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Undertow, a Spinning Roller Coaster, Will Replace Hurricane at the Beach Boardwalk

The $5.5 million European-built ride is the only one in Northern California.

The staff at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk spent a day sifting through names before they settled on one to christen their new spinning roller coaster: Undertow.

"It sounds dangerous but not too dangerous," said Kris Reyes, the park spokesman, who showed a video of the new ride (see youtube here).

Park staff tried the ride at Lagoon Park in Utah and loved it. Some loved it too much, riding six times. Others were set with just one.

What makes this roller coaster different from the Hurricane, which has been up for 20 years, is that riders are put in small cars of only four people. The ride is different each time, based on the weight of the riders.

Hurricane will be running until Labor Day and then will close. The new ride will be ready by next summer season.

Take a last ride on the Hurricane by video here.

Mary Smith August 27, 2012 at 11:26 PM
I'm not a roller coaster fan, so I'm confused. Is the Hurricane the BIG roller coaster? The one that's supposed to be the largest wooden coaster still around? The one that's been at the Boardwalk since the dawn of time? Or is this a different one?
Brad Kava August 27, 2012 at 11:49 PM
It's different. The big one is the Giant Dipper, the famous wooden coaster. The Hurricane is a steel coaster, much smaller. As you look at the Boardwalk, it's to the right of the Dipper.
Mary Smith August 28, 2012 at 12:41 AM
That's right! The Giant Dipper! Thank you, Brad! I couldn't remember the name of it. And, boy, I'm glad that's not the one being taken down! The Giant Dipper is an institution! My mother rode it, while on a first date with a boy, back in 1927. They didn't have ANY of the safety measure back then - no seat belt or bar across the lap! She told me that when it dropped down the first big dip, it went down and she was lifted up! Had the boy she was with not grabbed her, she would have flown right out! Ah, how time and safety measures have changed! But I digress ... I watched the video of the new "Undertow". It looks exciting and scary! It's not for me, but I can see how roller coaster fans might LOVE it!

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