A water slide is a type of slide designed for warm-weather or indoor recreational use at water parks. Water slides differ in their riding method and therefore size; some slides require riders to sit directly on the slide, or on a raft or tube designed to be used with the slide. A typical water slide uses a pump system to pump water to the top, allowed to flow down its surface; the water reduces friction so sliders travel down the slide quickly. Water slides run into a long run-out chute. A lifeguard is stationed at the top and the bottom of the slide, so that if a rider gets hurt they will be treated immediately; as the name suggests, body slides feature no mat and require the person to sit directly on the surface of the slide. The simplest resembles a wet playground slide. There are a variety of types of body slides including flumes, speed slides and AquaLoops; some slides are designed to be ridden with a tube which seats either 2 or 3 riders inline. Similar to a traditional body slide, these slides include many twists and turns and come in a variety of types including bowls and half-pipes.
The world's longest water slide was a temporary installation in Waimauku, New Zealand, in February 2013. Constructed with a length of 650 metres, of which 550 metres functioned properly, its creators claimed. The slide is being moved to Action Park in Vernon, New JerseyThe "Waterslide" at Buena Vista Lodge in Costa Rica is a 400 metres long water slide where the rider sits directly on the slide, with an inner-tube around their upper body for safety; the longest multi-person water-coaster is the 1,763 foot long Mammoth at Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana. The first known existence of a looping water slide was at Action Park in Vernon Township, New Jersey in the mid-1980s, named Cannonball Loop; this slide featured a vertical loop but was closed due to safety concerns. In the late 2000s, Austrian manufacturer Aquarena developed the world's first safe looping water slide, known as the AquaLoop; the company engineered a slide with an inclined loop rather than a standard vertical one. The slide is licensed and distributed by Canadian water slide manufacturer WhiteWater West.
There are nearly 20 AquaLoop installations around the world. The first installation was in Slovenia in 2008; the largest collection is located at Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast in Australia which houses 4 AquaLoops that opened in 2010. Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast was the first to install more than one AquaLoop at a single location; the AquaLoop uses a trap-door to release riders down a 17-metre near-vertical descent at a speed of up to 60 kilometres per hour. Riders experience 2.5 Gs in less than 2 seconds. The whole ride is over within 7 seconds. A bowl is a type of water slide. Under the effects of centrifugal force, the riders circle the outer area of the bowl before exiting down through the middle into a pool underneath but sometimes into an additional slide section; this style of water slide comes in various styles and is manufactured by ProSlide, WhiteWater West and Waterfun Products. The different variations can be ridden on a 4-person cloverleaf tube, 2 person inline tube, single person tube or as a body slide.
Family rafting water slides have the largest capacity of all the different types of tubing water slides averaging between 4 and 6 riders per dispatch. Riders hop in a circular raft and travel down long, twisted 4.5-metre channels to the ground. This type of water slide is manufactured by Australian Waterslides and Leisure, ProSlide, Waterfun Products and WhiteWater West. All of these companies manufacture open-air slides while ProSlide manufactures an enclosed version. A funnel water slide requires riders to sit in a 4 seater round tube. Riders drop from inside a tunnel out into the ride's main element shaped like a funnel on its side. Riders oscillate from one side to the other until they exit through the back of the funnel and into a splash pool; the most common type of funnel is the ProSlide Tornado, installed at 60 locations around the world dating back to 2003. In 2010, WhiteWater West began developing a competing product known as the Abyss, utilizing a raft that holds up to six riders. Similar to a funnel, a half-pipe features a slide in which riders oscillate forth.
