WhiteWater  

Richmond,  BC 
Canada
http://www.whitewaterwest.com
  • Booth: L521

WhiteWater, the Waterparks & Attractions Company, is the leading global designer and manufacturer of innovative waterpark products and active family attractions for world-class clients. WhiteWater is dedicated to providing the ultimate WOW experiences to our clients and their guests by delivering projects on time, on budget and to the industry’s highest quality and safety standards. Our industry leading innovation is driven by a team of over 600 extremely talented employees in 21 offices around the world working together to complete over 5,000 projects since 1980. Recently, WhiteWater has been awarded Canada’s Best Managed Companies designation for three years in a row since 2014 for its excellence in management and business practices .

白水一直致力于为我们的客户及其游客提供无与伦比的震撼体验。我们不但能在预算之内准时完成项目,而且拥有行业领域内最高的质量及安全等级。行业创新的领先离不开团队的努力。白水目前拥有超过600名才华横溢的员工,分布在全球21个分部当中。在他们的团结协作之下,公司自1980年成立以来已经完成超过5000个项目。白水凭借出色的管理和业务成绩自2014起连续三年被评选为加拿大最佳管理企业。

Brands: AquaPlay™, AquaSpray™, AquaCourse™, FlowRider®, Master Blaster®, AquaLoop™, Abyss™, (Family) Boomerango™, (Family) Python™, (Family) Constrictor™, (Family) Rattler™, SuperBowl™, Slideboarding™,


 Press Releases

  • The Themed Entertainment Association’s (TEA) Thea Awards bring recognition to achievement, talent, and personal excellence within the themed entertainment industry. For over 20 years, award recipients have been recognized for their contributions, and this year, WhiteWater is proud to announce that it is the recipient of the Thea Award of Outstanding Achievement – Technology on a Limited Budget for its Slideboarding video game waterslide.

     

    A game-changing phenomenon, Slideboarding places riders into a video game—as they race down the slide path, riders ‘hit’ coloured targets using the corresponding buttons on their rafts. The leaderboard displays riders’ scores and handles, and they can unlock levels, moving up in difficulty-level as they progress through the game. Operators can access valuable ride data to track performance and customer engagement through the dashboard.

     

    WhiteWater’s Director of Creative Design, Rick Briggs, was thrilled with the recognition, “I’m immensely proud of the recognition that Slideboarding has received with the Thea Award for Technology recipient. It represents a significant endorsement of the product, by the most creative and forward thinking people from within our industry, who form the TEA members.”

     

    Briggs continued, “We’ve layered interactivity and technology to create a totally new immersive sliding experience with Slideboarding, and this award recognizes how innovative that is.”

     

    Not ones to rest on their laurels, the team behind Slideboarding have continued to make improvements to the overall ride experience by coming out with Slideboarding 2.0. “Slideboarding 2.0 takes gaming in a waterslide to the next level. We’ve been busy creating an updated gaming system that allows for more repeat rides from each guest by motivating them to continue to play and ride”, said Aaron Mendelson, WhiteWater Product Manager, Slideboarding. He continued, “We have made the experience much more intuitive by providing guided help at any point throughout the experience. Tutorial videos are also included that provide pinpointed education on the specific point within the game the rider is in. For example, if a rider is just starting the game, tutorial videos will allow for complete understanding of how to play Slideboarding and what to expect on Level 1. If a rider is on level 2, the tutorial videos will provide education specific to Level 2.”

     

    Mendelson added, “Separate from the game enhancements, we’ve made upgrades under the hood as well. We’ve optimized and made the Slideboards more robust and stable. We’ve changed the design of the base inflatable to allow for easier launching and smoother riding. We’ve also created a lighter vehicle that is easier to carry. The targets have also been upgraded and have been tested through extremely harsh conditions. The LEDs that are used meet the strictest performance standards. And lastly, each target is comprised of 960 pixels and controlled from a state-of-the-art controller. Slideboarding 2.0 is bigger and better than ever before.”

     

    To find out how WhiteWater can help you make your parks more efficient and sustainable, visit our booth this week at IAAPA (booth #2240). WhiteWater is with you to wow your guests by making the extraordinary a reality.

