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If you’ve ever wanted to try surfing, but fears sharks and sunburns or just don’t have the time to drive to Santa Cruz , you can head to Elk Grove to try out the Flowrider, the indoor surfing wave at new business called Surf Xtreme.
Darla Parvizyar and her husband, Chris, opened Surf Xtreme at 3443 Laguna Blvd. May 1. In addition to the Flowrider, the complex also houses a 2,400-square-foot trampoline room, an outdoor paintball arena and a beer and wine bar.
“We wanted something that was fun for all ages,” Darla Parvizyar said. “We love kids, and we love making people happy.”
She said that the business was previously open and run by another owner, but issues with the humidity generated by the Flowrider were a drain on his pocketbook, and he had to shut down.
Chris Parvizyar said he and Darla enclosed the Flowrider and made other changes before reopening.
“The community was very upset when it closed a couple of years ago,” he said. “It’s one of only three in California.”
Using two large pumps set in a 10-foot-deep pool under the surface of the surfing area, the Flowrider sends water about two inches deep at 35 miles per hour. The surface is similar to a trampoline so that when people fall, they are not injured.
When the business is less crowded, riders have the surface to themselves, but on crowded days, the wave area is split to allow two riders at once.
All surfers are given instruction on how to stand up and what positions are good for surfing, and they are recommended to try bodyboarding – laying down – before standing and surfing.
“We make sure everyone has a good time,” Chris Parvizyar said. “I don’t want anyone to come here and do nothing but fall down all day.”
Riders are limited to 45 seconds on the wave at a time, but Chris Parvizyar said that most people can’t stay standing that long.
“If you’re on there for 30 seconds, it feels like you’ve been out there for several minutes,” he said. “It’s really a workout.”
The time limitation keeps the riders rotating through the lines quickly, and the maximum capacity for the room is 30 riders, so the wait is short, Darla Parvizyar said.
Angela Perry, executive director of both the Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce and the Elk Grove Economic Development Corporation, said Tuesday that Surf Xtreme brings much-needed family entertainment to the city and is a complement to the nearby bowling alley.
“We’re thrilled to have another new company bringing jobs to our community, and it’s always helpful to have something unique in our city to bring people from outside areas in,” she said. “We’re thrilled to have it back in operation.”
One hour of surfing for adults costs $19.95 for non-members and $17.95 for members, with subsequent hours costing $12.95 and $9.95, respectively. An all-day pass on the trampoline area costs $9.95, and a day of paintball costs $19.95, which includes mask, gun, 250 paintballs and air refills.
“If you’re good at surfing, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be good on the Flowrider,” Darla Parvizyar said. “It gives the illusion of surfing with the ride feel of snowboarding and the tricks of skateboarding.”