Photo TR: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk 7-4-06

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Photo TR: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk 7-4-06

Postby Angry_Gumball » Wed Jul 05, 2006 10:19 pm

I'll have pix up this weekend as I have a ton of pictures to sort through and resize.. (Is there a program that can resize a set of pictures all at once? May speed up the process.) Anyway, me and the rest of the family (and friend) decided to hit up SCBB for the Fourth. We were amazed at how fast we got there. There was no traffic or idiots on the road to deal with. So, we left the house around 8:30 or so and arrived around 9:40 or so...takes about an hour to get there. The rides didn't open until 11:00 so we walked around, snagged a few photos of rides testing and checked out the shops.

10:50-Ticket booths open. We purchased our all day wristbands before the lines got too long. First ride of the day was Double Shot, in which I must add, we were the first riders of the day. Double Shot was actually a fun ride (Personally found it better than PGA's Drop Zone). I had my parents videotape us 4 on it (Me, brother, bro's friend, and cousin). After that, we all split off our own ways...My cousin (Squirmy Wormy who never shows up here anymore) and I buddied up and my bro and his best friend buddied up.

After 9 years, I had to take a ride on the Giant Dipper. I also now make it official that my camcorder's no longer a coaster-virgin! I shot my first POV which came out quite decent.

Next up on our hit-list was Fireball, a KMG Afterburner/Fireball. This thing had a good spinning program and gave everyone many "High Ends" on the swing. The ride would then slow down making us think it was coming to and end and then it kicks into high gear...fast spinning and full swings. Very fun/intense ride....still feeling the after effects of Fireball right now.

We then decided to say 'hi' to Flash Back Jr. or Hurricane (An SDC Windstorm coaster). I was going to POV this one but the ride op said No and for a very good reason...I could have sworn Vekoma had some idea behind this death contraption. I would have lost my camera. Still a fun ride with forceful helices.

Few more flatrides such as Cliffhanger (Hang Gliders), Wipe Out (A Breakdance 4, themed to a crazy light show and surfing), and Crazy Surf (Mini Magic Carpet ride that delivers painful airtime.) You can see Wipeout in action here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUEQ0WZvle0 (I threw this quick clip together tonight)

Finally...Credit! I went Elissa-style and rode the kiddie coaster, Sea Serpent. Theming (Or landscaping) was really good for this kiddie coaster. I also got a POV on this as well.

Ok, time to get something to eat after a few dark rides (And POVs as well). We stopped at a small corner store for some soda and chips to save a few dollars. Sure enough, a fight breaks out inside the shop. (See SFOG Shooting topic for details that I posted).

EDIT: Details quoted from SFOG Shooting topic
Not as bad but I saw a fight almost brew up today at SCBB. We decided to stop at the little corner market to save some money on sodas and sure enough, a group of guys comes in, one drunker than ever...(He looked like he rode one-to-many rides on the tea cups) and he couldn't walk. Another group of guys come in and the drunk dude's running his mouth...shoving is going on and I actually walked (Or plowed) my way through the middle of the fight. A few minutes later, the police had a hold of the guy and was finding out what was going on.


Back to SCBB, we rode the S&S Double Shot again. As we got off, the ride op accused us of spitting on it when none of us would even do such a thing...we're not that stupid. Few more rides on the Giant dipper and Hurricane/Flashback Jr. and one last ride on Fireball and it was time to leave.

All in all, this day couldn't have been any better. Giant Dipper was in 2-train operation all day with 5-minute waits at the longest. Longest wait I had was for Double Shot (Second ride) which was 15 minutes if even that. Yet, the boardwalk was full of people. I was quite amazed at how fast the lines went by. Had I gone to SFMW or PGA on the fourth, I would have been lucky to get 1 coaster in.

Here's a few teaser pix for now until this weekend. (These were taken on my camcorder and I have high quality pictures of us on the rides.)[/quote]
Boardwalk Crowd.jpg
Beginning of the day crowds...kinda like ants swarming to a peice of candy.
Foot Cam.jpg
Run! There's a giant on the boardwalk! Panic, everyone!
Hurricane.jpg
Hey SFMM, our mini-Flashback works! Now what?
Caveman.jpg
Wow...what's Robb doing here?
cavelady.jpg
Cave Lady! (AKA, the spit target!)
Fan Turn.jpg
82 years young and still running good!
Skyride fried twinkies.jpg
Fried Twinkies anyone??

