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