As skiing and snowboardng moves get crazier by the day, training methods must also progress to ensure athlete safety. Accidents such as the injury to snowboarder Kevin Pearce this winter brought attention to the fact that while its exciting to see new maneuvers and tricks being invented, the action sports community has a duty to implement these moves in the safest way possible. While the snow sports community has been graced in recent years by important innovations such as airbags, foam pits, water ramps, and better coaching, these methods are generally exclusive and expensive.
As a result, many skiers and boarders have been forced to cut dryland training costs with sub-par trampolines that don’t offer the safety of a gymnastics facility, and also bring about unnecessary liability for the homeowner. Thankfully, a new dream-like facility for snow sports athletes is set to open that will alleviate many of these potential training pitfalls.
Action sports enthusiasts Paul McGeehan and Dave Schaeffer are ecstatic to announce the opening of their revolutionary indoor trampoline park, House of Air, to “Flyers” far and wide. Appropriately located in San Francisco in a historic airplane hanger, House of Air takes the building’s original use for flight quite literally, offering an unparalleled recreational opportunity for sports enthusiasts. Please note: these are not your typical backyard trampolines.
House of Air offers a cutting edge array of trampoline structures and programs for walk-in guests, organized children’s and adult classes, “Air Conditioning” fitness programs, birthday parties and corporate events. The flightless can now fly through activities like open trampoline jump time, aerial trampoline training and trampoline dodgeball and basketball. Opening is scheduled for September 15, 2010.
“The trampoline park concept is a revolutionary new action sports destination that is quickly gaining national popularity, and we are thrilled to be the first to bring it to San Francisco,” said Schaeffer. “There is something for everyone at House of Air, from professional-level athletes to weekend warriors to kids who have never been on a trampoline.”
Flyers can design their own flight itinerary, picking and choosing from House of Air’s multiple trampoline structures, appealing to all desired thrill levels.
The Matrix, House of Air’s main trampoline structure, will consist of 42 conjoined trampolines. This enormous and awe-inspiring trampoline floor — larger than a regulation sized basketball court — will be surrounded on all sides by trampoline walls set at angles to the floor, allowing flyers maximum uninterrupted bounce space while providing maximum levels of safety.
The 2X Bowl, located within the north end of The Matrix, is a freestyle trampoline concept modeled after skateboard park designs. Geared toward action sport enthusiasts, it includes two three-sided bowls separated by a low wall called a spine. The 2X Bowl is a House of Air exclusive, an innovative and ground-breaking concept never before seen at any type of recreational facility.
The Colosseum, 22 conjoined trampolines including trampoline walls, will be used for organized sports such as trampoline dodgeball and basketball.
The Training Ground, booked by appointment or group class only, is performance-based training for Flyers to improve aerial awareness, acuity, and ability. Top gymnasts, board sport specialists, and professional athletes will offer classes to improve skills for various sports, including gymnastics, snowboarding, skiing, wakeboarding, skateboarding and kite boarding, giving athletes a safe way to practice and create new aerial maneuvers. Safety harnesses will be used on three competition-grade trampolines and Flyers will be able to reach extreme heights on the one-of-a-kind, custom-built, octagon-shaped center trampoline.
Skiers and boarders are likely to get a lot of use out of the Training Ground (pictured above)
Air Junior Bounce House is an inflatable bounce house designed for children three to six years of age. Double slides and climbing walls elevate the bounce experience. “Air Traffic Controllers,” or safety managers, will supervise the area at all times.
“‘Safety first’ is our guiding concept. We are taking every precaution to create a safe and fun environment for our customers,” said McGeehan. “We address safety in three different ways: by providing state-of-the-art trampoline structures, high quality protective gear, and constant supervision by our trained Air Traffic Controllers. Surrounding all trampoline structures with trampoline walls, having three and a half inches of gymnastics-grade padding on every trampoline bed, and providing soft foam helmets and high-top shoes with additional ankle support are just a few of our safety measures designed to minimize the risk of injury.”
Innovative and cutting-edge design features combined with San Francisco-based architect Mark Horton’s commitment to maintaining the historic integrity of the building will create an impressive architectural showplace for the Presidio neighborhood. The historic airplane hanger, which was built in 1921 and originally served as Crissy Air Field’s land-plane hangar, will now feature a 42-foot wide by 20-foot tall bi-folding glass hangar door and a second story catwalk overlooking the trampoline structures. Historic photography of the building and the surrounding area will be showcased in a dramatic 35-foot display wall at the entrance of the building.
Once inside the building, guests will have no choice but to be astonished and excited by the exhilarating atmosphere, heightened by a superior sound system and action sport movies played on a 23-foot projection screen. A DJ booth will house local DJs for special events. Comfy couches, lounge chairs and free Wi-Fi will entice customers to linger as they enjoy a bite to eat from House of Snacks, House of Air’s on-premise café featuring great coffee, sandwiches, salads and soups. Customers can also check out the retail space that will feature branded apparel, water bottles, footwear, head gear, towels, gifts, and trampoline boards.
Ideal for birthday parties and corporate events, House of Air boasts two event spaces accessible via the second floor catwalk, each featuring a flat screen television and able to accommodate up to 49 guests. Preferred catering services from a variety of local restaurants can also be arranged. Groups will have the option of renting out complete trampoline sections or the entire facility.
House of Air’s “Flyers for Philanthropy” program is a charitable commitment that Schaeffer and McGeehan are proud to offer. “We want to present our customers with a unique way to give back to the local community, so we’ve come up with five charities to which Flyers can donate one dollar whenever they visit,” said Schaeffer. As an alternative to the typical black rubber wristband upon entry, Flyers who donate to a charity will receive a different color wristband, associated with their charity of choice. Frequent Flyers can collect all five charity wristbands by donating to a different charity each visit.
House of Air is located at 926 Mason Street at West Crissy Field in the Presidio of San Francisco. Prices start at $14 per hour for open trampoline jump time; each additional hour is $10. House of Air will be open Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. House of Air will also be open for fitness classes at 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. daily. For more information please visit www.houseofairsf.com.