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Part of the Spanish group Aspro, Aqualand is Europe’s biggest chain of waterparks, with 13 properties in France,


Portugal and Spain. To mark the end of the 2011 season, Park World takes a look a selection of attractions installed this year by Polin Waterparks & Pool Systems


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Polin adds adrenaline to French waterparks


t is to France, home to no fewer than nine Aqualand parks, that we turn to uncover new additions to Aqualand St Syr Sur Mer in the south of the country and Aqualand Bassin d’Arcachon in the west.


Built on a 6-acre site, the latter is the largest European waterpark on the Atlantic coast, and can be viewed by passing motorists on the Bordeaux–Arcachon highway. Opened in 1985, it has entertained over 4 million guests, including 180,000 last year season (mid-June to September).


Around 70% of these visitors are tourists. The new additions for 2011 were a pair of different slides from Polin’s Racer series, linked to one tower. This unique design features two tube slides that start side by side and follow the same S- shaped path before splitting off into different extreme rides. With inflatable tubes on each slide accommodating two riders, this makes for a high capacity ride.


Those riders that start their journey on the left-hand slide are dispatched into a Space Boat bowl, where centrifugal force pins the tubes to the side of the bowl and they rotate in a whirlpool-like motion before dropping down into the splash pool below. An even more intense ride awaits riders on the other slide, whey they rush down towards Polin’s Turbolance and are then propelled uphill vertically. Then they travel over another exciting section, a reverse path taking them over a bump and into a run-out. “It is a high speed, high- capacity, tube racing, multi lane ride,” explains Polin marketing manager Sohret Pakis. “The unique double slide feature effectively doubles capacity over 'regular' waterslides. The colour combination that the park chose is just perfect and the waterslides also have strong spectator appeal.


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Turbolance at Aqualand Bassin d’Arcachon OCTOBER 2011


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