The highest, the fastest and the just plain crazy
There are loads of water slides competing for the title of fastest, tallest and most extreme. Many would argue that the proof of the pudding is in the eating but here are 7 of the most celebrated rides. Next time you travel and feel like some extreme fun, stop in at one of these crazy water rides:
1 Verruckt, Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resort, Kansas City, Kansas is just over 51 meters high, has a top speed of 105km/h and a slope of 60 degrees. The Verrückt is 7 inches, taller than the Statue of Liberty and the equivalent of 17 stories above the ground. A spiral climb of 264 steps takes thrill seekers to the top where groups of four are strapped into a rubber raft that reaches speeds of 105km/h as it drops the equivalent of two football pitches in 18 seconds.
2 Insano, Beach Park, Brazil Insano was once listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s tallest water slide but has since been bumped down a notch by Verrückt. At the same height as 14-storey building, riders reach speeds of 105km/h and the ride is over in 5 seconds.
3 The Scorpions Tale, Noah’s Ark Waterpark, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin is ten stories high and 122 meters long making it America’s first nearly vertical waterslide loop. The initial drop sends you plummeting down at more than 15 meters per second.
4 Summit Plummet at Disney’s Blizzard Beach in Florida is a near-vertical incline 37 meters high with riders reaching speeds of around 96km/h.
5 Bomb Bay, in Orlando, Florida riders begin this ride in a small phone-booth-like chamber. When the floor drops out from beneath them they drop 23 meters in near-vertical free-fall.
6 The Wildebeest at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari is 537 meters long, making it the longest waterslide in the world. Following the four-story drop at a 45-degree angle, linear induction motors (LIMs) propel the four-person boats up seven additional hills, through two underground tunnels, and around a helix. Wildebeest covers more than two acres with a top speed of 11 meters per second.
7 The Black Anaconda, at Noah’s Ark in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin is a covered slide-coaster combo that reaches speeds of 48 km/h and stretches for 400 meters, making it one of the longest water coasters in the world. In addition to serpentine coils, it also has parts where jets of water push you up hills.
Waterproof your sound processor
The Aqua+ is a soft, flexible silicone sleeve that fits over a CP810 or CP900 series processor. It sits comfortably on the ear and gives you the ability to swim with your sound processor without the need for any cumbersome cables, cases or a special sound processor specifically for water activities. Now that it is Summertime, are you planning on visiting any of South Africa’s waterparks?