While snowboarding was making its debut at the Nagano Winter Olympics, Hong Kong teenagers were also able to get a taste of the action and try out the newest, coolest sport at the New World Centre. With a drop of 2.5 metres, the snowboarding slope - the centrepiece of the Coca-Cola Winter Jump display - brought a thrill to youngsters, for the price of 10 Coca-Cola bottle caps. Besides the most 'hip' winter sport, the Olympic-flavour of the event also extended to testing youngsters' skiing skills and arm strength. Teenagers could show off their freestyle skiing techniques on the latest Sega virtual reality machines. Mega Slam - a show-of-strength challenge - rewarded contestants with fantastic special effects. Leung Sin-cheung, 17, from Maryknoll Fathers' School, said: 'Many of my friends tried to save bottle caps [for the winter jump]. Some of them even drank two a day for the caps.' 'It is exciting. I have never slid down a long slope like this one. 'Although there is no snow, the feeling is fantastic,' he said. Maintaining your balance is the secret to successful snowboarding, Sin-cheung said. He said snowboarding would be popular among local youths if real facilities were available. Chang King-yu, 17, of Mongkok Workers' Children School, said: 'As there is no snow in Hong Kong, I came to try it here.' King-yu said she hoped to slide on a proper snow- covered slope in the future. Ng Ka-cheong, 16, who said he had been snowboarding for real in Japan was not too impressed. '[This slope] is not scary. 'The one I tried in Japan was even longer and faster,' he said. Ka-cheong said he hoped sporting organisations would provide facilities for youngsters to enjoy snowboarding in Hong Kong. Ka-cheong's tip for enjoying the sport safely was stand up straight on the board.