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Postby man » Wed Jul 05, 2006 10:23 pm

YUK fried twinkies never even tried those. Wish I couldve been there oh well. It sounds like you had fun and the double shot thing mustce sucked ass though. Dude tell them about the fight though.

edit:yay fight news

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Postby martinb » Thu Jul 06, 2006 1:19 am

That has to be one of the best names for a park ever!

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Postby Angry_Gumball » Thu Jul 06, 2006 4:58 pm

Ok, here's the pictures from my regular camera. As a sidenote, I'm the guy in the Medusa shirt. Enjoy!
Arrival.jpg
Yay! We made it safely to SCBB! Traffic was really light.
Testing Hurricane.jpg
Testing, 1...2...3...
Flashback dive Hurricane.jpg
The dreaded Space Diver element on Hurricane.
Boardwalk boards.jpg
Here's whats left of the original Boardwalk boards. They look quite old.
WTF Shot.jpg
Signature shot of Doubleshot through another roller coaster! Wait a sec...wtf?
Doubleshot WTF 2.jpg
Yes...What the WTF happened to Doubleshot? It sat up there for 10 minutes with the restraints open. I think my camera may have broken it.
Giant Dipper testing.jpg
Inside the "Beach Shack" I hear a loud rumble...which was the 82-year-old coaster going it's daily test run.
Laffing Sal.jpg
The LOLing Sal.
LS Sign1.jpg
Some history of the Laffing Sal
LS Sign2.jpg
And even more interesting info about the woman.
Airtime Instructions.jpg
Finally, the park opens. As a true enthusiast, I demonstrate casual riders how to achieve airtime on a Double Shot.
"Step 1: Place arms out..."
DS Wii.jpg
Wiiiiiii! I'm riding a DS!
Onride Photo DS.jpg
The DoubleShot also takes your photos upon the main blast-off. I'm on the left, bro is next to me, cousin next to bro, and bro's friend on the other side.
Fireball.jpg
I'm the only one daring enough to have hands up on this ride...again, to get some decent floater time on high swings.
Giant Dipper Lift.jpg
Finally, a few rides on the Dipper. We're in the train where the hands are sticking up.
Dipper POV shot.jpg
Wheeee!!!
(Sorry for the bad quality on this...I did a print screen on the POV video)
Giant Dipper Fanturn.jpg
Try to see if you can find us...
ROP.jpg
My brother and his buddy are flipping it up on the Rock-O-Plane.
Flyingness.jpg
Closest to flying I'll ever get to...
Cave Train.jpg
T3h C4v3 Tr41n!11!one! (I POV'd this as well.)
Space Race.jpg
The future of flying saucer rides...these were quite fun and unique.
Double Shot ride 2.jpg
Round 2 on DoubleShot...
OTSR eating.jpg
No Heather, the ride's not edible!
Traffic Jam.jpg
I'll end it with a California-style traffic jam on the traditional bumper cars they have.

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Postby pvcoasterguy » Thu Jul 06, 2006 5:09 pm

"Wiiiiiii! I'm riding a DS!"

Great caption! Nice TR, great photos.

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Postby Rollerholden » Thu Jul 06, 2006 5:40 pm

The dreaded Space Diver element on Hurricane.


That drop is fun!

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Postby SLUSHIE » Thu Jul 06, 2006 5:51 pm

Your brother needs a hair cut.

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Postby trustkill22 » Thu Jul 06, 2006 6:49 pm

^^^ HAHAHA! SLUSHIE made a funny. Cool TR, I sord of like the looks of Boardwalk parks.

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Postby Angry_Gumball » Tue Jul 11, 2006 8:41 pm

Several POVs have been added:

Cave Train

Giant Dipper

Sea Serpent Kiddie Coaster

I just need to get Haunted Castle captured...which came out kinda dark.

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Postby gmoney422 » Wed Jul 12, 2006 5:31 am

You know this park is where the movie "Lost Boys" was filmed. Scary...!


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