Best friends among first to try new floating aqua park in North Myrtle Beach


NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – For the majority of Grand Strand residents, there are still a few more days before they’ll get to enjoy the highly-anticipated aqua park at the North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex, which opens June 3.

However, for a select few, they had the opportunity to test out the equipment on Wednesday.

Two of those lucky ones were best friends – 11-year-old Brayden Hendrix and 10-year-old Trent Toole – from Carolina Forest.

The two are always by each other’s sides and Wednesday was no different, as they took on the new aqua park.

“This is a create your own experience, create your own adventure out here. Once you’re set loose on the cable park or the aqua park behind us, you can create your own story,” said Greg Norman Jr., CEO of the Shark Wake Park.

According to Norman, the new aqua park is the only one of its kind in not only South Carolina, but the first and largest inflatable water course on the East Coast.

“Here in the aqua park, you actually just forget everything else and just taking it on a present-day basis,” he said. “That’s what is so unique about it. You’re just in your zone. It gives back to the community. It helps kids find a new sport, new legs, builds self-confidence, self-determination.”

Both Hendrix and Toole had their eyes on the prize. Each time they fell, they helped each other right back up and kept on moving.

“It’s more fun than hard. It’s not easy, that’s for sure. It’s not easy, but it’s fun to do,” they said.

North Myrtle Beach Mayor Marilyn Hatley, along with the city manager, also joined in on the fun. Both were happy to see the park open just in time for summer .

As for the boys, well they’ll definitely be back.

Though it’s still considered a soft opening for the park, a summer kickoff party is set for June 3. Those who are interested can book their time at the park online.

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