Tweed teens flipping out for new trampoline arena
TWEED'S young adults have been giving clubs and pubs the bounce and flipping out over a new form of entertainment - a trampoline arena.
Since Flip Out at South Tweed opened on November 20, boasting a 4000sq m industrial-strength trampoline, 7000 people have passed through the doors - and it doesn't look like it'll slow down any time soon.
Manager Ben Spinks said young adults were taking advantage of its late weekend opening hours to indulge in a healthier form of entertainment.
"On Friday and Saturday nights we're open to midnight with a DJ," Mr Spinks said.
"A lot of 19 to 30-year-olds come on those nights."
He said feedback from the overwhelming majority of customers on those nights was that they preferred Flip Out to clubbing.
Mr Spinks said families were also making good use of the centre during the school holidays, with a sizeable crowd the norm.
The trampoline venue at Enterprise Ave is a work in progress, with Mr Spinks also planning to establish several private party rooms and a DJ booth.
"We can fit 120 people," Mr Spinks said.
He said a lot of talented people visited the arena, including parkour enthusiasts.
Parkour is a form of urban acrobatics and has a strong following on the southern Gold Coast.
Mr Spinks said Flip Out would soon offer a range of classes, including ninja, adult acrobatics and flip classes.
Daniel "Frogman" Wilson has been working at Flip Out Tweed since it opened.
Despite having no acrobatic background, in just five months he has developed impressive trampoline skills.
Mr Wilson said he thoroughly enjoyed working at the centre.
"It's amazing," he said. "I like the environment and everyone's just chilled."
Flip Out, which is part of an Australian chain that has five other outlets in NSW, is open seven days a week.