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June
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Surfs up in Grande Prairie?!

posted by: Stanford Hotel Grande Prairie on: June 30, 2014 10:53:49 PM

That’s no typo, you read that correctly.  With the addition of a Waveloch Flow Rider, surfers (and those who want to try it) can add Grande Prairie’s Eastlink Centre to their to-do list of waves.  The best part is – no salt, no sand, and no sharks! 
 
Using the technology patented by San Diego’s Waveloch, the Flowrider propels a large volume of water over a shallow contoured surface which creates an artificial standing wave.  This creates a very different experience then a typical wave pool, which pulses wave energy through a large body of water.  Think of it more like a treadmill, except instead of a revolving running surface it pumps 1,000 gallons of water/minute over a wavy surface. This helps provide a more exciting experience for users then the typically small & powerless waves of a wave pool.  The other advantage is that the speed can easily be adjusted so that the water flows at a gentler 10km/hour or at an exciting 40km/hour.  This allows for beginners to learn the sport, and advanced riders to work on their skills.  This exciting attraction is one of only 3 in Canada.
 
In addition to the Flowrider, the Eastlink Centre in Grande Prairie also offers a 50m competition pool, 25m program pool, kids wading pool, lazy river, waterslides, hot tub, sauna, steam room, and splash-tastic Aquatersaurus Land – a dinosaur themed splash park!  All of this is housed indoors and open year-round.  No matter what type of water activity you’re looking for, there’s something for everyone at the Eastlink Centre.
 
Before a day of riding waves, you’ll want to fuel up, and what better way to do so then at our onsite Monica’s Restaurant?  Featuring the “best breakfast in Grande Prairie”, we open daily at 5:30am so you can be sure to start the day off right.  At the end of the day, unwind with a drink at our onsite lounge, Sipps. 
 
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