  • The IAAPA Brass Ring Awards’ Best New Product Awards annually recognize the best new products or services in the amusement parks and attractions industry. This year, they have acknowledged WhiteWater’s Mat Blaster, a first-of-its-kind slide, in the Waterpark Ride/Attractions category, as well as, Smart Blast, the latest in energy-saving technology for waterparks, in the Technology Applied to Amusements category.

    Mat Blaster combines the fun of mat racing with the thrill of an uphill water coaster, the inspiration for which came from riding a Master Blaster with a foam mat. On the initial drop, riders plunge headfirst down a 4 meter (13 feet) drop into a valley before climbing two hills that lead into a 360-degree Whizzard loop, making it a truly unique ride experience.

    “WhiteWater has been making the Master Blaster for decades, and now we’ve taken that iconic ride experience and combined it with the engaging sensation of a mat ride to create a brand new attraction. We’re giving park guests a completely new and unique feeling as they race up and down hills, headfirst on a mat, there’s no other ride like it on the market”, commented Sean Hinton, WhiteWater’s President, Waterparks and Attractions Division.

    Hinton continued, “After a lot of hard work by everyone at WhiteWater, we were thrilled to see how excited guests at our first installation at Yinji Xinmi were to ride Mat Blaster.” The world’s first Mat Blaster has been in operation since June 2016 at Yinji Xinmi Waterpark, China’s largest waterpark. Its compact layout, scalable size, and reduced tower costs may have made it a hit with park operators, but it’s the ride’s easy accessibility, thrilling lifts and dips, and 360-degree loop that have made it a ‘must-do’ attraction for guests.

    The ride experience isn’t the only feature that Mat Blaster has borrowed from its inspiration, the Master Blaster. The uphill sections of Mat Blaster are powered by WhiteWater’s award-winning Smart Blast technology. “Thinking like the operator that we started as, we’ve engineered significant savings by introducing our Smart Blast technology to cut power consumption by 50% without having to compromise on any of the fun”, remarked Geoff Chutter, WhiteWater’s CEO.

    Smart Blast is the first specially designed system to save park operators money when operating their Master Blaster or Mat Blaster. These Blasters are traditionally powered by advanced water propulsion technology to deliver a gravity-defying ride experience up the steep inclines and multiple twists and turns, which normally consumes a considerable amount of power.

    In the past, the jets used to power guests uphill would have been continuously on, pumping water non-stop, resulting in an inefficient use of power and water. WhiteWater has solved this uneconomical use of energy by developing their Smart Blast technology which uses variable frequency drives (VFDs) and a proprietary control algorithm to dynamically adjust pump speeds while the ride is in operation. The new system saves significant power by only ramping up motor speed when it’s needed to drive riders uphill. It also reduces the wear and tear on the mechanical equipment and is more energy efficient because the motor is not constantly running at a set speed.

    As Keith Campden, WhiteWater’s Mechatronics Manager explains, “the new Smart Blast feature brings the latest control technology to the waterpark. As well as providing park operators with reduced wear and tear on equipment and reduced energy consumption, it also enhances the thrill factor for guests by making it a more dynamic ride experience.” The inaugural installation of Smart Blast is at MASSIV, the world’s tallest water coaster, at Schlitterbahn Galveston Island in Texas.

    To find out how WhiteWater can help you make your parks more efficient and sustainable, visit our booth this week at IAAPA (booth #2240). WhiteWater is with you to wow your guests by making the extraordinary a reality.
  • On May 28th, 2016, developers Keith Dalton, Terry Hlavinka, and Ray DeLaughter opened their 25-acre waterpark, Typhoon Texas to the world. The momentous occasion was the successful culmination of their three-year quest to bring world-class family entertainment to Katy, Texas.

    The city of Katy had been approached on six prior occasions with waterpark proposals, but each had been rejected as they waited for a private developer to undertake the project. The city got their wish when Texas A&M classmates Dalton and Hlavinka, along with DeLaughter, approached them with their plans.

    Noticing a lack of quality, wholesome fun in the region west of Houston, the Typhoon Texas team began exploring several different types of projects, always returning to the idea of a waterpark. So in 2012, they started on the epic mission of planning the largest private waterpark to be built in the U.S. in the last 10 years.

    With investors on board, funding secured, and planning underway, the park’s developers did their research, visited waterparks, and evaluated providers before selecting WhiteWater in December, 2014 to help make the Typhoon Texas vision a reality within their aggressive timeline.

