Nitro Circus Has a Brand-New Online Shop!

We are pumped to finally announce that shop.nitrocircus.com is open for business! We’ve been working hard to create the one and only destination where you’ll find a huge assortment of Nitro hats, T-shirts, hoodies, and more, with sizes and styles for the whole family: men’s, women’s, boys’, and girls’.

Nitro Circus online store

We’ve taken the designs you see the riders wearing and made them available for purchase for the first time ever. You’ll see T-shirts that before you’ve seen only on Travis Pastrana and the Nitro Crew.

Nitro Circus online store

We’re also partnering with ’47 for headwear, because we know our fans are serious about their hats, so we found a company that’s just as serious to make ours. You asked for it, and now it’s here, so head to shop.nitrocircus.com right now!

For more information, check out the full press release and video announcement below:


NITRO CIRCUS ANNOUNCES NEW ONLINE STORE: SHOP.NITROCIRCUS.COM

Global Action Sports Leader to Offer Exclusive Headwear and Apparel Not Available At Shows or in Stores

E-Commerce Launch Kicks Off Comprehensive Global Licensing and Consumer Products Campaign

(LOS ANGELES, CA / Wednesday – May 18, 2016) Nitro Circus, the biggest brand in action sports events and entertainment, brings the excitement home with the announcement of its new online store: shop.nitrocircus.com. The initial rollout features ’47 headwear and new Nitro Circus apparel not available at shows or in retail stores. These are the same designs that Nitro Circus athletes like global superstar Travis Pastrana have worn at sold out stadiums around the world. Now, for the first time ever, fans can get the gear that Nitro Circus riders wear.

An assortment of on-trend t-shirts, hoodies and hats are available now for purchase in men’s, women’s, boys’ and girls’ sizes. These fresh lines are inspired by the rock-solid commitment to progression and innovation that Nitro Circus athletes live day in and day out. Over 18 months in the making, they are the result of an extensive collaborative process spearheaded by the Nitro Circus design team, including Jonathan Dupree, global creative head, licensed products (formerly of Paul Frank Industries and X-Large USA), involving the riders first-hand.

“These new designs look and feel great, and after wearing this gear on tour they can take all of the punishment we dish out,” says Pastrana. “I think fans are going to be really excited, too. We all remember wanting to follow in our heroes’ footsteps as we came up.”

This announcement represents the first phase of Nitro Circus’ extensive licensing and consumer products strategy. In the coming months, Nitro Circus will unveil an expansive collection globally across both soft-lines and hard-goods inclusive of sporting goods, toys, video games and more.

“This site is a huge step forward for Nitro Circus, not only from a revenue standpoint but also for brand growth,” says Mike Porra, Nitro Circus CEO and creative director. “At the same time, it helps us connect with our fans and gives them another way to experience Nitro Circus.”

“This is just the first step in a comprehensive plan extending our licensing range into consumer products,” says Peter Maule, global head of licensing for Nitro Circus. “Going forward, we will translate the dynamic brands of both Nitro Circus and our athletes to reach fans worldwide.”

Shop.nitrocircus.com is a joint venture with Nitro Circus and global licensing leader Velocity Brand Management (VBM). Already Nitro Circus’ agency of record in Australia and New Zealand, VBM brings years of experience with the biggest brands in sports including the National Basketball Association (NBA), the English Premiere League (EPL), NRL Australia and more.

Nitro Circus creates spectacular live events and unbelievable original content for thrill seeking fans worldwide. With over two million tickets sold to date, television programming that has aired in over 60 countries and an aggressive slate of digital media offerings garnering 100 million views per month, Nitro Circus is at the forefront of action sports and entertainment.

Check out Nitro Circus on the road this fall, follow us @WickedTango and enjoy a Wicked Tango Light The Fuse cocktail while doing so!

About Nitro Circus: Named #22 on Forbes magazine’s 2015 list of America’s Most Promising Companies, Nitro Circus continues to position itself as the world’s leading youth action sports & entertainment brand. From humble beginnings in 2003 – with Jeremy Rawle, Gregg Godfrey and extreme sports superstar Travis Pastrana producing DVDs from a Utah garage — to a smash TV series which has aired in over 60 countries, Nitro Circus has exploded to global popularity. In 2012, Nitro Circus: The Movie, featuring cast members from the hit television series, was released in cinemas worldwide. In 2015, Nitro Circus announced a partnership with NBC Sports Ventures. The multi-year strategic alliance will feature TV specials and series programming airing nationally in the U.S. on NBC and NBCSN as well as streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra.

The TV show was transformed by current CEO and action sports industry guru Michael Porra into a must-see live event in 2010, creating the global touring phenomenon that is Nitro Circus Live. Since its inaugural Australian trek six years ago, the show has travelled the globe, obliterating box office records and cultivating a legion of diehard fans. Nitro Circus has now rolled across five continents, blown away over two million fans and sold-out shows in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, the Middle East and South Africa. After close to 100 shows globally in 2015 and with a packed 2016 touring schedule, Nitro Circus is the world’s most successful action sports touring brand.

Media Contact:

For Nitro Circus:
Greg Terlizzi
greg@nitrocircus.com

Travis Goes All-In With Nitro Circus

We’ve got an exciting announcement from Travis Pastrana to share with you this morning. After his 10-year association with Red Bull, Travis has decided to go all-in and become an exclusive athlete for Nitro Circus:

Travis Showing Off His New Head Gear

“You know, when we started Nitro Circus almost thirteen years ago, we had three employees, and I was shipping DVDs out of the garage of my house. But a lot has changed since then,” says Jeremy Rawle, Nitro Global Head of Media. “We have wanted, from the beginning, to have Travis as a fully branded Nitro Circus athlete because it feels right to us.”


And today, that day has finally come. “This is another phenomenal achievement for Travis. He created something from scratch that is now recognized as the biggest and best action sports brand in the world – a tremendous accomplishment,” says Michael Porra, Nitro Circus CEO and creative director. “To see Travis in his new helmet, it’s like he’s coming home. It gives me goose bumps to be honest.”

“To step back and see where Nitro Circus has come is just awesome,” says Pastrana. “I want to say thank you to Red Bull. They have been incredibly supportive. But, this was a very special opportunity to build on what we’ve done and take it to the next level. I’m so pumped to wear the Nitro Circus red, white and blue and am psyched about where we are headed.”

Check out the full story in the press release below.

 


TRAVIS PASTRANA GOES ALL-IN WITH NITRO CIRCUS PARTNERSHIP

Pastrana Now Exclusive Athlete for Nitro Circus Brand

Exclusive Consumer Products Line Featuring Headwear and Apparel Coming Soon

LOS ANGELES, CA (Wednesday – February 10, 2016) Nitro Circus has entered into a game-changing partnership with co-founder Travis Pastrana. With this milestone agreement, Pastrana is a fully sponsored Nitro Circus athlete and Nitro Circus now has exclusive branding rights to Pastrana’s headwear and apparel. The action sports superstar will wear a Nitro Circus-branded helmet and hat at all events and public appearances. For Pastrana, this reflects his commitment to the company he created 13 years ago and its meteoric rise. It is also a seismic shift in the action sports landscape given Pastrana’s 10-year association with Red Bull.

“To step back and see where Nitro Circus has come is just awesome,” said Pastrana. “I want to say thank you to Red Bull. They have been incredibly supportive. But, this was a very special opportunity to build on what we’ve done and take it to the next level. I’m so pumped to wear the Nitro Circus red, white and blue and am psyched about where we are headed.”

“This is another phenomenal achievement for Travis. He created something from scratch that is now recognized as the biggest and best action sports brand in the world – a tremendous accomplishment,” said Michael Porra, Nitro Circus CEO and creative director. “To see Travis in his new helmet, it’s like he’s coming home. It gives me goose bumps to be honest.”

Backstage at Stockholm’s Tele2 Arena, prior to the first show of a highly anticipated world tour, fellow Nitro Circus co-founder Jeremy Rawle unveiled Pastrana’s new helmet. Custom designed by Santa Barbara, California artist Chris Wood, it features Pastrana’s trademark plaid interspersed with the Nitro Circus throwback word mark and pearl white stars frame both sides. As Rawle likened the event to a king receiving his new crown, Pastrana savored the moment while his Nitro Circus teammates roared in approval. To see this emotional presentation as well as footage of Pastrana leading the Nitro Circus crew in his new gear for the first time, go here.

Nitro’s Stockholm show kicked off a huge year for the action sports entertainment collective. In the coming months, fans will feel closer than ever to all of the action as Nitro Circus will launch a new consumer products’ range, including exclusive headwear and apparel designs not available at Nitro Circus Live shows. Inspired by its world-class athletes and their courageous record-breaking achievements, these street-smart and fashion-forward designs will be available at specialty retailers worldwide. “We can’t wait to roll out our new consumer products’ range. The headwear and apparel lines will be 100 percent in line with Nitro Circus’s brand essence,” said Peter Maule, global head of licensing for Nitro Circus. “We are also currently negotiating with several industry leading companies in gaming, toys and other sectors as we continue to seek new and innovative ways to partner with top tier organizations.”

Much more is on the horizon in 2016: Nitro Circus Live will continue its European swing through February, which includes multiple shows at London’s O2 Arena and Paris’ AccorHotels Arena (formerly The Bercy). A return to North America will follow in April, with over 40 dates in the United States and Canada on the way. An Australian tour launches in May and more tour dates worldwide will be announced soon. The inaugural Nitro World Games, a revolutionary reinvention of action sports competition, will take over Salt Lake City’s Rice-Eccles Stadium on July 16, airing live in primetime on NBC in the U.S.

For additional Nitro Circus news, exclusive behind-the-scenes content, tour updates and more, go to http://www.nitrocircus.com. Follow Nitro Circus Live on Twitter: @nitrocircus and Facebook: www.facebook.com/NitroCircus.

Nitro World Games Announced!

This morning, we finally got to announce our greatest passion project and the biggest news in action sports history. Next summer, we’ll be hosting the first-ever Nitro World Games in Salt Lake City, UT!

“Action sports is about progression, pushing the envelope to go bigger, faster and farther than ever before,” said Travis Pastrana. “When it comes to competition, I expect to see the best of the best going head to head, attempting tricks no one has ever seen before. With the Nitro World Games, we wanted to create an event that raised the bar and took action sports to the next level.”

“This is a passion project for Travis and for myself as well. We have worked tirelessly for three years with one goal in mind: a total reinvention of action sports competition. This is absolutely essential for the industry’s growth,” said Nitro Circus CEO and Creative Director Michael Porra.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Tuesday, December 8 at 9:00am MST! Sign up here to get notified and be the first in line for tickets tomorrow morning. Full press release and all the details below!

 


INAUGURAL NITRO WORLD GAMES ANNOUNCED FOR JULY 16, 2016

Salt Lake City Utah’s Rice-Eccles Stadium to Host the Biggest and Most Revolutionary Action Sports Competition of All Time — Airing Live in the U.S. on NBC

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (Monday – December 7, 2015) – Nitro Circus (www.nitrocircus.com), NBC Sports, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert and the Utah Sports Commission today announced the inaugural Nitro World Games coming to Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday, July 16, 2016. The biggest event in the history of action sports, the Nitro World Games is a riveting three-hour experience – airing live in the U.S. on NBC during prime time – that marks a revolutionary transformation of action sports competition. Created by extreme sports icon Travis Pastrana with Nitro Circus CEO and Creative Director Michael Porra, the Nitro World Games will feature the best athletes from across the globe in action sports’ most exciting and popular disciplines, including freestyle motocross (FMX), BMX, skate, inline, scooter and more.

“Action sports is about progression, pushing the envelope to go bigger, faster and farther than ever before,” said Pastrana. “When it comes to competition, I expect to see the best of the best going head to head, attempting tricks no one has ever seen before. With the Nitro World Games, we wanted to create an event that raised the bar and took action sports to the next level.”

“This is a passion project for Travis and for myself as well. We have worked tirelessly for three years with one goal in mind: a total reinvention of action sports competition. This is absolutely essential for the industry’s growth,” said Porra. “Nitro Circus was created right here in Salt Lake City and it remains our spiritual home. It also hosted the tremendously successful XIX Olympic Winter Games in 2002. I can’t think of a better location for the Nitro World Games.”

“We are thrilled to bring this new and innovative event to prime time television,” said Rob Simmelkjaer, Senior Vice President, NBC Sports Ventures. “The Nitro World Games will feature many of the world’s best action sports athletes competing in an entirely different format than anyone has ever seen before.”

“Sports are an indispensable part of Utah’s ‘Life Elevated’ experience,” Gov. Herbert said. “We are pleased that Nitro Circus has selected Utah to host the inaugural event. Sports bring a community together and provide a universal language we can all share and celebrate.”

