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Huka Falls boogie boarder 'risked life'

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 11/01/2017

The antics of a boogie boarder filmed riding down Huka Falls in front of cheering crowds is behaviour that puts lives at risk, Taupo mayor David Trewavas says.

The stuntman, believed to be 32-year-old Porirua man Hayley Patuwai, goes by the name Dr Bubbles in the footage which is believed to have been filmed on his way to Hamilton between Christmas and New Year.

Referred to on the video as "the man, the myth, the legend" he is shown drifting over the fast-flowing falls.

Anecdotally these types of thrillseekers are not uncommon over the summer months, according to Mr Trewavas, but it's not something he condones.

While signs upstream of the falls don't warn against swimming, they do alert those entering the water of strong and dangerous currents.

"We certainly don't condone that sort of activity when it puts individual's lives at risk," he told NZ Newswire.

"And not only that, but it risks the lives of the emergency services who are called out if something goes wrong."

The footage, shared on the BeastMoze Facebook page, has been viewed more than 97,000 times and has attracted more than 3000 likes.

It's received mixed reactions with some praising the daredevil and others urging people not to follow his example.

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