Super-size skateboard coming to Mangawhai

The NZ skateboarding team with the giant board and the design for the board, top.

The New Zealand Olympic Committee is asking for help to name a giant 12-metre long, 800kg skateboard, which will arrive at the Mangawhai Activity Zone skate park for the day on Wednesday, May 12.

The super-sized skateboard, which has been built to celebrate the addition of the sport to the Olympic Games, will be rolling through 40 towns over 41 days.

It holds the Guinness World Record for the largest fully operational skateboard.

The competition winner will be transported to Auckland on May 9 to attend the naming ceremony with gold medallist Barbara Kendall and will receive a replica model of the board.

“We’re looking for an inspiring name for the skateboard that gets Kiwis excited and makes them feel proud to be waving the New Zealand flag during the games,” Kendall says.

NZ Olympic CEO Kereyn Smith says the project has been organised to generate support for the Kiwi team, as there will be no international spectators at the games this year.

More than 200 athletes are expected to represent New Zealand at the games, which will run from July 23 to August 8.

People can enter their suggestion for a name through “The NZ Team” Facebook and Instagram Pages or via this link:

Entries close on Wednesday, May 5.

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