“Action sports have been a key part of Utah’s sports infrastructure, and we look for opportunities to grow this space,” said Jeff Robbins, president and CEO of the Utah Sports Commission.

“Partnering with Nitro Circus on this major international event continues to highlight Utah as an action sports destination, while providing significant opportunities for economic impact and exposure for the state.”

The Nitro World Games will host the world’s biggest stars and the most accomplished athletes in action sports. It will also feature new disciplines, formats, tricks and all new ramps along with a Nitro-invented live scoring system ensuring fans can totally engage with the competition during every single minute of the Games. Each event will be a final round with everything on the line. Riders will attempt awe-inspiring — and in many cases brand new — tricks, all of which will create intensity on the track, energy in the stadium and must-see television for viewers. Independent and legendary veterans of each discipline will judge the fierce competition with pre-agreed degree of difficulty for every trick, ensuring the fairest and easiest to understand scoring system ever developed.

The Nitro World Games events will include 7 Gold Medal events:

FMX
FMX Biggest Trick
BMX Best Trick
BMX Triple Jump
Skate Best Trick
Scooter Best Tricks
Inline Best Tricks

Every action sports athlete in the world is eligible to compete in the Nitro World Games. Riders can attempt to qualify through preliminary events to be held at the Nitro Circus Academy of Excellence at Woodward West and at Travis Pastrana’s “Pastranaland” complex in Maryland U.S.A. Finalists will participate in the epic main competition at Rice-Eccles Stadium on July 16.

Also, Pastrana will lead an old school FMX throwdown in the Travis Pastrana No Rules Freestyle Legends Event. Pastrana’s brainchild, this goes back to the core of FMX, where riders challenged each other to hit any terrain and jump off any object, simply to see who could land the most outrageous trick. Pastrana will personally design the course and select the competitors from among the biggest icons in the sport. A panel of judges will rate each run. They will not give out scores, but rather simply decide who will earn the honor of the gnarliest rider on the planet.

As fans would expect from Nitro Circus, the Nitro World Games will feature a massive production, with over 15 different ramps – including Nitro Circus’ trademark 50-foot Giganta Ramp and the biggest setup in the history of FMX Big Air – filling the stadium floor, plus pyrotechnics, state of the art replay screens and more. Fans both in the stands and at home will be blown away.

NBC Sports will present three hours of live coverage of the Nitro World Games in the United States, with the telecast starting at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. All coverage shown on NBC will also be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets and connected TV’s. Outside of the U.S., NBC will distribute the Nitro World Games on leading networks globally via tape delay.

NBC Sports Ventures and Nitro Circus recently formed a multi-year strategic alliance. Nitro Circus programming, including compelling specials and the all-new docu-series, “Nitro Circus: Crazy Train,” now airs regularly in the U.S. on NBC and NBCSN and also streams on NBC Sports Live Extra. The Nitro World Games is the next phase of this partnership, combining NBC’s broadcasting excellence with Nitro Circus’ bold brand of action sports entertainment.

The Nitro World Games will also be a marquee destination event. Fans wanting to experience all of the excitement in person can purchase tickets to all of the action. To go behind the scenes at the Nitro World Games, the Nitro Club VIP package is the next best thing to an All Access pass.

Just $79 each (plus applicable service fees), these exclusive passes include the best seats in the house as well as a pre-event track walk. Nitro Club pass holders will also receive a souvenir lanyard.

Tickets to the Nitro World Games will be available starting Tuesday, December 8 at 9:00am MST. To purchase tickets and for the latest Nitro World Games updates, go to nitrocircus.com. Follow Nitro Circus on Twitter: @nitrocircus and Facebook: www.facebook.com/NitroCircus.

Over the past five years, Nitro Circus has electrified stadiums across the planet with incredible live shows and barrier-breaking world firsts. Now it will bring that same energy and innovation to the competitive arena with the biggest event ever in action sports.

About Nitro Circus:

Recently named by Forbes magazine as one of America’s Most Promising Companies, Nitro Circus continues to position itself as the world’s leading youth action sports & entertainment brand. From humble beginnings in 2003 – with Jeremy Rawle, Gregg Godfrey and extreme sports superstar Travis Pastrana producing DVDs from a Utah garage — to a smash TV series which has aired in over 60 countries, Nitro Circus has exploded to global popularity. In 2012, Nitro Circus: The Movie 3D, featuring cast members from the hit television series, was released in cinemas worldwide. In 2015, Nitro Circus announced a partnership with NBC Sports
Ventures. The multi-year strategic alliance will feature TV specials and series programming airing nationally in the U.S. on NBC and NBCSN as well as streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra.

The TV show was transformed by current CEO and action sports industry guru Michael Porra into a must-see live event in 2010, creating the global touring phenomenon that is Nitro Circus Live. Since its inaugural Australian trek five years ago, the show has travelled the globe, obliterating box office records and cultivating a legion of diehard fans. Nitro Circus has now rolled across five continents, blown away over two million fans and sold-out shows in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, the Middle East and South Africa. With close to 100 shows globally in 2015 and a packed 2016 touring schedule visiting even more cities still to be announced, Nitro Circus is the world’s most successful action sports touring brand.

About NBC Sports Ventures:

The NBC Sports Ventures Unit, a division of the NBC Sports Group, is charged with acquiring and developing new and existing sports properties for NBC Sports, NBCSN and Golf Channel. Properties under the NBC Sports Ventures umbrella include the Dew Tour, Red Bull Signature Series, Reebok Spartan Race, and Nitro Circus.

About the Utah Sports Commission:

The Utah Sports Commission is a not-for-profit, 501c3 charitable organization created to foster national and international amateur sports competitions to be held in the state of Utah, which will enhance the quality of life of all Utah citizens and strengthen Utah’s presence in the worldwide sports community.

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Wicked Tango Is Ready to Ride the Bolt with Nitro Circus!

We have more exciting news for all of you today! We’re happy to announce that we’re teaming up with Wicked Tango to bring you more of the entertainment that you love. Watch out for unique, new contraptions in our live shows, new digital video series and so much more.

And, to celebrate, Wicked Tango is introducing its latest signature cocktail:

Light the Fuse
2oz. Wicked 87
3oz. Diet cola
1oz. Firebolt (table side shot)

Build cocktail in rocks glass, over ice. Stir, then add Firebolt as side shot to cocktail as floater. Use Wicked Tango Firebolt on the side as a shot, upon preference for a desired amount.

Check out Nitro Circus on the road this fall, follow @WickedTango and enjoy a Wicked Tango Light The Fuse cocktail while doing so! Cheers!

 


Wicked Tango

WICKED TANGO IS READY TO RIDE THE BOLT WITH NITRO CIRCUS!

Wicked Tango and Nitro Circus Announce Innovative Strategic Partnership

Features Fully Integrated Advertising and Branding Opportunities Across NBC and NBCSN Programing, Nitro Circus Live’s Upcoming North American Tour, Social Media Channels and More

Tuesday – June 23, 2015 Los Angeles, CA: Wicked Tango, the American Dream in a glass, and Nitro Circus, the world’s greatest action sports brand, both believe in working hard but playing harder. Both are also the best in their class yet don’t take themselves too seriously, and they appeal to all Americans. Now, Wicked Tango and Nitro Circus are teaming up in a groundbreaking partnership agreement that will see both companies enter into a fully integrated sponsorship arrangement.

Nitro Circus CEO and Creative Director Michael Porra said, “We are thrilled to join forces with Wicked Tango. We think it is a really cool product that fits perfectly with us, and we know that our fans are going to love it.”

Wicked Tango CEO Larry Bross said, “When my partner, Jim White, and I first created our Wicked Tango brand we never thought another platform would have the same culture of fun, pride and quality. But when we met the Nitro Circus executives and founders, we immediately knew that this partnership would be fully aligned, not only for 2015 and 2016 but in the years beyond. We are very proud to have our Wicked brands become an integral partner with one of the best youth brands in the world. With 25 North American shows this fall, Nitro and Wicked Whiskey are coming to a town near you – look out!”

As the official whiskey of Nitro Circus, Wicked Tango will have the opportunity to incorporate its product across all Nitro Circus platforms. For example, Wicked Tango will be a part of Nitro Circus Live’s upcoming North American fall 2015 tour. Fans may even see unique Wicked Tango-themed contraptions fly from Nitro Circus’ brand new sling shot! Wicked Tango will also be organically integrated into Nitro Circus’ original content. This includes over 27 hours of televised programming on NBC and NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) in 2015 alone as part of a just-announced multi-year agreement with NBC Sports Ventures. Plus, Nitro Circus will highlight Wicked Tango across its social and digital platforms. Wicked Tango will also have access to an enviable talent roster including Travis Pastrana, Streetbike Tommy, Jolene Van Vugt and more.

As Nitro Circus makes a big entrance into the licensing arena, this innovative partnership represents a bold step forward. “A licensing and sponsorship agreement like this is a game changer,” Peter Maule, global head of licensing, said. “We can offer partners access to all of our assets – live events, original content and talent – so that they are vested 360 degrees in Nitro Circus.” Brett Clarke, global head of business development & marketing partnerships added, “Going forward we want to collaborate in the brand development process with our partners, where both parties contribute to and are responsible for each other’s success.”

Recently named at no. 22 in Forbes magazine’s list of America’s Top 100 Most Promising Companies, Nitro Circus creates spectacular live events and original media content for thrill seeking fans worldwide, showcasing the best in extreme sports for daredevils and risk taking wannabes alike. With over two million tickets sold to date, television programming that has aired in over 60 countries, nearly six million Facebook Likes and over 100 million views of digital offerings per month, Nitro Circus is the leader in action sports and entertainment.

An American Heritage company, Wicked Tango has a culture and small batch handcrafted spirits that make every American proud! Wicked 87 and Wicked Lightning Moonshine are 100% corn base distilled in Atchison, Kansas. Both are also ridiculously good, the kind you want to say, “You gotta try this!” Wicked Tango is not just about great spirits; it’s a lifestyle, a state of mind, the American dream in a glass and an awesomely wicked time… every time! Wicked Tango has a motto, “Work hard, and play harder!”

And to celebrate this collaboration with Nitro Circus, Wicked Tango introduces its latest signature cocktail: Light The Fuse.

Light the Fuse
2oz. Wicked 87
3oz. Diet cola
1oz. Firebolt (table side shot)

Build cocktail in rocks glass, over ice. Stir, then add Firebolt as side shot to cocktail as floater. Use Wicked Tango Firebolt on the side as a shot, upon preference for a desired amount.

Check out Nitro Circus on the road this fall, follow us @WickedTango and enjoy a Wicked Tango Light The Fuse cocktail while doing so!

About Sage Beverages LLC: Sage Beverages LLC is a rapidly growing and expanding importer of beer, wines and spirits. Their award-winning portfolio includes Lucky Buddha Beer, ZIOBAFFA Wines, Bracero Tequila, Left Coast Brewery, Wicked Tango Whiskey, Tavi Tequila and Cucapa Brewery. Many of their brands have been recently heard and viewed on national syndicated radio formats, daytime television segments and both print and online publications. Based in Carlsbad, CA, Sage Beverages is an innovative, exciting company that provides quality, unique and storied brands that always have the consumer in mind.

About Nitro Circus: Nitro Circus continues to position itself as the leading youth action sports & entertainment brand on the planet. From humble beginnings, with Jeremy Rawle, Gregg Godfrey and extreme sports superstar Travis Pastrana producing DVDs from a Utah garage in 2003, to a smash TV series which has aired in over 60 countries, Nitro Circus has exploded to global popularity, leaving a burning impression on the minds of young people across the globe. Nitro Circus: The Movie, featuring cast members from the hit TV series, was released in 2012 in cinemas worldwide.

In 2010, the TV show was transformed by current CEO and action sports industry guru Michael Porra into a must-see live event, creating the global touring phenomenon that is Nitro Circus Live. Since its inaugural Australian trek five years ago, the show has travelled the world, obliterating box office records and cultivating a legion of diehard fans. Nitro Circus has now rolled across five continents, blown away over two million fans and sold-out shows in Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, the Middle East and South Africa.

Media Contacts:

For Wicked Tango:
Danielle Whitaker
The Workshop
daniellew@workshopcollective.com
626.375.6458

For Nitro Circus:
Greg Terlizzi
greg@nitrocircus.com
310.600.3229

Jed Mildon Lands the First-Ever BMX Quad Backflip

What a day. After years of dreaming, months of practice, and several missed attempts that racked up injury after injury, the world-first BMX quad backflip has been conquered. As the only two athletes who’d ever landed a triple backflip, Jed Mildon and James Foster went toe-to-toe to make history (click here for the full backstory). Both were capable and both wanted it, but in the end injuries derailed Foster’s progress, and Mildon stuck the BMX quad flip.

