Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is a hundred-plus year old amusement park on Northern California’s coastline. It’s home to the classic woodie Giant Dipper, that’s been given National Historic Landmark status. In 2013, it will also be home to a new Maurer Sohne spinning roller coaster called Undertow.

Undertow be replacing an old E.F. Miller coaster called Hurricane after 20 years at the park. So, while Undertow’s not a big coaster by any means, it’ll likely be a solid replacement for an aging ride like Hurricane. I’ve never ridden Hurricane, that’s just my guess. What’s your take?

Learn more at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk’s site. And, check out this video about Undertow:

I’ve yet to do a theme park trip in this part of California, but 2013 could be a good year to do one. There’s the new GCI woodie Gold Striker coming Great America and last year’s Superman Ultimate Flight at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom to check out in that same part of the state.

How does Undertow look to you? Do you think it’ll be a good replacement for Hurricane? Leave a comment below.

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9 Responses

  1. Sp33d

    Living 30 minutes away from Santa Cruz, this looks interesting. Not too surprising though, hurricane was old and ill-maintained, left in the kiddie section of the park. It was far from the beach but right over the parking lot, so there was little view if any, being ~50 ft. tall. Let's hope this one improves over its successor.

  2. Camryn

    I can't really say much, being that I live almost 2 days away from Santa Cruz. Although I'm a fan of huge, thrilling roller coasters, I have to say that tiny spinning roller coasters similar to this one are quite entertaining when travelling with smaller kids or when other lines are too long.

  3. Lee

    I wish they could have both.Hurricane was fun and had a killer mid-course twisting drop.I personally do not consider mouse rides a coaster and they are very iffy.Some are great fun and spin quite a bit while others just putt around and dont do much.

  4. 3396

    Hurricane was a pretty fun ride to have the whole family with you. Undertow will probably be better though

  5. The Coaster Guy

    We'll be driving my son up to Santa Cruz this summer to check out UCSC. He wants to be a computer programmer, specializing in video games, and they have one of the top programs in the country. We are going to check out SCBB while we're there to ride Undertow. I'll also get to ride The Giant Dipper again. That was my very first coaster, but I haven't been on it since that first ride, over 35 years ago.

  6. Eric Fisher

    Hurricane was a good coaster – within its limitations. The most dangerous aspect of it was the operator. Please note: this happened many years ago. My wife has a bad leg and gets off of rides a little more slowly then some. The ride operator was not paying attention and moved the coaster before she was completely off. Fortunately he stopped it when we yelled. No harm done.


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