However, this style of ride does not feature any enclosed sections. On a Waterfun Product Sidewinder or Sidewinder Mini, riders oscillate several times before coming to a rest at the base of the slide. Riders need to walk off the slide returning their tube to the next riders. On a WhiteWater West Boomerango or Family Boomerango, riders are sent down a steep drop and up a steep hill on the other side, before sliding backwards down another path to the end of the slide. A multi-lane racer is a ride where between 4 and 8 riders dive head-first onto a mat and down a slide with several dips; as an additional component of this ride, both some offer an additional enclosed helix at the top of the ride. ProSlide offer ProRacers, Octopus Racers and Kraken Racers, while WhiteWater West have designed the Mat Racers and Whizzards. Australian Waterslides and Leisure have manufactured a standard multi-lane racer. A speed slide is a type of body slide where riders are sent down steep, free-fall plunges to the ground.
All water slide manufacturers offer a variation of this type of slide. ProSlide & WhiteWater West both offer a speed slide with a trap door, the same trap door found on the AquaLoop. A water coaster
Six Flags New England
Six Flags New England is an amusement park located in Agawam, Massachusetts, a western suburb of Springfield, Massachusetts. Dating to the late 19th century, it is the oldest amusement park in the Six Flags chain. Superman the Ride is among the park's most notable rides having appeared in every Golden Ticket Awards publication by Amusement Today, ranking first or second in the Top Steel Roller Coasters category from 2001 to 2015 and third in 2016. Throughout most of the 20th century, the park was known as Riverside Park, it started out as a picnic grove called Gallup's Grove in 1870 and was renamed Riverside Grove Riverside Park. Prior to 1900, most of the park's patrons arrived via steamship; the Springfield Street Railway extended its line to the park in 1900 and, although Riverside was at the end of the Springfield Street Railway, it was not owned by the railway and is, not considered a trolley park, contrary to published reports. In the early 1900s, a few mechanical rides and a carousel were added.
The park was purchased in 1911 by Henry J. Perkins who transformed the park from a picnic grove to an amusement park, he built the park's first roller coaster, The Giant Dip, in 1912, which proved to be so popular that another coaster, The Greyhound, was added in 1915. Under Perkins' ownership, the park continued to prosper and additional amusements were added, including a 300-foot-diameter pool that became known as Lake Takadip; the original Giant Dip coaster was replaced in 1920 by a new, more thrilling coaster, twice the size of the Giant and was named Lightning. A third coaster, Whirlwind Racer, was added in 1928; the Wall Street Crash of 1929 took its toll on the park and by 1931 it had gone into foreclosure. For the 1932 season, the park operated only Wednesday through Sunday and in 1933 it closed. Several attempts to reopen the park failed and it remained closed through 1939, although the grounds were used for company picnics. A drive-in movie theater operated in the parking lot from 1937 to 1939.
Edward Carroll Sr. purchased the abandoned park in 1939 and after making improvements, reopened Riverside Park on May 29, 1940. Carroll is credited with rescuing Riverside and turning it into the largest theme park in New England, he purchased the plans and cars of the 1939 New York World's Fair Cyclone Roller Coaster and opened a new coaster in 1941. That coaster, now known as Thunderbolt, is operating at the park and is the oldest coaster — in its original location — within the entire Six Flags Chain of theme parks; the park removed some older ones. The theater and bowling alley were removed in the late 1950s, making Riverside Park a seasonal attraction. Carroll took a liking to auto racing, a sport, gaining popularity in the Northeast after World War II, added it to his slate of attractions at Riverside, building the Riverside Park Speedway in 1948, replacing an open air bandstand; the 1960s was a popular period for stock car racing at Riverside Park. NASCAR began to hold events at Riverside Park Speedway in 1976.
In 1977, Riverside Park added its first looping roller coaster, The Loop Coaster known as Black Widow. The park continued to be successful throughout the 1970s and a log flume ride was added in that period. By the 1980s, the park stopped selling individual ride tickets and began charging a "pay one price" admission. In 1983, Riverside Park added its third roller coaster, the park's second wooden coaster; the owners wanted a coaster like the Coney Island Cyclone, but space was limited, so the coaster would need to take up less space and would have sharper twists and turns. It became known as the Riverside Cyclone. In 1987, Riverside attempted to build a white-water rafting ride called the Lost River Water Ride. Plagued with problems, the attraction never was subsequently abandoned. A majority of the ride was demolished in 1989 to make way for Wild River Falls, a waterslide complex consisting of three sets of slides: Riptide, Blue Lightning and Pipeline. A popular attraction, Wild River Falls remained in operation until the opening of the Island Kingdom Waterpark in 1997.