Tons of fans got to watch it happen thanks to NBC, but for those who missed it (or those who want to see it again), here it is:

It wasn’t easy. Mildon’s initial efforts to land the quad in New Zealand were sidelined by poor weather and morale. In the U.S., meanwhile, Foster was getting closer and closer to dialing it in, and it looked like the proposed plan of having both riders make the attempt simultaneously wasn’t going to be possible. But in a move that proves what a good-natured rivalry this was, Foster agreed to hold off on his attempt to let Mildon have more time to practice. It was a pivotal decision that may have made the difference in the outcome of Revolution Day.

In the meantime, Nitro Circus went back on tour, and during a show in Australia Foster broke several ribs, benching him while he healed. With Mildon still struggling in practice and Foster out, the future of the quad was in serious doubt. But the moment he was declared fit to flip, Foster was back on his bike and at the top of the ramp, raising hope that Revolution Day was nigh. It was not to be, though, as in his practice attempts he re-injured his ribs again and again, and despite his perseverance, Foster was unable to continue the quest.

Jed Mildon and James Foster at Travis Pastrana's house in Maryland.

After Foster had to step out, Mildon changed location to Foster’s setup at Pastranaland in Maryland and began several sessions of air bag practice that didn’t go well. It looked like the quad might actually be impossible, as some had suggested. But then, a twist: Mildon asked to pull the bag and just go for it, which had more than a few people raising an eyebrow after Mildon’s practice attempts weren’t coming around like they knew he was capable of — and like he would need to execute if he was going to stick it.

The bag was somewhat reluctantly removed, but if you’re imagining an immediate and triumphant success, you are mistaken. Mildon suffered several painful misses without the relative safety of the bag, bone-crunching crashes that had everyone present worrying that he would also have to bow out due to injury, or worse. But the stacks didn’t deter him. His confidence clearly grew after each missed attempt, and with the stakes higher than ever, Mildon found the sweet spot, pulled it around perfectly, and rode away. History was made.

Jed Mildon lands the first-ever BMX quad backflip

Huge congrats to Jed Mildon for landing the first-ever BMX quad backflip! And, if it wasn’t for Foster’s work on the ramp and the technical details of the trick, history couldn’t have been made that day. Both athletes deserve all the kudos they’re getting. We’re pumped to have these guys as permanent members of the Nitro Crew — we know we’ll be seeing a ton more world firsts from both of them. And if after all that you still haven’t had enough Revolution Day, enjoy a few more shots in this behind-the-scenes gallery:

Come see Jed Mildon and James Foster performing live with Nitro Circus, coming soon to a city near you. Click here for tour information and tickets!

World Record Stunt – Ethen vs. the Blob

Back in September, Ethen Roberts was in New Zealand looking for an answer to that age-old question: “What kind of badass stunt can we do with two huge rugby players?”

Seriously, though, while we were on tour in Auckland, he decided to try to break the world record for consecutive frontflips off a floating air bag. It’s quite a sight to see when Ethen gets launched off the blob and out over the harbor by these two muscle piles (who were very nice blokes, by the way) jumping down off a crane. How could anything go wrong?

OK, well, I guess it did go pretty wrong when he hit the water so hard that he busted an eardrum and gave himself a bloody nose. The thing with Ethen, though, is when he sets his mind to a world first, it’s not a matter of if… just when.

Some would be happy, maybe even downright stoked, with four and a half frontflips off the blob, which technically beat the previous record of four. But if you know anything about the Nitro Crew, you know that’s not how this story is going to end.

Since his first attempt, he has made his peace with rugby players, blobs, cranes, and whatever godforsaken laws of physics can somehow turn liquid into concrete when you’re crashing headfirst into it. It was time for another attempt, and yesterday in Nice, France, he faced the blob again.


Count ’em! He didn’t even need any rugby players to send him off. Well done, Ethen.

Ethen and the Nitro Crew are currently touring around Europe! Find out when they’ll be in a city near you.

Nitro Circus Is Now Partnering With NBC

It’s been more than 10 years since we started out filming stunts and hawking DVDs from a garage in Utah, and sometimes we just can’t believe how quickly the time has gone. And, now here we are signing a major deal with NBC Sports!

We just announced today that we’re teaming up with NBC for a brand new show called Crazy Train and a bunch of epic TV specials. None of this would’ve been possible without you guys, and we’re so excited to share it all with you.

We’re kicking things off this Thursday, June 4 when the first two episodes of Nitro Circus Live will air on NBC Sports Network. You can watch the entire Nitro Circus Live season 1 on NBCSN as episodes air every Thursday night this June. Then, tune in on July 12 for Nitro Circus: Revolution Day, a 90-minute special following the ongoing competition between BMX superstars Jed Mildon and James Foster as they try to make action sports history with the world’s first quad backflip.

For these and so much more, check out all of the details below!

 


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NBC SPORTS VENTURES ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC ALLIANCE WITH NITRO CIRCUS

Multi-Year Partnership to Present Nitro Circus Programming on NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra

90-Minute Special Nitro Circus: Revolution Day to Air July 12 on NBC

Nitro Circus: Revolution Day to Feature World’s First Attempt to Land a Quadruple Backflip on a BMX Bike

Eight-Episode Reality Series Nitro Circus Crazy Train to Debut Thursday, October 15 at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. – NBC Sports Ventures, a division of NBC Sports Group, and Nitro Circus, today announced a multi-year strategic alliance that will feature Nitro Circus programming to air across NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra. In 2015, the content partnership will include the launch of a new series on NBCSN, and two 90-minute specials that will air on NBC and NBCSN. In addition, all Nitro Circus programming will be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra.

NBC Sports Group’s coverage will begin on July 12, when NBC will broadcast Nitro Circus: Revolution Day, a 90-minute special chronicling the ongoing competition between BMX superstars Jed Mildon and James Foster as they attempt to make action sports history by landing the world’s first quadruple backflip. Following Revolution Day, On September 12, NBCSN will broadcast Nitro Circus: The Biggest Trick Ever In Action Sports, a 90-minute special detailing freestyle motocross athlete Josh Sheehan’s recent attempt to complete the first ever triple backflip on a motorbike.

On Thursday, October 15 at 10 p.m. ET, NBCSN will debut Nitro Circus Crazy Train, an eight-part non-scripted reality series that will air on Thursday nights. Each one-hour episode of Crazy Train will feature a regular cast of athletes and signature stars from the Nitro Circus stadium tour, and give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the daily lives and journeys of the Nitro Circus team. Crazy Train cast members include action sports icon Travis Pastrana, along with freestyle motocross star Adam Jones, groundbreaking female FMX and BMX athlete Jolene Van Vugt, and BMX champion Chad Kagy.

“We are excited to launch this partnership with Nitro Circus,” said Rob Simmelkjaer, Senior Vice President, NBC Sports Ventures. “The skill of the athletes and the excitement of their stadium shows is remarkable. Revolution Day, Crazy Train and our other Nitro Circus programming will give viewers an exclusive look into the lives of these super star athletes.”

“We are thrilled to team with such an iconic company as NBC Sports Group. This is a fantastic home for Nitro Circus as we open this exciting new chapter for our brand,” said Michael Porra, Nitro Circus CEO and Creative Director. “NBC Sports’ impact on sports television is undeniable, and this partnership offers other fantastic opportunities that will introduce us to an even wider audience. This is a game-changer for us, as well for action sports.”

Since 2010, nearly two million people have attended Nitro Circus stadium shows and performances. In 2015, Nitro Circus will hold 37 shows in North America and nearly 100 shows across the globe. Nitro Circus tours annually feature more than 40 different athletes.

Highlights From the Last Two New Zealand Shows

What a tour. We closed out the first leg of our 2017 season with two huge shows in New Zealand. In Tauranga, an emotional start to the show, as we remembered Christian, a key part of the Nitro security staff who we recently lost. A huge group of Christian’s friends and family gathered and performed a Haka, which is a powerful symbol whenever it’s done, but especially so when it’s in honor of a great friend we lost too soon. With the energy set at maximum before it even started, the show went off, and the Crew unanimously decided to award Christian’s family the MVC, which prompted another Haka from them. Check it out (photos and videos by Lisa Sabalvaro):

Unforgettable. In New Plymouth, a rain delay didn’t dampen the crowd’s spirits as the weather cleared and the Crew was able to put on a huge show. Todd Meyn stuck a World First in practice, and Levi Sherwood took home the MVC for his flawless performances for the whole tour in his home country. We’re over the moon at how well this year has started, and we’re headed to Japan and then Australia to keep the fun going. There are a ton of highlights from both shows below, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the mayhem:

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Ethen Roberts - Nitro Circus

The FMX Crew - Nitro Circus

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Could really go for a solid, wind free dirt bike session this weekend! 🙏🏼🙏🏼📷 @brucecookfmx

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@kurtisdowns getting the shot in Tauranga yesterday👍 #nitrocircus

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Photo I snapped of @adamjones760 the other day. He's alright at dirtbikes. #nitrocircus

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Final train at the final show in New Zealand. Good work everyone! #nitrocircus

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Check out more highlights from our 2017 New Zealand tour:

JAIE TOOHEY IS THROWING DOWN ALL OVER NEW ZEALAND
ANDY BUCKWORTH IS A TRIPLE THREAT ON TOUR
BUNGEE JUMPS, DIRT RAMPS, AND BACKYARD BAGS IN NEW ZEALAND
LOADS OF HIGHLIGHTS FROM MIDWAY THROUGH NEW ZEALAND
LEVI SHERWOOD GOING BIG BACK HOME
HIGHLIGHTS FROM AN EPIC DAY OF BMX AT FRANKLIN FARM

Beaver Wins Best Trick at Simple Session With a World First

Beaver Fleming took home Best Trick in the skate event at Simple Session 2017 with a World First 720 on a box jump. Simple Session is a cool competition that features a BMX event and a skate event where riders pick their best lines on a street-style course. This year’s skate field consisted of 62 competitors, and Beaver was pumped to make the finals in the Top 12 and eventually finish sixth. “I haven’t been on my street game as much as I should be — thankfully they had a big box jump and a spine and a couple other things that helped me get up into the finals,” he says. Check out the full video below to see the Best Trick winner and hear more about how he dialed it in:

Check out Todd Meyn’s huge BMX World First from New Zealand. We are currently on tour, so find out where we’re going to be next!

Todd Meyn Sticks a BMX World First in New Zealand

Todd Meyn is starting 2017 off all according to plan. He’s putting in extra work between shows and in practice and pushing himself hard every time he’s on his bike. It shows. He killed it all through the New Zealand tour and closed out his run by sticking a World First in practice before the final show: a frontflip tailwhip catch tailwhip. He’d been trying it for a year, he says, and nearly landed it in practice in New Plymouth, but when he got to the top of the ramp for a second try, it started to rain. After a year of waiting, one more day was no problem. “I came back the following day and got it second go,” he says. Let’s take a look, but read on for more details on what makes this trick so challenging, and watch Todd’s edit below to see a closer angle and the full backstory of the final couple attempts.

