April 7, 2008
Largo, Maryland -- Six Flags America is inviting everyone to "skate the wake" this summer at their Hurricane Harbor waterpark on the first ever Tony Hawk's Half-pipe water slide. Described as an edgy waterslide and truly rad, it will be the first such attraction to be branded after the superstar skateboarder.
This new attraction at the Six Flags waterpark will be similar in shape to a skateboarding half-pipe, but instead of riding a skateboard visitors will ride the half-pipe in an inner tube.
"We are ecstatic to be adding Tony Hawk's Halfpipe to our already stellar water park lineup," said Six Flags America park president, Terry Prather. "This is a water ride that teens, tweens and parents alike can enjoy."
Tony Hawk's Halfpipe stands four stories tall and sends Six Flags visitors flying down one side to the other at speeds of up to 23 mph. One or two riders at a time riding in a single or double inner tube can experience on water what skateboarders experience on dry land – zero gravity.
According to Six Flags, the frictionless surface helps create a freefall effect as riders slip and slide forward and in reverse, up and down the U-shaped slide with no sides.
Water spray jets will keep the tubes from cresting over the edge of the slide and push the tube forward until riders reach the bottom.
"This incredible ride is the highlight of a family entertainment package for 2008 that is unsurpassed in this region," Prather added.
"I am honored and excited to be involved with this new water park ride," said skateboarding legend, Tony Hawk. "The Tony Hawk Halfpipe waterslide is a great way to emulate the fun of skating a huge halfpipe with the thrill of riding an amazing waterslide. I can't wait to try it myself!"
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor waterpark is nearly 25 acres and included free with admission to Six Flags America. One of the larges waterparks in the Mid Atlantic, Hurricane Harbor has 38 water rides and attractions, a kiddie section called Buccaneer Beach and one of the largest wave pools in the country, Hurricane Bay.
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor opens for the 2008 season in late-May.
For more information, visit www.sixflags.com/america/
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