'Cannonball': Inside 5 of the Thrill Rides on Summer's Craziest Show

Mandi Bierly
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Don't try this at home! Summer's craziest show may come with the standard warning, but the stunts on Cannonball are so insane, your pool would never cut it anyway.

To adapt the international hit for America, the competition's producers built an extreme water park, dubbed Cannonball Bay, on L.A.'s man-made Hansen Dam Recreation Lake. Its 7-story-tall slide (where six of the challenges begin) sends contestants airborne at speeds up to 80 mph.

"We wanted to go higher, we wanted to go faster, we wanted everything to be a little bit more intense," explains Keith Geller, executive producer for ITV Entertainment.

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In each episode, 12 contestants are whittled down to one $10,000 winner—and every challenge they face has been seriously tested, first by the show's pros, then by "realies" (family and friends), for its wow factor and for laughs. "Where competition meets slapstick, that truly makes a great Cannonball challenge," Geller says.

Here, he and the hosts, WWE star Mike "The Miz" Mizanin and former 106 & Park emcee Rocsi Diaz, take us inside five of their favorite thrill rides.

CannonballSeries Premiere, Thursday, July 9, 8/7c, USA