In 1994, Riverside partnered with Lady Luck Gaming in a proposal to build a hotel and dockside casino complex at the park, one of several competing casino proposals in the state. The plan died after Agawam voters rejected a non-binding referendum in support of casino gambling in November. During the 1996 season, the track on the Musik Express was damaged and the attraction remained closed for a portion of the year. A Chance Chaos was scheduled to open for the 1997 season. During the winter of 1996, the Carroll family was approached by Premier Parks of Oklahoma City, which subsequently purchased the park. Premier Parks renamed the park as Riverside: The Great Escape. Under Premier Parks, various changes were made to the park. For the 1997 season, the new owners invested upward of $20 million on general improvements and several new attractions. Attractions included the Island Kingdom Waterpark, which featured children's water play area, various slides and a wave pool. Other attractions included Shipwreck Falls.
In the process of renovation, some older rides such as the Bayern Kurve were removed. Main Street U. S. A. was redesigned, the Southern Center midway was themed to a 1950s city and renamed Rockville. Other improvements included a new entrance plaza and the carousel being renovated and relocated to the front gate. In 1998, the park added several attractions, improving the water park with new features that included lazy river, another children's play structure named Hook's Lagoon, a speed slide tower called Cannonball, a family raft slide named Swiss Family Tobag
Six Flags Great Adventure
Six Flags Great Adventure is an amusement park located in Jackson, New Jersey, owned by Six Flags Entertainment Corp. Situated between New York City and Philadelphia, the park complex contains the Hurricane Harbor water park; the park opened in 1974 under restaurateur Warner LeRoy. Six Flags took over ownership of the park in 1977. Today, the park contains eleven themed areas. On August 30, 2012, Six Flags combined its 125-acre Great Adventure Park with its 350-acre Wild Safari animal park to form the 475-acre Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari park, making it the second-largest theme park in the world, after Disney's Animal Kingdom. In 1972, entrepreneurial businessman Warner LeRoy developed concept plans for the Great Adventure entertainment complex, proposing seven parks be built within the complex: An amusement park, a safari park, a show park, a floral park, a sports complex, a shopping district, a campground with beach/waterpark and stables, his proposal included plans for hotels, which were connected to the parks and could be reached by boats, buses, a sky ride and/or a monorail.
LeRoy wanted his parks to flow through the forest and lakes, capitalizing on the back-to-nature movement of the era. He chose a property owned by the Switlik family, in an area centrally located between the New York City and Philadelphia regions; the property on CR 537 had easy access to the newly constructed Interstate 195, which connected central New Jersey to the New Jersey Turnpike and would connect to the Garden State Parkway. LeRoy collaborated with Hardwicke Industries, who built safari parks in Canada and Europe. Together, they set out to open the seven parks in stages over a 5-year period. After a 4,500 invitation-only guest opening on June 30, 1974, the Great Adventure entertainment complex opened to the general public on July 1, 1974, at a price tag of $10 million. At the time of the opening, only the Enchanted Forest and Safari parks were operational, with elements from five of the other planned parks being used to create the Enchanted Forest; the Enchanted Forest was built to look bigger-than-life.
A Big Balloon was a tethered hot-air balloon that loomed over the park's entrance and was the biggest of its kind in the world. The Log Flume was the longest log ride constructed in the world at that time and it was accompanied by a giant "Conestoga Wagon", an over-sized log cabin restaurant called "Best of the West" and a huge Western Fortress, in the park's Rootin' Tootin' Rip Roarin' section; the Giant Wheel the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, the Freedom Fountain the largest spraying fountain in the world, were located on the opposite end of the park. One of the few smaller-than-real life attractions was an outdoor walk-through attraction called the Garden of Marvels, it used working G-scale LGB trains and boats amongst models of American landmarks and 1/25-scale recreations of European castles. This miniature village was an idea taken from LeRoy's proposed Over the Rainbow floral park. A tree filled with snakes, a carousel, antique cars, koi pond, children's playground, petting zoo and a restaurant named Gingerbread Fancy were borrowed from the floral park concept to create a section of The Enchanted Forest.
