Saturday, June 22, 2013

Hurricane Harbor New Jersey Opens Big Wave Racer

Another new slide tower has opened at Hurricane Harbor water park in New Jersey, located adjacent to Six Flags Great Adventure, just in time to celebrate the official start of Summer.

The opening of the slide also celebrated the state's "Stronger Than the Storm" campaign, with benefits from the opening day events going to the Jersey Shore Convention and Visitor's Bureau.  The funds will be used to aid in the rebuilding of area businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

© Hurricane Harbor
Big Wave Racer's grand opening celebration included Mayors and families from six shore towns that were impacted by Sandy, and all the participants were able to take on the racing slides in a friendly competition.  Prizes for the towns of all participants and extra for the winner will benefit their individual rebuilding efforts.

© Hurricane Harbor
Big Wave Racer sends riders down head-first on their own individual mat, starting with a twisted section that includes total darkness.  Starting at four stories in the air, the sliders rocket down the path and are able to get some airtime, too, as seen in the above photo!  The bottom section of the slides features several drops on the way down and a finish line at the end to determine the winner.

"Big Wave Racer is a thrilling experience that allows you to plummet face first, which is what our guests have been asking for," Park President John Fitzgerald said.  "It compliments our already incredible portfolio of slides and demonstrates our commitment to our guests by delivering the best water park experience in the Northeast."

With the new slides open, and the new Safari Off Road Adventure next door at the theme park, this is a great Summer to visit the parks!