WhiteWater, a leading waterpark manufacturer, has announced that it has received three Leading Edge Awards from the WWA, the World Waterpark Association, in recognition of the company’s work on three recent unique projects.
The awards are announced by the association at its annual show, which this year took place in San Antonio, Texas. Leading Edge Awards celebrate suppliers who have developed new concepts, products, or services to the benefit of park members, their customers and the water attractions industry as a whole.
Adapting to challenging spaces and breaking records
WhiteWater accepted awards for its contribution to Studio City Water Park in Macau, China, Tsunami Surge at Hurricane Harbour Chicago in Illinois, USA and Parallel Pursuit at Nocatee Spray Park in Florida, USA.
Studio City Water Park is the first water park in Macau, helping the city diversify from a casino-based economy to a place that provides family fun for the Greater Bay Area’s 72 million people.
With its rooftop location, the park needed special considerations for mechanicals, piping and secondary containment. It also needed to be in keeping with the luxury theme of the hotel, so WhiteWater installed two water slides with metallic gold and silver finishes. Working in a small footprint, WhiteWater and aquatic designer WTI created a ride mix that caters for the whole family, including both thrill slides and interactive play.
At Hurricane Harbor Chicago, the company worked with Six Flags and architecture firm Ramaker to create the world’s tallest water coaster. The Master Blaster, Tsunami Surge, is 26 meters (86 feet) high and has a top speed of 45 kilometres per hour (28 miles per hour). It is the only ride in the park to propel riders uphill, and also features AquaLucent fibreglass, giving bursts of light, alongside advanced water jets and launch conveyors.
True side-by-side racing
Nocatee Spray Park is the first destination to install Parallel Pursuit, WhiteWater’s newest innovation. This features low separating walls that enable riders to see and hear each other as they ride through straightaways and turns and in open and enclosed sections. It has a flexible configuration, meaning it can be added to small footprints and around existing rides.
“The significance of these three winning projects goes beyond their respective water parks in a year when creating places where fun thrives hasn’t been easy. So, it is a great feeling to see the hard work and collaboration of our teams recognized by industry professionals,” says Paul Chutter, WhiteWater’s President and CCO.
WhiteWater, which is celebrating 40 years in the business this year, has received several Leading Edge Awards in previous years.
This includes recognition for the “Turbo Shuttle” Orbiter water slide at Adventure Bay, OCT FABLAND, Xiangyang, China (2020); the “Perfect Storm” slide complex on Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas (2020); Jungala Aqua Experience at Vidanta Riviera Maya, Mexico (2020); Island H2O Live! water park, Kissimmee, Florida (2019); Thrill Waterpark at Perfect Day at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean International (2019) and Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark, Grand Prairie, Texas (2018).
The company also recently provided its Vantage platform to Atlantis Dubai, in order to enhance the guest experience at Aquaventure water park.