OGDEN -- There wasn't an ocean or a beach, but the surf was up for Pioneer Day. Flowboarders from all over the country converged on the Salomon Center to take part in the National Flowrider Flow Tour. Flowrider Utah, Ogden's surf simulator, hosted the 13th stop on the 16-city, summerlong national tour. Flowrider's two-day event began Thursday with a practice session and featured 58 competitors in 14 events. "This is our third year hosting the event on July 24," said Shaun Hancock, manager of Flowrider Utah. "We have a great facility here and are happy to be able to show it off." The competition featured flowboarders from all over the map. Competitors from Utah, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Texas, Wisconsin, Virginia, Florida and Ohio took turns attempting their best 360-degree turns, barrel rolls, kick flips and shove-its. The traveling Flow Tour began April 25 in Alabama and has featured 12 other competitions so far. Tour stops have ranged from as far east as Virginia to as far west as California, with many places in between. The tour will wrap up in mid-August, again in Alabama, where men's and women's champions will be crowned. Jessica Nichols, a 20-year-old Ogden resident, competed Friday and is the No. 1-ranked stand-up women's flowboarder in the nation. Nichols, who has been flowboarding for about a year, took up the sport after she began working at the Ogden Flowrider. "I just started working here about a year ago and that's how I got into it," she said. "I've been a snowboarder since I was about 8 years old, so that's sort of helped me. "It's been fun. I've been able to travel all over and compete against a lot of different people." Nichols enjoys the Flowrider facilities in Idaho and Alabama, but said the Ogden waves top them all. "Of course, I'm a little biased because this is my home wave, but I think this is the best place out there," she said of the local facility. "All the Flowriders are made by the same company, so you'd think they'd all ride the same, but each one is a little different and has its own identity." Nichols, who is sponsored locally by the Salomon Center and by national companies such as Skullcandy and Rockwell Time Keepers, plans to continue her flowboarding career and hopes to take home the women's stand-up crown in August. Friday's event in Ogden also featured a skateboard and bike jump display, live music and a chili pepper-eating contest sponsored by Sonora Grill. "We just want people to come out here and have fun and be able to experience a little of what we have to offer here in Ogden," Hancock said. "It's a good way to spend a holiday."