Located near Sentosa’s Beach Station, Wave House offers water activities unlike anywhere else in Singapore—perfect for days when the heat is just too much to bear. I and my colleague were here with one mission: to try out Wave House’s Double Flowrider.
I’m sure you’ve seen photos and videos of people on the Double Flowrider at Sentosa.
Endlessly fun to ride, this artificial wavemaker creates a safe, non-curling, endless sheet of water flowing over a composite vinyl surface. Like wakeboarding or actual surfing, riders can carve up and down the water and even perform tricks.
The Double Flowrider
The Double Flowrider is open to both beginners and experts and is the easier option compared to the FlowBarrel ride at Wavehouse. 30,000 gallons per minute of water flow as fast as 20mph (32 km/h). Judging from how participants are swept away by the current, the pressure is crazy intense. Before the session begins, participants will need to remove all accessories including necklaces and watches.
There are two ways you can ride the wave: on a flow board or on the body board.
While standing on the flow board, beginners will be able to hold on to a rope that’s being held by their instructor. Of course, it doesn’t guarantee the participant instant balance. Trying to balance on the board while battling the current is no easy feat. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect.
We initially thought the rope would be an immense help to keeping stable. Clearly not. 0.2 seconds later and my colleague literally flew back from the speed of the waves.
I’m sure all beginners can agree that they underestimated how strong the current was. Despite falling down countless times, this was no doubt a fun exercise.
After you’re able to balance steadily on the flow board, the instructor will lengthen the rope more and more. The more he releases the rope, the harder it is to balance since there’s less support.
Pretty soon, one would be able to stand on the flow board without the instructor’s rope assistance.
All I have to say is: prepare yourself because you will most definitely fall down several times with just a split second loss of concentration. Our leg bruises the next day show how hard the knocks can be.
If you’re tired from all that falling but still want to have some fun, you can opt to surf on the body board instead. It’s much easier to manoeuvre and you won’t have to worry about all that forceful contact with the water.
The instructors at Wave House are really friendly and patient in teaching you how to conquer the Double Flowrider.
They would encouragingly clap for even the smallest bits of progress—which is just so sweet. For kids who are too young to ride the Double Flowrider alone, they can hop on the same board as the instructor so that they don’t miss out on the fun!
Those who have absolutely no experience will still be able to participate in this activity but don’t expect to be doing advanced tricks immediately. Despite feeling sore the next day, we’d do this again in a heartbeat.
Overall, this experience is perfect for those who want to venture into something new/ try something new. Singapore is rather small and we’re all pretty much bored of doing the same thing.
However, the instructor did mention that the Wave House Double Flowrider is quite different compared to surfing in the sea, and that this is in fact, much more difficult. Since Singapore doesn’t really have massive waves, Wave House is pretty much the closest thing us locals can get to surfing.
Here are the rates for those who are interested:
If you’re an advanced surfer, you can challenge the FlowBarrel which is the more dynamic of the two sheet waves at Wave House Sentosa, going as fast as 30mph (48 km/h) to create the perfect endless barreling wave.
Nearest MRT Station: Harbourfront
From Harbourfront MRT Station, you can take the Sentosa Express monorail (VivoCity Level 3) and get down at Beach Station. From here, there is a complimentary buggy service to and from Wave House!
Mon-Fri: 12:00pm to 9:00pm (last session starts at 8:00pm)
Sat, Sun & Public Holidays: 11:00am- 9:00pm (last session starts at 8:00pm)
(Sessions run every hour, on the hour)
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