Imagine lifting off, basketball in hand, soaring upwards through the air higher than you’ve ever jumped before. High above the rim fingers meet metal and with a sudden swoosh of the net the ball is driven home.
Just like LeBron James. Or that kid down the street in Walnut Grove.
Dreams of arial greatness are now in reach at the new Extreme Air indoor trampoline park, which opened at 9499 198 Street in mid-December. The 33,000 sq. foot facility of interlocking trampolines is set to bring Langley adventure-seekers bouncing, flipping and leaping to new heights.
“Everyone kind of has dreams of being able to do a slam dunk,” said co-owner Dustin Armeneau.
“You can do that now at the facility.”
Extreme Air operates on a drop-in basis, and Armeneau says it is the ideal spot to book birthday parties, youth groups or sports team wind-ups.
The location features space for trampoline dodgeball and basketball, a trampoline half pipe, a foam pit for flips —great for snowboarders, wake boarders and skiers who have always wanted to practice aerial tricks — and a free jump area.
Extreme Air also hosts aerobic classes, gymnastics classes and a dodgeball league.
Armeneau said Extreme Air is built for all ages of aerial adventurers, but is a unique opportunity to encourage younger Langley residents to get active while trying something new.
“It’s exercise, and I think that’s the biggest thing these days, trying to find something that you can get your kids doing or your teenagers doing that’s not in front of a computer.”
Extreme Air operates indoor trampoline parks in Edmonton, Calgary and Richmond.
“It’s been something they’ve been doing in the States for about ten years, but we’re the first ones to bring it over to Canada,” said Armeneau.
Because of the sport’s relatively short history in Canada, there is no national regulatory organization, which Armeneau said hasn’t stopped Extreme Air from putting a premium on safety.
The facility voluntarily abides by American trampoline standards, employes monitors trained in first aid throughout the park and has invested heavily in safety equipment.
“There’s probably $400,000 of padding in the facility,” said Armeneau.
“There’s been no injuries. We’ve been really fortunate with that, and I think it’s just because we have such thoroughly trained safe at the facility monitoring the kids and adults.
For more information on Extreme Air’s services visit extremeairpark.com.