By Brady MacDonald
Los Angeles Times staff writer
9:15 AM EDT, August 28, 2012
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk plans to replace a 20-year-old steel coaster with the $5.5 million Undertow spinning coaster in summer 2013.
Undertow is being billed as Northern California's only spinning coaster after Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo removed Pandemonium, a short-lived 2008 Gerstlauer spinning coaster formerly known as Tony Hawk's Big Spin.
The 50-foot-tall Undertow will reach speeds of 40 mph along a 1,400-foot-long track. The family coaster aimed at the tween set will feature an 80-degree banked Immelmann turn, a 360-degree carousel spin and a slalom section with sharp turns. The rotation of the individual 4-passenger cars will vary depending on the weight and position of the outward-facing riders.
Undertow replaces the Hurricane steel coaster built by defunct Italian manufacturer SDC in 1992. Visitors can get their last ride on Hurricane on Sept. 3 before the coaster is dismantled and relocated to Western Playland amusement park in New Mexico.
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