The world record waterslide made by charity Live More Awesome isn't exactly the most professional slide in the world, but if you have the correct technique of a luge racer, then you may be able to get close to the 650 metre mark and become a world record holder. This slide is probably an OSH nightmare, but given that it was made with budget and time constraints for charity, it is hard to complain. The media tried it and Marc Ellis made it 300 metres and that is only about halfway. Other celebrities didn't make it as far. Mark Richardson from Crowd Goes Wild believes that you need the technique of a luge racer to get the cornering correct and watchout for tent pegs sticking out. It is hardly PC, but it looks like fun!
Hundreds are expected to head to Waimauku in Auckland this weekend to travel down the world's longest waterslide. The 650-metre long slide has a good cause behind it.
The rubber tube is a mainstay of a kiwi kid summer, but now comes with a serious message.
“We have a charity called Live More Awesome, and we help people in New Zealand with depression by getting outside, getting active, getting a bit of a yahoo factor in their life, and what’s more yahoo than the world's biggest waterslide?”
Hunt set up the slide - using duct tape, tent pegs and some plastic matting.
The slide is 300 metres longer than the official world record. But, while the record's been unofficially topped in practice, no one's made it the full length.
“Turns out that it's turned a bit swampy at the bottom, and so the furthest anybody's got is 550 meters, still 200 meters bigger than the record, but not quite the 650 we were after.”
TV and radio personality Marc Ellis slid for around 300 metres. That was the furthest today. But he'll have plenty of challengers, because all 2000 tickets for this weekend have been sold.
Though there could be a nasty surprise for some given the slide's haphazard nature - with tent pegs sticking out of the ground.
You'll also need a decent love of dirt.