Date
29 May 2017
Pictures of Steven Wong's skateboarding performance on the rooftop of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre have gone viral. Photos: HKEJ, Facebook
Pictures of Steven Wong's skateboarding performance on the rooftop of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre have gone viral. Photos: HKEJ, Facebook

Extreme sport lover faces fine after skateboarding stunt at HKCC

An extreme sports lover who pulled off a daredevil stunt on the rooftop of a government building in Tsim Sha Tsu is likely to face a fine and a warning from authorities. 

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) is said to have asked the police to look into a skateboarding performance that took place over the roof of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre (HKCC) recently.

Headline Daily reports that authorities are perturbed about the illegal activity and are contemplating punitive action.

An LCSD spokesman was quoted as saying that rooftop activity on government buildings without taking prior permission marks a violation of the Civic Centres Regulation, and that offenders can be fined up to HK$5,000.

The comments came after photos surfaced online of a breathtaking performance by a person on the rooftop of the HKCC, which is located along the Tsim Tsa Tsui waterfront. 

In the pictures that went viral, the extreme sports lover– who identified himself as Steven Wong — can be seen skateboarding on the concave arc-shaped rooftop without wearing any protective gear.

The stunt drew mixed reactions from netizens, with some labeling Wong as being crazy while others praised him for his guts and amazing skateboarding skills.

The LCSD, meanwhile, was not amused, and has asked the police to follow up on the matter.

Mak Wing-lun, vice-chairman of the Hong Kong Federation of Extreme Sports, noted that Wong’s stunt was the first such activity on the HKCC rooftop.

Though the performance might seem exciting, acts such as those must not be encouraged, Mak said, pointing out that the stunt was dangerous and also involved breaking the law.

That said, he also criticized the LCSD for imposing too many restrictions on extreme sports activities at public places in the city.

Meanwhile, Wong told news website hk01.com that skateboarding on rooftop was something that he had been wanting to do since his childhood.

He said he had the pictures taken as mementos, and not for any other purpose.

Wong revealed that HKCC rooftop was not the first “high place” he has conquered with his skateboard.

He claimed that he had performed similar stunts on a building in Causeway Bay and on the bridge in Ma Wan, as well as at several tall buildings in Shanghai and Taiwan.

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