This section created the park's main midway named Dream Street. Shoppe Lane was named after a proposed "shopping extravaganza" park, which LeRoy had designed for the property, it lent huge fountain, street performers and shops to the Enchanted Forest. Fairy Tales was the name of a shop that opened with the park in one of the park's over-sized bazaar tents, it sold stuffed toys, including Superman. Other influences from LeRoy's proposal would surface in the years to come. Neptune's Kingdom was a concept for a aquatic show park. From its design came Aqua Spectacle, the home for dolphin performances and high dive shows. Today, the stadium is now known as Fort Independence. Neptune's Kingdom was designed to run the length from Runaway Train to Northern Star Arena, but most of its influences appear in the park's Lakefront area. Rootin' Tootin' Ready for shootin' opened with Runaway Mine Train on the grand opening on Independence Day. A small compact coaster named Big Fury opened in the season; the Sky Ride connected two ends of the park with stations in Rootin' Tootin' Ready for shootin and Dream Street.
The double sky ride ran at the 1964–'65 New York World's Fair. The Great Train Ride was a small train ride that brought guests through a loop of the woods, rather than to a destination of another gate. A small handful of spin rides were located in the Strawberry Fair section and were as close to any thematic journey as the guests were going to take; the Fantasy Fling is older than the park and is the only survivor of these spin rides in 2008. The Fun Fair area debuted in 1975 with several new spinning rides, a smaller Ferris wheel, a Schwarzkopf Jumbo Jet roller coaster; the coaster never was removed at the end of the season. A second flume called, it was built on the opposite end of the park and the station turntable is used for the stage of the Wiggles show today. The Fortune Festival was a new game section, located where the Boardwalk section exists today. LeRoy's original vision for the amusement park featured many dark rides. Although "Man and Space", "The Keystone Cops" and " Down the Wishing Well" never came to be, the Haunted Castle Across the Moat, added a few years took i
Six Flags America
Six Flags America is a theme park located in Woodmore CDP, Prince George's County, near Upper Marlboro, in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Founded as a wildlife center in 1973 by Ross Perot, ABC television operated the park as a drive-through safari called The Largo Wildlife Preserve beginning in 1974 until its closure in 1978; the property was bought by Jim Fowler's Wild Kingdom. In 1992, the park was renamed Adventure World after being acquired by Premier Parks, was branded as the 10th Six Flags park when Premier Parks acquired Six Flags Inc. and adopted its name in 1999. The "America" in the park's name was chosen regarding the close proximity to the United States' capital; the park's history dates to 1973, when Texas billionaire H. Ross Perot and a pair of Irish animal trainers first proposed a wildlife preserve on more than 400 acres of corn and tobacco fields. ABC television bought out Perot and his partners and opened the park as a drive-through safari called The Largo Wildlife Preserve in July 1974, projecting 850,000 visitors a year.
The initial projections that were expected never materialized. In 1975, the park added narrated tours through four-car 150-person trains. However, the park failed to generate a profit. In 1976, ABC bowed out; the park was closed altogether for the 1978 season. At the end of 1978, the park was sold to Jim Fowler, the host of Wild Kingdom. In the 1979 season, the park reopened with the train tour through a safari and a small park with a children's playground, animal shows, a petting zoo; the park continued to not be profitable but stayed open summers through the 1979 season when Fowler's company bowed out as well. The park again was closed for the 1980 season. In the Summer of 1980, the park was sold to a group of local businessmen and reopened in 1982; the animal drive-through safari remained. The park added two kiddie rides and a merry-go-round; that year, the park became known as Wild World. In addition to the few rides, four tube waterslides were added, along with two body slides and a children's water play area.
