But Russian watersports enthusiast Artem Nesytykh this past week took highlighting the poor road drainage to a new level, by literally wakeboarding on the streets.
Mr Nesytykh staged his public performance on the flooded roads of his home town Chelyabinsk, the city probably best known worldwide for the dazzling huge meteor that streaked across the sky above it a few years ago.
Towed behind an SUV, Artem rode the puddle- and mud-flooded streets inundated by the Russian city’s annual post-winter thaw.
A video of Artem ploughing through water and dirt was posted on YouTube on Tuesday (Apr 26), though according to Chelyabinsk.ru website, the “street-boarding” challenge took place some three weeks earlier. (See story here.)
The organisers admitted that they were initially a little worried Artem could fall into the mud, but “everything went just perfect”, the report said.
The aim of the project was to attract public attention to the condition of the roads in Chelyabinsk.
“Сhelyabinsk is a city of opportunities. It is so exciting to develop your skills and move forward. Being pulled by a motorboat or a cable machine is a thing of the past. Puddles and dirt, that’s real extreme. Just great, that we never lack them,” says the closing quote on the video.
Who knows? Phuket, with its recurring problem of seasonal flooding soon to return, could possibly follow suit in the months to come.