Take a spin with uni­cy­cle champs

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JESS LEE

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.

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