Windjammer Surf Racers

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Windjammer Surf Racers
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The trains dueling each other, a rare occassion.
Knott's Berry Farm
Location Buena Park, California, USA
Park section Boardwalk
Status Defunct
Operated March 26, 1997 to March 2, 2000
Cost $6,200,000 USD
Replaced Wacky Soap Box Racers
Replaced by Xcelerator
Manufacturer Togo
Type Steel - Twin
Model / product Looping Mouse
Riders per train 8
Propulsion Chain lift hill
69 feet
69 feet
54 feet
31 feet
Top speed
40 mph
40 mph
1851 feet
1831 feet

Windjammer Surf Racers was a short-lived Togo twin roller coaster located at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, USA. It was a dueling Looping Wild Mouse that opened on March 26, 1997. The attraction was located in the park's Boardwalk section. The failure led to a lawsuit and Togo's eventual demise. The ride closed on March 2, 2000. Xcelerator now occupies the spot that Windjammer formerly occupied.


On September 26, 1996, Windjammer Surf Racers was announced. The ride debuted on March 26, 1997.[1]

On March 10, 2000, the park launched a lawsuit against Togo, alleging that Windjammer Surf Racers had major manufacturing defects which led to regular breakdowns and prevented the ride's operation during low winds. The defects included misaligned track, defective safety mechanisms, and wrinkles in the frame of the trains. The lawsuit claimed that Windjammer Surf Racers could not run even at wind levels as low as 3 mph. Some riders joked that the ride was called "windjammer" because it jammed up at any wind. In addition to this, the ride rarely ever dueled. The park also claimed to have spent over $2 million on repairs and inspections and was seeking damages of $16 million.[2]

Windjammer Surf Racers was demolished in July 2001.

Xcelerator opened where Windjammer Surf Racers previously stood on June 22, 2002.

The lawsuit was rejected in October 2003.[3]



Windjammer Surf Racers was a twin racing roller coaster. The ride's first drop led into a vertical loop. After the loop, the ride continued over multiple hills, including multiple brake runs. The ride featured over-the-shoulder restraints, which caused headbanging due to the roughness of the ride.

The station did not have an airgate system to keep queuing guests clear from advancing vehicles within the station. The ride was dressed as a tribute to the fabled Southern California beach culture, complete with towering palms trees, beach sand, a small lagoon, a scaled-down lifeguard watchtower, and other beach-worthy props. The on-ride photograph sales booth was built into the side of a scaled-down replica of a yacht.


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