Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (SCBB) Discussion Thread

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Re: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (SCBB) Discussion Thread

Postby Angry_Gumball » Mon Sep 23, 2013 7:57 pm

So, now for the writeup on our SCBB visit on 9/21/13! Rain was threatening but did not stop us (or anyone else) from enjoying a day at the 'Walk. We all still had an awesome visit despite UT/Deck Ornament not running. Here's some highlights of our visit.

- TPR member Blue Fire Guy and I had a little competition on Ghost Blasters. Naturally we both aren't very good at this ride so both of our scores were low. This was the first time I had actually "won" on this ride though.

(It's not easy to film and shoot ghosts simultaneously)
- Wipeout fun! We found that doubling up actually gave this ride more momentum and with both of us leaning in sync at the right times, we were able to get this ride to pretty much whip us around upon command. I love this thing!
- We attempted a Clench 'n Squish on Rock-o-Plane. Tight squeeze, more momentum on getting flips going. We primarily concentrated on mimicking a top spin and just balancing our cage upside down by locking/unlocking our cage at the right times.
- After the rain cleared, though still not the nicest of days, we decided to hit up Logger's Revenge. Were there always misters mid drop? That got us pretty wet.
- Shorter S&S towers rock! Still not as good as the puny Larson/ARM tower we did at the fair but still really fun!

- Crazy Surf...'nuff said!
- Fun in Fright Walk. We had 2 Fright Walk virgins in tow so visiting was a must. Video uploading and will be available here:

- Tilt-a-Whirl (which gave me an awesome ride last year) left much to be desired this visit...no real whips or spins.
- After all of my praise of Fireball, we got 2 'dud' rides as we got all the low swings on the ride's finale. Still better than the Zamperla Nitro I did at the fair this summer.
- Single train op on Giant Dipper left lines spilling out of the building. It moved fast however.
-Lastly, I still have yet to land any ringy dingy ding-a-ling dings in the clown's mouth. My ringy dingy ding-a-ling dings came within inches of the mouth however.
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With threatening weather according to Wunder, it doesn't look too bad!
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Or so I thought...
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... A well-lubed Highway 17 ...
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Arrival in Santa Cruz. I think I'm making it tradition to eat at the Santa Cruz Diner on future SCBB visits...great food and great price!
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And we've arrived at the 'Walk! And I don't see any rain either!
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The gang...ready to blast some ghosts!
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Ready to roll! (Not our scores)
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Double fisted ghost blaster!
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Many people I've ran into are completely unaware of this ride. It lives hidden tucked in a corner in the "Pit" section of the Boardwalk. More pix later!
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Time to ride what I'm calling "Tsunami Soaker." Not to be confused with SFDK. It had actually started to drizzle while riding Tsunami.
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After being crushed at Knott's (riding their Wipeout) it was my turn to get revenge :)
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She's smart for riding solo :)
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Jeff is freezing his butt off :)
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And it has arrived...good old wetness!
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Quickly we take cover. That will be $5 if you want to stay dry!
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Taking cover...
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The rain is just pouring here! Thankfully it was only just a quick passing shower. But it would have literally been a shower, just needed the soap and we're good to go!
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Meet Deck Ornament.
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Classic carousel time!
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Ready for ringy dingy ding-a-ling dings!
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Also ready for ringy dingy ding-a-ling dings!
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ringy dingy ding-a-ling dings: The Clown
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After lunch we decided to hit up Haunted Castle...another great dark ride, one of the only 3 dark rides in Northern CA.
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Control panel nerd shot...
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Now for some Undertow porn!
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Translation: It will open when it opens and not any time sooner.
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No Angry Gumball, these aren't gumballs!
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And the rain's back again!
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Top Speed 55mph....nope!
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Honestly, it felt like it was actually running about this speed today.
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Despite the lack of airtime the ride was giving, it sent me flying around! Laterals are insane on Dipper, which is why it lives as my #2 woodie!
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Wipeout! Reminiscent of a Jackson Pollock painting!
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The entire ride cycle captured in a still image!
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I wish this were my bedroom window :)
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More Haunted Castle!
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Nope, not Summer anymore!
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Fireball with it's lighting package...looked pretty neat!
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Time to get heading out and take on what will be an amazing meal at the Santa Cruz Diner!
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'Nighty night SCBB!
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Re: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (SCBB) Discussion Thread

Postby Blue Fire Guy » Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:36 pm

Despite the wetness, that was a great day at the 'walk! I now prefer Giant Dipper in the front, as I found the airtime more potent there than in the back (especially the crest of the station turn). It was running almost perfectly smooth (sluggish in the morning, but later the rain mixing with the grease really made it roll) with the exception of a pothole at the bottom of the first drop and the abrupt "rib-cracker" that is the third turnaround.

And yes, I still suck miserably at Ghost Blasters and have lost my skill at throwing the ringy dingy ding-a-ling dings in the carousel. I do remember getting one in the clown's mouth, in 2008 or 2009 I think.