    To set the project up for success, the pre-contract phase was critical in establishing achievable milestones. Each side racked up a few air miles by visiting each other’s sites to review the project details, confirm the schedule, and to get to know the project team in person. This invaluable facetime ensured that Typhoon’s vision was fully communicated, understood, and realized by both parties and set the foundation for a productive relationship.

    Working with Typhoon’s in-house designers, WhiteWater created several concept plans for the park, until arriving on the ideal design for their site parameters and projected demographics. To land on an optimal mix of attractions, WhiteWater had to strike a balance between slides and waves, rivers, and play structures to ensure there was something for every age group, thrill level, as well as capacity concern.

    With the right schedule, right team, and right product mix in place, the ground-breaking took place in late August, 2015. Manufacturing of the fibreglass started in the summer, while the construction team, also the developers, ensured that foundations and excavations were done in time so there were no delays. Installation went well because of their experience in running construction projects, in hiring sub-contractors, and because they had a full-time WhiteWater PM on site; all key contributors to any project’s success.

    Nine months after their ground-breaking, the Texas-themed waterpark was ready to welcome 10,000 guests a day. Featuring 13 main rides, a custom RainFortress, 25,000-square foot wave pool, and a 1,345-foot lazy river, Typhoon Texas Houston were able to exceed their projected gate of 400,000 guests in their first summer season of operation.

    With such a successful opening, it’s no surprise that the team at Typhoon have already expanded and added a second park to their portfolio, aptly named Typhoon Texas Austin, located in Pflugerville, Texas. Already an established waterpark, Typhoon is teaming up with the folks at WhiteWater once again, this time to add their beloved feature attraction, Gully Washer RainFortress, to their newest location.

    Evan Barnett, the General Manager of Typhoon Texas Houston, offers up some lessons learned after their first year in operation.

    1. “Enjoy the journey and keep it simple. Less is more, work on exceling at the basics daily.”

    2. “Always allow more time for training with a brand new front line team. Typhoon Texas team members set the tone for our guests to enjoy their day.”

    3. “Research and match the attraction mix to reflect your target audience and the region you are developing in.”

    Typhoon Texas is brimming with fun and thrilling slides. From the twists and turns at The Snake Pit to the thrilling drops and loops of The Duelin’ Daltons, there is no shortage of exhilarating experiences to be found. However, there is one slide that seems to have created something of a bragging rights’ feat that has guests lining up over and over again to complete.

    If you head over to the Monster Storms slide tower, you’ll see two six-person family raft slides, The Texas Twister, an AquaSphere-Constrictor fusion slide, and the park’s eponymous Typhoon, the Texas flag-covered Boomerango. It’s the shot of that Texas flag, covered with a raft of ecstatic riders that has become synonymous with Typhoon Texas, and it’s that flag’s star that has become the ‘brass ring’ of the ride. The Typhoon is as iconic for its look as it is for its must-do experience.

    Guest after guest try their luck at touching the star as the raft soars up the wall of the Boomerango, having to time it just right to complete the task. If they don’t do it on the first try, they’ll line up again, readjust their approach, and try again, just to be able to say that they’ve, ‘touched the star’.


  • WhiteWater Southeast Asia (WW-SEA) announces the signing of waterpark services agreements in Thailand and Malaysia after recently setting up office in Bangkok, Thailand in late 2016.  WW-SEA CEO, Chris Perry comments, “We are happy to establish ourselves so quickly in the region. We are working on, what will be, world-class waterparks, with well-established partners and are excited to share the details when the time is right!  We see enormous  development opportunities across Southeast Asia …and the regions that sit close by, it is an exciting time for our industry here!”

    WhiteWater Southeast Asia, is a new offering from the industry leading water and theme park attraction manufacture WhiteWater West Industries Ltd. (WWI), in partnership with the premier Thai Real Estate Company, Proud Real Estate.  WhiteWater SEA  have already established themselves as an integrated waterpark services company providing all the traditional services of their parent company, WWI:  Concept Design, Schematic Design and of course the full line of award winning WhiteWater West waterslides, attractions, rivers, surf pools, Flowrider, children’s interactive waterplay, etc…, with the additional benefit of offering Market Research, Feasibility & Viability, Operational Consulting, Pre-Opening Services and Operational Management. 

