AttractionsThe first of its kind attraction in Asia allows visitors to ski down snowy slopes, surf on rushing waves, and show off skateboard tricks in Orchard Road.

Surf, ski and skate in Singapore’s shopping district

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Trifecta by The Ride Side will house three sports arenas for surfing, skiing and skating.
Trifecta by The Ride Side will house three sports arenas for surfing, skiing and skating. Photo Credit: The Ride Side

Thrill-seeking travellers torn between surfing among the breaking waves in Bali and skiing down the Swiss Alps and skateboarding will find that the tropical island of Singapore will soon offer these experiences in bite-sized portions all rolled up in a neat package.

Trifecta by The Ride Side will open in the heart of Singapore’s prime shopping district, Orchard Road, in 2023, featuring three action sports arenas – surf, snow, and skate. The integrated sports facility will stretch across 4,610sqm in Orchard Road’s Somerset area, featuring a wave pool, skate bowl and VR snow arena.

A deep-water wave pool in the surf area utilises technology to create high velocity waves and water columns of up to 1.5m. The snow arena, equipped with snowy slopes, will deliver an immersive experience in skiing or snowboarding with the first virtual reality ski/snowboarding simulator that changes the speed and directional movements to mimic the uneven terrains of a natural mountain. Meanwhile, the skate arena will be designed for both skateboarding and surfskating, making it the world’s first hybrid skate bowl.

The snow arena at Trifecta will be powered by the first VR ski simulator in Asia.
The snow arena at Trifecta will be powered by the first VR ski simulator in Asia.

Along with the snow, skate, and surf arenas, the attraction will also house F&B outlets and retail stores.

Conceptualised by The Ride Side, a Singapore-based adventure sports company, the inspiration behind this attraction was “to bring the mountains and the waves to the urban centre of Singapore,” said Daphne Goh, co-founder of the company.

Trifecta will also offer eco education programmes that teaches participants how to upsyscle and recycle sports equipment to extend the usage alongside educational tours on sustainability sustainable spatial design of the attraction and its retail partners that champion conscious production and consumption practices.

Singapore Tourism Board’s chief executive Keith Tan had advised travel agents at the Tourism Industry Conference 2022 on dialling up the fun factor for their client’s travel itinerary. He referenced choosing the country’s more hands-on, educational experiences, such as this upcoming attraction that complements “Orchard Road’s existing offerings and the youthful identity of the Somerset area” and an immersive Avatar experience coming soon to Gardens by the Bay.

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