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LASSICS
opened up to younger guests.
Estimated capacity per hour is
between 1,800-3,600 users as a
wave pool, based on a 250-300ft
diameter pool. Multiple riders can
REINVENTING THE WAVE POOL
enjoy real waves when used as a
surfing attraction.
The American company Ocean Innovations boasts nine waterpark patents,
The Liquid Slide uses Ocean
with a further nine pending. The Liquid Slide is its answer to the question,
Innovation’s Wave Master wave-
“How can we improve the traditional wave pool?”
making technology, which is located
This next generation attraction offers a three-in-one solution for 30% less
underneath the pool. The fountain
than existing wave pools and can be used as a wave pool, surf ride and
system propels water as high as 25-
fountain.
metres (80ft) and uses laser lighting.
As the waves are delivered through the centre of the pool, there is no
The product also has a very small
need for obstructive walls and guests can enter from all sides. The 360-
“safe zone” and thus cuts down on
degree design provides up to 75% more deck space, front row seating and
chlorine and filtration requirements
potentially more retail opportunities.
in the deep area. The pool also
According to Ocean Innovations’ Don Shearson, “There is a trend in the
requires less construction and
waterpark industry for adding extreme sports.” Shearson envisages the Liquid
maintenance costs due to lack of
Slide being used as a traditional wave pool during the day, a geyser show at
walls.
the end of the day, and then a wave ride in the evening as the park is
“The industry has never seen such versatility from one wave pool,”
concludes Shearson.
Almost 100 serious buyers expressed an interest in the Liquid Slide
following its debut at IAAPA Attractions Expo and Ocean Innovations is now
in negotiations with several clients
www.oceaninnovations.com
built on a steel floor and offers low maintenance and operational costs.
The first unit is scheduled to appear at the Pleasure Beach in
Blackpool, England, in 2011, but Mack may introduce one before that
at Europa-Park in 2010.
www.mack-rides.com
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