Bounc­ing back from car theft

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

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.

PHOTO: WAR­WICK SMITH/FAIR­FAX NZ

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.

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