This brought modest improvements in revenue. In 1983, four more carnival rides, including the High Seas and giant swings, were added; the waterslide area was expanded at the time to a full water park with the addition of a couple more water slides and a large wave pool, which opened while the 1983 season was underway. Tragically, a child swimmer died that summer in the Wave Pool, which resulted in operational safety changes; the park's attendance improved. For the 1983 season, the animal drive-through safari did not reopen; the Village featured elephant rides along with various artisans and the popular Guess Your Age Or Weight game featuring Regina Williams. The animals were sold after the 1983 season. In 1984, most of the adult rides were put in storage, leaving only three; some of the children's rides remained. The park opted to move in the direction of being only a water park. A new stadium was built that year along with a couple; the park did well on hot days but on cooler days attendance was low due to the fact the park had swimming and watersliding.
In 1985, the rides were therefore brought back out of storage. That year, Wild World's management wanted to build a major wooden rollercoaster for the park in the 1986 season, but the costs were too high. At the time, Knoebels park in Pennsylvania had acquired a used rollercoaster called the Phoenix from a defunct park in Texas. Wild World's management recruited Bill Dinn, who had worked in the industry since the 1950s and played a role in Knoebel's acquisition of the Phoenix, to find a similar coaster for Wild World. Boston's Paragon Park closed at the end of 1984; the Giant Coaster—which had operated there since 1917—was put up for sale. During the spring of 1985, Wild World bought the old wooden coaster, renamed The Wild One and rebuilt it in part of the former animal park; the coaster opened for the spring of 1986 to positive reviews. A kiddie coaster was added to the park at the same time. For the 1987 season, Wild World added a lazy river. In 1988, the park managed to add a couple more flat rides.
In 1989, a log flume was added, along with a family raft waterslide in the water park area. In 1990, the park began to have maintenance issues with many of their flat rides. In 1991, only nine flat rides remained and the park was put up for sale. In 1992, Wild World was renamed Adventure World; that year a few kiddie rides were added. In 1993, Adventure World added its second adult rollercoaster. Premier Parks had acquired Lightning Loops from Six Flags; this was a dual-track steel single looping shuttle coaster located at Six Flags Great Adventure. One of the tracks was sent to Premier Parks' Frontier City located in Oklahoma City, while the other track became known as the Python and would be located at Adventure World. A water ride called Shipwreck Falls, in which a 15-person boat would run up a steel track and down a 45-foot drop into a splashwater pool, was added. More flat rides were added in 1994. In 1995, Vekoma's first Mind Eraser, an inverted looping suspended coaster, was add
Southern California is a geographic and cultural region that comprises California's southernmost counties, is the second most populous urban agglomeration in the United States. The region is traditionally described as eight counties, based on demographics and economic ties: Imperial, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Ventura; the more extensive 10-county definition, which includes Kern and San Luis Obispo counties, is used and is based on historical political divisions. The Colorado Desert and the Colorado River are located on southern California's eastern border with Arizona, the Mojave Desert is located north on California's Nevada border. Southern California's southern border is part of the Mexico–United States border. Southern California includes the built-up urban area which stretches along the Pacific coast from Ventura through Greater Los Angeles down to Greater San Diego, inland to the Inland Empire and Coachella Valley, it encompasses eight metropolitan areas, three of which together form the Greater Los Angeles Combined Statistical Area with over 18 million people, the second-biggest CSA after the New York CSA.
