THREE FUN ACTIVITIES THAT WILL PUMP UP YOUR ADRENALINE IN THE CITY…
Three places to pump up your adrenaline in the city
ere comes a summer weekend, and the adrenaline itch that has been bugging you for a couple of days re-emerges and grows stronger. However, you find yourself stuck in traffic with your family and friends in the heart of Denpasar. You may not get to the beach in time before sunset for water sports, and hiking on the mountains is also not an option as it takes a couple of hours to get to the highland of Bali. But don’t worry because you can still pump up your adrenaline, drench in sweat and satisfy your thirst for outdoor activities in these three places located in the heart of South Bali. And on the following week, you can still share about your fun weekend to your friends and colleagues and casually say, “Yes, I did that last weekend.”
Situated on the hip street of Jalan Dewi Sri that is full of restaurants and cafes, Armada Flow House Bali is the only sports place in the area that will give a sensational rush to adrenaline seekers.
“This is a static version of hybrid board sport, somewhere between surfing, skateboarding and wakeboarding,” explained Randy, the person in charge of Armada Flow House. Here, beginners and professionals can surf on artificial waves – Armada Flow House uses a wave simulator machine that flows sheets of water on a pillow-padding trampoline made of soft blue plasticrubber. You can try to surf the waves using a specially-made board that is similar to skateboards, surfboards and wakeboards. “The core and leg strength are the keys for a successful ride,” Randy added. “The advanced riders can also work on their style here.”
Aside from the flow ride, Armada Flow House Bali also has a restaurant, cabanas, and a swimming pool. It also presents live entertainment every Friday evening, making it one of the cool places to hang out.
Armada Flow House Bali Jalan Dewi Sri No. 72, Legian (0361) 475-3055 www.flowhouse.com
ALL THE WAY UP
Located on Sunset Road, Eiger Flagship Store is more than just an outlet. As a local powerhouse brand specializing in quality outfit that began with mountaineering and climbing needs, Eiger Flagship Store also has an indoor bouldering wall and a 20-meter climbing wall on the parking lot for everyone to try – children from seven years old, beginners and seasoned professionals are all welcome!
“This staggering 20-meter wall was built in 2015, the same time the store was opened,” stated Vendi Widianto, the store manager. “The process was supervised and approved by the professionals at Federasi Panjat Tebing Indonesia (Indonesian Federation of Cliff Climbing) before we launched it for public use. The tools we utilized are also international-standard. They are all handled by professional athletes of wall climbing.”
The place also owns a two-meter indoor bouldering wall with a mattress cushion placed on the floor with no rope, no carabineers nor harness. “Most first timers will test their strength, grip and endurance on this wall before they conquer the massive one on the car park. This one is not only safer but it is also designed horizontal, so your climbing goes sideway,” explained Vendi.
The place also offers a regular program every Wednesday and Friday from 4 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. And from Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.,
professional instructors are ready to accompany climbers, especially children. A small cost is required to enroll in this class which includes a tutorial crash course, a pair of climbing shoes and magnesium powder to enhance your grip and absorb the sweat from your palm.
Eiger Flagship Store Jalan Sunset Road Barat No. 104, Seminyak (0361) 934-6026
IT’S A WAR!
Those war games you used to play with friends during childhood with toy guns will always be a good memory, but this paintball will bring it up a notch – or more. Gong Bali Paintball, located at Taman Budaya Kertalangu Tohpati will bring out the young and fun side of you.
“We provide everything, from goggles, masks and paintball guns to camouflage uniforms,” explained Diki, the Marketing Manager as he wiped his sweaty forehead, a solid result of being a committed field marshal and a safety inspector. Encompassing 30 x 60 meters of area, Gong Bali Paintball built an artificial war field with a perfect lush vegetation for guerilla warfare – think about “Tropic Thunder” or even the movie “Platoon”. There is also a permanent concrete labyrinth in the middle of the field for an urban warfare approach which reminds me of “Black Hawk Down” or “American Sniper” movie.
Gong Bali Paintball has several types of game you can choose from, each one is set with a well-thought design. “Capture the Flag” is the most common one – it requires your team to snag your opponents team flag and bring it back to your side. It sounds easy and simple but the execution is far from it. Other options are “Total Elimination” where both teams will try their best to eliminate one another and “Shoot the Captain” where the team will protect their weaponless captain at all cost from the opponent.
Sounds like so much fun, doesn’t? But don’t forget that safety comes first. So, before the game begins, everyone in the team will have to put on a protective mask – a pair of goggles is a rule of thumb. No one is allowed to open the mask within the shooting area, and no shooting is allowed in less than 10 meters of distance. Two marshals will also standby on location in every game. So, gear up, load the gun and let all hell break loose!
Gong Bali Paintball Desa Budaya Kertalangu, Jalan By Pass Ngurah Rai No. 88X, Denpasar Timur 0813-5791-9998, www.gongpaintball.com
Conquer your fear and just climb up the 20-meter wall!
The two-meter indoor bouldering wall is available to test your strength, grip and endurance.
Blow up some steam at Gong Bali Paintball.