FlowRider

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.

  • 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.

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