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What is the FlowRider?

This surf-simulation machine - the only of its kind in the area - crosses snowboarding, skateboarding and wakeboarding into an exciting ride with plenty of challenges and a whole lot of fun!
Hang-ten on the FlowRider during one of our Open Recreation Swim times or during one of our Open Surf sessions. Private FlowRider rental is also available.


Our FlowRider technology uses 39,086 gallons of water and flows at a rate of 326 gallons per minute to create an everlasting wave for guests to "hang ten" (in a shark-free environment). Rain or shine, FlowRider continues to produce the ultimate wave. You can perfect your style with practice, ride the tide on your belly, or pull up a chair for prime wipeout views.  

The FlowRider generates a thin sheet of water which flows over a hill-like shape in the form of a flawless ocean wave. The resulting wavelike shape and fast running water gives athletes of all ages the thrill of surfing. The FlowRider is a unique innovation in water rides that is fun for everyone from kids to adults, but especially for that 13-29 age group; those who are so historically hard to impress, but who become addicted to the thrill and challenge of riding the FlowRider.

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What is Flowboarding?

Flowboarding is a hybrid board sport, which has been evolving since the 1980s. The sport combines the progression, maneuvers, and skills from the core action sports of skateboarding, surfing and snowboarding and to a lesser extent, wakeboarding and skim-boarding. These board sports have a strong influence on flowboarding’s direction, style, and energy. Amateur to top professional action sports athletes find flowboarding to be one more pumping board sport to fix their adrenaline needs, as well as an epic cross-over sport.

Imagine not having to wait for swells or perfect surf conditions – not having to wait in a lift line or for a winter storm to cover your mountain. And, one of the best benefits - there’s no more cement to cause the dreaded “road-rash.” FlowRider provides an endless ride with the ability for athletes to perform a variety of skate tricks and carves. 

The disciplines of flowboarding include stand-up riding and bodyboarding. While the core followers may be 13-29 years old, there are rippers of all ages world-wide. It is truly a versatile sport for all ages that can meet the diverse needs of each of its participants. While some of the more advanced riders are driven by adrenaline and trick progression, others find enjoyment in a ride grounded in exercise. From a kickflip to a rodeo flip, flowboarding is quickly progressing and gaining traction around the globe.  

Restrictions and Rules

Surf safely on the Snohomish Aquatic Center FlowRider! Please read through the Restrictions and Rules before you "hang-ten."

  • All guests participating in any FlowRider activity or program must have a signed waiver on file. Before riding the FlowRider all guests are required to complete the waiver. There are no exceptions to this rule. Minors (anyone under the age of 18) are required to have a parent/legal guardian sign the waiver (family friends, grandparents, relatives or anyone other than their parent/legal guardian cannot sign waivers).
  • The waiver is available by clicking here and must be completed before your visit.
  • Guests must be 42-inches tall to ride the boogie boards and 52-inches tall and less than 250 pounds to ride the stand-up boards.
  • Guests must be able to swim in fast-moving, turbulent water.
  • Guests should not participate if they have had any recent surgery or illness, if they have a heart condition or neck, back and bone ailments, if they suffer from high blood pressure or aneurysms.
  • Guests should also not ride if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Female guests are highly encouraged to wear a one-piece swimsuit.
  • No jewelry of any kind (including watches, rings, earrings) is allowed.
  • Wristbands will be issued for guests riding the FlowRider.