Alex Sorgente, Jan Hoffmann and Milton Martinez take a break
Image credit: Maxim Shatrov / Red Bull Media House
Located in the entertainment resort Atlantis of The Palm, the waterpark was drained of hundreds of thousands of litres of water in January 18 – 21, 2016. Italy’s Alex Sorgente, Argentina’s Milton Martinez and UAE resident Jan Hoffmann from Germany made its seven hectares of waterscape their home for a few days.
These world-class skateboarders took on the world’s largest waterslide, Aquaconda, and the near-vertical wall of Zoomerango, both normally full of water and six-person inflatable buoys.
From a height of 25m above The Palm – that’s more than six storeys high – they skateboarded down the 156-metre serpentine twists and turns of Zoomerango, before taking on its 14-metre wall. Sorgente, an 18-year-old athlete who won bronze at the 2011 World Championships in Marseille and at the 2013 Rocky Mountain Rampage, even landed a frontside flip (a 180 ollie with a kickflip) against the bank.
They then whizzed their way down Aquaconda at speeds of over 35 kilometres per hour, skating up to the edges of the 9.2m-wide pipes, catching glimpses of Dubai from the open sides before disappearing down tunnels.
"I think it’s probably like100 feet to the bottom, so if you fall over it I think you’re going to be dead, it’s definitely a high danger level and then we have a 30 foot drop and I went down it yesterday and it’s pretty big. But it’s good, and we get a lot of tricks done here and as long as you don’t fall over that you’ll be good.“ – Alex Sorgente.
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