By Zach Manges
Residents bemoaning the utter lack of nearby oceans in the oncoming summer will have their fix with the 2015 FlowRider surfing competition held in The Waterpark at the Monon Community Center beginning at 9:30 a.m. on July 25.
“You typically see surfing along the coasts, so being able to have a competition in Indiana is matchless,” said MCC marketing director Linsay Labas. “Being on the national circuit this year provides a unique opportunity for us.”
MCC has been working with local hotels for room blocks and will even designate a camping area within Central Park for visiting boarders. Whether you struggle to stand on a board or ride the waves like a champ, all skill levels will be accommodated. Cash prizes will go to top performers in the pro division, with other goodies reserved for those at the amateur level.
“I think the most exciting part about the event is the chance to see some top flowboarders who compete throughout the country,” Labas said. “It also provides the local public a chance to watch their friends and family members compete in a sport they have been practicing either for years or just this year throughout our Waterpark seasons.”
The national circuit itself is also seeing some changes this year with the addition of an adaptive division in Stand Up and Body-board contests exclusive to individuals with disabilities. With boarding company Carbon acting as a sponsor and offering prizes to participants, just about everyone will have the chance to show off their skills.
“We are excited to see local participants who can show off all the skills they’ve been learning with us,” Labas said. “Attendees should be ready for a fun day of surfing and spectating.”
Participants can register at carmelclayparks.com, with registration fees ranging from $35 for the amateur division to $50 for pro. Spectators are also welcomed with full access to the park at $10 for the day.