Ride the world's tallest water slide in this heart-pumping video

Earlier this year, we told you about the record-breaking water slide that would be the world's highest – even taller than Niagara Falls – set to open at Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark. Well, after a number of setbacks, the much-vaunted ride – originally slated to debut last Spring – is finally being unveiled to the public this July. 

And boy, is it big and scary.

At 17 stories tall, Verrückt (German for "insane") lives up to its name; not only will riders descend the world's highest water slide at 65 mph, but they'll do so with nothing but a mere sandbag to protect them. And there's a video to prove it.

Among the first to ride Verrückt, the waterpark's co-owner Jeff Henry likened the experience to "jumping off the Empire State Building", adding it was "the scariest thing [he'd] done". The guy really knows how to sell adrenaline.

You won't have to wait until July to experience the wrath of Verrückt for yourself. Simply watch the stomach-flipping video (via USA Today) taken from a first-person angle to get a sense of what it's like to hurtle down 17 stories reeeaaaaally fast. And good luck not holding your breath right at the top of that first hill.

Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. She hasn’t forgotten that time she was peer-pressured into going down a kamikaze that was, like, a quarter of the size of this ride. Follow her on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.