Believe it or not, flowriding – that pulse-racing surfing simulation you can enjoy on a growing number of Royal Caribbean ships around the world – is actually an extremely serious and competitive sport to some people.

And you can learn from one of the best in the world on part of Ovation of the Seas‘ inbound cruise to Australia from Fremantle to Sydney, departing on 06 December 2016.

One of Australia’s most prodigious flowriding talents is young Adam Wildman, who in recent years has served as a Royal Caribbean ambassador for the sport, having turned the activity into his profession. The three-time European flowriding champion recently defended his crown and will now join the mighty cruise ship to offer group lessons to passengers onboard the nine-night journey from Western Australia around to the ship’s New South Wales base.

“If you’ve ever thought about giving flowboarding a go, Ovation is the perfect place to test your talents. The most important thing to remember is that falling is half the fun! No matter your age or skill, you’re guaranteed to have a great time,” Wildman said.

The young Aussie champion will host several tutorials onboard in which he will share basic tips and advice on how to master the rapidly flowing water, which aims to provide similar surf conditions, albeit in an opposite direction, for guests to try and tackle while standing, boogie boarding or even knee boarding.

In addition, Wildman will encourage guests to take seats in the FlowRider theatre as he proceeds to destroy all hopes of becoming one of his competitors by showcasing his amazing array of skills and tricks which have taken him to the top of the sport’s world rankings. The Gold Coast native caught the FlowRiding bug while on a family cruise holiday in the Caribbean on Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas back in 2009. Check him out in action here.

A very limited number of staterooms remain available on the 15-night cruise from Singapore to Sydney, which sets sail from The Lion City on 30 November, calling in Fremantle, Adelaide and Hobart along the way.

If you’re looking for a shorter cruise, it’s also possible to join the ship on shorter segments ranging from five to 13 nights on almost any combination between these cities. Fares start from $899 for the first guest, with a 50% discount currently on sale for the second, third and fourth passengers per stateroom.