Tuesday, July 08, 2014

The World’s Tallest Fastest Water Slide

Owner of the world's tallest water slide tests it himself after launch is delayed a third time and admits it's the 'scariest thing' he's done, When no one wanted to build the world’s tallest and fastest water slide, Jeff Henry built it himself.

Officially certified by Guinness World Records in May, Verrückt — which is German for “insane” — is 5 feet taller than the previous record holder, a water slide at a Rio de Janeiro country club.

Verrückt is precisely 168 feet 7 inches tall. To put that free fall in perspective, it’s longer than a plunge at Niagara Falls.

According to Schooley, owner Henry was at a trade show and simply decided he wanted to build the tallest, fastest water slide at one of his five Schlitterbahn water parks. He immediately shopped the idea to vendors, who declined, but he refused to be denied.

The opening of Verrückt has been delayed several times to ensure public safety. Originally set to open in May, there was a conveyor belt issue as recently as this week.

And there’s one more issue: the stairs. 260 steps to get to the top.” That’s about 17 stories.

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