Taller than the Statue of Liberty, riders travel up to speeds of 80kmph on Verruckt — the German word for 'insane'.
Towering over the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in the US state of Kansas, the world’s tallest water slide Verruckt successfully opens to the shrieks of riders plunging as fast as 80kmph from a height of 51.4m.
While the climb to the top is a dizzying 264 steps — taller than the Statue of Liberty, from toe to torch — that’s nothing compared to the slide.
“Awesome, it felt like we were in the air the whole time,” said 14-year-old Nick Reeves, the front-seat passenger for the slide’s first public ride when it opened on July 10. Nick, his twin brother Chris, and dad Troy, made the trek all the way from Arizona for the ride’s opening.