These three MSAs are: the Los Angeles metropolitan area, the Inland Empire (, the Oxnard–Thousand Oaks–Ventura metropolitan area. In addition, Southern California contains the San Diego metropolitan area with 3.3 million people, Bakersfield metro area with 0.9 million, the Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, El Centro metropolitan areas. The Southern California Megaregion is larger still, extending east into Las Vegas and south across the Mexican border into Tijuana. Within southern California are two major cities, Los Angeles and San Diego, as well as three of the country's largest metropolitan areas. With a population of 4,042,000, Los Angeles is the most populous city in California and the second most populous in the United States. South of Los Angeles and with a population of 1,307,402 is San Diego, the second most populous city in the state and the eighth most populous in the nation; the counties of Los Angeles, San Diego, San Bernardino, Riverside are the five most populous in the state, are in the top 15 most populous counties in the United States.
The motion picture and music industry are centered in the Los Angeles area in southern California. Hollywood, a district of Los Angeles, gives its name to the American motion picture industry, synonymous with the neighborhood name. Headquartered in southern California are The Walt Disney Company, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, MGM, Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros. Universal, Warner Bros. and Sony run major record companies. Southern California is home to a large homegrown surf and skateboard culture. Companies such as Vans, Quiksilver, No Fear, RVCA, Body Glove are all headquartered here. Skateboarder Tony Hawk; some of the most famous surf locations are in southern California as well, including Trestles, The Wedge, Huntington Beach, Malibu. Some of the world's largest action sports events, including the X Games, Boost Mobile Pro, the U. S. Open of Surfing, are held in southern California; the region is important to the world of yachting with premier events including the annual Transpacific Yacht Race, or Transpac, from Los Angeles to Hawaii.
The San Diego Yacht Club held the America's Cup, the most prestigious prize in yachting, from 1988 to 1995 and hosted three America's Cup races during that time. The first modern era triathlon was held in Mission Bay, San Diego, California in 1974. Since southern California, San Diego in particular have become a mecca for triathlon and multi-sport racing and culture. Southern California is home to many sports sports networks such as Fox Sports Net. Many locals and tourists frequent the southern California coast for its beaches; the inland desert city of Palm Springs is popular. Southern California is not a formal geographic designation and definitions of what constitutes southern California vary. Geographically, California's North-South midway point lies at 37° 9' 58.23" latitude, around 11 miles south of San Jose. When the state is divided into two areas, the term southern California refers to the 10 southernmost counties of the state; this definition coincides neatly with the county lines at 35° 47′ 28″ North latitude, which form the northern borders of San Luis Obispo and San Bernardino counties.
Another definition for southern California uses Point Conception and the Tehachapi Mountains as the northern boundary. Though there is no official definition for the northern boundary of southern California, such a division has existed from the time when Mexico ruled California and political disputes raged between the Californios of Monterey in the upper part and Los Angeles in the lower part of Alta California. Following the acquisition of California by the United States, the division continued as part of the attempt by several pro-slavery politicians to arrange the division of Alta California at 36 degrees, 30 minutes, the line of the Missouri Compromise. Instead, the passing of the Compromise of 1850 enabled California to be a
A lazy river is a water ride found in water parks, hotels and recreation centers, which consists of a shallow pool that flows to a river. There is a slow current just enough to allow guests to ride along lying on rafts. There may be scenic elements added, such as small waterfalls on the edge of the river; some connect or lead into swimming pools or wave pools, while others are self-contained courses that complete a circuit. According to Garrett Nunnelly, lazy rivers were first invented in the state of California. A torrent river, or wave river, is a related concept. Torrent rivers feature wave machines similar to those. Torrent rivers appear at all of the Schlitterbahn water parks and Aquaventure in Dubai and the Bahamas. Most have a policy of no swimming-everybody. A current channel is another water feature found in aquatic facilities that uses moving water for enjoyment. A current channel consists of water of 3–5 feet deep and the width of the channel no greater than 10 feet. Water flows to a lazy river but because of the depth can be used for aquatic therapy and swimming or walking against the current.
