By Dianne R. Davis
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FlowRider Now Open at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

Hang Ten in Vegas? Yes, now you can. Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino has changed the Las Vegas summer scene with the addition of the Strip’s first-ever FlowRider Wave-in-a-Box Double by FlowRider, Inc. This new addition has professional wave riders and novices alike hanging ten and testing their talents in a safe yet exhilarating environment.

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The FlowRider, the featured attraction of the new south deck pool is a unique water feature that combines surfing, snow boarding, and skateboarding. Forget about those waterpark attractions. We're told that the FlowRider Wave-in-a-Box Double sharpens a variety of board-sport skills – surfing, snowboarding, wakeboarding, skimboarding, skateboarding.

Riders can go from bodyboards to standing up on flowboards to doing kickflips, aerials and other tricks in a short period of time. We were told that with FlowRider’s waveform technology, riders should have no fear of wiping out as the surface is designed to absorb the energy of impacts.

Local reporters were invited to try it out or just enjoy the afternoon as others gave this feature a try. This reporter watched as several novices took a turn on this latest addition to the Planet Hollywood pool complex. Yes, some did better than others. But they were all smiling.

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Pool guests can try out the FlowRider for 30 minutes at a cost of only $20.  If it doesn't sound like what you might choose to do for aquatic fun,  then grab a drink from the new pool bar adjacent to this unique attraction and watch others try to master the FlowRider. The extensive bar menu boasts a variety of specialized cocktails including “Feel The Chill” Frozens, “Energized” and “Fit & Trim” drinks with names like Warp Speed Mojito and Rum in the Coconut.

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Enjoy a refreshing Beach Bum, made Bacardi Mango Fusion, spiced mango, fresh pineapple, fresh lime and fresh basil. For those who are still working on their bikini bodies, try a Skinny-Dip, comprised of fresh lemon juice and a splash of cranberry juice. If you are looking for a boost after a late night, choose from three unique cocktails made with the Red Bull flavor of your choice (Regular, Sugar Free, Lime, Cranberry or Blueberry).

In addition to the new pool offers a bar, there are 21 cabanas, a live DJ, numerous daybeds, and an outdoor café.  I enjoyed a few leisure hours in one of the VIP poolside cabanas. It is a comfortable location with air conditioning, a flat screen TV, a safe, and a small refrigerator stocked with cold water. Cocktail waitresses come by to take orders for snacks and beverages.

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The pool and FlowRider are open daily from 10:00 AM until 7:00 PM. Visitors must be 48 inches to try out the FlowRider. It’s a great place to come and enjoy a day of fun in the sun.