A daredevil’s stunt, bodyboarding down one of New Zealand’s most-visited natural attractions, the thundering 11-metre high Huka Falls, has been called extremely dangerous

In a video posted by BeastMoze on Facebook on Wednesday the young man who goes under the moniker Dr Bubbles can be seen riding the board down the rapids that carry 220 000 litres per second and plunging off the falls.

Dr Bubbles is 32-year old New Zealander Hayley Patuwai, who is well known for his daring water antics. He told Stuff.co.nz that the stunt was three years in the making.

“I jumped in a year ago to test the pressure. It’s 3 000 metric tonnes of water per second … I was prepared … I knew I could handle it. People might ask why I didn’t wear safety apparatus, but that works against the water.”

Over 100 000 views

The clip, titled Craziest Kiwi on the Planet, had been viewed more than 100 000 times by Thursday afternoon.

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“Goodness knows why somebody would be doing that,” Taupo Deputy Mayor Rosie Harvey told New Zealand news service Newshub. “I would be absolutely horrified if anyone else tried to do that. It is extremely dangerous and I certainly wouldn’t recommend it.”

The stunt was filmed over the holiday period. The Huka Falls is a set of waterfalls on the Waikato River near Taupo on North Island, New Zealand.

Author: ANA Newswire