Surf's up at Heworth Leisure Centre.
Gateshead is the home of North East surfing and body-boarding. We might not have a coastline or sea breeze, but we have FlowRider® and that means waves for days!
FlowRider® is the ultimate surfing and body-boarding experience suitable for children and adults, and holds up to eight people at a time, so all your friends can all get involved.
Forget Malibu Beach and the Gold Coast, Heworth Leisure Centre is where the real surf is!
How does FlowRider® work?
FlowRider®'s innovative design helps to simulate an authentic surfing environment thanks to high-powered submersible pumps that generate a three-inch sheet of water.
The shallow depth makes waves safe for children and adults to ride, with a soft rubber membrane to cushion falls.
Who can surf?
FlowRider® is a widely accessible attraction for swimmers and non-swimmers, but there are some restrictions.
You must be:
- aged five or above
- at least 3ft 6in or 107cm for bodyboarding
- at least 4ft 4in / 132cm for surfing
- physically fit and cleared by a GP if you're under medical supervision
- not under the influence of alcohol
What do I need?
Shorts and a t-shirt to wear over your swimsuit, and a towel. We'll take care of the boards.