Endless River at Morey's Piers in North Wildwood, New Jersey River Adventure at Morey's Piers in Wildwood, New Jersey Lazy Rider at Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia Never Ending River at Splash Planet in Hastings, New Zealand Ushi-Gushi River Creek at Sandcastle Water Park in Lancashire, England Crocodile Run at Kings Island, Ohio Build-A-Raft at Legoland Florida, Winter Haven, Florida Lazy River at Great Wolf Lodge Kickback Creek at Thunder Falls Family Water Park, Mackinaw City, MI Lazy River at Wet'n'Wild in North Shields, England Lazy River and Fantasy Surf at Fantasy World Resort in Kissimmee, Florida White Water Rapids at Schlitterbahn Castaway Creek at White Water Bay in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Adventure River at Water Country in Portsmouth, New Hampshire Lazy River at Reunion Resort in Reunion, Florida Lazy River at Rapids Water Park in Riviera Beach, Florida Castaway Creek at Typhoon Lagoon in Orlando, Florida Lazy River at Wet'n'Wild in Orlando, Florida Cross Country Creek at Disney's Blizzard Beach in Orlando, Florida Lazy River at Splish Splash in Riverhead, New York Lazy River at Boston University Fitness and Recreation Center in Boston, Massachusetts Bahari River at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana Congo River at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana Flotation Station at Splashtown at Darien Lake in Darien Center, NY Lazy River at Canada's Wonderland in Vaughan, Ontario Safari River at Wild Rivers in Irvine, California River Ride at Calypso Bay and Coconut Cove in Wellington and Boca Raton, Florida Unknown at Mindy O WaterPark at Clarion, Florida Lazy River at Regal Palms Resort in Davenport, Florida Rambling Bayou at Adventure Island in Tampa, Florida Lazy River at Runaway Rapids Waterpark in Keansburg, New Jersey Lazy River at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Arlington, Texas Lazy River at Hawaiian Falls in The Colony, Texas Lazy River at the Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels, Texas Lazy River at Waterland WaterPark in Thessaloniki, Greece Lazy River at Isla Mágica in Sevilla, Spain Lazy River at Aqua Park Macedonia in Probištip Sunset River at Knott's Soak City in San Diego, California Lazy River at The Island Waterpark in Fresno, California Lazy River at Wild Water's Adventure Park in Clovis, California Warrior River at Splash Adventure in Bessemer, Alabama El Rio Loco at The Wave in Vista, California Blue Nile Adventure River at Camelbeach Waterpark in Tannersville, Pennsylvania Lazy River at MGM Grand Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV El Río Loco at Costa Caribe Aquatic Park in Tarragona, Spain Endless River at Waldameer Park in Erie, Pennsylvania Recreation Center at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in Chattanooga, Tennessee Lazy River at Audubon Zoo, New Orleans Lazy Rider at RamaYana Water Park in Pattaya Big Bird's Rambling River at Sesame Place Lazy River at Centennial Park Pool Orland Park, IL The Lazy River at Magic Mountain Waterpark in Moncton, New Brunswick.
El Rio de Xocomil at Parque Xocomil of IRTRA in Retalhuleu, Guatemala. Lazy River at Spash Down Waterpark in Sudley, Virginia. Kopiko Wai Winding Rivers at Volcano Bay in Orlando, Florida
Anthony Frank Hawk is an American professional skateboarder and owner of the skateboard company Birdhouse. Hawk is well known for completing the first documented 900 and for his licensed video game titles, published by Activision, he is considered to be one of the most successful and influential pioneers of modern vertical skateboarding. In 2002, he created the "Boom Boom HuckJam", an extreme sports exhibition and tour, launched in Las Vegas. Throughout his career, Hawk has made numerous appearances in films, other media, his own series of video games, he has been involved in various philanthropic activities, including his own Tony Hawk Foundation that helps to build skateparks in underprivileged areas. In 2014, Hawk was named one of the most influential skateboarders of all time by FoxWeekly. Tony Hawk was born on May 12, 1968 in San Diego, California to Nancy and Frank Peter Rupert Hawk, was raised in San Diego; when Hawk was young, he was described as being "hyperactive", his mother says that he was "so hard on himself and expected himself to do so many things."
