Building a world class water slide is like building a house. Initially all the ground and foundation work makes it look like nothing is happening for weeks. Then when the structure goes up, it looks like it could all be done in a matter of days. But as any good craftsman will tell you, the finish work is where time seems to slow to a crawl.
Still, progress on Verrückt continues, despite numerous rain delays. The most visible change is the stairs wrapping around the tower sections.
As of last week the final steps were attached to the tower:
The structures to hold the fiberglass for the first record setting drop are in place.
We even captured some video of the conveyor and platform while it was in New Braunfels, which we will be posting in a few days.
The scale of Verrückt still takes some getting used to for our team. The current tallest water slide in the world uses a hill to generate the bulk of its height. Verrückt uses concrete, steel, and innovation to reach into the skies over Kansas. It is quite a sight.
The boats have been lifted into place and will serve as shade structures, and the sidewalk areas have been poured.
The schedule gets pretty intense for the next few weeks, and our next big milestone – lifting the platform – is going to really send our crew over the moon.
We’ll end with what has become our favorite shot of Verrückt- rising high against a brilliant blue summer sky. It’s already one amazing ride!