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- $75 for two FlowRider tickets, two FlowRider t-shirts, and $20 value toward food ($110 value)
- $149 for four FlowRider tickets, four FlowRider t-shirts, and $40 value towards food with VIP cabana ($250 value)
Wave Pools: Synthetic Surfing
The wave pool at this park re-creates the sensation of bodysurfing in the big wide ocean. Read on to learn more about these manmade tides.
Wave: a swell of water that undulates in crests and troughs. Unlike an ocean current, a wave does not actually push any water forward. Instead, a forward motion of energy causes the water to swell up and down as it passes along. Following this principle, wave pools create a disturbance at one end of the pool to create a wave that travels toward a simulated beach at the other end.
Pneumatic pool: a wave pool that uses air to generate waves. Just as most waves in the ocean are caused by wind blowing over the surface, pneumatic pools shoot compressed air from exhaust pipes at one corner of the pool to begin each wave. This is generally best for creating short, quick, shallow crests rather than giant, rolling breakers. For that, we need a different type of pool . . .
Reservoir: in a hydraulic pool, a tank—or set of tanks—that disperse up to thousands of gallons of water at regular intervals. When the reservoir empties, it displaces the water at the end, creating a rippling tide that hurtles along the length of the pool. The bigger the reservoir, the bigger the waves. Some pools can even generate waves up to 7 feet tall—more than exciting enough to please surfers and shipwreck survivors nostalgic for their days marooned at sea.