Take a spin with unicycle champs
A pair of world champion unicyclists will give kids the chance to take their onewheeled bikes for a spin this Sunday.
Current world champion street unicyclists Sam La Hood and Chris Huriwai will host a free unicycle workshop for beginner and more experienced unicyclists at the first Ponsonby Central Outdoor Artisan Market.
Street unicycling is one of the latest developments in unicycling. Unicyclists perform tricks on ledges, hand rails and stairs similar to their skateboarding and BMX riding counterparts.
Sixteen-year-old La Hood, originally from central Auckland, first tried her hand at unicycling three years ago.
She hasn’t looked back since taking home the women’s world champion title in Italy last year.
La Hood says it is a pretty straightforward sport to pick up.
‘‘You just have to be determined and stick with it until you get it. Eventually it becomes second nature like riding a bike.’’
Two-time men’s world champion Huriwai taught himself to ride on a unicycle he found at an all-purpose store.
After watching videos of extreme unicycling stunts from across the world, the 21-year-old says he was amazed to see what was possible on one wheel.
‘‘Unicycling is more than just an individual activity – it’s a real sport and has a real community.’’
When Huriwai isn’t practising his stunts he teaches youngsters in schools around the Kaikohe area how to unicycle.
Ponsonby Central’s first Outdoor Artisan Market will be held from 8am till 3pm on Sunday at 136 Ponsonby Rd.
The free unicycle workshop will run from 10am till 3pm.
Go to aucklandcity harbournews.co.nz and click on Latest Edition to watch videos of the pair performing stunts.