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It’s universal knowledge that waterslides are the only reason to go to a water park.
Although some water parks may try to lure people in with promises of an expansive wave pool or relaxing lazy river, everybody knows that the only attraction worth lining up for is a tall, fast and slippery waterslide.
And over the past few years, waterslides have only got wilder, wetter and wackier. The list of the world’s craziest waterslides has grown to include rides that incorporate light shows, some of the steepest descents on the planet and inverted loops that shoot riders upside down through a fast-running stream of water.
And although most of these rides may only last a few seconds, the heart-thumping, fist-clenching thrills are what keep people coming back.
From a waterslide in the Bahamas that runs through a tank filled with live sharks, to a human water catapult in Austria, these are the world’s wildest waterslides.