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Laguna Waterpark at La Mer is not only open for the summer, but it’s inviting beach boys and girls to get around to try the art of balancing on a board. That’s on water. With you on top of it. Balancing.
Flowboarding lessons take place daily on the waterpark’s huge rotating WaveOz 180 – one of only three of its kind in the world and the first in the region. For AED 75 an hour (on top of the AED 99 online general admission for residents), riders can swap the standard bodyboard and try stand-up board lessons. Because the WaveOz 180 can be split into different options, would-be surfers and bodyboarders won’t collide.
Riders can also join the 180 Flow Club, which meets every Saturday morning. Three-time World FlowRider Champion, Clayton Barker, and the UAE FlowRiding team, will be on hand for three hours to teach tricks like the ‘Barrel Roll’ or ‘360s.’
We checked out Laguna Waterpark but managed to avoid shaming ourselves on a surfboard.
Clayton, who’s originally from South Africa, says: “Laguna Waterpark is the place to learn the tricks on the highest capacity surfing machine in the region and I’m thrilled to be able to share my knowledge and passion with the surf enthusiasts of Dubai.
“This is the next generation competition wave of the future and I’m sure there will be some new talent emerging from the 180 Flow Club in no time!”
180 Flow Club takes place every Saturday morning from 8am-11am and costs AED 175. Sessions limited to 20 people. Stand-Up Surf Lessons available daily from 10am-8pm, AED 75 an hour after admission. La Mer, Jumeirah 1. AED 99 entry (for residents booking online).