Two women and their families got to be the first to ride the newest slide at Myrtle Waves Water Park on Friday as the park unveiled the Rockin’ Ray to the public.
Amy Hagee Martin, of Stuart, Va., and Susan Parag, of Myrtle Beach, won a Facebook contest that earned them the inaugural ride on the Rockin’ Ray and a prize pack valued at $285.
They also brought their families along for the ride, who rode the Rockin’ Ray several times before the park opened to the public.
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“It was awesome!” Hannah Martin, 15, said after the ride.
Myrtle Waves hasn’t had a new attraction since 2008’s Arooba Tooba. The Rockin’ Ray is nearly 40 feet tall and is a two-person ride. It takes 2,000 gallons of water to operate and the ride lasts 26 seconds. It’s part of the park’s 30th anniversary celebration, which includes events all summer long from live DJs to outdoor movie nights.
For more, visit www.myrtlewaves.com. The park is located on Mr. Joe White Avenue Extension in Myrtle Beach.
By the numbers
40 feet | The Rockin’ Ray’s height
48 inches | how tall riders need to be to ride the Rockin’ Ray
2,000 | gallons of water to operate the Rockin’ Ray
26 seconds | the Rockin’ Ray’s average ride time
2008 | The last time Myrtle Waves unveiled a new attraction
20 | Myrtle Waves in acres
1 million | gallons of water at the water park
23 | total number of slides and attractions at Myrtle Waves
270 | number of staff, including lifeguards
30 | number of years Myrtle Waves has been open