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Water Country USA releases another sneak peek of Cutback coaster

The Cutback Water Coaster will be the first of its kind in Virginia. (WYDaily/Alexa Doiron)
The Cutback Water Coaster will be the first of its kind in Virginia. (WYDaily/Alexa Doiron)

Williamsburg’s amusement parks have released a new video giving the latest update on one of their new rides.

Cutback, Water Country USA and Virginia’s first hybrid water coaster, is set to open in May. Water Country USA will open May 18.

“To have a water coaster of our own here at Water Country USA, it’s a big deal,” said Phil Boykin, park operations manager at Water Country USA.

On Tuesday, Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA released a minute-and-a-half-long video detailing the latest construction update for the water coaster.

The video is called “Surf Report.” The final slide parts have been put into place, and now crews are working to pour concrete for the queue lines, Boykin said.

After the concrete dries, Water Country USA will start landscaping around the ride.

Before it opens in May, a ProSlide test group will ride the coaster and perform a “litany” of tests, Boykin said.

After testing, the park operations team will conduct more tests to ensure the ride is “dialed in,” Boykin said.

“It’s a workout for the team here constantly running up the tower and riding down it,” Boykin said.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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