Verruckt waterslide Daredevils brave record-breaking 65mph near-vertical 168ft drop

  • Verruckt holds the Guinness World Record as the world's tallest water slide
  • The nail-biting attraction is located at Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark
  • GoPro camera captures two men trying the mammoth slide for first time 

This is the moment two daredevils try out the vertigo-inducing world's tallest water slide, which starts off with a breath-taking 168ft drop.

Footage has emerged of the men being pushed in an inflatable raft down a near-vertical drop at speeds of up to 65mph.

The terrifying attraction is located Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark and sees brave tourists plummet the equivalent of 18 storeys - further than if they were jumping off Niagara Falls.

This is the moment two daredevils try out the vertigo-inducing world's tallest water slide, which starts off with a breath-taking 168ft drop 

This is the moment two daredevils try out the vertigo-inducing world's tallest water slide, which starts off with a breath-taking 168ft drop 

The hair-raising clip shows the men being pushed in an inflatable raft down a near-vertical drop

The hair-raising clip shows the men being pushed in an inflatable raft down a near-vertical drop

The Verruckt is located Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark and sees brave tourists plummet the equivalent of 18 storeys - further than if they were jumping off Niagara Falls

The Verruckt is located Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark and sees brave tourists plummet the equivalent of 18 storeys - further than if they were jumping off Niagara Falls

The Verruckt, which means ‘go insane' in German, smashed the Guinness World Record for being the highest water slide in the world after its opening in 2010.

In the petrifying clip, co-owner of the park Jeff Henry and head designer John Schooley test out their creation - and it definitely doesn't look like it is for the faint-hearted. 

Perched in the three-person vessel, the grown men can be seen screaming as they make their gigantic descent. 

GoPro cameras strapped to the front and side of the raft capture their nail-biting experience from a number of angles. 

Ready for the drop: Depending on weight and weather conditions, the ride will travel at speeds between 45 and 65mph

Ready for the drop: Depending on weight and weather conditions, the ride will travel at speeds between 45 and 65mph

Vertigo inducing: The Verruckt has been certified by Guinness World Records as being the world's tallest water slide

Vertigo inducing: The Verruckt has been certified by Guinness World Records as being the world's tallest water slide

Perched in the three-person vessel, the grown men can be seen screaming as they make their gigantic descent 

Perched in the three-person vessel, the grown men can be seen screaming as they make their gigantic descent 

This includes the pair being catapulted up a vast hill before tackling a final drop, viewed from their point of view in the raft, and also with a camera capturing their expressions. 

Henry compared the experience of riding the attraction to 'jumping off the Empire State Building and said it was 'the scariest thing [he'd] done', while Schooley called it an 'extreme thrill' without comparison.

'You have three or four experiences on the ride,' he said.

'There is a three-second free fall before you get launched into a weightless situation for a few seconds, and then you come down like a roller coaster and have a long splash down.'

Thrill-seekers must climb 264 steps to get to the top of the ride

Thrill-seekers must climb 264 steps to get to the top of the ride

The slide's drop is so steep it is almost at a right-angle to the ground and to get up to the top of it, thrill-seekers must climb 264 steps. 

There they wait for their turn on a deck made from railroad tanker cars before speeding down the main drop, travelling up a five-storey hump and then back down a second slide into the final pool.

Before the Verruckt, the record holder for tallest water slide was the 134.5ft Insano slide in Fortaleza, Brazil. 

Riders at the top of the Verruckt have to wait for their turn on a deck made from railroad tanker cars

Riders at the top of the Verruckt have to wait for their turn on a deck made from railroad tanker cars

 

 

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