Monday, August 27, 2012

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk 2013: Undertow

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has announced their new roller coaster for 2013, named Undertow.  The ride will be the only spinning coaster in Northern California when it opens at the seaside amusement park next year.

"A spinning coaster is a very unique ride experience, we know our visitors are going to love it,” said Boardwalk community relations director Kris Reyes. “Every ride on Undertow is different, you can definitely expect the unexpected.”

Undertow will be built by Maurer Sohne, and represent a $5.5 million investment in the park.  Riders sit in individual four-seater cars, each pair facing back to back.  The ride takes the cars up 50 feet and over 1,410 feet of track.  From the above concept art, the ride appears to be an Xtended SC 2000 model.

The nature of the spinning cars means that no two rides will be the same.  Different weight distributions will make the spinning unpredictable, creating an exciting ride for guests.

As previously announced by the park, their Hurricane roller coaster will be removed to make way for Undertow.  Riders can get their last Hurricane rides in until September 3rd, when the ride will close for good.

For more information on Undertwo, check out the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk's website.