Dare­devil kayaks over Hunua Falls

Papakura Courier - - FRONT PAGE - HE­LEN KING

An Auck­land dare­devil has plunged off the 30-me­tre high Hunua Falls in a kayak.

The falls, which have been the scene of drown­ing in­ci­dents in the past, were sig­nif­i­cantly swollen last Wed­nes­day due to heavy rain in the re­gion.

But that didn’t stop Lawrance Simp­son, who took the op­por­tu­nity to video him­self plung­ing over the wa­ter­fall.

‘‘I woke up this morn­ing and it’s my day off.

‘‘The rain was fall­ing and the Hunua Falls were in my head,’’ he said.

Simp­son, the man­ager at Vec­tor Wero White­wa­ter Park in South Auck­land, is an ex­peri- enced swift wa­ter in­struc­tor with a Res­cue 3 In­ter­na­tional cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

‘‘I’ve been kayak­ing most of my life, I’ve rep­re­sented New Zealand in white wa­ter kayak­ing and my dad was a kayaker.

‘‘I think I was born kayak.’’

He was quick to point out peo­ple shouldn’t go out and copy what he had done, and ac­cepted there would be some de­trac­tors.

‘‘Go­ing over the falls was a mas­sive adren­a­line rush but it’s not some­thing the av­er­age per­son should be do­ing.

‘‘I had peo­ple there tak­ing care of my safety.’’

He said the lead up to go­ing over the falls was all about fear man­age­ment. in a

LAWRANCE SIMP­SON

Auck­land man Lawrance Simp­son plunges over Hunua Falls in his kayak.

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