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Polin Waterparks' "King Cobra" and "Super Combo" Waterslides are Awarded as Europe's Best Waterslides


European Star Awards Continue Adding up for King Cobra Waterslide

We are honored to announce that for the fifth year in a row, Polin Waterparks has been honored with multiple European Star Awards in the category of "Europe's Best Waterslides." Polin Waterparks received this recognition at this year's Euro Attractions Show (EAS) during a special ceremony on Sept. 19, 2016, at Port Aventura World in Barcelona, Spain. The event took place the evening before EAS - the largest attractions exhibition in the amusement industry - officially kicked off on Sept. 20.

Park operators and manufacturers were awarded their prizes personally after an independent, international trade jury voted for and ranked the most remarkable attractions, waterslides, rollercoasters and theme parks in Europe. The prizes are considered a rare distinction for attraction designers and theme parks, proving their exceptional achievements.

Sohret Pakis, Director of Marketing and Communication of Polin Waterparks, says the results represent Polin's ongoing dedication to quality, innovation and technology.

"We're as proud today as the very first time we won a European Star Award," she adds. "We take these awards very seriously, because they are official recognition of our dedication to delivering innovative, game-changing attractions. We will continue to focus on designing the most creative waterslides that pique customers' interests and ensure we maintain the trust of our partner parks. And we will never stop innovating, because people's interests will never stop evolving. So we will continue to evolve, too.

"Of course," she continues, "We couldn't achieve these honors without the dedicated, collaborative efforts of our partner parks. They provide the insight and inspiration for all we do. So we're very grateful for their trust in us. That's ultimately our highest award," she explains, "that our clients continue to choose us repeatedly. So we send our congratulations to all of them, as well as to all of the other winners!"

Awards since the beginning

Each year since its inception, the European Star Awards has honored Polin Waterparks 12 times.

The first year the European Star Awards were announced, in 2012, Polin won First Place in the category of "Europe's Best Waterslides" for its King Cobra attraction at Aqualand Frejus in France. Since then, Polin has continued to rack up wins in the annual competition, which is hosted by Kirmes & Park Revue magazine.

While several Polin waterslides have been honored over these five years, the ride that continues to gain accolades at the annual award ceremony is Polin's King Cobra waterslide. King Cobra stands out for four primary reasons:

① Unique appearance. It is the first and the only waterslide in the World that has its own fiberglass theme built in itself. While many parks customize their King Cobra to match their themes, others continue to install the ride with its original design: bold red, black and white scales with a ferocious cobra head that reaches an imposing height of 50 feet (15.24 meters).

② Thrilling riding experience. King Cobra's configuration enables two double tubes (4 riders) to race along a circular path filled with twists and turns, catapulting them through open and closed tubes before they confront a heart-pounding plunge nearly 25 feet (8 meters) and accelerate up to 32 mph (51 km/h).

③ Resin transfer molding (RTM) manufacturing. The ride - like all of Polin's waterslides- is made via RTM, a latest composites manufacturing technique that creates slide components that are smooth and shiny on both sides with zero rough edges and perfect component alignment.

④ Special effects. The ride itself is enough to become addictive for many guests. But when parks add Polin's unique extra effects - such as fog, sound and lighting - the ride's thrills are magnified.

The parks at which Polin's King Cobra was recognized for 2016 were:

  • Aqualand Frejus, France (Aqualand Frejus was the first park in France at which a King Cobra was installed.)
  • Crystal Waterworld, Turkey

In addition, Polin received an additional award:

  • Aqua Fantasy, Turkey, Sixth Place in "Europe's Best Water Slides" for the "Super Combo" Waterslide. (Aqua Fantasy has the special honor of launching one of Polin's newest signature attractions: its first Sphere, another innovative product that is gaining growing popularity. Aqua Fantasy is considered one of the most prominent waterparks in Turkey.)

Continuing accolades 

Previous European Star Award honors that Polin has received include:




for King Cobra.


For videos to see the King Cobra in action, watch:

To see the Super Combo in action, watch:


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King Cobra at Aqualand Frejus, France


King Cobra at Aqualand Frejus, France

 King Cobra at Crystal Waterworld, Antalya, Turkey

Super Combo at Aquafantasy, Izmir, Turkey

 Super Combo at Aquafantasy, Izmir, Turkey

Super Combo at Aquafantasy, Izmir, Turkey



More on Polin Waterparks 

Polin was founded in Istanbul in 1976 and has since grown into a leading company in the waterparks industry. Today Polin is a world leader in the design, production and installation of waterparks, waterslides &and water-play attractions. Polin has completed 2,500 waterpark projects in 100 countries around the world and is the biggest waterslide supplier in Eurasia. Working with a wide variety of clients has helped Polin reach several milestones including installing the first waterparks in many countries and many other award-winning rides at parks with world-renowned reputations.

Polin offers the industry's widest range of products, including signature rides such as the patented King Cobra,  Magic Sphere,  Spheres, Magicone, Space Shuttle and Space Race. Polin is the pioneer in the advancement and application of closed-molded manufacturing technology in waterslide development. First implemented in 2006, 100 percent of Polin's annual fiberglass production has been converted to resin transfer molding (RTM) and meets the industry's highest standards. Polin offers both bowl rides and family rides featuring RTM techniques. Polin also offers its unique and patented Natural Light Effects technology and Special Pattern Effects technology in RTM and translucent-RTM waterslides.

Polin has been an ISO9001 certificate holder by TUV Germany since 2003, and all Polin slides conform to European norms. All steel parts conform to international DIN standards, all designs conform to ASTM practices, and Polin is also CSEI-approved for projects in China. Polin is the only waterslide company that holds a quality certificate for all of its waterslides by TUV and was the 2012 Export Winner of Turkey in the SMSE Category. Polin is identified as among The Turkey100, a prestigious list of "game-changing entrepreneurs" identified by AllWorld Network. This is the second time that Polin has been privileged with an appearance on the list, as one of the 100 fastest growing companies in Turkey. It was included for the first time in 2013. In total, only 16 companies have received the honor more than once. Polin is listed in top 200 companies in R&D investment by TIM (Turkish Exporters' Assembly)-2015 and 10 SMCS in holding world wide patents by TPI (Turkish Patent Institute)-2015. Polin is selected as WINNER company in the exports in Machinery and Equipment category by TIM (Turkish Exporters' Assembly)-2015.

Polin oversees a high-capacity design-and-manufacturing facility in Turkey with a team that totals 350 people with five offices throughout the world.


Polin is committed to providing the best-quality products and services by investing in continuous research and development. The company plans to further expand its L-RTM line while introducing new signature rides and innovations.


Please visit Polin at www.polin.com.tr for product information, news, events and other updates.

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