It seems that just about every weekend the FlowRider® US FLOW Tour swings through a different region of the country as enthusiastic flowboarders follow the premiere flowboarding competition series to the most popular FlowRider venues in the US.
While it is important to stay focused and ready for competition, traveling to these unique destinations can be a lot of fun, especially if it’s your first time to the area.
Since there are various venues on tour that have hosted twice, three times or maybe even four years in a row, we have learned the ins and outs, the do’s and don’ts and of course the most exciting things to do when we can’t ride the FlowRider.
For each FLOW Tour event, the setup is generally the same but some things have a tendency to be altered from stop to stop based on the venue type, location and details of the event. In addition, there are new participants and first-time competitors at each contest.
With that being said and seeing how this is the 11th Prime Stop of the 2016 FLOW Tour season, below you will find 11 #TourTips as flowboarders gear up to Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation in Indiana this weekend.
1. Practice Sessions
There are two (2) complimentary practice sessions scheduled for REGISTERED COMPETITORS ONLY. We highly recommend that you register online well in advance of competition weekend and show up early for the practice sessions. If everyone behaves, they may extend practice sessions!
The practice times are as follows:
Friday, July 22nd – 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday, July 23rd – 7:00am to 9:00am
*Competitors that chose to arrive before the complimentary practice times can pay the group rate of $8/adult, $6/child, or $4/all after 4pm. To get the group rate simply tell the staff at the Waterpark kiosk that you are with the FlowRider group and wish to partake in the scheduled practice session. The Waterpark & FlowRider are open from 11am-7pm.
2. Online Registration
Sign up for the competition early – get your entries in and accounted for before you forget! Be sure to follow the link and complete your registration online prior to the practice session times because it’s for REGISTERED COMPETITORS ONLY! Also, those who sign up now with the link below gets a Competitor Guide!
Sign up here now: https://apm.activecommunities.com/carmelclayparks/Activity_Search
3. Competitor Guide
Study your guide and know your flow for the best experience at Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation in Indiana this weekend. Registered competitors will receive the guide once they sign up which includes inside, confidential information about the best restaurants in the area along with competitor perks and discounts!
4. Gear Up & Know Your Flow
Check the heat board in the morning. Be sure you are in the correct divisions that you intended to sign up for before the competition starts. If you are not, please see Adam, the Event Director, or present your situation to an event staff member in the judge’s tent. Know your heat number, jersey color and be on deck one heat prior to yours.
5. Adaptive FLOW
Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation is a proud supporter of the Adaptive FLOW program. You may or may not know it, but their group of adaptive riders are the pioneers for this division. Not only are they brave enough to participate on the FlowRider attraction but they are also very skilled and excited to showcase their talents in front of friends, family and the panel of judges. Be sure to show up to the contest early and support this division because these riders are fierce competitors and are here to compete. They want to take home the FLOW Tour Gold medal just as much as anyone!
6. Pitch a Tent
Whether you are traveling on a budget or just love the great outdoors, Carmel Clay Parks & and Recreation offers free camping for competitors Fri, July 22 and Sat, July 23rd. Bring a tent or grab one on the way in from a local store and spend some quality time with your flow family this weekend in Indiana. To see a campground map and get more information, click here:https://carmelclayparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/FLOWTour-Campground_CarmelParks.pdf
7. Stay Warm
Keep yourself warm on and off the wave. On the wave, we recommend bringing a wetsuit top for the night sessions and competition practice times to keep you warm while in line and in between runs. Off the wave, a Happi-Hoodz dry towel or hoodie would be a perfect item to pack for this weekend, especially if you are camping. It should be fairly warm with lows in the 70’s and highs in the 90’s, but it could get chilly at night and it’s better to be safe than sorry, flowboarders! Check the 10 day weather forecast here:https://weather.com/weather/tenday/l/1954:19:US
8. Stay Wet & Hydrated
It’s going to be a scorcher this weekend and flowboarders need water to survive. Be sure to drink a lot of water between your heats to stay hydrated. When you are not riding the FlowRider this weekend or cheering on your friendly rivals or favorite riders, be sure to check out all that the Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation Waterpark has to offer. There are pools, slides, rock climbing walls and more! No excuse not to cool off and enjoy doing it!
Don’t forget to pack your sunscreen for a long day in the sun because the weather reports are calling for “mostly sunny” on Saturday. Flowboarders, Trust the Bum and Protect your lazy a$$ (PYLA) with Sun Bum sunscreen, official sponsor of FT16.
10. Be DIFFerent
Don’t forget your sunglasses. Be DIFFerent and look stylish while doing it with DIFF Charitable Eyewear. Not only will you be looking good while protecting your eyes from the sun, but for every purchase of these affordable handmade shades, DIFF donates a pair of reading glasses to their partner charity “Eyes on Africa”. DIFF eyewear is a proud supporter of the 2016 FlowRider FLOW Tour.
Drop in in between heats at the Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation skate park located right next to the waterpark and FlowRider attraction. This is a full concrete park with bowls, ramps and rails so be sure to tighten your trucks and put some oil on those wheels. Pro Tip: “Don’t go to hard before the competition is over, you don’t want to tweak an ankle or get hurt before your heats, it has happened to me.” – Nick Sanchez
Stay social via the event pages and check out the FAQs