Hold on to your butts!

They said it couldn’t be done. They said it probably shouldn’t be done. But, they did it anyway. That’s right, a full-loop vertical waterslide is finally here. Mountain Creek Waterpark AKA Action Park, in New Jersey, home of the world’s first looping waterslide, the Cannonball Loop, is unveiling the much-safer cousin to its 1980s dangerous counterpart. It’s called the Sky Turtle. And it’s absolute insanity.

After successful test runs, it was officially unveiled in the summer of 2016. According to the L.A. Times “Over 100 test runs have been conducted at the 90-foot-tall prototype slide built in Carthage, Missouri.”

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Riders are encased in an aluminum alloy-framed pod:

The central challenge facing any vertical looping water slide design is friction – caused by skin, bathing suits or riders who slow themselves down with their hands or feet. Without enough speed, you won’t make it through the loop. Sky Turtle solved the friction problem by eliminating the human variable. Riders are enclosed inside an aluminum alloy-framed capsule that maintains constant contact with the flume via replaceable foam runners. With a drag racing-style five-point harness, the first capsule prototype looked like a soap box derby car and felt like being strapped into a coffin. The latest version of the capsule looks like a futuristic cross between a one-man submarine and a badminton cock shuttle. With a roller coaster-style lap-bar restraint, the new M40-URV capsule features a more open design with perforated safety screens that allow for better air and water flow. Riders will climb inside the capsules while waiting in line at the top of the slide tower. With 10 capsules in rotation, Sky Turtle expects to be able to simultaneously load, unload and drop riders at a rate of 180 per hour. – LA Times

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Then barrel down a heart-pounding, butt-clenching 90-degree vertical loop:

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Two words: Challenge accepted.

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