Ottawa-based ProSlide Technology wins top international award for water coaster thrill ride

OTTAWA, Nov. 22, 2012 /CNW/ - ProSlide Technology Inc. today announced it has won the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions (IAAPA) Best Waterpark Ride Award, as well as the prestigious IAAPA Impact Award, which recognizes the best new product or service in the entire amusement industry.

"We're thrilled to be recognized as the leading company to deliver innovation and value to waterparks around the world," said Rick Hunter, ProSlide president and CEO. "We're immensely proud of the fact that this is our third industry Impact Award and that ProSlide is the only company to have won more than once."

The award-winning ride, called the HydroMAGNETIC MAMMOTHTM, is the only water coaster that can emulate the long, steep, fast uphills similar to theme park roller coasters. Linear induction motors - like those used in light rail transportation systems - create a travelling magnetic field that interacts with special plates built into the bottom of each boat. ProSlide holds 4 patents (with 9 pending worldwide) for their unique application of the technology, which is purpose-built to withstand the rigors of water.

Older water coasters rely on water propulsion systems that need significant amounts of water - and energy - to push the fully-loaded boats uphill. This creates a slower ride with much smaller uphills and downhills.

With its six-person boats, the HydroMAGNETIC (HM) MAMMOTH has the largest capacity of any other water coaster and can accommodate up to 1,080 riders an hour. It is currently installed at Holiday World's Splashin' Safari, in Santa Claus, Indiana and is the longest water coaster in the world at over half a kilometer (one-third of a mile). The HM MAMMOTH will also be the first water ride of its kind in the Middle East when it opens in Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi next month.

ProSlide is based in Ottawa with over 90 employees. The company has grown 40% in the last 18 months to better serve existing customers and emerging growth markets. They are currently recruiting water ride designers, cost estimators, field service technologists, CAD designers, administrators and more.

About ProSlide Technology
ProSlide Technology is recognized as the world's most innovative water ride manufacturer. Their water rides have won 27 industry awards in the last 19 years; including three prestigious Impact Awards, which recognize the best new product or service in the entire amusement parks and attractions industry. Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Ottawa, ProSlide has customers around the world, including US-based Disney and Six Flags; OCT Group, China and Center Parcs, Europe.

SOURCE: ProSlide Technology Inc.

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