New surf simulator to open at Bay Water Park

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
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