AirRider and FlowRider FINALLY in KL!

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World’s Top 10 Largest Mall (and the biggest in Malaysia) has just gotten even larger. Kick starting the New Year, we bring you the official launch of 1 Utama E with the tagline Excite, Entertain and Exhilarate.
Over the past few months, shoppers and motorists alike have been wondering what the construction and new silhouette fronting 1 Utama beside the MRT track and LDP was all about. The striking development with a total development cost of RM150 million upwards is finally unveiled as 1 Utama E – the newest extension to the mall, which brings an additional 592,015 square feet gross built-up (164,687 square feet net lettable) to the already massive 5 million square feet that 1 Utama currently offers. Positioned as a “World Class Sports Tourism Destination” and “Entertainment Lifestyle Esplanade”, 1 Utama E spearheads its goal of positioning the mall as a multisport and entertainment venue in Malaysia by opening up a tremendous range of tourism opportunities to attract both local and foreign visitors. 

A few weeks ago, I had the lovely pleasure of attending 1Utama's Official E Launch for the unveiling of AirRider and FlowRider.

FlowRider, RIDING THE PERFECT WAVE - Flowboarding is a relatively new sport in the extreme sports scene that is a hybrid boardsport combining the techniques of surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding, wakeboarding and skimboarding. With great pride, 1 Utama E brings the 1st ever Double FlowRider (designed in sunny Southern California, United States) to a Malaysian shopping centre for visitors to experience the exhilarating sport of wave surfing for the ultimate watersports experience. Whether a beginner or expert, one can catch a perpetual wave that is just a step away at FlowRider 1 Utama. Waves are flawlessly created by endless sheets of water flowing at a 32 km/h over a composite vinyl surface. Submersible propeller pumps located in the pool below inject a 3 inch sheet of water creating a surfable wave. The resulting wave-like shape lets riders surf up and down and perform tricks and spins.

AirRider, THE DREAM OF FLIGHT - With the invention of modern wind tunnels and simulation of true freefall conditions, indoor skydiving is now recognized as a serious sport. In a joint venture with 1 Utama, Indoor Skydive Australia Group has built an indoor skydiving facility – the very first in a shopping mall in Asia Pacific. Sporting the latest in wind technology, AirRider 1 Utama is constructed to the highest standards and features a vertical wind tunnel with specialized equipment and advanced technology imported from Czech Republic and Australia. The all-glass paneled circular wind tunnel creates a cushion of air in a 12 foot diameter 10 meter high flight chamber so that active flyers can easily and safely perform aerobatic maneuvers. The base of the chamber is a trampoline floor of aircraft-quality stainless steel. With wind speeds up to 250 km/h, the flyer enters the flight chamber onto a cushion of air and becomes airborne, all within the reach of a qualified instructor. Spectators can watch this exuberating sport from a free viewing gallery and seating area. 

Go try it our for yourselves! xx

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