A video of a bodyboarder surfing down the Huka Falls in New Zealand, taken sometime over the festive period has not only gone viral, but has also divided opinions and has been deemed as both reckless and legendary in equal measures. The daredevil bodyboarder who challenged the rapids is a 32 year old from Porirua on the North Island and goes by the unusual name of Dr Bubbles.
Bubbles has somewhat of a reputation for outlandish stunts and this was not the first time he has thrown himself into the Huka Falls, which surge through the ravine at up to 220 000 litres per second! Kitted out with a baseball cap, a pair of sunglasses and what looks like a snood, Dr Bubbles can be seen riding the Falls, albeit somewhat out of control and completely at the mercy of the fast-flowing water. At one point, the cameraman struggles to find Bubbles in the whitewater after one particularly big drop.
The ride is certainly fast and the thrill of the drop must be exhilarating and the watching tourists seemed to enjoy the show, but authorities have been quick to condemn Dr Bubbles and discourage others from taking on similar attempts at Huka Falls. What do you think? Would you like to have a crack at the Huka waterfall or was Dr Bubbles foolish and putting his life on the line for a cheap thrill? You can see Dr Bubbles conquering the Huka Falls on his bodyboard in the clip below.