Bouncing back from car theft
It will take more than a stolen car to stop Susanna Dunstan from enjoying the launch of her new enterprise, Flip City.
Her burgundy coloured 1993 Toyota Landcruiser was swiped from right in front of her last Friday afternoon where it was parked outside the new Main St trampoline park.
A 29-year-old man had been hightailing it from police in Church St. He had tried to carjack another vehicle before taking off in Susanna’s Toyota, scraping past an oncoming car as he made his getaway while Susanna tried in vain to stop him.
The loss of her laptop and handbag with the car shouldn’t stop the trampoline park from opening today.
A partnership between Susanna, her husband Russell and brother and sister-in-law Andrew and Tara Dunstan, the central 973 square-metre indoor trampoline park features New Zealand’s only half-pipe trampoline.
Susanna says the Flip City venture was inspired by YouTube footage of similar parks overseas and after visiting a trampoline park in Tauranga.
‘‘I really had a blast, and we had the crazy idea of starting up our own business and making it something different and cool.’’
Designing their own layout and set-up, the partners had the trampolines made locally.
‘‘We wanted it to be as 100 per cent New Zealand made as possible.’’
The half-pipe means jumpers can spring direct from wall to wall, while jumping, bouncing and flipping around the rest of the well-padded layout in gravity defying safety.
‘‘The design of our trampoline is so out there. No other parks have a trampoline two metres from the ground.’’
Similar facilities Susanna says are usually designed to be suit- able for fives and up.
‘‘We’re aiming for a whole different market.’’
Older daredevils can try to spring over the two-metre high ‘‘challenge wall’’
Flip City at 550 Main St, bounces open today with its official launch on Saturday.
A car thief got the jump on Flip City co-owner Susanna Dunstan but it won’t stop her her getting all jumped up on New Zealand’s first half-pipe trampoline when the city’s new trampoline park opens today.