KANAS CITY, Mo. - There's a new surf simulator in town at the Bay Water Park in south Kansas City, Mo. The Bayrider opens to the public on Saturday, but I arranged to do some live demonstrations during Friday's morning show.
Admittedly I was pretty excited, but that was before I came down with a cold and before I realized it was going to be 59 degrees outside.
I was told a wetsuit would be provided, but when that fell through, I definitely had some hesitations, especially since my wedding was a week a way. I'm pretty sure getting even more sick or injured would not have gone over well with the fiance.
After a little coaxing from the anchors and park staff, I decided to give it shot. I had a two-minute tutorial and a couple practice runs before making by live surfing debut.
Despite the cold and my initial wipe out, I have to say it was a blast.
The Bayrider is the only surf simulator at a public park in Kansas City, and admission fees go right back to the city.
Surfers have to be 48 inches tall. Admission to the water park is $5 for guests under 48 inches, $9 for guests above 48 inches, $6 for guests more than 60 years old. Children less than a year old are free.
This week's operating hours are:
- Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Monday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Tuesday to Thursday: Closed
- Friday: 4-8 p.m.
Normal operating hours are (begin Saturday May 31):
- Monday-Friday: Noon to 8 p.m.
- Saturday/Sunday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Holidays: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m