“I’ve always wanted to do a frontflip double tailwhip, but I couldn’t figure out how to get back on the bike without turning 90 degrees and landing sideways,” Todd says. “So I tried it by catching it instead, and it worked!” He makes it sound easy, but remember, this was a year in the making. “The scariest part is, I don’t want to frontflip too quick off the start, otherwise when I kick the second tailwhip it will just stop, so I make sure just to relax with it, because if you rush it sometimes your foot will get in the way and it will hit the frame and stop the second whip,” he explains. OK, cool, piece of cake. “If you rotate too much of the frontflip before you kick the second whip, it will stop and you will belly flop, which I can tell you is not fun.” OK, never mind. But here’s where Todd’s relentlessly positive attitude gives him an edge in his job. “Before I go with any scary trick, I just remind myself to relax and believe everything will work out,” he says. Check out his full edit right here:

Check out more highlights from our 2017 New Zealand tour:

JAIE TOOHEY IS THROWING DOWN ALL OVER NEW ZEALAND
ANDY BUCKWORTH IS A TRIPLE THREAT ON TOUR
BUNGEE JUMPS, DIRT RAMPS, AND BACKYARD BAGS IN NEW ZEALAND
LOADS OF HIGHLIGHTS FROM MIDWAY THROUGH NEW ZEALAND
LEVI SHERWOOD GOING BIG BACK HOME
HIGHLIGHTS FROM AN EPIC DAY OF BMX AT FRANKLIN FARM

FMX Star Jarryd McNeil Goes Off Road in New Video

The New Zealand tour was awesome. Between the shows and the many, amazing side trips, we have an embarrassment of riches of sick edits. In his first-ever vlog, FMXer Jarryd McNeil takes us backstage, meets some locals, and goes off-road on some dodgy-looking trails. It’s a little glimpse of the tour life for the FMX crowd — so you can bet there is plenty of braaap to go round — and it is one that will have everyone planning their own trips to Middle-earth. Check it out, and when you’re done, hit those links below to see more highlights from the tour:

More highlights from our 2017 New Zealand tour:

HIGHLIGHTS FROM A STRONG TOUR KICK-OFF IN NEW ZEALAND
BOATS AND BEACHES BETWEEN SHOWS IN NEW ZEALAND
TODD MEYN IS ON FIRE IN NEW ZEALAND
JAIE TOOHEY IS THROWING DOWN ALL OVER NEW ZEALAND
ANDY BUCKWORTH IS A TRIPLE THREAT ON TOUR
BUNGEE JUMPS, DIRT RAMPS, AND BACKYARD BAGS IN NEW ZEALAND

Highlights From an Epic Day of BMX at Franklin Farm

When the Crew is in New Zealand, it’s only a matter of time before at least some of them end up at Franklin Farm, which we’ve described before as the Pastranaland of Australasia. For this trip, Jed Mildon led a contingent of BMX all-stars to his action sports paradise, a group that included Ryan Williams, Todd Meyn, Jaie Toohey, Kurtis Downs, and Catfish. Nitro Athlete Manager Chris Kimball snagged some epic photos (some of which we have below), the guys were cool enough to shoot almost 30 minutes on Facebook live while practicing on the huge 60-foot roll-in, and you should definitely watch Todd’s cut right here for a peek at some of the other features of Franklin Farm (and to see him stick a dizzying 1080 no-hander):

And if you still haven’t had enough, here are some of the photos Chris shot:

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R-Willy, Todd Meyn, Jaie Toohey
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Check out more highlights from our 2017 New Zealand tour:

TODD MEYN IS ON FIRE IN NEW ZEALAND
JAIE TOOHEY IS THROWING DOWN ALL OVER NEW ZEALAND
ANDY BUCKWORTH IS A TRIPLE THREAT ON TOUR
BUNGEE JUMPS, DIRT RAMPS, AND BACKYARD BAGS IN NEW ZEALAND
LOADS OF HIGHLIGHTS FROM MIDWAY THROUGH NEW ZEALAND
LEVI SHERWOOD GOING BIG BACK HOME

R-Willy Treats New Zealand Fans to an Epic Scooter Session

Ryan Williams is the LeBron James of the scooter world. So imagine LeBron showing up to your local basketball court to play some hoops. Scooter fans in Invercargill, New Zealand, were treated to exactly that — an epic session with one of the scooter world’s all-time greats. Scooter riders showed up in droves to watch R-Willy throw down some crazy new tricks, including a frontflip to manual to backside board slide and a frontflip 180 fakie to full cab bearskin. Which we should probably just refer to as “another of R-Willy’s video game tricks” in the future to save time. Check out the video:


More highlights from our 2017 New Zealand tour:

HIGHLIGHTS FROM A STRONG TOUR KICK-OFF IN NEW ZEALAND
BOATS AND BEACHES BETWEEN SHOWS IN NEW ZEALAND
TODD MEYN IS ON FIRE IN NEW ZEALAND
JAIE TOOHEY IS THROWING DOWN ALL OVER NEW ZEALAND
ANDY BUCKWORTH IS A TRIPLE THREAT ON TOUR
BUNGEE JUMPS, DIRT RAMPS, AND BACKYARD BAGS IN NEW ZEALAND

Levi Sherwood Going Big Back Home

The first leg of our 2017 world tour is in the books, so keep an eye out for loads more highlights from that. The entire Crew loved New Zealand, but for a couple Nitro athletes, it was extra special. FMX phenom Levi Sherwood was stoked to do his thing for the first time in front of his home crowd in Palmerston North. “Riding at home in Palmy is for sure one of the highlights,” he says. “Plus it’s always a bonus to be able to ride your own bike on tour!”

Levi Sherwood - Nitro Circus - New Zealand

Thanks to Bruce Cook for that killer shot. Levi had an amazing 2016, including winning the FMX event at the Nitro World Games (and recently getting the call that he’s invited back directly to the 2017 Nitro World Games finals). And if the New Zealand shows are any indication, his 2017 is going to blow 2016 out of the water. Check out some of the highlights below.

@kurtisdowns getting the shot in Tauranga yesterday👍 #nitrocircus

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@jarrydmcneil said it was too windy so I had to fill in for him 😂😂 📷 @kurtisdowns

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Starting to like this trick again! 📷 @brucecookfmx #nitrocircus #fmx #invercargill

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#turndowntuesday 📷 @kurtisdowns #nitrocircus #fmx

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Stoked to get the first @nitrocircus show done here in NZ! 📷 @andybuckworth #nitrocircus #palmynorth #windy

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More highlights from our 2017 New Zealand tour:
HIGHLIGHTS FROM A STRONG TOUR KICK-OFF IN NEW ZEALAND
BOATS AND BEACHES BETWEEN SHOWS IN NEW ZEALAND
TODD MEYN IS ON FIRE IN NEW ZEALAND
JAIE TOOHEY IS THROWING DOWN ALL OVER NEW ZEALAND
ANDY BUCKWORTH IS A TRIPLE THREAT ON TOUR
BUNGEE JUMPS, DIRT RAMPS, AND BACKYARD BAGS IN NEW ZEALAND

Travis Pastrana Takes Second at Inaugural Rallye Perce-Neige

Travis Pastrana finished second just behind fellow Subaru Rally Team USA driver David Higgins at the inaugural Rallye Perce-Neige, American Rally Association National Championship in Maniwaki, northwest of Montreal, Canada. The grueling single-day race took place over 16 special stages covering 143 miles. Battling through difficult tire choices, extreme temperatures, and near white-out conditions, Travis and co-driver Robbie Durant somehow kept the machinery out of the greenery to win some podium space. Check out highlights below:

Making notes on the roads today.. it's cold up here!

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Cars are leaving Service #1. The second loop of #rallyeperceneige stages starts now! #ARARally #usrally

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This is the second second-place result in a row for Travis and Robbie for Subaru Rally Team USA. Check out some highlights from his previous race at the Rally of the Tall Pines.

Loads of Highlights From Midway Through New Zealand

New Zealand is amazing. Our first two shows went off like we never lost a step, and all the awesome stuff we’ve got up to between shows have made us memories we won’t ever forget. And during the two middle shows on this leg, the hits and sticks just kept coming. In Invercargill, Kurtis Downs earned the MVC by riding through an injured foot and sticking a BMX World First in the process. Kurtis is well known for adapting FMX tricks to BMX, and this new one is no exception:

For those keeping score at home, yes, that is the World First BMX stripper flip, and here is the money moment frozen in time:

Kurtis Downs BMX stripper flip - Nitro Circus

There are a bunch of Invercargill photos below, but first check out some action from Nelson, which was our next stop. Here’s what a whip train looks like (and, equally importantly, what it sounds like):

Ethen Roberts rode away with the MVC after the Nelson show for sticking a double backflip tsunami on his mountain bike for the first time this tour. It’s one of his more challenging World Firsts, and it’s easy to see why in the clip:

And, for your enjoyment, here’s a photo dump from Invercargill and Nelson. After you drool over these shots, hit this link to see where we’re headed next, because if you like these photos and videos, you’re going to love seeing this awesomeness live. Huge credit and thanks to Bruce Cook and Lisa Sabalvaro for these amazing shots!

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More highlights from our 2017 New Zealand tour:
HIGHLIGHTS FROM A STRONG TOUR KICK-OFF IN NEW ZEALAND
BOATS AND BEACHES BETWEEN SHOWS IN NEW ZEALAND
TODD MEYN IS ON FIRE IN NEW ZEALAND
JAIE TOOHEY IS THROWING DOWN ALL OVER NEW ZEALAND
ANDY BUCKWORTH IS A TRIPLE THREAT ON TOUR
BUNGEE JUMPS, DIRT RAMPS, AND BACKYARD BAGS IN NEW ZEALAND

Bungee Jumps, Dirt Ramps, and Backyard Bags in New Zealand

The first leg of our 2017 world tour is hitting its stride, and you know what that means? Tons of new pics and clips from awesome shows all over New Zealand. Not only that, tons of pics and clips from all the awesome things the Crew get up to in between shows. Earlier this week in Invercargill, a big group of the BMX guys took advantage of a local whose backyard was like a mini Pastranaland. Can you imagine Ryan Williams, Jaie Toohey, Todd Meyn, Andy Buckworth, Matt Whyatt, and more showing up to your house to ride? These highlights should help you imagine:

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Meanwhile, a bunch of the Crew checked out some dirt trails and jumps in Queenstown, and Jarryd McNeil borrowed a local kid’s bike to give the jumps a go:

We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.💐 #queenstown #nitrocircus

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And finally, elsewhere in Queenstown, some of the guys decided to spend their day off bungee-jumping, as you do:

#AJhackettBungyNZ bru #classic #goodthanks #bighuokki #bungy @ajhackettbungynz @ajhackettbungy

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@ajhackettbungynz was maaaaaad 🤘

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@ajhackettbungynz was siiiccckkk. Thanks for the good times 🤘👴🏻#ajhackettbungynz #nitrocircus

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For more highlights from the 2017 New Zealand shows so far, check out clips and video from Todd Meyn, Andy Buckworth, Jaie Toohey, and a whole lot more!

Road2Recovery Fund Launched for Colten Moore

Nitro team member and X Games gold medalist Colten Moore’s spinal injury will need extensive, expensive rehab, and a Road2Recovery page dedicated to him has been launched to help cover the costs. Thankfully, Colten has been up and walking after the crash and subsequent surgery, which occurred during an attempt at a competition-first snowmobile double backflip in January. Colten slightly overrated and landed too flat, causing major compaction as his body absorbed the impact of the landing. He dislocated a vertebra and bruised his spine, but surgery was reportedly successful and doctors are optimistic, assuming he gets the right rehab while he recovers. Hit this link for more details on what his recovery will involve.

Two-time Snowmobile Freestyle gold medalist @colt45moore was injured during the performance of the double backflip on a snowmobile at Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado. Colten suffered a dislocated T-12 vertebra, which in turn, bruised his spinal cord. Just after the crash, he was flown to Denver from Aspen and underwent surgery to repair the dislocation. Thankfully, Colten has already been up and walking with the help of his care team. However, due to the injuries suffered, there are some complications and he’ll need to go to a rehabilitation center specializing in spinal cord injuries. You can help his #R2R cause by going to the link in our bio and donating or leave a positive message for Colten to read. More detailed information on Colten and updates will be posted on R2R's website. #HelpColtenRecover #ColtenMoore #xgamesaspen #nitrocircus

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In addition to SMB, Colten is an accomplished quad rider, and he has ridden both in Nitro live shows. The Nitro Crew wishes him a speedy recovery and all the best. Here’s that Road2Recovery link again. Consider at least giving it a share to help out a good cause.

Andy Buckworth Is a Triple Threat on Tour

Nitro BMX is stacked right now, with everyone on the squad making a case for being the BMX story of the year. Count Andy Buckworth as a contender for that honor. The BMX superstar from Australia is doing something pretty amazing right now — one of the most difficult tricks in BMX: the triple backflip. The number of athletes who can do them may be growing, but it’s still a pretty short list. Buckworth has been performing them at shows for only about a week, and before that he hadn’t tried one since July.

This is the clip from my triple flip last night #nitrocircus

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Check out some more of his highlights from the tour so far:

Tonight's show is going to be unreal 12,000 people in the crowd and the weather is amazing #nitrocircus #bmx #newzealand

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Another super awesome show in New Zealand #nitrocircus

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How about a couple more triples?

BMX stars are covering New Zealand in tire tracks. Check out Todd Meyn’s latest highlights from the tour. And click here to find out where we’re headed next.

Jaie Toohey Is Throwing Down All Over New Zealand

It looks like it’s going to be another banner year for BMX. During just the first few shows of our first tour of the year, there has been an overwhelming burst of activity on the BMX side, with seemingly everyone pushing for progression, whether it’s new World Firsts or personal bests. These athletes are on a tear right now. The moment they are wheels-down in a new city, their wheels are down at a local skatepark. Nitro veteran Jaie Toohey is no exception. He’s riding better than ever, and along with Todd Meyn, he’s trying to master the nothing front bike flip, a trick pioneered by Ryan Williams — who’s still the only rider to ever land it. They’re both getting close, too. Along the way, Jaie is sending it at every stop we hit. In Invercargill over the weekend, he stuck a Mirra Catch in honor of the late, great BMX veteran Dave Mirra:

Check out more highlights from Jaie’s last week or so:

There’s no doubt about it, Jaie is one of the reasons why the Giganta side is lit this year. So much so, you can’t fault an FMX star like Harry Bink for wanting to get in on the action on Jaie’s wheels:

Bink isn’t the only one to be tempted away from FMX. Javier Villegas and Levi Sherwood have also been spotted on human-powered bikes. We’re on tour RIGHT NOW! Click here to find out where we’re headed next.

