The Waterfall Action Park, in Rodanthe, NC, was in poor repair before it closed down for a year (due to the death of the owner) and then was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. Now permanently shuttered, this Outer Banks destination is an overgrown heap of miniature golf courses and go-kart tracks. The highlight of the amusement park, of course, was this rickety water slide, which I decided to photograph in a long exposure by a mixture of the light pollution from the nearby resort town and full moonlight in the middle of the night a few years back.
Verrückt: the world’s tallest, steepest, and fastest water slide. Located at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Verrückt was recently certified as the world’s tallest by the Guinness World Records at 168-feet and 7-inches. That makes it taller than the Niagara Falls and the Statue of Liberty! Verrückt requires four riders, who all sit in one raft. They shoot down a tunnel enclosed by a netting at speeds of up to 65 mph and then ascend back up a five-story incline before hurling back down another 50 feet.