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San Antonio theme park makes a splash with first-of-its-kind roller coaster

San Antonio theme park makes a splash with first-of-its-kind coaster

Wave Breaker The Rescue Coaster roller coaster SeaWorld San Antonio rendering
Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster races into San Antonio summer 2017. Rendering courtesy of SeaWorld Parks

The first roller coaster of its kind in North America will debut at SeaWorld San Antonio next summer.

Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster will combine "the thrill of the sea, the adrenaline rush of a multi-launch roller coaster, and the inspiration of animal rescue," says a release. Passengers will ride on unique jet ski-like cars, zooming across the surface of the water and 60-plus feet in the air.

The ride is inspired by Sea Rescue, an ABC show that follows the SeaWorld Rescue team. It's designed to mimic a real jet ski experience, allowing riders to lean into turns.

"Replicating an adventure limited to only a few trained professionals, Wave Breaker will launch riders into an exhilarating experience similar to going on an animal rescue mission. The coaster is sure to thrill, but also brings awareness to the brave efforts of our animal teams," says SeaWorld San Antonio president Carl Lum in a statement.

"Inspired by our guests' ongoing requests to learn more about how they can help support animal rescue efforts, each ride begins by telling the story of a rescue mission and invites guests to become personally involved in helping to protect animals," he says.

Wave Breaker is the fourth roller coaster at SeaWorld San Antonio, joining the Great White, Steel Eel, and Shamu Express. Several other SeaWorld locations are getting new attractions next year too, including a virtual reality ride in Orlando and an orca exhibit in San Diego.