Anyone else here afraid of waterslides? I wouldn’t say that I’m afraid of them, necessarily… But I’ve had a less-than-enjoyable experience with a waterslide before. It wasn’t anything that left me injured, but for a few seconds that seemed like minutes, I was worried I might drown. U was just a toddler at the time, maybe 6 years old or so. My mom had brought me to a waterpark in Niagara Falls, where I spent a good chunk of my youth. I don’t know if I’d ever been on a waterslide before then, and I was probably a bit nervous… So my mom went to the top of the slide with me and we went down together, with me seated facing forward between her legs. All was well and good, until we got to the bottom of the slide and into the pool that collects riders. In my mom went, feet first, with me trapped helplessly between her legs. I struggled for what, like I said, was probably only seconds but felt like much longer. Try as she might, my mom had trouble at first bringing me to the surface. Eventually I was freed and popped up for a panicked breath, and probably in that moment decided I was going to be going down waterslides myself from now on. It wasn’t anything too crazy – no injuries, no long-lasting fear of waterslides… So I did okay.
This guy who’s gone viral recently… Not so much. He was riding what seems to be a homemade waterslide (It was at a house rented for the weekend by he and his friends) when things went a little sideways. Literally. Watch:
As you can see from his post, David Salmon ended up getting a broken arm, some broken ribs and a bunch of cuts and abrasions up and down his body after falling onto a rocky hill – but somehow he won’t need any surgery at all. He said for a split second, all he could think was “Oh no,” then he went flying, had a hard crash landing, and everything afterward was kinda blurry.
For another look at how it went down, someone actually recreated the crash in a virtual crash simulator… Because it’s 2016 and some people have nothing better to do with their time I guess.
Understandably, as anyone who is the victim of an accident like this would be, he doesn’t want that video to define him. It’s already racked up 2.6M views on Facebook alone, not to mention the many other different versions floating around.
“I’m not one of those people who loves attention. So I don’t want to be famous because of this freak accident,” he told the outlet.
“I could have easily broken my neck or my back,” he said. “And this could have been way worse.”
And that slide doesn’t even look all that scary! What if something like that had happened on this giant waterslide at Action Park in New Jersey?
The surrounding terrain isn’t nearly as scary, with what looks like a fairly soft field there to catch you should you go airborne and get over the walls of the slide… But you’re also going pretty darn fast, so you better hope your aim is pretty good when you go over those jumps.
I mean, the first slide isn’t even the craziest homemade waterslide I’ve ever seen. Check out this one:
That one actually looks like so much fun! Here’s another angle:
You’d probably have an easier time getting me to go on that thing than you would have trying to get me on Verrückt, a slide at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City. Verrückt is the German word for “crazy” or “insane,” and that just about sums it up… Check out this video that made me a little queasy just looking at it:
Also… Could you imagine climbing all those stairs? As a kid, I was too afraid (of heights, of course) to climb the stairs to the top of the little roller coaster thing at Wild Water & Wheels. I can’t imagine how I’d handle this structure that’s taller than Niagara Falls. But from the looks of it, if you DO make it to the top, it’s totally worth it. Watch the waterpark designer Jeff Henry and ride engineer John Schooley as they take the first ride:
The protective netting all around at least ensures you won’t come flying off the side… But that top video is enough to keep me off any crazy homemade waterslides for the foreseeable future.