One time, Hawk struck out in baseball and was so distraught that he hid in a ravine and had to be "physically coaxed out" by his father. His frustration with himself was so harsh that his parents had him psychologically evaluated at school; the results were that Tony was "gifted", he tested with an intelligence quotient of 144, school advisers recommended placing him in advanced classes. Hawk attended Jean Farb Middle School from 1980 to 1981, returned for the show, Homecoming with Rick Reilly, where he set up a ramp and did a demonstration, his parents supported his skateboarding because it served as an outlet for his excessive energy, as Hawk's skills developed, he became a professional skateboarder at age fourteen. Hawk was the National Skateboard Association world champion for twelve consecutive years. On June 27, 1999, Hawk was the first skater to land a "900", a trick involving the completion of two-and-a-half mid-air revolutions on a skateboard. After completing the trick, Hawk commented, "This is the best day of my life."
In 2011, Hawk was still able to land the trick and posted a video on his Twitter account stating, "I'm 43 and I did a 900 today." On June 27, 2016, at age 48, Hawk performed what he claimed will be his final 900. In a video posted on the YouTube channel RIDE Channel, Hawk says "Spencer was there on my first one, now he was there on my last. Bye." after landing a 900. Hawk was invited to President Barack Obama's June 2009 Father's Day celebration and skated in the hallways of the nearby Old Executive Office Building, on the White House grounds; this marked the first time someone skateboarded on the White House grounds with permission from officials. In 2009, Hawk was inducted into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame at its inaugural ceremony; as of January 2012, Hawk is sponsored by Birdhouse, Lakai Footwear, Independent and Nixon. Hawk was sponsored by Theeve. Following an invitation from his former sponsor, Hawk assembled a group of vert skateboarders to perform, in 2012, the first-ever vert demonstration to have occurred in India.
While in India, the group visited Mahatma Gandhi's house, the skateboarders were greeted by a excited young audience and the 540-degree maneuver was executed during the skateboarding demonstration—the Indian trip was published on Hawk's RIDE YouTube channel on February 4, 2013. All contest results are covered in Thrasher Magazine and can be checked at the Thrasher Magazine Archives. Only first places were counted. Boom Boom HuckJamIn 2002, Hawk started a show tour, featuring freestyle motocross, BMX, it started in Las Vegas and on to 31 cities around the U. S. and to Six Flags amusement parks. Video game series A video game series based on his skateboarding, with the title Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, debuted in 1999. Since the series has spawned 18 titles so far, including ten main series titles, four spin-offs, four repackages. Hawk's role in the series was usurped by customizable player characters in installments, but he has remained a prominent character. In the fifth game in the series, Underground, he is a minor non-player character whom the player meets in Tampa and skates against.
Impressed with the player's skills, Hawk grants them entry into a skate competition. He appears in Moscow to teach them the "360 Varial Heelflip Lien" move. Hawk and other skaters are playable near the end of the game when they skate in a promotional video for the player's skate team, in all gameplay modes except the story mode, he appeared as a kid in the Backyard Sports series Backyard Skateboarding. Amusement park ridesA series of amusement park rides known as Tony Hawk's Big Spin were built in three Six Flags parks in 2007 and 2008; the ride was billed as the "Tony Hawk experience" and was designed to have the look and feel of a giant red-and-black skatepark. It offered a full "extreme sports" experience, with monitors in the queue lines displaying highlights of the history of action sports and a large spinning Tony Hawk figure crowning the ride. In 2010 Six Flags cancelled its license and the rides were renamed to Pandemonium; the ride at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom was moved to Six Flags Mexico in 2012 to make way for a new ride known as Superman: Ultimate Flight.
Additionally, a water park ride called Tony Hawk's Halfpipe was opened at Six Flags America in Bowie, Maryland. RIDE ChannelIn January 2012, Hawk launched RIDE Channel. In the welcome video, Hawk explained:... I'm proud to announce the launch of our new YouTube channel—it's called "RIDE." I've teamed up wi