History was made on July 10th, 2015, when the Guinness Book of World Records officially certified the World’s Longest Inflatable Water Slide in Vernon, New Jersey, USA. The slide is 1,975 feet long (600m), weighs 7 tons (6,350kg) and took 600 hours to construct on the ski slopes of Mountain Creek.
The slide’s first official rider was Jenna Wolfe of NBC’s The Today Show, who braved freezing cold water and a few bumps along the route as she headed down the mountain.
To broadcast the journey live on national TV, a special mount was constructed with a GoPro HERO4 Camera and Vislink’s HEROCast BacPac™ transmitter that was affixed to the front of her foam mat. HEROCast™ is the smallest and lightest RF transmitter from Vislink, and is designed specifically to integrate with the GoPro HERO 4, HERO 4 Black and HERO 3+ edition cameras.
The water resistant nature of both products allowed the live broadcast to take place, in spite of complete immersion at times. Coverage was seamless, with extremely low delay, allowing the producer to cut back and forth between the studio and Jenna.
When Jenna reached the bottom, she presented the creator, Jimi Hunt of New Zealand, with official certification from the Guinness Book World Records.
“I was excited to hear about the use of the new product, launched in April. This is just another example of the way point of view (POV) broadcasting is changing the way consumers are able to experience TV. The possible uses of the HEROCast™ transmitter are endless. The rugged construction, lightweight nature and compatibility with GoPro cameras are opening up new POV angles for television consumers.”