Bodin Wins X Games Gold; Moore on the Mend

Daniel Bodin took home the gold in Snowmobile Best Trick at X Games Aspen, an event that saw two riders — Colten Moore and Heath Frisby — attempt a competition-first double backflip and fail, sending Colten to the hospital. A few days earlier, Bodin had landed the World First snowmobile double backflip outside of competition. In the final event of X Games Aspen, he stuck a super clean seatgrab indy backflip on his final run to take home his third win in this event. His previous golds were in 2011 and 2013.

Feels good to do media with a🏅 around my neck @xgames #ifyouaintfirstyourelast 📸 @jwesterling

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Colten over-rotated on his double backflip attempt and hit too far down the lander, essentially casing it and causing him a severe lower back injury. Several outlets reported that he had emergency surgery soon after and is doing well. He confirmed that by taking to Facebook following his surgery, posting: “Hey! I’m good!! Thank you all for the support!!! We do what we love. Period.”

Todd Meyn Is on Fire in New Zealand

Sometimes when a new tour starts, especially the first tour of the year, it takes a show or two for the athletes to get back fully into the groove, but by all accounts Nitro’s first tour of 2017 is going smooth as ever. That’s especially true for BMX artist Todd Meyn, who started the tour off by volunteering to be the first to test the ramp despite strong winds in Palmerston North, followed that up by winning the MVC in Whangarei, and is now on his way to sticking a trick that up to this point only one rider has ever landed. And we’re only a week in. Through it all he’s been a one-man documentary crew, giving us all a glimpse inside the world of the Nitro tour.

Always such an honour to win MVC. Thankyou Whangarei for having us . #nitrocircus

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The trick he’s working on is the nothing front bike flip, which Ryan Williams landed first and no one else has duplicated. Now Todd and fellow BMX all-star Jaie Toohey are getting personal coaching on the trick from R-Willy. “I still have a long way to go, but I’m determined to get it done,” Todd says. “Whether it’s in a month or a year, or even two. I will keep trying ’til I figure it out.”

As we mentioned before, Todd’s training on the bike flip started out with going through the motion and timing on solid ground before he took it to the ramp. He says R-Willy is a great teacher, which is good since he’s the only one who actually could teach someone how to do this. “I’ve always been in awe about this trick that Ryan does and have always given him such a huge amount of respect for it, but that level of respect has gone up another few notches. Ryan is really a genius on these insane unique tricks that he does,” Todd says. As luck would have it, during a break from performing in New Zealand, Todd and a bunch of the Crew spent the day in someone’s backyard, and it wasn’t just any backyard: It happened to have an air bag and a ramp equivalent to what the Nitro athletes ride in the live show. Todd got a chance to try the bike flip into the bag. Check it out (he makes his attempts at about 4:45 in, but you’re gonna want to watch the whole video unless you suffer from chronic fear of missing out):

As you can see, he’s getting close. He says that Toohey is also very close. Todd describes the adjustments he needs to make: “The hardest thing about this trick is getting the flick of the wrists off the takeoff to get the bike to spin around and stay close to your body,” he says. “I’ve got the flick figured out, but keeping the bike close is the next task.” Stay tuned as we follow Todd and Toohey’s progress on the road to landing the elusive trick.

Todd and the Nitro BMX cohort are also spending loads of time at the park between shows, giving the locals a bit of a free show and having a great time. If you follow Todd’s Instagram and YouTube closely, it’s the next best thing to being there with him. He’s got tons of footage and photos from the first week of tour, with plenty more to come. Here’s a taste:

Synchronising BMX with my good mate @mattwhyatt What else should we synchronise !?

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Double front flip no hander from Whangarei ! #nitrocircus

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It’s not all riding when the Crew gets together. Check out some Nitro boat and beach adventures from New Zealand. And we’re on tour RIGHT NOW! Click here to find out where we’re headed next.

Foster, Loupos Among Competitors at Triple Challenge Stop 2

The BMX Triple Challenge had its second stop of a three-stop tour last week, and on the heels of an awesome first stop in Anaheim, California, the best dirt riders in the world came out once again in Glendale, Arizona. It’s a fun competition with a simple format: Riders showcase their best tricks over two back-to-back jumps, and the best run wins.

See you at 8:00am ☕️☕️☕️ . @Monsterenergy @ToyotaUSA #BMXTripleChallenge #bmx

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James Foster, Brandon Loupos, Colton Satterfield, and Logan Martin were among the competitors. The field was tough, but Martin finished third and Loupos finished sixth but still managed to come away with the Best Trick prize for a slick cashroll tailwhip:

The final stop in the series will be in Atlanta. Here are some more highlights from Glendale:

@tylerrizzibmx caught me chilling. Thx dude. @monsterenergy

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If you liked these highlights, make sure you check out the highlights from the first stop!

FMXers Levi Sherwood and Javier Villegas Riding a Different Type of Bike

It’s always fun to see action sports athletes working outside their main area of focus to learn something new, apply their mad skills to a different discipline, or just plain cut loose in a new way. As fun as FMX is, even the best dirtbike riders in the world love to swap their gas-powered machines for human-powered rides just to have some fun between shows.  Case in point: Javier Villegas, riding BMX as a way to unwind and spend some time with his son. He points out that you don’t really follow him to see BMX, but maybe you should.

Speaking of that, you probably follow New Zealand’s Levi Sherwood because he’s a lights-out moto rider who won the FMX event at the first Nitro World Games. But here he is going big on a mountain bike, which is also awesome.

It's been fun learning something new! #rotozdirtjumppark #mtb #apprentice @shoguncycles

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Boats and Beaches Between Shows in New Zealand

One of the bonuses of traveling around the world on tour is that we often find ourselves with some time to kill between shows. During our first full week in New Zealand, after the first two super fun shows in what is looking to be an amazing 2017 touring season, the Crew got to decompress with a day at the beach and a day diving, paddleboarding, and swimming from a boat around the Poor Knights Islands, just off the coast of the North Island of New Zealand.

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The group of islands is a nature preserve with some of the best diving around, and the Crew took full advantage. The photos and videos speak for themselves, so sit back and get ready to live vicariously.

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When the Crew isn’t lounging around on beaches and boats, they’re going big in shows around the world! Find out where we’re headed next right here.

Wheelz Is Still Killing It

Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham isn’t done making history. As the most well known ambassador for the emerging sport of WCMX, he’s riding his wheelchair harder than ever and defining what’s possible with every trick he adds to his arsenal, which seems to be growing daily. Not that you needed it, but here’s more proof that Wheelz will be a man to watch this year.

A little sideways action at #ProPark for #whipitwednesday ! #WCMX #BoxWheelchairs #whenindoubtwhipitout

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Highlights From a Strong Tour Kick-Off in New Zealand

Our 2017 world tour kicked off in New Zealand with two shows for the ages. The fans in Palmerston North and Whangarei were as good as it gets, and the Crew came out swinging. What a great start to what’s sure to be our best year of tours yet.

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We’re riding a new Giganta ramp setup for this tour, but high winds before the show in Palmerston North meant the Crew were unable to get their practice runs in. Not only that, it was the first show of a new tour, so the bikes were also basically new. If ever a warm-up is necessary, it’s a situation like this. But it obviously didn’t stop these guys. Todd Meyn took the first run, and the rest was history. Todd’s been killing it even more than usual lately, and you’re sure to see a ton more from him as the tour progresses.

Local FMX legend Levi Sherwood is a crowd favorite here, naturally, and he rode the first show like a man possessed. (Levi has also been invited back to the FMX finals at the 2017 Nitro World Games).

Stoked to get the first @nitrocircus show done here in NZ! 📷 @andybuckworth #nitrocircus #palmynorth #windy

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Andy Buckworth has had two huge shows, landing a triple backflip for the first time in a show and then repeating it  again in Whangarei.

This is the clip from my triple flip last night #nitrocircus

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And those are just a couple of the absolutely huge things that have already gone down in just two shows. It’s been unforgettable so far, and we are literally just getting started in 2017. Check out a few more highlights below:

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First Competitors for Nitro World Games 2017 Announced

finalists-return-200pxThe first competitors invited to the 2017 Nitro World Games will be the winners of the FMX, BMX, and skate events from last year, ensuring they will have a chance to defend their titles this summer in Salt Lake City. FMX superstars Gregg Duffy and Levi Sherwood, BMX phenoms Ryan Williams and Colton Walker, and skateboard extraordinaire Elliot Sloan have been invited directly to the finals. Tickets are available now for the 2017 Nitro World Games, which are set for June 24 at Rice-Eccles Stadium, to be broadcast live on NBC. Stay tuned for more lineup announcements in the coming weeks.

Read the full story on NitroWorldGames.com

Will Todd Meyn Be the Next to Stick the Nothing Front Bike Flip?

R-Willy landed the World First nothing front bike flip in 2015. When he sent it at the Nitro World Games last year on his way to winning the BMX Best Tricks Event, it was one of the more memorable moments of the night. Though it’s been almost two years since the first one, it’s not a trick you see every day, because it’s incredibly difficult. Just to recap: The nothing front bike flip is where the rider frontflips the bike in mid air without being on it — so they float there behind the bike until it comes back around. It’s a beautiful, gravity-defying move when it’s done well. When it’s not it looks like a weightless yard sale. But now Todd Meyn has his eyes on sticking the elusive trick. He’s been killing it on the New Zealand tour and is already having an epic year, so don’t be surprised if we see a nothing front bike flip from him soon. Plus, he can find no better teacher for this. Here’s what an R-Willy master class looks like in real life:

And just for good measure, here’s R-Willy mid-trick in Whangarei, New Zealand. Awesome photo, Bruce Cook!

Just floating around! 🚲🚶🏼 📸@brucecookfmx #NitroCircus #newzealand #tour #fun #flying #willy #goodtimes

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R-Willy Eyeing Another BMX World First

Call it the R-Willy effect. Because of athletes like Ryan Williams and events like the Nitro World Games and the BMX Triple Challenge, we honestly can’t say what the next watershed moment in BMX will be. The rules are being rewritten before our eyes. Case in point: In one of his latest videos, R-Willy is practicing a tailwhip front bikeflip, another potential video game trick in a long line of impossible things he’s landed, which, like many of his signature BMX moves, evolved from scooter. Athletes from different action sports worlds coming together, sharing ideas, and in the process making something even better. There’s nothing more Nitro than that. Check it out:

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Bilko’s Throwback Clip and the Perfect Australia Day Tribute

To our Australian fans around the world, happy Australia Day from all of us at Nitro Circus. We owe so much to the land Down Under. The Nitro Circus Live tour started in Australia over 10 years ago, a landmark we celebrated on our Party of the Decade tour last year. Many of our athletes and backstage crew hail from there, so we think of Australia as one of our home countries. A very specific gift Australia has given us — no, not Vegemite — is FMX star and Nitro class clown Blake “Bilko” Williams. We couldn’t imagine him being from anywhere else. So we’re giving him back to you. Happy Straya Day from Bilko and the rest of us, and for more Bilko being Bilko, check out the throwback video below:

#strayaday happy Australia Day pop a collar go mad 🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺

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Beaver Fleming and Dusty Wygle Go for a Skate

Beaver Fleming is Nitro’s resident skateboard guru, and Dusty Wygle is Nitro’s resident Swiss Army knife (meaning of course he skates in addition to riding contraptions, pitbike, mountain bike, and anything else that’s lying around). So what happens when these two get together to hit the park? It absolutely dumps rain and hail, forcing them to escape indoors. Beaver tells us that their session in the below video started outdoors at MLK Park in Carlsbad, California, but the crazy weather forced them to retreat to drier ground. That ended up being the bowl at Aura Skatepark a few miles away. It was Beaver’s first time there. “The bowl was sketchy, but an awesome time!” he says. Check out what he means in the clip:

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City of Annapolis Welcomes Nitro Circus Live

We are headed to Annapolis this summer. After a planned Nitro show in Travis Pastrana’s hometown met a bit of resistance from some of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium’s surrounding neighborhoods, Travis and Mayor Michael Pantelides went door to door around the venue to ensure the locals were as informed as possible about what Nitro Circus is all about. Today we’re happy to announce that we’re set for a July 23 show there, and we plan to build upon the good faith the residents of Annapolis, the mayor, and the alderman of that ward have shown us. Tickets will go on sale Feb. 17.

