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Tsunami Surge water coaster now open at Hurricane Harbor Chicago

Tsunami Surge, the world’s tallest water coaster with superfast uphill speeds and thrilling drops, has opened at Hurricane Harbor Chicago.

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Hurricane Harbor Chicago has opened an innovative water attraction called Tsunami Surge by WhiteWater, a leading waterpark manufacturer. The world’s tallest water coaster features superfast uphill speeds and breathtaking drops.

Towering at a height of 86 feet, Tsunami Surge at Hurricane Harbor is a state-of-the-art attraction that uses water-blasting jet-propulsion technology and AquaLucent visual effects.

Tsunami Surge riders race through 950 feet of slides and tunnels at a speed of 42 feet per second, while AquaLucent visual effects create bursts of colours and dreamlike patterns for an intense ride experience.

AquaLucent visual effects

“Six Flags is the undeniable leader in innovation and delivering record-breaking rides, and our Hurricane Harbor waterparks are no exception,” said Six Flags Great America president Hank Salemi.

“The new Tsunami Surge water coaster is unlike anything our guests have ever experienced, defying gravity to blast riders uphill through 950 feet of exhilarating drops, twists and turns.

“This exciting, new addition is the perfect complement to Hurricane Harbor Chicago’s debut season as a standalone waterpark.”

Tsunami Surge is more than 8 storeys high and reaches top speeds of 28mph. It also boasts five winding hairpin turns, five drops, and three gravity-defying uphill blasts that use water to propel riders over enclosed tunnels and slides.

950 feet of slides and tunnels

Hurricane Harbor Chicago is a 20-acre water park located on the Six Flags Great America site between Chicago and Milwaukee. It is home to 25 water attractions, including slides and splash pads.

Earlier this year, Six Flags shared more about its upcoming thrill rides, roller coasters and water slides for 2021, including the Jersey Devil Coaster and Tsunami Surge.

Six Flags hosted a national hiring week between April 23 and May 2 at all of its US locations. It is seeking staff for areas including retail, warehousing, security, ride operations and food service.

Images: Six Flags

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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