Friday, September 18, 2015

Selfie Sticks on Water Slides, And an Epic Devin Super Tramp Video

Just a head-up, this is an opinion post...

Many of you folks on the interwebs probably know of Devin Graham; also known as "Devin Super Tramp." If you don't or you can't remember, he is a professional videographer from Utah who is best known for making epic videos involving high amounts of travel, nature, extreme sports and activities, and occasionally some branding on the side (which helps pay off many of the videos he produces).

His YouTube channel sits pretty at 3.5 million subscribers, and many of his videos tend to garner over millions of hits as well.

He and his small team, with the help of Hong Kong based airline company Carthay Pacific, very recently traveled out to Bali to spend one whole day with no Internet or GPS and rely on only locals to help him get around while still producing a video of it all.

The final published video of devinsupertramp's Bali video can be seen here.

One of the things he did while filming in the island was visit Waterbom Bali, which was ranked by TripAdvisor's 2015 Traveler's Choice Awards as the #1 water park in Asia, as well as the #3 highest ranked water park in the world! He shot clips at the water park which were featured in the main video linked above, but there was also a separate video published on his secondary YouTube channel featuring only the water park and the adventures he and his team had while there.

This video was the reason for this blog post.

Myself being a very small local video producer, I am very much inspired by many of Devin's videos and the entertainment he brings to his millions of viewers on the Internet. This exciting video definitely lands among being one of many very well-produced videos he has made lately.

That being said, there were some things with the video that rubbed me the wrong way (as amazing as it is), which were mostly stuff shown that would likely get a regular visitor kicked out pretty quickly in almost any other water park.

Some range from minor things, like simply bringing a selfie stick down a water slide.

Then there's forming large conga-lines.

Then it gets kinda major when someone's going face-first down a drop capsule slide. (Not an Aqualoop!)

I understand that I'm just being highly critical of an otherwise amazing video. It is mentioned in a separate behind the scenes video that it was all filmed in hours before the park was open to the public with full permission to do so.

The only reason why I pointed it out was because there had recently been a wave of issues involving guests using devices like selfie sticks on major amusement park attractions around the world in ways that could cause serious damage to the attractions or injuries to guests. This resulted in parks, including all Six Flags parks and multiple worldwide Disney parks, completely banning them from entering their premises. In response, I saw many folks over social media immediately voicing their distaste over people using them. One easy-to-spot example can be seen in the comment section of a video involving a selfie-stick on the California Screamin' roller coaster at Disney California Adventure where the camera nearly comes unscrewed.

My hopes are that people who see the video (or videos similar to it) have enough common sense to not feel the urge to try out any of the stunts performed in the video at any other water park as if it's acceptable with little to no repercussions. We've seen plenty of rules created as a result of recent widespread issues, like reckless uses of selfie sticks on amusement park attractions. Let's not create another.

To those from social media who are sick of hearing about selfie sticks issues and amusement parks, apologies for adding fuel to the fire.

Aside from the above paragraphs and to reiterate what I said earlier in this post, the video of Waterbom Bali is one of the best I've seen of any water park and yet another wonderfully-produced video by Devin Graham! It looks like a wonderful time was had at a great water park in an exquisite location!

Do you have any thoughts on the video?
Was there anything about what I said that was agreeable or not agreeable?
Was this blog post even worth writing in the first place?
Feel free to leave a response in the comment section below.

*You can click here to see more videos from Devin Super Tramp, as well as videos from his second channel where the Waterbom Bali video video was posted.

*You can also click here to view his website (

(Any photographs or images used belong to their respective owners, and were borrowed from the source(s) linked.)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Trip Report: Adventure Island (March 19, 2015)

It's been 5 years since the last time I was at Adventure Island. Armed with a Sanyo waterproof camcorder, this was one of the earliest water parks I had ever documented for Water Slide Database back in 2010! This time I come prepared with a DSLR and GoPro Hero4.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Guest Review: Twister Water Slide on Carnival Glory Cruise

Henry from Coaster Chit Chat was willing to do a review of the Twister Water Slide on the Carnival Glory.
Be sure to check out Coaster Chit Chat at the bottom of the post for more from him and his team, and click here for more photos of the ship!

Carnival on their Conquest class ships has the standard Twister Water Slide as part of their 'WaterWorks' program.

This past December, I went on my first cruise, on the Carnival Glory. It features a water slide, called Twister. The name fits the water slide PERFECTLY.

As you can see in the above photo, the slide is about 30 feet high. Twister is more for kids than us thrill-seekers.

If you happen to go on any of the Carnival Conquest-class ships (Carnival Conquest, Carnival Glory, Carnival Valor, Carnival Liberty, and Carnival Freedom) and expect a high thrill, you shouldn't. Go on it once, and during the sea days, do another activity. Carnival has several other activities for a huge variety of audience, but Twister is not for adults.

Score: 2.5/10

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Monday, December 15, 2014

What Waterpark Attractions Are Coming in 2015?!

As 2015 draws closer and closer, I thought it would be a good time to point out some of the most notable new attractions coming to the water park industry in 2015; namely those within the United States! These include...

1.) Slide Boarding Tech at Wet 'n' Wild Las Vegas


You might remember a blog post made back in September about the new Slideboarding technology being released by WhiteWater West, and you may remember the time WhiteWater announced that the first installation would be going to the Wet 'n' Wild water park just outside of Las Vegas Nevada.

To reiterate what was mentioned, Wet 'n' Wild Las Vegas will be gaining a new slide that will utilize a first of its kind gaming technology for riders to experience as they slide. Riders will board a raft that is decked-out with game controller buttons similar to what you would see on a game console controller (Play Station, Xbox, etc.), then as they maneuver down the flume, they interact with lights throughout the slide and press the correct buttons along the way to score points before coming to a splash into the pool.

To hear a better explanation from WhiteWater about the slide, you can jump to this video produced by Theme Park Review who visited the WhiteWater booth at the IAAPA trade show in Orlando, Florida.

To read more about the technology, click here to visit WhiteWater's page on Slide Boarding.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A New Vertical Looping Water Slide?!

I'm certain many of you know that IAAPA's annual Exposition started this past Tuesday and, like always, companies and businesses left and right are popping out new, innovative, and creative creations as well as announcing new installations coming to parks inside and outside of the United States.

In case you don't know what I'm talking about, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions is an annual trade exposition comprising of most big-name companies and businesses from around the world to showcase their products for amusement parks, entertainment centers, arcades, and more to see and make possible purchases to install at their facilities. Many big behind-door deals and innovations are typically announced for the first time at this exposition every year, with this year being no exception for many companies.

One particular innovation I'd like to highlight comes from, no surprise here, the water park industry. This one comes from Avalanche Waterslides and Skyturtle Technologies, based out of Missouri and Iowa, who just announced something that seems will put water slides on a whole new level of thrills, with The Skycalibre slide!

The Skycalibre slide completely breaks boundaries on what typical water slides can do. It all starts with a capsule that a single rider is locked into. Next, the capsule is pushed into the enlosed flume and starts with a vertical plunge; and by vertical I mean a true 90 degree drop! After 45 feet of pure freefall, the slide pulls up and keeps going until it has completely encircled to create a real 30 foot tall vertical loop!