When no one wanted to build the world’s tallest and fastest water slide, Jeff Henry built it himself.
So when Verrückt was completed, and it was time to test the 168-foot coaster in his Kansas City, Kansas water park, the choice of test riders was rather easy.
The guinea pigs: Henry, owner of Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts; Henry’s assistant; and head designer John Schooley.
“It was terrifying,” Schooley said. “It was great fun, but it was actually terrifying.”
The slide is slated to open to the public in the coming week. A technical glitch has put the exact opening day in flux.
Officially certified by Guinness World Records in May, Verrückt — which is German for “insane” — is 5 feet tallerthan 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…
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