The cobra roll is a double-inversion which resembles the head of a cobra. Riders travel up through a half-loop, corkscrew perpendicular to the first direction, enter another corkscrew that merges into a downward half-vertical loop that exits in the parallel but opposite direction of the entrance.
The first roller coaster to use a cobra roll was Vekoma's Boomerang model, the first of which to open was Boomerang at Bellewaerde, in 1984. Now, over 150 roller coasters include a cobra roll. The element is widely used by Bolliger & Mabillard roller coasters.
There is some confusion about the naming of this element, different manufacturers give different names to their inversions. Cobra roll is the widely accepted name, and the name used by Intamin and B&M, however it is sometimes known as a Boomerang, due to the popularity of the Boomerang by Vekoma.
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|Inverting||Banana roll • Batwing • Bent cuban eight • Bowtie • Butterfly • Cobra loop • Cobra roll • Corkscrew • Cutback • Dive drop • Dive loop • Diving turn • Double dip • Fly to lie / Lie to fly • Flying snake dive • Heartline roll • Immelman • Inclined dive loop • Inclined loop • In-line twist • Interlocking corkscrews • Interlocking loops • Lagoon roll • Norwegian loop • Pretzel knot • Pretzel loop • Raven turn • Reverse cobra roll • Reverse sidewinder • Roll over • Saxophone • Scorpion tail • Sea Serpent • Sidewinder • SkyLoop • Step-up under flip • Tongue • Top-Gun stall • Twisted horseshoe roll • Vertical loop • Zero-g roll • Zero-g stall|
|Non-inverting||Hammerhead turn • Helix • High five • Non-inverted loop • Splashdown • Stengel dive • Tilt section • Trick track • Triple dip • Tunnel • Turntable • Vertical drop track • Water brakes • Wave turn|