Date: 10 Sep 2020
Northern Ireland’s first indoor surf simulator has been unveiled at the new £25 million Andersonstown Leisure Centre by GLL who operate the council’s leisure centres under the ‘Better’ brand.
The simulator, named Surf Belfast, uses pumps to fire a constant five metre wide wave sheet to challenge riders. It has been designed for a variety of age groups and skill levels and has four different performance settings to ensure that the ride can be enjoyed by just about everyone.
Councillor Daniel Baker, Chair of Belfast City Council’s People and Communities Committee, said:
“Council’s £105 million investment in our Leisure Transformation Programme is changing the face of leisure in the city. Our goal is to get more people, more active more often, and Surf Belfast is a really exciting addition to our leisure offering. Along with the new waterslides and children’s wet play area, it will ensure that people travel from across the city and further afield to Andersonstown to enjoy these amazing new facilities.”
Gareth Kirk, GLL’s Regional Director said:
“The leisure transformation project is so much more than just replacing older leisure stock. The forward thinking approach of the team has allowed us to introduce new products like this amazing surfing experience in the heart of the city which is another great example of why Belfast is a city to visit, stay and play.”
Anyone wishing to experience the attraction will need to pre-book a session online via the Better UK app. Sessions are up to 45 minutes long, based on eight people per session taking turns to ride. This complies with current social distancing requirements. A minimum height restriction of 1.2 metres (four feet) is in place.
Other attractions at Andersonstown Leisure Centre (opens in new window) are due to open in the coming months including three new waterslides and a children’s adventure wet play area, making this the biggest indoor family aqua park in Northern Ireland.