Top Flowboarders to Compete in National Championship Event in Kissimmee

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Orlando-area attraction Fantasy Surf to host 2012 Carbon US FLOW Tour. Competition to feature local athletes who are making waves in this fast growing water sport.

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The 2012 Carbon US FLOW Tour will be held at Fantasy Surf at Vacation Villas at Fantasy World Resort in Kissimmee, Florida.

Fantasy Surf is a state-of-the-art facility and has experience hosting exciting competitions that bring out the best in our competitors.

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Approximately 100 of the best flowboarders in the country will be in Central Florida in August for a chance to flip, twist, jump and splash their way to the top of the 2012 Carbon US FLOW Tour to be held at Fantasy Surf at Vacation Villas at Fantasy World Resort (

The two-day tour championship event is August 11-12 with competition beginning each day at approximately 10 a.m. Fantasy Surf is located at 5151 Kyngs Heath Road, in Kissimmee. The public is invited to watch the event for free. Additional activities will be available throughout the day.

This fast-growing board sport which has gained popularity from FlowRiders being built in theme parks, on cruise ships and at resorts, appeals to all ages, male and female. The FLOW Tour has professional and amateur divisions for:
Flowboarders and bodyboarders
Open Men and Open females
“Masters” (age 35+)
Tour competitions are held in ten venues across the U.S. including the championships.

Fantasy Surf features the patented Wave Loch FlowRider® system that has the look of surfing and wakeboarding, ride of snowboarding and tricks of skateboarding. Select winners at the US FLOW Tour Championships will win cash, prizes plus an invitation to represent the USA at the World FlowRider Championships to be held in Ogden, Utah on October 12th – 13th.

“Fantasy Surf is a state-of-the-art facility and has experience hosting exciting competitions that bring out the best in our competitors,” said Rob Chalfant, of Wave Loch, the tour organizer.

Fantasy Surf has a reputation for honing champions as it is the training center for some top riders in the sport. Three time World Champion and four-time National Champion Sean Silveira resides in Orlando and trains at Fantasy Surf. He shares the wave with four time World Champion Bodyboarder Nick Nguyen, 2011 Women’s World Champion Vanessa Arroyo and Chuck Wright who all reside in Central Florida and work at Fantasy Surf. Two other Central Florida notables are Andrew O’Conner and Nick Sanchez, both 15, who compete in both the junior and PRO divisions of the tour.

“As we near the end of a tough competitive season, it is especially exciting to compete on our home wave,” said Silveira, age 22. “Fantasy Surf is incredibly supportive of the Central Florida athletes as we work hard to improve our technique while generating popularity for this board sport.”

Silveira and five other top U.S. Flowboarders can be seen in action in a YouTube video that introduces the exciting sport.

Many of the competitors and their families will take advantage of specially priced lodging and value-packed amenities at Vacation Villas at Fantasy World Resort which owns Fantasy Surf and is adjacent to the indoor surfing venue. Because of scheduled practices, the Carbon US FLOW Tour participants and organizers will potentially spend a few days in the Kissimmee area.

“Thanks to Fantasy Surf, we are fortunate to host this unique and prestigious event which will promote our destination to a potentially new and seasoned sporting enthusiast fan base,” said Don Miers, Sports Development Director at the Kissimmee Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We applaud Fantasy Surf’s efforts in winning the honor to host this championship, and we hope all the athletes and their families have a wonderful stay here.”

Information about the August 11-12 Carbon US FLOW Tour at Fantasy Surf in Kissimmee can be found by visiting the venue’s website or the latest information can be found by on Fantasy Surf’s Facebook page and on Twitter(@Fantasy_Surf).

Board sport fans who cannot witness the action in person, can still view the thrills on the simulated wave via Fantasy Surf’s live web cam feed on the website. The FlowRider will be closed to the public during the event because of the competition.

About Fantasy Surf
Bringing the thrills of Central Florida attractions to new heights, Vacation Villas at FantasyWorld Resort in Kissimmee offers Fantasy Surf, the first truly interactive water sport activity where participants of all ages can catch the ultimate indoor wave. The rush and techniques developed from this water experience have even spawned a new competitive sport – Flowriding! The $4 million venue offers an environment where spectators enjoy watching as much as participators enjoy riding. For more information, visit

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