    With the region seeing rapid leisure and tourism expansion many companies are considering the potential offered by developing a waterpark and it is WhiteWater SEA’s ambition to make that step as successful and painless as possible.  

    WW-SEA has the ability to draw from the 650+ strong team of waterpark professionals from their Canadian headquarters, while providing deep operational experience from their team based in Thailand.  Owners and investors now have a management company, with design capability and attraction manufacturing & installation expertise, with a locally based team to coordinate and provide operational oversight and ultimately manage waterpark operations upon opening.

    For more information contact:  wwsea@whitewaterwest.com or visit us at:  www.whitewatersea.com

  • (Apr 13, 2017)

    As you stand at the base of No Boundaries™, the giant structure towers 75-feet high above you. It is truly an iconic attraction offering high thrill zip lining and challenging climbing activities for guests of all ages and skill levels. No Boundaries is unique to the market, expertly integrating different ways to play within one attraction, creating an unforgettable, never-before-seen experience. With both harnessed and unharnessed activities, weaving obstacle courses with uphill climbs, downward descents, and a winding aerial zip coaster this impressive complex presents a one-of-a-kind experience for the entire family.

    To accommodate all of the different elements which No Boundaries incorporate would normally take up substantial square feet, so the WhiteWater team had to reimagine the space by building up to create this enormous attraction and fit them all in within a condensed footprint of 860 m² to 2000 m². The team created a core interior which climbs four storeys high and houses a central area where parents can watch, film, or encourage bravery. The 18 columns that radiate from the core support secondary structures such as a ropes course, elevators drops, and wave climb. 

    “We’ve really packed this attraction with features,” says Mark Weston, Designer and Product Manager of No Boundaries. “I’m extremely proud that we’ve created, for the first time, parallel play in one structure where siblings of different ages can race across the attraction in tandem; the older enjoying the high thrill harnessed play while the younger test their limits with unharnessed challenges. It is a mini-family adventure park all on its own!”

    It isn’t often we are able to show the behind-the-scenes making of such an epic attraction but here is an exclusive preview of No Boundaries as it emerges from the ground. There will be four No Boundaries opening for the 2017 season, two in China, one in Malaysia, and one in Abu Dhabi. No Boundaries comes in two sizes the 200 shown here can accommodate 800 guest per hour and the smaller 100 which is perfect for indoor spaces and can entertain 350 guests per hour.

    WhiteWater has invested years in innovating this attraction so that it delivers both operations efficiency and an amazing guest experience. They say that the devil is in the detail and there are many details which are firsts with No Boundaries. Efficiently operated, this attraction is practically self-running; WhiteWater’s automated and patented safety technology allows guests to explore the structure with limited supervision. Their continuous harness clip allows guests to zip from one platform to another without ever having to unhook. This technology will shorten queues and allow for a higher capacity throughput.

    When designing a new attraction, especially one as innovative as No Boundaries safety is a critical design and testing consideration and this required extensive research, testing, and engineering time. The result is that No Boundaries is compliant with ASTM International and the China State Construction International Holdings (CSCI) codes. Each design is evaluated using carefully calibrated simulations followed by meticulous testing and fine-tuning to get the experience optimal and safety-assured. Environmental conditions also vary across geographies, and that becomes a consideration in design for operations and maintenance. “We’ve invested in creating a product which is designed to last even in the most challenging environments,” said Weston. “It is the quality of the design and build which sets new attractions like No Boundaries apart and which makes our clients’ investments last and keep delivering guest satisfaction and a healthy return on investment.” 

    “No Boundaries is one of the products I’m most excited to bring to the market,” says Nathan Jones, WhiteWater’s new Global Head of Attractions. “We’ve really understood the challenges operators face and have created an attraction which ticks all the boxes—it provides high capacity, free-play inclusive across the whole age range of a family. This isn’t play as you think of it, as you see in the images, it’s high up there, this is high thrill!”

    Nathan has come back home to WhiteWater where he spent much of his early career to lead the sales focus on WhiteWater’s portfolio of Water Rides and Adventure Play products which are suited to amusement and theme parks, as well as waterparks.

