Wave House: Surfing Made Possible in Sentosa (Singapore)
Singapore has always been known for its food and shopping. However, If you are a beach enthusiast, or if you are just looking for something more than just shopping and eating, head down to the Wave House located Siloso beach on Sentosa island – a resort-styled island off the southern shores of Singapore and popular destination for locals and tourists alike.
Wave House Sentosa, according to its website, is the fourth such installation of Wave Houses around the world. It takes about10- 15 minutes to walk from the rail station to Wave House Sentosa, which is located along Siloso beach. The Wave House offers two rides, the FlowRider and the FlowBarrel.
Compared to the FlowBarrel, the FlowRider is the more basic ride, and recommended for beginners. With 30,000 gallons of water gushing out per minute at a speed of 20 mph (32 kmph) over a plastic surface, it generates a thin, fast-moving sheet of water; resulting in a safe, non-curling, endless wave.
Riders have the option of using body boards or flowboards. Beginners will learn to balance and stand, while those who have mastered their balancing will learn how to slide down and ride the wave (e.g. carve turns).
The FlowBarrel on the other hand, would be the more challenging of the two: with 100,000 gallons of water per minute gushing out at 30 mph (48 kmph), it creates a curl over the surface which looks like a section of a skateboard park. The speed at which the water gushes out, results in a perfect, endless tubing six-foot wave that has the power and challenge akin to the waves along the reefs of Indonesia.
Pricing and Booking
If you are planning to just try riding the waves for an hour, the FlowRider is SGD$30 per hour on weekdays and SDG$35 per hour on weekends, while the FlowBarrel is at is SGD$40 per hour on weekdays and SDG$45 per hour on weekends. There is a maximum of 12 people per hour. So, the lesser people during your allotted session, the more time and tries you would have.
The Wave House also offers Single or Double Private Bookings, with instructors teaching you in a smaller group or individually, but of course at a higher price. For more on pricing plans and promotions, you may want to refer to the website for a better overview on the pricing.
Bookings have to be made in-person. Those who are under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian present with valid photo identification, to sign off for them. For adults, government photo identification must be presented at the time of booking in order to ride.
Things to note:
Both rides are located in an open space; other beach-goers who are at the beach to enjoy the sun will be able to watch you as you ride and/or fall. So be prepared to be watched and do not be afraid to fall as that will definitely happen (especially if it is your first time)! You might not be able to get it right in the first hour, but should get better with time. It helps that the instructors are patient and encouraging.
Due to the force of the water and falling after losing your balance, you might get body aches and bruises the day after. You might even have difficulty getting out of bed. If you are unsure about the attire, for ladies a T-shirt with shorts or wetsuit over bikinis is advised as the current can be strong.