Method and apparatus for improving sheet flow water rides

  • US 5,393,170 A
  • Filed: 06/09/1993
  • Issued: 02/28/1995
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/27/1987
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A water ride facility for amusement parks, water parks and the like, wherein a user rides on a sheet flow of water flowing in a predetermined direction onto said water ride facility, comprising:

  • a substantially stationary riding surface having a substantially horizontal portion, followed in the direction of said flow of water by a concave upwardly inclined portion, and a substantially upwardly convex ridge portion; and

    said sheet flow of water on said riding surface having a predetermined velocity and volume sufficient to cause said flow to substantially conform to the contours of said riding surface, said flow flowing onto said horizontal portion, and onto said inclined portion, and then onto said convex ridge portion, wherein a user can ride over said portions on said flow of water.

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