Skateboarder's massive stunt fail on iconic bridge
A man's "ballsy" attempt to skateboard over one of New Zealand's most iconic bridges has ended in carnage, with the rider no doubt suffering a headache.
The man's ambitious trick was caught on video by Hamilton man Cameron Ward, who had biked past the man as he walked to the bridge on Friday.
The exclusive footage - taken during peak-hour 5pm traffic on Friday - shows the skater on top of one of the bridge's arches and then follows him as he negotiates his way down.
The skater makes it down to the bottom but as he starts to go up the next arch he loses momentum and control and bails over the side of the concrete pillar.
The skateboard can be seen flying off to one side, while the skater falls backwards and can be seen falling out of shot, head first, as traffic, including a truck, is queued up in the background.
Ward said he lives near the bridge and had seen the man riding his bike over it in the past.
"I was biking home and passed him with his skateboard, I said 'hello' to him and recognised he was the guy who I have seen biking over the humps on his BMX bike, although he nails that.
"So now he has nailed the BMX he has obviously decided to step it up and try it on a skateboard."
Ward said he was amazed to see the man get up and walk away after crashing.
"You wouldn't catch me up there. He is lucky he got up and walked away but you got to admire his ballsyness."
The video has now gone viral and shared nearly 1000 times on Facebook.
"Lots of people recognise the Fairfield Bridge and lots of people have heard myths, seen people occasionally walk or even bike but no one has seen anyone skate over it... so pretty stoked I caught it on my phone."
The man's skateboarding is not the first stunt on the bridge to hit the headlines.
Mormon Few Stunt Crew rider Jonathon Bennett featured in a YouTube video in 2009, riding his 250cc trial bike over the 70cm-wide arches.
Although Bennett's ride was successful, he was prosecuted by police.