SANTA CRUZ BEACH BOARDWALK
Santa Cruz, California (Abbreviation: SCBB)
Park News - (4/12/13) Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has announced a free Summer Concert Series that will run from June 14 to August 30th and feature bands like Gin Blossoms, The Tubes, ABC, Blue Oyster Cult, Berlin, War, Foghat, Eddie Money and more. Check out the official concert schedule here.
(9/28/12) SCBB has begun the process of taking down the old Hurricane coaster.
(8/3/12) Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has confirmed online that the last day of operation for the Hurricane coaster will be Sept. 3rd, and that a new ride announcement will come soon.
(6/21/12) I’m told that the Giant Dipper at SCBB is back open once again and running well. Looks like any damage done was restricted mostly to the Blue Train which is said to be out for repair. A picture has been posted online showing off the front car of the Blue Train sitting off to the side of the tracks with the front shell removed, so I’ve got to wonder if the shell was damaged.
(1/10/11) Want to see what the new Haunted Castle at SCBB looks like? Check out this great video uploaded to YouTube by Sally Corp that shows off the new dark ride as well as various scenes under more optimal lighting conditions than what we’ve seen elsewhere.
2013 - Undertow - Confirmed - (3/29/13) Pieces of Undertow have finally arrived on site at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk this week. No word on how long it will take them to set up and open the new ride however.
(1/21/13) I’m told that the pieces of the new Undertow coaster have been shipped from the manufactuer and should be arriving at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk very soon.
(12/31/12) I borrowed a new photoshopped image showing off what Undertow will look like on the old Hurricane spot from the official park site.
(8/28/12) Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk announced Undertow, a new Maurer Spinning Coaster coming to the park to replace Hurricane for the 2013 season. The coaster itself will stand 50 feet tall and spin riders along its 1410 feet of track. Check out the preview video below.
(8/20/12) Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk will announce the new ride coming to replace the Hurricane coaster on August 27th. The local news has also confirmed that the Hurricane was sold to a new owner, and will be sent to Western Playland Amusement Park in New Mexico.
(3/28/12) SCBB has confirmed that they will replace Hurricane with a new roller coaster for the 2013 season. Hurricane will continue to run through to September however, so get your last rides in while you can.
(3/26/12) The local news has confirmed that the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has put the venerable Hurricane coaster up for sale (listed at Ital for $500,000) and are currently in talks with several companies about building a replacement attraction. They don’t come out and say it will be a roller coaster, but if your going to remove one, you typically had better be planning on replacing it with an even better one. Plus I’ve heard rumors that SCBB wanted to replace Hurricane for years with something better. I’m guessing we’ll see something along the lines of a compact Gerstlauer EuroFighter style coaster, a spinning coaster or maybe something much more unique like an S&S El Loco would also be a great fit. Stay tuned!
(2/2/12) While the rumor still isn’t solid, I’m still being told that SCBB should be expected to replace the Hurricane coaster within the next couple of years. Currently the expected replacement ride may be a Maurer Spinning Coaster, though things can always change between now and then. Personally, I’m still holding out hope for an S&S El Loco like Steel Hawg.
(11/15/10) In a bit of long term planning, rumor has it that SCBB may be planning on demolishing the building next to the structure were Hurricane is located. I’m told that this could happen as early as the late Fall/Winter of 2011. Park facilities located in here will be moved to new spaces opened up in the new Haunted Castle building, and this site could be used to add new attractions to the park as early as 2012. Sounds like a good way to make room for a new coaster to me.
(5/18/10) While so far the rumor about the coaster replacing Hurricane was for an inverted, many of you have expressed an interest in the site becoming home to a new S&S El Loco coaster like Steel Hawg. I’ve got to admit, that is a nice vision… I’d like to see one of those on the west coast too.
(5/7/10) Screamscape has heard that the time is coming soon to replace the Hurricane coaster with something new. While we don’t know exactly what is in the works, we’ve heard that it may very well be an Inverted coaster of some kind… but it would have to be something small to fit into the Hurricane’s footprint. Anyone know more?