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Mayor Michael Pantelides, Travis Pastrana, and Alderman Fred Paone

“I appreciate the city’s support of our event, and I want to thank the local community for their ongoing encouragement,” Travis says. “This performance is about being able to bring something that I am very proud of to my hometown.”

The list of concerns that prompted the initial veto of the performance was focused primarily on noise. Travis and other representatives of Nitro met with city officials and residents to discuss ways to alleviate those concerns and found common ground to allow the show to proceed. Additionally, Travis has pledged to invite local charity groups and kids to a VIP pre-show segment. More details on the show will be available soon.

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Kurtis Downs Logs Final Moto Session Before New Zealand

Nitro’s Kurtis Downs is more than a touring BMX pro — he’s about that action sports lifestyle. Before winning everyone over with his considerable skills on BMX, Kurtis earned his spot on tour riding contraptions. But that’s just the day job. Between tours, when he’s not practicing or competing, Kurtis can be found back home or with the Godfrey Clan in Utah, on a dirtbike. He made sure to get in one more moto session before grabbing his BMX and heading to New Zealand to kick off the first Nitro Circus tour of 2017. Check it out:

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Todd Meyn Visits His Home Park Ahead of New Zealand

The start of our 2017 touring season is so close we can taste it, with our first show this week, a whole slew of stops confirmed, and many more to come. The fans are pumped, everyone behind the scenes at Nitro is pumped, and of course the riders are pumped. Nitro superstar Todd Meyn has been very vocal about how excited he is for the upcoming shows. The BMX pro is based in North Carolina, but he’s originally from Perth, Australia. He decided to make a stop back home before heading to New Zealand, and he got some great photos and videos at Belmont Skatepark in Perth. “It was pretty much my second home growing up,” he told us. Welcome back, Todd! It’s obvious he’s right at home in the sprawling outdoor skatepark. Check it out:

Pretty happy with this first try effort, Came in a little to hot 😂 #perth

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Some DOUBLE action today with my good friend @nathandobbie . Such a fun day riding. #perth

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Some tech clips from yesterday's ride at Bayswater.

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Fun last ride tonight at the local before headed to New Zealand 🇳🇿 #Belmont

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Andy Buckworth: From Bikes to Boards

It’s no secret that most people who are into action sports are usually into more than one, and that’s true of your everyday weekend warrior all the way up through the most decorated professional athletes. The Nitro Crew is no exception, and today we wanted to share some fun times with BMX superstar Andy Buckworth, who has been riding with Nitro forever and is definitely someone you should keep an eye out for. Like we said, you already know Buckworth as a BMX legend:

Sometimes I like to hang off the back of it. #A1 #monsterenergytriplecrown @monsterenergy

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We’re past being surprised when we find out our athletes are great at many things, but it’s still fun to share their posts when they step out of whatever discipline they’re most known for. Speaking of which, here’s Buckworth on a wakeboard:

And a snowboard with fellow BMXers James Foster and Logan Martin:

Back on the mountain…. showing @loganmartinbmx and @jackbmx the ropes #bearmountain #bigbear @bear_mountain

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Glorious day on the hill today #bluebird #bearmountain #bigbear #snowboarding #rainbowpaddlepop #str8g 📸 @jamesfosterbmx

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Any bets on what we’ll see him riding next?

We’re heading out on a world tour for 2017, with plenty of dates already announced and more to come!

R-Willy Challenges Owen Carter to a Game of Mini SCOOT

Ryan Williams’ latest YouTube clip is a scooter fan favorite, an old-fashioned game of SCOOT, but with a small twist. To make things interesting, R-Willy and Aussie scooter pro Owen Carter decided to play the game with a mini scooter, which neither of them have much experience using. Owen had landed only two tricks on the mini, they estimated, prior to challenging R-Willy, who has even less experience riding one but is nonetheless widely known for his ability to quickly master new disciplines. For those unfamiliar, the game of SCOOT is based on basketball’s game of HORSE. The first rider performs a trick, and the second must perform the same trick. If the second rider fails, he gets a letter, starting with S. The rider who spells SCOOT first loses. It’s a simple game but with a tendency to get incrementally crazier as the competition heats up. Check it out:

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Jed Mildon’s Home Crowd Is Pumped to Have Him Back

With our first shows of 2017 hitting New Zealand in a matter of days, the Nitro athletes are getting revved up to kick off our 2017 world tour. Nitro BMX legend Jed Mildon is no exception, and the first set of shows are especially exciting for him, as he’ll be back in front of his home-country crowd doing what he loves best.

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The people of New Zealand are pretty pumped to come out and see Jed ride too. We’ve been keeping an eye on New Zealand media, and the whole country is ready for this tour to kick off. Jed talked to one publication about how he started out wanting to play for the All Blacks, one of the more famous teams in rugby. “It’s gone from wanting to be an All Black and doing the haka in these venues to being in Nitro Circus with Travis Pastrana and doing the haka in these venues. It came true, but it came true on a bike — something that I love more than anything in the world,” he said. Read the full article here.

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Jed also was featured in the New Zealand Herald’s Northern Advocate, where he talks about the meditative state he enters when he’s attempting huge tricks, like the World First BMX quad backflip that he landed in 2015, which will be featured on TVNZ on Jan. 22 in New Zealand. Read that full article here.

That last interview also mentioned how the first person Jed calls when he hits career milestones like that is his mom. And in another article, the author noted how down-to-earth Jed is despite being a world-class legendary BMX athlete. Read that article here. None of this surprises the people who know Jed personally, because even though his nickname is Warrior, he’s a big teddy bear at heart. You wouldn’t know it by the way he rides, though, which is why if you get the chance to see Jed throw down live, you owe it to yourself to take it.

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Nitro Riders Eager to Kick Off the 2017 Tour

Our first tour of 2017 is set to start in a matter of days, on Jan. 27. The Nitro Circus Regional Rampage Tour is headed to New Zealand, and then we’re off to Japan and Australia. The athletes are getting pumped up about this year of touring. It’s fun to keep an eye on social media to see everyone getting ready to rock, so we’ve picked a few posts to get you into the spirit as well. Check them out, and when you’re done, hit the links below to see when we’re to a city near you.

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Ethen Roberts Shows Us Why Utah Is King With Just Two Photos

It’s no secret that we love on Utah whenever possible. Most of you already know that it’s basically like Disneyland for action sports junkies, but just in case some of you still aren’t sure, we will continue to spread the message. It doesn’t hurt that “spread the message” in this case means sharing epic photos and videos from all over the state. And in the last two weeks Ethen Roberts posted a couple photos taken by Aaron Brimhall that would convince even the biggest doubters.

Ethen says, “The first photo was taken up at my local resort, Brighton. A hidden gem compared to all the ski resorts in Utah! We have been getting unloaded on with snow. Every day it’s been a winter wonderland!”

The getting was good! @brightonresort #powdays #whitelines #welostheather #ride @aaronbhall

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And a quintessential fabled trait of any awesome action sports paradise is that you can snowboard all morning and ride dirtbikes all afternoon in the same day. That’s Utah:

Riding under the moonlight! #cainville #offthegrid 📷: @aaronbhall

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“Shooting for my new webseries Off the Grid, riding under a full moon, a bonfire and a few road flares in the Utah dessert,” Ethen says. “Cainville is a strange-looking place during the day, but it came alive at night!” Sign us up, Ethen!

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R-Willy Takes Us on His First Park Session of 2017

Ryan Williams had his first scooter session of the year on his home turf at a skatepark in the Sunshine Coast, Australia, recently, and lucky for us he caught the whole day on camera. Over the years we’ve collected hours of footage of R-Willy sending huge tricks, and this video is no exception, but what’s great about his YouTube channel in general is that we get to see a bit of that winning personality in addition to the mad skills. We even get a glimpse at what he eats for breakfast. Check it out:

If you enjoyed that, here’s more R-Willy being R-Willy:

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The Nitro Crew’s Day at the Dunes, Plus More Australia Highlights

We’re set to kick off our next tour of Australia on March 11, and we can’t wait to get back to one of our favorite places. Australia is where we put on our first live shows 10 years ago. To celebrate that, we threw the Party of the Decade tour last year. It was so much fun. World Firsts were nailed. Audiences were blown away. This year, we’re bringing the Regional Rampage Tour, taking the mayhem to 15 cities. One of the obvious perks of a regional tour is we get to see way more of the country. Australia is a playground for action sports athletes, and we look forward to side trips almost as much as putting on the live shows. On one of our previous visits to Western Australia, the Nitro Crew spent a day at the dunes, where we got to break out all of our toys. Check it out:

We always go big when we’re Down Under. Check out this clip of Travis Pastrana and Josh Sheehan attempting side-by-side double backflips to close the Gold Coast show, and few photo highlights from past shows in Australia:

 

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Foster and Buckworth Highlights From the BMX Triple Challenge

Over the weekend Monster hosted the first stop of the BMX Triple Challenge, a three-city event that has the best BMX dirt riders competing in a cool format around the U.S. Riders included Nitro athletes James Foster and Andy Buckworth, along with Brandon Loupos, Colton Satterfield, and several BMXers who competed in the 2016 Nitro World Games. With a star-studded list of invited competitors along with open qualifiers, all sorts of awesomeness went down.

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Riders get a chance to show their best tricks over two jumps — simple as that. Buckworth and Foster missed the podium — and Buckworth nailed a no-hander double backflip followed immediately by a no-hander frontflip, because BMX is getting bonkers — but we’ve got highlights for you to prove they didn’t go down easy. Next stop on the circuit: Glendale, Arizona, at the end of January. Check out some video and more photos below.

Foster killed it in this run:

And check out this superman seatgrab from Buckworth:

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Loupos also showed up big:

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All photos and videos except the Buckworth superman seatgrab shot by our own Lisa Sabalvaro. For more info on the Triple Challenge click here. And check out our tour page to see where we’re going to be performing next!

Ethen and the Blob, Plus More New Zealand Highlights

We’re kicking off our next tour of New Zealand on Jan. 27, which has us looking back at some of Nitro Circus’ greatest Kiwi hits, from show shenanigans to detours in search of greatness. New Zealand and Australia (where we are headed after New Zealand) have played host to some of our biggest stunts outside of shows. It helps that Kiwis are always game to help us make the crazy happen, no matter how terrifying. Take the time we teamed up with NZL rugby legends Josh Kronfeld and Jeff Wilson to try for a world record catapulting Ethen Roberts off of a blob in a harbor in Auckland. Check it out:

And for good measure, check out this gallery of highlights from previous New Zealand shows to help get you as pumped as we are for the upcoming tour:

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Travis Pastrana Goes Door to Door; Nitro Athletes Weigh In

Travis Pastrana and Nitro Circus supporters joined Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides to go house to house this weekend around Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium after a planned Nitro show there was vetoed by neighborhood associations. The goal for Travis was to ensure that the residents of that community are fully informed about what a Nitro Circus show involves and to change their minds about letting us perform in this venue in his hometown. By all accounts, the day was a step in the right direction.

Prior to the outing, thousands of people weighed in via a Capital Gazette poll, which as of this publishing has more than 12,000 votes supporting Nitro (almost 10 times more than the number who voted against the show). But Travis and Mayor Pantelides know that the poll doesn’t matter if the people who actually live in that neighborhood aren’t swayed, which prompted the door to door. After all was said and done, Travis and supporters managed to garner 428 signatures, which is a huge effort by a small group hoofing it around in the snow. And, more importantly, the mayor estimated in a letter to Eye on Annapolis that the relevant neighborhood has 600-plus homeowners, so that 428 is potentially a sizable chunk of the people who matter most. Whatever the case, Travis and Mayor Pantelides concede that whatever the residents decide is binding.

As this story develops, we’re learning a little more about residents’ concerns. The list of initial objections had largely to do with the potential noise the show would cause. Part of Travis’ information campaign has been to point out that our show will be smaller and less noisy than a college football game, which is one of the things the stadium regularly hosts. One resident who supports Nitro said that some of our fans have taken to the community associations’ pages and left inflammatory comments, which is not going to help. We agree that this is not the way to get it done. We know we can settle the whole thing without any negativity, so as much as we appreciate the support, let’s make sure we’re making our case respectfully. Remember, these are people just looking out for their neighborhood; their intentions are good. The best thing we can do is specifically address their concerns and make sure everyone involved knows what Nitro means to the athletes and fans — and overwhelmingly that spirit is about positivity.

