I was tired of watching my teenage boys enjoy the thrills of video games and took them to Thorpe Park Resort to challenge them to a real high.
We took on the “G-Whizz Challenge” – completing all major rides in ascending order of G-Force or Intensity.
The fighters then face soaking on the UK’s wettest ride, Tidal Wave.
The boys split into two teams – Storm and his friend Isaac, both 16, against his brother Lucky and pal Michael, both 13.
Team Teen vs Team Tween.
We started Depth Charge and Team Teen took the lead.
You’ll hurtle through the Flying Fish, then a dizzying waltz at the Dobble Tea Party, an explosive 100-foot freefall from the Detonator, and the terrifying intensity of the indoor dark ride The Walking Dead.
Then there was a lunch break and on to Quantum, a magic carpet ride that almost brought up our sandwiches.
The dystopian Black Mirror Labyrinth was gentler but upped the horror.
They all jumped onto Zodiac, a gravity-defying spinning ride, and then onto Vortex’s pendulum — spinning at 15 rpm, 65 feet tall.
“I don’t know if I can do this, it looks fierce,” murmured Isaac – standing under Rush, breathtakingly tall and once the world’s greatest speed swing.
But he defied, and eventually they battled Samurai, a powerful mechanical arm that generates a massive 5G force.
As nobody wanted to give up, it was a neck-and-neck race when we reached the final.
After getting soaked once, Team Teen was washed out making it a victory for Team Tween, who rode the tidal wave five times and secured the soaking wet victory.
The overwhelming joy on their faces convinced me.
“That was the most fun I’ve ever had!” said Lucky. “When can we come back?”
Next time I will bring towels.