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Making waves: Super Aqua Club opens new ride, ‘Tsunami’

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WATCH ABOVE: Global's Eric Cohen heads to Super Aqua Club for the inauguration of new ride, Tsunami, an aquatic roller coaster – Jul 11, 2016

POINTE-CALUMET – A new ride at Super Aqua Club in Pointe-Calumet is promising to give Montrealers looking for an adrenaline fix, the ride of their lives.

It’s called Tsunami and it’s the first aquatic roller coaster on the continent.

“In the whole world, there’s only two rides like it: Siam Park in the Canary Islands, and now at Super Aqua Club,” said Rick Hunter, President and CEO of Proslide Technology Inc.

The new ride opened on Monday, and propels riders up and down with tremendous force.

“I’ve been trying rides all over the world – water slides – but I’m not calling this a water slide,” said Réjean Julien Proulx, Super Aqua Club CEO.

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Tsunami uses new propulsion technology that moves about eight to 10,000 gallons of water a minute.

“Usually, you only go down on a water slide. This one, you go up, but it’s water jets that push you up,” explained Hunter.

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Super Aqua Club's newest ride, Tsunami, Monday, July 11, 2016. Eric Cohen/Global News
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Super Aqua Club's newest ride, Tsunami, Monday, July 11, 2016. Eric Cohen/Global News
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Montrealers wait for their turn on Super Aqua Club's newest ride, Tsunami, Monday, July 11, 2016. Eric Cohen/Global News

Former Montreal Alouette Étienne Boulay was one of the first to try the ride.

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“This is amazing. It’s so fast and it picks up steam when you get to the turns,” he said.

“It’s great. It’s the fastest ride I have ever been on. I’m no expert, but this is really, really fun.”

“I’ve become a family guy ever since I retired. So, I always try to find a cool mix of fun stuff to do for the kids and for me, and this is the perfect setting.”

Tsunami cost $3.5 million to build.

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