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We talked to a couple Nitro athletes about the Annapolis show. The conversation turned to what Nitro is all about, in light of this surprising first for our live show, which has been touring for a decade around the world. Nitro BMX and rollerboard athlete Brandon Schmidt says, “The Nitro spirit is one of brotherhood, camaraderie, and a mutual goal of progressing action sports. It drives you to be better and help push those around you to be better.” BMX superstar Todd Meyn adds, “We are a big family with huge aspirations and determination to push action sports to new heights while motivating and inspiring not just the younger generation of action sports but everybody and anybody.”

We’re hoping for a positive outcome for the potential Annapolis show, and the mayor says if necessary the city’s February council meeting will address the situation. We’ll be following the story closely, obviously, so stay tuned.

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Travis Pastrana Appeals to Annapolis Locals for Contested Show

Nitro Circus Live’s planned July 2017 show in Annapolis, Maryland, has met with some unexpected resistance. Local residents from the surrounding neighborhood have voiced concerns about the event and voted to prohibit Nitro from performing at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, whose zoning permit includes a clause allowing the nearby neighborhood association to veto proposed events. What makes this an even bigger surprise: Annapolis is the hometown of Nitro Ringleader Travis Pastrana, who is now planning to go door to door with the city’s mayor to appeal to residents directly.

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A poll posted on the Annapolis Capital Gazette’s website as of this publishing has 11,400 votes to let Nitro move forward with the planned show, compared with 1,300 votes against. If you have an opinion, please don’t hesitate to vote here.

These numbers aren’t surprising to us, of course. This is a first for Nitro Circus. We’ve performed in venues big and small all over the world for the better part of a decade. Those venues have been located in every type of place you can imagine, including many in residential neighborhoods. Now, obviously, many of the pro-Nitro votes on that poll are not from the people who live in the neighborhood immediately around that venue, and those are the people who need to be convinced (though we have received support from others in the Annapolis area and surrounding county). We think they’re just slightly misinformed about what to expect from a Nitro show and, more importantly, what Nitro is all about. Here are their primary concerns:

The production is designed to be loud 
Heavy metal rock music is played throughout
Cannon blasting and unmuffled motorcycle engines create more noise
The show includes pyrotechnics
There’s loud commentary from a prominent public address system

Clearly, the main concern is about noise, which is easily addressed by pointing out that our show is not much different noise-wise than any sporting event. This list isn’t accurate in the context of the entire show. There are brief moments with some of the elements described, but the entire show is within a more-than-acceptable noise range. In fact, tests we’ve had conducted to address noise restrictions in previous venues have shown that our show is less noisy than many other athletic events, including football games, which Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium regularly hosts. And even if noise were a potential issue, the proposed show time is a Sunday afternoon — not late into the night.

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Most of all, we want to make sure that this community understands what we’re all about before they write us off fully. One official was quoted as saying, “The majority of events held at the stadium are community-related and beneficial to the community.” Ouch! Nitro Circus Live is a show for the whole family that’s exciting and original — the best athletes in the world performing feats you won’t see anywhere else. But more than that, Nitro Circus is about positivity: the idea that anything is possible if you work hard enough. We’re about inspiration: overcoming obstacles when everything feels stacked against you. We’re about giving back to the fans that allow us to continue to do what we do. More concretely, we support many people and causes in communities around the world. Travis said it best in a recent Facebook post:

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Adding to all of this, of course, is the fact that this is Travis’ hometown. He lives outside of Annapolis to this day and counts the community as his hometown crowd. Because this is all clearly a case of some inaccurate information being spread, Travis plans to go door to door in the surrounding neighborhood with Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides to personally talk with residents about the show and make sure that those who would be most affected by it are fully informed. Mayor Pantelides says that the city’s February council meeting may also be dedicated to the ongoing discussion. We hope to win over the neighborhood by then, and if anyone can do that, it’s Travis. Stay tuned for more as this story unfolds, and don’t forget to hit the poll to weigh in.

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That Time Jed Mildon Led a Haka in New Zealand

In a few short weeks, we’ll be kicking off our 2017 tours in New Zealand. The Land of the Long White Cloud is a storied destination for Nitro Circus. It has hosted some of our greatest and earliest World Firsts. It also brought us one of Nitro’s most popular members, BMX pro Jed Mildon, otherwise known as The Warrior. On one of our New Zealand tours, Jed, who is of Maori ancestry, suggested we begin our shows with a performance of the Haka dance. Naturally the Nitro crew jumped at the chance to perform it with Jed providing spirited leadership. It is one of our favorite memories of past tours of New Zealand and just one of many reasons we can’t wait to get back. Check it out:

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More Winter Fun With Nitro: Curling and Snowboarding

Some members of the Nitro Crew are at home in the cold. Others, including notable badasses of summertime sports are easily felled by ice and powder. Here are two times Nitro athletes braved the cold for some winter fun:

One of the best places in the U.S. to experience winter awesomeness is Utah, a state with geography to suit any action sport (an important reason why we picked Salt Lake City to host the Nitro World Games). After the Nitro tour touched down in Salt Lake City, the Crew took a day off to go snowboarding. When you’re riding with world-class snowboarders Brandon Schmidt and Ethen Roberts, you know you’re going to see sick jumps. But you have to give credit to snowboarding rookies for braving the same slopes and trying to stick some of the same tricks.

Curling isn’t a sport you would normally associate with Nitro Circus. It’s not exactly a sport that gets the adrenaline pumping. But when the crew gave it a try, they decided to add an extra element to make things more interesting — human curling.

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What It Looks Like to Be Inside a Nitro Bomb

We’re back on tour in just a few weeks, and we can’t wait to kick it off. The Nitro Crew have been hard at work developing new tricks to take on the road to make sure our Aussie and Kiwi fans see something they’ve never seen before. But there’s one trick you can see only when the gang gets back together for the show. Nitro’s signature trick must be witnessed live in its full braaap glory. The Nitro Bomb. It’s one thing to watch it from the sidelines but quite another to see it from the point of view of one of the riders. Josh Sheehan gives us just that in this clip. Check it out:

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Spin Into 2017 With Todd Meyn and Friends

We’re kicking off the new year with a little progression session inspiration for you, featuring Todd Meyn and Brian Fox riding at Daniel Dhers Action Sports Complex in Holly Springs, North Carolina. Todd moved to North Carolina from Australia because the BMX scene is so big there, and DDASC is just one great example of why. But take note of this, BMXers: No matter how many times you ride a park, you can always find ways to challenge yourself. With a crazy new line, a series of tricks you’ve never combo’d before, pushing each other to progress. If you haven’t already come up with some goals for 2017, let this edit motivate you to do something you’ve never done before:

Todd and Brian have had a bit of a rivalry that goes back a ways, and fittingly the basis for that rivalry is spinning. Todd tells us that the two have been competing to be the first to stick a 1440, and while they’d both obviously love to be the first to do it, they’ve become very supportive of each other as they get closer to landing it. We’ll definitely be following this as it develops, so stay tuned. In the meantime, you can’t stick a 1440 until you master a 1080, so:

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Spotted: 10-Year-Old Videos of a Young R-Willy

One of the questions we get a lot around here is: What does a burgeoning action sports athlete need to do to become a professional? Our answer is always the same: It takes dedication and practice, combined with a bit of natural ability and a sprinkle of luck. Now we have a bit of living proof. Recently multi-threat Crew member Ryan Williams put out a YouTube video in which he revealed that he still has a live MySpace account that features decade-old videos of him riding scooter — so he’d be about 12 in the videos. Check out some screen grabs and click the small photos for bigger versions:

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What we see in the actual clips (click here to watch them) is a pre-teen who totally rips. R-Willy tells us that a couple of these clips take place in the first skatepark he ever rode, down the street from his childhood home. For those aspiring athletes out there, you might look at this and see a fully formed rider on the road to becoming the R-Willy we know today. But consider the bigger picture. He’s been riding for more than half his life to get to where he is. Undeniably, he has innate skills, but the way he dedicates himself to his disciplines for years to keep progressing is such a huge part of becoming the best he can be. That’s something we can all do, whatever it is we’re passionate about.

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#1: The First Nitro World Games | WildYear 2016

Topping our list of the best moments from 2016 is the first-ever Nitro World Games, an action sports competition years in the making, dreamed up and designed by legends. The inaugural event was more than the sum of its parts, which included dozens of competition World Firsts and a few tricks that would have been impossible not long ago. World-class athletes in FMX, BMX, skate, scooter, and inline competed in seven events designed to push the limits of what is possible, and the result was bigger and better than Mike Porra and Travis Pastrana ever imagined. The Nitro World Games takes the Nitro Circus spirit — testing the boundaries in a serious and safe way — and evolves it to fit a competition format that sees seven winners crowned in a single night of action. Travis and Mike were the driving force behind it all, and with the date set and tickets on sale for the 2017 Nitro World Games, it will surely be the place where action sport levels up for years to come.

Click here for highlights from all seven 2016 Nitro World Games events.

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#2: The FMX Double Frontflip | WildYear 2016

The #2 moment on our year-end countdown is a World First that has a checkered history for the Nitro Crew. In 2014, while attempting the World First FMX double frontflip during a Nitro Circus Live show, Bruce Cook sustained a spinal injury that cost him the use of his legs. It was one of the darkest moments in Nitro Circus history and all but cemented the idea that the double frontflip was too risky even for the best riders in the world.

Bruce would never walk again, but despite what his doctors told him, he defied the odds and eventually got back on his bike, becoming the first paraplegic rider to backflip a motorcycle, which was one of the highlights of our WildYear round-up last year.

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Notwithstanding Bruce’s inspiring passion and drive, the double frontflip remained elusive, with speculation about whether it was possible and worth continuing to try. Whether it could be done or not, after Bruce’s accident, many, including Nitro Circus CEO and Creative Director Mike Porra, didn’t really want to see anyone try it again.

But then a rider known for racing, not FMX, stepped up. Gregg Duffy hadn’t ever competed in freestyle motocross before the Nitro World Games in July 2016, yet after a ton of practice at Pastranaland, he would ultimately use his first competition as a stage to make history. Two years after Bruce’s accident, Duffy landed the double frontflip and put the FMX world on notice. Welcome to the freestyle party, indeed. Watch it here:

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#3: A Decade of Nitro Circus Live | WildYear 2016

The #3 entry in our countdown of the best of 2016 is a whole tour that represents everything we’re about. In 2016 we hit a ton of tour milestones, performing in dozens of cities we’d never been to before, putting up our two largest shows ever in North America, and making more stops around the world in one year than ever before. But our biggest milestone was celebrating 10 years of bringing the boom to live audiences. That’s right, our first live shows were a full decade ago, and to celebrate we set off on an epic tour around Australia, where the journey began for Nitro Circus Live.

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The Party of the Decade Tour had a lot to live up to, as many of the Nitro veterans felt it was the culmination of a decade of progression — how do you meet expectations? Well, you assemble the greatest group of legendary athletes from all over the world, bring in bigger ramps, and set them loose for some of the best fans in action sports. No problemo. The Crew blew away expectations, continuing to up the game beyond what any of us thought was possible when this story started so long ago. This edit from one night encompasses what the whole tour was about, and what Nitro is all about:

The spirit of Nitro has achieved a new level, starting in Utah as a group of friends making videos out of their garage, it has evolved into the live show that started in Australia and has become the world’s biggest progression session, and our 10th anniversary tour fully, unequivocally set a new bar for us. We can’t wait to top it in 2017. Here’s some more highlights:

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#4: Record Crowds in Eugene and Edmonton | WildYear 2016

Coming in at #4 on our list of best moments of 2016, we look back at two milestone shows. For the Nitro Crew, crowd size doesn’t affect how well they ride or how much fun they have doing it. We’re equally happy throwing down for a packed stadium or three friends in someone’s backyard. But this year we hit some cities that we’d never been able to get to before, and the result was incredible. During our summer 2016 North America tour, we drew the biggest U.S. audience we’ve ever had and the biggest Canada audience we’ve ever had — so the two biggest crowds for North America in Nitro history, combining for more than 30,000 awesome fans!

In Eugene, Oregon, more than 16,000 people came out to Autzen Stadium, better known for being one of the loudest venues in college football during Oregon Ducks home games. It was a true honor to get a feel for that energy. Here are some highlights:

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In Edmonton, Alberta, more than 15,000 fans packed Commonwealth Stadium, typically home to Edmonton’s CFL team. The Canadian crowd was bonkers, which made us feel right at home. Check out some of the best moments:

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Thanks to the North American fans for continuing to come out strong for us! We’re set for another epic run in 2017, so get ready for even more mayhem! Click here for #5 on our WildYear 2016 list!

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#5: Travis Pastrana and the MTB Aussie Roll | WildYear 2016

Coming in at #5 on our list of best moments from 2016 is Travis Pastrana’s World First Aussie Roll on a mountain bike. At first glance, it might seem odd to single out this one World First — let’s face it, if every Nitro World First made the list we’d need to have a Top 100 instead of a Top 10 every year. But the MTB Aussie Roll, which Travis landed during a practice session before a show in London in February, encompasses everything that Nitro is about. More on that later, but first, check it out:


“I can’t ride a bicycle, but I just landed that!”


