Method and apparatus for improving sheet flow water rides

  • US 5,564,859 A
  • Filed: 02/23/1995
  • Issued: 10/15/1996
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/27/1987
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A water ride apparatus for supporting a shallow flow of water thereon upon which water skimming maneuvers may be performed, said ride apparatus comprising a ride surface having:

  • a downward curving flow-supporting surface defining a leading edge of said ride surface relative to said shallow flow of water thereon;

    an upward curving flow-supporting surface defining a trailing edge of said ride surface relative to said shallow flow of water thereon; and

    an intermediate flow-supporting surface contiguous with and curving substantially continuously downward and forward from said downward curving surface and then curving substantially upward and forward toward said upward curving surface;

    said ride surface being disposed relative to said shallow flow of water such that said shallow flow of water flows from said leading edge of said ride surface to said trailing edge of said ride surface so as to form a concave riding surface upon which skateboard-like water skimming maneuvers may be performed.

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