but when we had finished we could see the rafters in action. It looked very cool to do! Next Time?

TESTED: Indoor Surfing at Cardiff International White Water (For The First Time!) || The Travel Tester

TESTED: Indoor Surfing at Cardiff International White Water (For The First Time!) || The Travel Tester

TESTED: Indoor Surfing at Cardiff International White Water (For The First Time!) || The Travel Tester

 

The Travel Tester - The Verdict

Of all the things to do in Cardiff, the indoor surfing was definitely one of our favourites. Even if it meant feeling a bit beat up for the next few days. Because that is how top fit we are :)

 

Have you ever tried indoor surfing? What would you choose to do at Cardiff International White Water? Let me know!

 

The Travel Tester - Practical Information

Want to do this activity in Cardiff yourself? Head over to the website of the Cardiff International White Water center:

Website: www.ciww.com

Address: Watkiss Way, Cardiff CF11 0SY, United Kingdom

Price: £22.50 – £35 per person

Session Time: Approx 1h 30min (including 30 mins kitting-up time and safety briefing)

Minimum Height: 107 cm

Disclaimer: Nick and I were kindly invited by Visit Wales to experience the indoor surfing at Cardiff International White Water. All opinions and bruises are 100% our own.

 

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