    Well known in the industry because of his involvement in the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), Nathan has spent the last three years with Vekoma Rides Manufacturing as their Vice President of Sales and Marketing, North America. “Providing the best customer experience has always been WhiteWater’s goal, and that means hiring the best talent which is why we are pleased to welcome Nathan back,” said WhiteWater CEO, Geoff Chutter.

    Attractions of this size take many months to build and as the pictures show they are big undertakings. The first two installations shown here Everfashion Hot Go Park in Northern China and Gui’an Theme Park in the South of China will be fully open to the public this spring.


 Products

  • No Boundaries
    Family Adventure Attraction

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  • As you stand at the base of No Boundaries™, the giant structure towers 75-feet high above you. It is truly an iconic attraction offering high thrill zip lining and challenging climbing activities for guests of all ages and skill levels. No Boundaries is unique to the market, expertly integrating different ways to play within one attraction, creating an unforgettable, never-before-seen experience. With both harnessed and unharnessed activities, weaving obstacle courses with uphill climbs, downward descents, and a winding aerial zip coaster this impressive complex presents a one-of-a-kind family experience.

    To accommodate all of the different elements No Boundaries incorporates would normally take up substantial square feet, so the WhiteWater team had to reimagine the space by building up to create this enormous attraction and fit them all in within a condensed footprint of 860 m² to 2000 m². The team created a core interior which climbs four storeys high and houses a central area where parents can watch, film, or encourage bravery. The 18 columns that radiate from the core support secondary structures such as a ropes course, elevators drops, and wave climb.

  • River Raft Ride
    River Raft Ride...

  • A genuine “WhiteWater” rafting experience!

    When negotiating through the course, riders encounter turbulent waters, quiet pools, dark tunnels, and near-miss waterfalls, while being splashed and thrilled. WhiteWater’s experts have engineered the water flow to simulate a genuine river rapids rafting experience, all with straightforward mechanical requirements for your operations team.

  • Mat Blaster
    Up and Downhill Mat Racer Waterslide...

  • The winner of last year’s IAAPA Brass Ring Award for Best New Product, Mat Blaster combines the fun of mat racing with the thrill of an uphill water coaster, the inspiration for which came from riding a Master Blaster with a foam mat. On the initial drop, riders plunge headfirst down a 4 meter (13 feet) drop into a valley before climbing two hills that lead into a 360-degree Whizzard loop, making it a truly unique ride experience.

    The world’s first Mat Blaster has been in operation since June 2016 at Yinji Xinmi Waterpark, China’s largest waterpark. Its compact layout, scalable size, and reduced tower costs may have made it a hit with park operators, but it’s the ride’s easy accessibility, thrilling lifts and dips, and 360-degree loop that have made it a ‘must-do’ attraction for guests.

  • AquaPlay GRF17
    The world's largest AquaPlay!...

  • A mini waterpark in a single structure, the AquaPlay GRF17 is five stories high and

    incorporates 10 slides.

    Guests can enjoy a full range of sliding experiences from body slides to dual-raft

    rides, including Boomerango and spinning bowl.

    Obtain these massive benefits from a small space:

    • Keep your guests playing for hours

    • Free-roaming which means high capacity and no long lines for your guests

    • The compact footprint means just 5 lifeguards and 4attendants, making it surprisingly affordable to operate

    • Integrate this one-of-a-kind attraction with a lazy river and nearby food and beverage and you

    have a very viable start for your waterpark

    • Incredible value for money and all-in-one-construction.

    • As with all our Aqua Play units, it is easy to theme the structure for an even more memorable experience

  • Slideboarding
    An interactive gaming waterslide experience!...

  • The recipient of TEA’s Thea Award of Outstanding Achievement, Slideboarding is the reimagining of waterslides, by adding an interactive ‘video game’ experience to new or even existing rides.

    WhiteWater have gamified the waterslide; moving the guest from a passive ride experience to an interactive and engaging one.

    Riders step up to the kiosk, place the unique ride vehicle, appropriately called the Slideboard, into the cradle to sync the board to their account; here they can create their username, pick the level they want to play from 1-60, and even pick from one of 9 music genres to listen to while playing the game.

    As riders race down the Slideboarding path they press the coloured buttons on their vehicle’s handles while passing under the corresponding coloured targets. If they’ve timed it just right, their handles will vibrate to let them know that they’ve scored points.