Destin, Fla., July 16 –
On July 15, Destin Area Chamber of Commerce staff and ambassadors gathered to celebrate the grand opening of the Kowabunga Racer at Big Kahuna’s Water & Adventure Park with a ribbon cutting.
The Kowabunga Racer is “a 4-lane drag strip plunging nearly five stories on a downhill racecourse the length of a football field. Racers start off side by side and then disappear in and out of twisting, coiling tubes, then explode into the sunlight… right before a breathtaking drop to a splash landing below. All speed, no brakes,” according to www.BigKahunas.com
During its grand opening event, local dignitaries and politicians, including Chamber President and CEO Shane Moody, competed in the first “Kowabunga 500” race. The racers competed in four heats, with the winners of each heat competing in the final race. Winners of each heat won $250 for the charity of their choice. Winners and their charities included Jamie Hall, HarborWalk Village, racing for Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge; Jeff Peters, City of Fort Walton Beach, racing for Shelter House, Inc.; Doug Rainer, City of Destin, racing for United Way of Okaloosa & Walton County; and Andrew Smith, Air Force, racing for Christopher Reeves Foundation. An additional $1,000 was donated to Shelter House, after Peters won the final race.
For more information about the new ride, please visit www.BigKahunas.com
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