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    Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk announces Undertow - New for 2013

    One of the best seaside parks in the country, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, has announced their new coaster for 2013. Undertow

    Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk | UNDERTOW Spinning Roller Coaster

    SANTA CRUZ, CA (August 27, 2012) – The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk unveiled plans for a new $5.5M ride during a presentation for employees and media at the Boardwalk today.

    A new spinning roller coaster, named Undertow, will join the Boardwalk’s scream-worthy lineup of rides next summer. Manufactured by German coaster specialist Maurer Sohne, Undertow will be the only spinning coaster in Northern California.

    “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.”

    Unlike most roller coasters, which carry an entire trainload of riders, Undertow uses individual cars each holding 4 riders, with each pair of riders facing opposite directions. The ride experience changes every time, depending on the weight and position of riders in the car.

    Scheduled to open Summer 2013, Undertow will take over the location currently occupied by the Hurricane roller coaster. The Hurricane’s last day of operation is September 3; the ride has been sold to Western Playland Amusement Park in New Mexico.

    The Boardwalk’s last major ride to open was the Haunted Castle, which opened in 2010.

    For more information about Undertow, the Boardwalk’s new spinning roller coaster, visitSanta Cruz Beach Boardwalk | UNDERTOW Spinning Roller Coaster


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    • Track length: 1410 ft.
    • Height: 50 ft.
    • Cars: 4-seater, spinning
    • Number of cars: 7
    • Capacity: 900 pph
    • Base area: 147 x 75 ft.

    We are hoping to add some photos provided by the park later.



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    Re: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk announces Undertow - New for 2013

    i went on hurricane
    it was an ok ride but this looks GREAT
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    Re: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk announces Undertow - New for 2013

    Is this Sierra Sidewinder? I hope not - barf
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    Re: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk announces Undertow - New for 2013

    Quote Originally Posted by SpectroMan View Post
    Is this Sierra Sidewinder? I hope not - barf
    No.
    It's actually the same ride as Crush's Coaster in Paris minus the darkride portion.

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    Re: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk announces Undertow - New for 2013

    Looks like fun. I loved riding the Hurricane when I was younger. A big part of its appeal was its location.

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    Re: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk announces Undertow - New for 2013

    I love their new Haunted dark ride, but this one I'll have to skip or I'll be puking 360 degrees off the sides of this ride.

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    Re: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk announces Undertow - New for 2013

    So is this new or really just new cars on the current Hurricane Track? The Hurricane is (yawn) snoozeville when compared to the Big Dipper?

    I am lucky that I live 30 min from there but {gasp} haven't been there in a good 5-7 years because the only thing have going is the Big Dipper and the Free Concerts. And after they revamped Cave Train it lost all it's charm.

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    Re: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk announces Undertow - New for 2013

    Quote Originally Posted by dictionary View Post
    So is this new or really just new cars on the current Hurricane Track? The Hurricane is (yawn) snoozeville when compared to the Big Dipper?
    Completely new. Hurricane was sold to a park in New Mexico. I agree that it wasn't the best coaster, but there was just something about it that captivated my young imagination.

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    Re: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk announces Undertow - New for 2013

    Quote Originally Posted by mratigan View Post
    i went on hurricane
    it was an ok ride but this looks GREAT
    I was working the walk back when it was the Jetstar. Hurricane was an impressive upgrade at the time. I think Hurrican was designed by the same German group mentioned in the PR. From the video I figured the Hurricane was just going to be retrofitted, but I guess it'll be a whole new track layout.

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    Re: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk announces Undertow - New for 2013

    Can't say I'll miss the Hurricane, didn't even bother with a "last ride" yesterday. I remember when it open they had problems that led to it being toned down a bit as was the case with Mulholland Madness/Goofy's Puke Pile. Got TWO rings in the clown's mouth on a single carrousel ride, though.
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    Re: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk announces Undertow - New for 2013

    The website lables this as Northern California's only spinning coaster, yet we have a spinning coaster at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.

    ---------- Post added 09-26-2012 at 12:30 PM ----------

    ^^

    I just realized that they have taken out that attraction at Discovery Kingdom. That was short lived!
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    Re: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk announces Undertow - New for 2013

    Quote Originally Posted by GhostHostJeff View Post
    The website lables this as Northern California's only spinning coaster, yet we have a spinning coaster at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.

    ---------- Post added 09-26-2012 at 12:30 PM ----------

    ^^

    I just realized that they have taken out that attraction at Discovery Kingdom. That was short lived!
    lol yeah very short lived. Still haven't managed to ride the new coaster either but I heard it was great/short.


    Quote Originally Posted by lazyboy97O View Post
    Completely new. Hurricane was sold to a park in New Mexico. I agree that it wasn't the best coaster, but there was just something about it that captivated my young imagination.
    I agree. I always loved that sharp dip. We'd skip it sometimes but I thought the ride was still pretty fun when I rode it.


    Very excited for this new coaster though.

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