Thursday, June 1, 2017

SeaWorld San Antonio's New Coaster - Wave Breaker - To Open June 16th

Dubbed as "North America’s only jet-ski style coaster" by SeaWorld San Antonio, Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster is now set to open to the public on June 16th.  The "one-of-a-kind-thrill" ride will put passengers on mission that "combines roller coaster thrills with the adrenaline rush of a marine animal rescue mission."

Riders board Wave Breaker and sit on a jet-ski styled car in a straddled position that allows them to grip handle bars in front of them.  The coaster features two separate launches instead of a tradition lift hill, sending trains out and over SeaWorld San Antonio's central lagoon.

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The park shared these awesome aerial photos of Wave Breaker on the ride's website, giving us a look at the nearly-finished product.  The coaster's track stretches over 2,600 feet long and the trains will launch at a top speed of 44 miles per hour.  The maximum height of the ride is 61 feet.  Much of the track features curves that will simulate the jet-skis racing across the water while on an animal rescue.

© SeaWorld San Antonio
Riders will enter the coaster's queue and find it themed with "stories from some of the 30,000 rescues the SeaWorld Rescue Team has been involved with over the past 50 years."  Once they board each train will be assigned a specific rescue mission of either a turtle, dolphin or sea lion - after which the trains will race out and through the course.

“Wave Breaker provides a coaster experience unlike anything in the current theme park landscape,” said SeaWorld Vice President of Theme Park Development Mike Denninger. “While other coasters feature dramatic changes in speed, once you hit Wave Breaker’s first launch you’ll be moving fast throughout the entire ride. When you combine that consistent high speed with the banked and serpentine turns throughout the ride track that is 90 percent over the surface of the water you get an unparalleled ride experience.”