Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Giant skateboard carves out Napier

A 12-metre long, 800kg skate board rolled in to Napier on Saturday as part of the Great Olympic Skate Roadshow.

With skateboarding to be included in the Olympic lineup for the first time this year, the New Zealand Olympic committee has been spruiking the sport on the back of the giant ‘Eke Tahi’ board around the country.

Eke Tahi, meaning ‘ride as one’, is a record breaker – beating the last titleholder of the world’s biggest operational skateboard by a metre.

“It’s such a buzz to be asked to host Eke Tahi, and get a little taste of the Olympics at the same time,” said Napier’s Bay Skate Manager, Justin Dwyer.

“We’ve got so many kids enjoying roller sports at our facility now – who knows, this might just be the thing that inspires some of them to take what they love to the next level.”

The skateboard roadshow finishes in Auckland next month, with the board to then take up residence at The Cloud at the City of Sails waterfront for the final countdown to the Tokyo games in July.

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