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Re: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (SCBB) Discussion Thread

Postby gucci » Fri Sep 27, 2013 8:38 pm

When is the 2013 operating season considered over? Is it at the end of the year or was it when they switched to weekend operation?

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Re: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (SCBB) Discussion Thread

Postby dannyboy13 » Mon Sep 30, 2013 4:49 pm

Took my first trip to SCBB this weekend. Thankfully had some amazing weather while there, and an overall fun experience. Giant Dipper lived up to expectations, as it's definitely a fun woody. Crazy Surf exceeded all that I expected for it based upon just looking at it. I had no idea how much fun that thing would be. My only real complaint is about Double Shot. Being honest, I'm a larger than average guy. 6 ft, 250 lbs or so. Not HUGE, but definitely bigger than average. That said, I have NEVER not fit into a ride before, but somehow this ride couldn't accommodate me. Has anyone else had this experience? Very disappointed that I wasn't able to experience this, as I've never had a chance to ride anything similar.

Even with that bad experience, I had a great day at the park. Looking forward to going back next year when (hopefully) Undertow is open. The only other spinning coaster that I've been on was Tony Hawk at SFDK, and Undertow looks to have much steeper banks and turns on it, so it should be a good time.

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Re: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (SCBB) Discussion Thread

Postby _IntaMAN_ » Mon Sep 30, 2013 5:19 pm

^ I've seen the same situation happen in my past visits as I watched other guests not being able to get on, and I've noticed it has to do with the OSTR just not coming down all the way or locking into place. Better safe than sorry. Sucks that you didn't have the opportunity to rise it as it really is a fun ride.

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Re: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (SCBB) Discussion Thread

Postby singemfrc » Mon Sep 30, 2013 7:11 pm

Some rides are just odd like that. I fit easily into almost everything, but Delirium at CGA is a tight fit for me for some reason and the Intamin Impulse coasters (V2/SFDK, Wicked Twister/Cedar Point) are a very tight fit because of how the OTSRs come down. Being "fat" isnt a problem, but having thick thighs/legs causes the OTSR not to come down all the way. I saw many people much smaller than me looking very confused walking away from Wicked Twister without getting to ride. I lucked out that the combined strength of myself and the ride op got the restraint down, that was a very fun ride.

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Re: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (SCBB) Discussion Thread

Postby dannyboy13 » Tue Oct 01, 2013 9:42 am

that was exactly the issue. The restraints came almost all the way down, but the seatbelt thing at the bottom simply wouldn't connect. It wasn't tight on my gut at all, but rather on my chest. I PROBABLY could've made it fit, but the ride op didn't seem to want to help at all, and I didn't want to push it. Like I said, I was more in shock because that has been the only ride ever that I haven't fit into.

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Re: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (SCBB) Discussion Thread

Postby Sheep-O-Matic » Thu Oct 03, 2013 9:19 pm

At the Boardwalk, I don't fit in Double Shot or Fireball. The problem is that I have wide shoulders. It was pretty embarrassing to have to walk off the ride and everyone stare at me, so after those experiences, I avoid those two rides, which sucks because they're really fun rides.
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Re: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (SCBB) Discussion Thread

Postby rcdude » Thu Oct 03, 2013 9:49 pm

dannyboy13 wrote:Took my first trip to SCBB this weekend. Thankfully had some amazing weather while there, and an overall fun experience. Giant Dipper lived up to expectations, as it's definitely a fun woody. Crazy Surf exceeded all that I expected for it based upon just looking at it. I had no idea how much fun that thing would be. My only real complaint is about Double Shot. Being honest, I'm a larger than average guy. 6 ft, 250 lbs or so. Not HUGE, but definitely bigger than average. That said, I have NEVER not fit into a ride before, but somehow this ride couldn't accommodate me. Has anyone else had this experience? Very disappointed that I wasn't able to experience this, as I've never had a chance to ride anything similar.


I may be wrong, but to me Double Shot's restraints seemed more restrictive than any other S&S tower I've been on. When I rode this past summer, I was barely able to get the belt buckled while on every other S&S tower I've ridden there is always at least a couple inches of slack. Perhaps it is due to the strong airtime at the top, but I've been on other Double Shots with more intense airtime that were less restrictive.
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Re: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (SCBB) Discussion Thread

Postby Angry_Gumball » Thu Oct 03, 2013 9:53 pm

I'll throw in my .02 on Double Shot. I've had the restraints click multiple times, more than what should be enough to keep me locked in. Those seatbelts however are extremely short, and I have to almost literally staple myself to get the belt to fit easily. I do need to lose some weight, which I'm working on but I actually had difficulties a year ago, when I weighted 20 pounds more. A ride op helped me get buckled... :oops:

I didn't have that much of a problem on my visit 3 weeks ago but still notice that the belts are quite short and unforgiving.

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