Love the ride

2012-05-30 00:00

“THIS is my fourth time here today,” a man sitting next to me on the Crazy Wave at the Royal Show said as I put on my brave face ahead of trying something new.

He went on: “It is very scary …”

Perhaps seeing the terrified look on my face, he added: “But you will enjoy it”.

By then there was no going back. I was strapped in even though my nerves started to get the better of me.

Up we went slowly and with ease. And then the ride stopped for a few seconds. There were people on the ground looking oh so tiny, some cheering for their friends.

Suddenly, the ride started moving. There were screams everywhere as we moved from left to right. We were so high up, I thought we would fall down to the ground.

I held on tightly to my seat and kept hoping that this horror would stop. And then, my prayers were answered. The ride stopped for a while but as I was trying to catch my breath, up we went again.

I screamed my lungs out. I felt I was the only one screaming. My head was spinning so much and I was shaking and reached a point that I could no longer see or feel what was happening. I just wanted the ride to stop. When it did and I got off, I performed a little victory dance and threw an air punch.

It was the longest three minutes of my life!

Strangely, there were others who couldn’t get enough of the Crazy Wave. A group of Russell Girls’ High School grade 8 pupils had been on four times.

“It is very scary and fun at the same time,” said Geraldine de Kok.

“I really love this ride.”

Her friend said she enjoyed the background music being played when the ride moves.

“It makes the experience nicer,” she said.

Ride manager and operator Marisa Swanepoel said the ride is very safe. “We do checks every morning to see if the bolts are still in the right place. We also check if there are no unusual sounds.”

Swanepoel rates this as one of the best rides at the show.

The Russell High girls agreed.

In fact, they had chosen what some might consider a punishment as a reward.

“We behaved very well this year so coming to the show was our reward,” they said.

• Siyathemba.Ben@media24.com

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