“With the iconic backdrop of Sydney Harbour Bridge how could I resist the urge to fly. I was lucky enough to visit the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Ovation of The Seas while it was docked at Sydney Harbour. For those not familiar, Ovation of The Seas has an indoor skydiving wind tunnel on board as one of its many and numerous entertainment attractions for guests. The tunnel on board is a 10ft iFly tunnel atop the stern (back) of the ship along side a flow rider (surfing simulator). All wind tunnels are unique in their wind flow characteristics, their power, and the dynamics of their air flow. The tunnel on board Ovation of The Seas was a unique challenge to try some freestyle flying in a 10ft tunnel given that my home tunnel at iFly Downunder in Sydney is a 16ft tunnel.
After 15min of warming up and getting to know the tunnel I managed a few moves with the Sydney Harbour Bridge as a backdrop… what an amazing tunnel and location to fly. This little tunnel packed some power and is fun to fly. After some solo freestyle flying one of the Ovation of The Seas iFly instructors threw up a challenge of a bit of two way dynamic flying … in a 10ft tunnel .. bring it on we gave it a go, checkout the video below. The Sports Manager and his team of iFly instructors were an amazingly friendly and professional crew. The tunnel has a great modern checkin area and all the latest gear and equipment.”
Words by Elise Brown