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Wyeth Tracy, Empex Wateroys Mega marketplace


Open for two days only (28/29 October), the trade show floor featured more than 350 booths – making it the world’s largest marketplace of suppliers focused exclusively on the water recreation industry. "I'm enjoying the show," confessed David Andrews,


Wet 'n Wild Palm Springs (California), "and am looking to meet as many people as I can and share ideas. I'm also looking to add to my staff. I thought the new WhiteWater LED slide, Slideboarding, was a very innovative product."


"This show has been great," said Scott Cooper, Wet


'n’ Wild Phoenix (Arizona). "I got some good information we can implement and save some money. We won an award for best website, so we came to collect the award, and Phoenix is very close to Las Vegas. It was an incredible experience to see all the new innovations out there and catch up with other industry professionals."


"The US economy has improved,” added WhiteWater boss Geoff Chutter. “Parks haven't expanded in the past few years and think it's now


WhiteWater’s Geoff Chutter demonstrates Slideboarding


about time. We've also introduced an unprecedented number of new products to the industry this year, including the Rattler, Anaconda and Aquasphere. Slideboarding will be an industry game changer." "We've been real busy," admitted Rick Hunter,


ProSlide Technologies. "Established parks are looking to expand and are real buyers. We continue to push the envelope on LIM water coasters and our high- thrill feature rides like the Tornados and Bowls that constitute hybrid ride opportunities." "This is an excellent show," acknowledged Wayne Miller of tube supplier Zebec. "Our family raft continues to sell well now for over 20 years. Our regular customers have come by and told us how happy they are with our products, and we're now seeing many returning customers." The World Waterpark Association has already announced that it will welcome attendees to Palm Springs, California for the WWA Show 2015. The dates are 20 to 23 October.


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What happens off the show


Guests enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the new Cowabunga Bay waterpark JANUARY 2015


floor… “We were pumped to be headquartered at the heart of ‘the entertainment capital of the world’,” reported WWW president Rick Root in Las Vegas. “This host city really knows how to roll out the red carpet to visitors and what’s even more exciting is we were able to take folks to two amazing waterparks.” Highlights of this year’s networking events included a Monday night tour to the new Cowabunga Bay, plus the Wet’n’Wild Las Vegas Party. Almost 700 attended the WWA’s signature Annual Reunion Party beneath the sparkly lights of Paris Las Vegas’ replica Eiffel Tower. Meanwhile close to 70 gathered at Painted Desert Golf Club for the WWA’s Annual Golf Tournament.


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Bulent Ilkay with Polin boss Baris Pakis (right)


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