Just got back from the Boardwalk a while ago, and we had a great day.
<<PREPARE FOR SOME LONG READING, OR SKIP TO THE PHOTOS!>>
Starting off, we met "Man" at the BART station and gave him a ride to SCBB. We got there around 10:20 or so. The weather? Cold and foggy...then it either warmed up or we just got hot from constantly causing Wipeout to spin like crazy...It was actually quite a workout. Like usual, we looked around, snapped a few photos of some SCBB history and some sleeping rides. Boardwalk rides open so we snag 2 rides on the Giant Dipper, trying to come up with some funny poses. Off to the "River Walk" section of the park, or as I call the Pit. We rode Ghost Blasters as there was no line and we wanted some competition. (It's a Sally Dark Ride involving shooting ghosts). After that, we hit up the Breakdancer 4/Rodeo, Wipeout. Walk on, and actually it was only just us 2 on it. And we had just as much fun waiting for the ride to start as we did riding by getting the cars to spin like crazy at a standstill. Didn't spin much during the ride until we found out that we could make it spin more while it's running. We then hit up the Rock-O-Plane and tried to flip as much as we could....I didn't even get 1 whole flip in...(Boo!) so I gave up. We met up with my bro and his friend and rode the sky ride over to hurricane..Almost a walkon, just waited for the train to finish it's course. Up next, Doubleshot. First ride today felt 'meh' as I didn't get any air or stomach tingles. Back over to the Dipper for 2 more rides...Sadly, ran in 1-train operations, but the crew still did a nice job getting people on and off. After, we split and Man and I hit up Fireball. (They actually let me POV it, but the op was really nervous about the camcorder being on there.) Back over to Wipeout again for some mad spinning sessions. Time for lunch...or snacks in this case. We just went into the liquor store for a candy and soda (I know...great choice of food). Back over to Double shot for 2 more back-to-back rides. Turns out that the operator recognized my TPR shirt and that he reads TPR's boards all the time. His screen name was SFMM something...(Forgot). Great to meet a fellow member once again. Finally, over to the Pirate for a quick ride. We headed back to the Dipper for the last ride followed by a few more sessions on Wipeout. (For some reason, this simple flat amazes me...maybe it's the lights, or what we could actually pull off on it). That pretty much wraps up the day. One last note that I must add: Moser Freefall kiddy rides are awesome! You get some nice pseudo airtime on it along with a nice tingly sensation. Now, onto the photos.
Who knew...The Giant Dipper was green! Looks weird. Any idea what kind of trains those are? (They look like maybe retro morgans)
Pre-Neptune's Kingdom stuff. The plunge, which was an indoor pool n stuff.
Wow...scary @$$ woman!
Ok, so I did get my picture taken with Mrs. Laffing Sal.
Before the park opened, I tried the UFO catcher crane...Almost impossible as they made it "butterfingers." My bro, surprisingly won something out of it.
Yay...the arse of Wipeout's car! (Actually, I meant to get a pic of Man, but his car turned suddenly and mooned me.)
"Bleh...27 rock-o-plane flips don't agree with me...I'm about to blow some serious chunks!"
Dude...these things actually sell for like 5 bucks a piece on ebay...(No, not the shoes, the Carousel ringy dingy ding-a-ling dings!)
Doesn't this dude have anything better to do than ride this thing all day long and then sit there all night in the frigid Monterey fog?
Yay for Doubleshot! How many birds have been killed by this contraption anyway?
Uh...you too lady...Get a life, quit riding the sky gliders all day long.
Hurricane swooping down it's first "drop." Not a big drop, but I did get some decent airtime on it after the first drop.
Wow...this park was crowded...(No, really it actually was. This only lasted 5 minutes.)
Some people call this coaster track, I call this abstract art!
Best element ever on Hurricane! Oh wait...I'm still feeling the headache from it.
Wow...old photo of the Dipper. Yes, those are all people on the lift building it within 47 days. Great job peeps!
So that's what they had before the Giant Dipper, eh?
Fireballs again... (Yes, I like calling it Fireballs.)
I just love this shot...Used (And learned) manual shutter settings for Wipeout, my new favorite flatride.
Typhoon...didn't ride as it looked painful/uncomfortable.
A trainload of riders plunging down the first drop and into the building! (Ouch!)
The newly installed Wurlitzer organ for the Looff Carousel.
A rare feature for carousels today...which is what makes this worthy besides it's age.
Yes, it's Wipeout again...This ride does a wonderful job with manual exposure settings!
Surprised this shot came out as the lights came on 1 of of a second after the shutter opened. (I had it open for 2.5 seconds)
Queued up for Doubleshot, just before I talked to the ride op, Scott about TPR.
I just went to Boardwalk last week (July 3) and I LOVE WIPEOUT! The strobe lights make it the best flat ride ever. My other favorite flats are Cyclone and Rock O Plane. But Giant Dipper is hands down the most incredible roller coaster I have ever been on. If you've ridden it, you know why I say this. Have you seen the airtime you get on it?! AWESOME!
But has anyone noticed that Rock O Plane makes some very wierd noises when you rock it at some points? I hesitated sometimes to make it flip.
Seeing that I'm not the only Wipeout enthusiast out there, I threw a quick offride/onride clip of this ride in action including Man's mad spinning skills. For those who haven't ridden it will get the opportunity to see why it's cool. The ops didn't even care that we were making ourselves spin constantly before the ride started...Last year, different story. Anyway, you can check out the clip here. Feel free to rate/comment it!
Just added the Rock-O-Plane clip of 27 flips here. (I know, the crazy on Youtube did more but that's a good start!
I loved reading your trip report!!
Is it terribly lame of me that everytime I see anything about SCBB all I think of is "The Lost Boys"? I keep expecting to see a gothed-out Kiefer Sutherland on the carousel!
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