A video has been released showing the first crash-test-dummies trying out a waterslide north of Auckland being touted as the world's biggest.
The 650m long slide will grace a Woodhill farm formerly owned by disgraced lawyer Barry Hart.
Organisers have posted a video on YouTube showing them racing down the slide - one on a board, one without - before being propelled several metres through the air into a pool of water.
The waterslide will be open on February 23 and 24.
It's hoped the slide will set a new Guinness World Record. The previous record is held by a 350m slide in Utah, claims creative designer Jimi Hunt.
Thrillseekers will ride the slopes in an event to raise money and awareness for the charity Live More Awesome.
Hunt was in the grips of depression when he came up with a plan to lift his spirits.
Live ''more awesomely'', he said, and you can beat the blues.
The Devonport designer is the same man who last year journeyed the 425km length of the Waikato River on a $5 inflatable turtle to raise awareness of depression.
Waterslides are typically a child's domain but Hunt insists this serpentine mammoth is for big kids only - R16.
The event is another on a long list of outrageous endeavours for the 32-year-old.
''I think it's through the ho-hum monotony of day-to-day life that people slip into depression,'' he said.
''From there they can't find inspiration in themselves. They need external inspiration and that's what Live More Awesome is aiming to provide.''
The waterslide is a way of demonstrating how lifestyle factors can work wonders for those battling a mental illness.
"There are some key things to beating depression," Hunt said.
"Vitamin D from getting out in the sun, the support of a community, having goals and something to look forward to and being active - this event encompasses all of those."
For more information see the Live More Awesome website.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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