US 9,808,726 B2
System and method for rider propulsion
Garrett Johnson, Virginia Beach, VA (US)
Assigned to Garrett T. Johnson, Virginia Beach, VA (US)
Appl. No. 15/38,391
Filed by Garrett Johnson, Virginia Beach, VA (US)
PCT Filed Nov. 24, 2014, PCT No. PCT/US2014/067121
§ 371(c)(1), (2) Date May 20, 2016,
PCT Pub. No. WO2015/077704, PCT Pub. Date May 28, 2015.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/907,708, filed on Nov. 22, 2013.
Prior Publication US 2016/0288001 A1, Oct. 6, 2016
Int. Cl. A63G 21/18 (2006.01); A63G 3/00 (2006.01)
CPC A63G 21/18 (2013.01) [A63G 3/00 (2013.01)] 13 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A rider propulsion system for use with a water ride having a plurality of waterjets oriented so as to impart momentum in a desired direction to a rider of the water ride, the rider propulsion system comprising:
a dewatering tank sized to hold a desired volume of water used to support operation of the water ride;
a compressed air system configured to supply pressurized air to the dewatering tank so as to pressurize the desired volume of water;
at least one control valve configured to selectively release pressurized water from said dewatering tank in a controlled manner and provide it to at least one of said plurality of waterjets;
a computerized control system configured to control both the compressed air system's delivery of pressurized air to the dewatering tank and operation of the at least one control valve; and
wherein said rider propulsion system comprises at least one ride sensor configured to be disposed on the water ride so as to detect the presence of the rider, the computerized control system being configured to control the operation of the at least one control valve based at least in part on information supplied by the at least one ride sensor.