Travis had been trying to stick this trick for about three years, and coincidentally, so had Dusty Wygle, who counts MTB as one of his primary disciplines. Travis, as he says, isn’t exactly world-class on a mountain bike. But he was feeling particularly good that day, so he had the Crew meet up at the venue in London before a show — no audience, no film crew, just a group of athletes riding for the thrill of it. The result is an amazing moment that embodies everything we’re all about: Pushing progression by whatever means necessary, friendly rivalry that ups everyone’s game, and, most importantly, having the time of your life with your friends.

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#6: Travis Pastrana Makes It Exclusive With Nitro Circus | WildYear 2016

Sixth on our list of best moments of 2016 isn’t a huge trick or an amazing tour stop, but it was an important coming-of-age moment for Nitro Circus. Nitro started out as a group of friends riding and doing crazy tricks to entertain each other, making videos in a garage. The thought of becoming a serious action sports brand wasn’t part of the equation. We’ve grown up, with TV shows, world tours, and a game-changing action sports competition. This is largely because of Nitro Circus founder and ringleader Travis Pastrana’s desire to constantly push things further. And when Travis chose to go all-in and become a Nitro Circus exclusive athlete, it was yet another sign that Nitro has evolved fully. We’re now a group of friends out having fun and we’ve become a serious action sports brand. What does Travis becoming exclusively Nitro mean? Just a whole lot more awesomeness to come:


“I’m so pumped to wear the Nitro Circus red, white, and blue and am psyched about where we are headed!”


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#7: Ethen Roberts Takes Us Backcountry | WildYear 2016

Coming in at #7 on our countdown of the best of 2016 is Ethen Roberts’ epic backcountry snowboarding edit. This made the list for several reasons. It’s a kick-ass clip, first and foremost. It’s the perfect example of why Utah is the ultimate destination for action sports. And it showcases a less-recognized skill from one of Nitro’s veteran members. Over the course of the year, Ethen dropped edits that reveal his serious talent as a filmmaker, and we can’t wait to see what he gets up to in 2017. Come for the snowboarding, but stay for the purple-hued Utah sunset:

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#8: Top Nitro Moments on YouTube | WildYear 2016

The #8 moment on our end-of-year countdown of the best of 2016 is the top Nitro Circus moments on YouTube. Over the years, we’ve produced some great video series, and YouTube gives us another way to share them with you. But what makes 2016 stand out is that we had so much more to share between the Party of the Decade tour of Australia, the inaugural Nitro World Games, and huge tours of North America and Europe, with too many side trips in between. We owe some thanks to members of the Nitro Crew, our friends, and our family for contributing their own Nitro-themed videos on their accounts, some of which are on this list. YouTube will always be a place for us to look back and reflect on some of our biggest accomplishments and remember our dearest friends.

It should come as no surprise that our first two entries on this list are all about remembering someone who has affected all of us in many ways, and despite his passing, he continues to do so. Before we lost Erik Roner in 2015, he was working hard producing a new series to be released in 2016 that has a title guaranteed to give it a long life on YouTube: Oh Sh*t Moments With Erik Roner. Make sure you check out the rest of the series.

Our series Remembering Roner pays tribute to the legacy of an action sports icon. The series is as much a highlight reel of crazy stunts as it is a scrapbook of great memories of the good times we had with our friend. Check out the most epic moments in Nitro Circus history, care of Roner, and make sure you hit the link to see the rest of the series.

When you bring together celebrated YouTuber Roman Atwood and Travis Pastrana, great things are bound to happen, including a master class in learning to backflip. Travis has always been able to get people to try that thing that is just outside their comfort level, because he knows they can totally do it. Watch the man in action here:

It has been an excellent year for scooter athletes and for the scooter community, which has seen a number of its stars rise to prominence. Scooter fans are the real deal. And they love scooter pro and YouTube star Tanner Fox, who put together one of best fan-perspective edits from the 2016 Nitro World Games. It captures the excitement of coming out and watching your heroes throw down on the biggest stage.

One athlete who helped make 2016 the biggest year in action sports prefers to spend his time looking forward. With some help from Todd Meyn and Ethen Roberts, R-Willy gave us a preview of what’s to come in 2017, filming some of his secret training at Pastranaland. Riders generally don’t want anyone to see the tricks they’re planning, so this is a real treat. It’s clear R-Willy isn’t done shocking us. Check it out:

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#9: Best of Nitro on Facebook | WildYear 2016

Coming in at #9 in our countdown of the best of 2016 is the top Nitro moments on Facebook. Nitro Circus was made for a platform like Facebook, as it gives us an unprecedented connection with our fans all over the world, who are the reason we do what we do in the first place. Alongside a continuing string of crazy tricks, stunts, and crash clips, we got to take you behind the scenes, share highlights of the Nitro World Games, and field questions (and comments) on Facebook Live. We got to virtually bring you on this journey with us, and we loved every second of it. We can’t wait to show you what we’ve got teed up for 2017, and we hope you keep telling us what you think. Until then, here’s the top Nitro moments from Facebook this year:

First on the list is a trailer for Bruce Cook’s NBC specialNever Say Can’t: The Bruce Cook Story. After the broadcast, you circled back to Facebook to post reactions to the special. You shared with us some incredible stories. Obviously Bruce is very special to us, and his story is one that inspires us every day. We were overwhelmed when we learned that you all feel the exact same way. This more than anything else is the reason social media is amazing. We heard you. Bruce heard you. Keep commenting; we love it.

R-Willy has to make an appearance on this list after a solid year on Facebook. The number of clips featuring him  that we’ve been able to post is a testament to his solid work ethic and desire to progress — he’s probably at the skatepark right now! And some of his tricks defy explanation.

Falling asleep at Travis Pastrana’s house is officially the quickest way to get into action sports, willingly or not.

What would a list like this be without at least one World First, especially one coming from Travis. He had never landed a frontflip before, let alone a combo, but in Melbourne he stepped up and sent a frontflip nac-nac.

We did our first Facebook Live videos in 2016. We love the loose format, which also allows fans to comment in real time. In this live video shot before our show with the Impractical Jokers, Travis Pastrana had fans request tricks from Adam Jones and a few of the other riders, which is something we definitely plan to do more of in 2017.

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#10: Best of Nitro on Instagram | WildYear 2016

We chose the Top 10 moments that defined an incredible year for us at Nitro Circus, and we’ll be posting one every weekday to close out the year. The first entry in our countdown of the best of 2016 is a series of moments captured on the Nitro Circus Instagram. There’s something about Instagram that reminds us of how we started on this crazy ride. Once upon a time, we shot video and took photos and put together edits of crazy tricks to share with our friends. Back then we’d hand them around on VHS and could never have anticipated that one day we’d find ourselves doing all that on our phones in the same backyards and skateparks. We’ve posted hundreds of photos and videos throughout the year, but here are some selections that represent some of our favorite moments of the year.

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@jordanclark14 hucking World's Firsts like no big deal at #NitroWorldGames. #scooter

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When you never stop pushing. @aaronwheelz #WCMX #NitroCircus

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Is it hump day yet? #NitroCircus

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Teamwork makes the dream work! @rwillyofficial getting a little help from the boys. #NitroCircus

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Nitro Athletes Reveal Their 2016 Highlights

What a year! Where to begin? We’ve got at least 10 amazing 2016 Nitro moments coming your way over the next two weeks. But first we wanted to check in with a few of the people who make Nitro what it is (second only to the fans, of course).

“Everything was big this year. The tricks on tour got bigger, the tours got bigger, the first Nitro World Games happened, and it was huge. No better way to describe it,” says Chris Haffey, who summarized what almost everyone we talked to said. Todd Meyn adds, “I didn’t think it was possible after such a crazy, fun exciting year in 2015, craziest year I couldn’t even begin to explain. But I can honestly say that I have finished 2016 saying, once again, this is the best year I have ever had.”

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The Nitro World Games was at the front of a lot of riders’ minds when they thought back on 2016 (and tickets are already on sale for Nitro World Games 2017!): “The Nitro World Games as a whole was the best event I have ever witnessed; action sports has reached a new realm of possibilities,” Ryan Williams says. “It was the best year of my life — more world firsts than ever, and I managed to win the Nitro World Games. What more could I ask for!”

Haffey agrees that winning an event at the Nitro World Games is at the top of his list: “Highlights would definitely have to start with taking home first place at Nitro World Games,” he says. But, he adds, touring with Nitro is up there too: “Another thing that stands out to me was getting the chance to go to Alaska for the first time when we did our show in Anchorage.” Click here to see where we’re headed next!

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Todd also had a great year on tour: “A highlight for me was the 10th-year anniversary tour in Australia. Those shows were next-level, absolutely mind-blowing,” he says. “The energy levels were through the roof, the crowds every show were louder than ever, the tricks being thrown down every show were nothing short of next-level progression, the pyro, the venues, the cities! It was all so well put together. Those shows made me feel like a rock star. More so than usual.”

Nitro FMX got an infusion of talent this year in Garrett Ahlf, Harry Bink, and Mike Mason, and all three riders had a blast touring with the show. “I had a better year than I could have dreamed of,” Bink says, citing touring and sticking a couple World Firsts as highlights. Garrett says, “I would sum up 2016 as the best year of my FMX career. Riding with top action sports athletes from all disciplines on the best action sports tour in the world.” He adds, “One of the biggest highlights for me was just being invited to ride the Nitro Circus Live tour throughout the year. Hanging out and riding with guys I’ve looked up to my whole career. It was awesome traveling and seeing a lot of North America as well.”

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Mason agrees: “I got to spend the summer on tour with all my friends! Too many good times to talk about; let’s just say the North American regional tour was one for the books,” he says. We’ll give the final word here to Nitro MC Micah Kranz, who is in the unique position of being surrounded by all this amazing progression but is able to step back and take in the bigger perspective. Micah sums it all up like this: “During tour we touched the most Northern, Eastern, and Western parts of North America and brought happiness to thousands of fans night after night. The Crew became family instantly, and from Step 1 we had each other’s backs, from heaving each other back onto ramps to the joyous feeling of watching World Firsts in practice sessions. The consistency level the Nitro Circus athletes hold themselves at is absurd, and everyone knows it except the athletes themselves.”

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R-Willy, Bilko, and More Talk 2017 Goals

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost 2017. At Nitro, we always set out to pack every year full of awesomeness, and every year flies by before we get it all done. That said, 2016 was one for the books, and we’ll for sure be counting down our top moments over the next couple weeks. But first we wanted to look ahead at 2017 and take stock of our hopes for another full year of mayhem. Most athletes keep their specific goals quiet, for various reasons. As Nitro’s resident inline veteran Chris Haffey put it when asked about his 2017 goals: “I have plenty, but I usually like to keep them to myself and let the work speak for itself. But one I’m happy to share is to shoot a round of golf in the 70s.” For the record, he doesn’t mean Nitro Golf.

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Last year we asked some of the Crew to tell us about their goals for 2016. Ryan Williams said: “Keep up my progression and continue to push the boundaries of what is possible in action sports.” And he did, as pictured above. It’s not surprising that this is what most Nitro athletes say year after year. The common theme is progression, discipline, and keeping healthy — whatever it takes to continue riding and staying at the top of level of action sports. For 2017, R-Willy says his goals are much the same, adding, “Make it as good as 2016, if not better.”

He’s going to have plenty of opportunities to do just that. Our touring schedule for 2017 is starting to take shape — tickets are on sale for shows in New Zealand, Australia, the U.S., and Canada, with more dates announced and a bunch more being finalized. And, of course, the 2017 Nitro World Games is set for June 24, and tickets are already on sale.

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Anticipation is building for riders who hope to qualify for the Nitro World Games. Another goal of R-Willy’s: “Going for the multi-gold-medalist at the 2017 Nitro World Games!” Nitro MC Micah Kranz adds, “I am just on this ride and watching the progression happening on the daily. I don’t expect anything less than to be blown away at Nitro World Games 2017.” You can bet there will be many more announcements and surprises over the next few months as well, so stay tuned.

With all this action to look forward to, Nitro athletes are gearing up. In an email, Harry Bink busted out all his exclamation points when he started talking about his plans for the year ahead: “Send it!!! Try to land some more new tricks for myself and possibly some new World Firsts!!!!” Mike Mason and Garrett Ahlf both add that their goals include heading back out on tour with Nitro in addition to staying healthy and progressing. Nate Adams says, “My goals are the same: Have fun, stay off the ground! Seems simple, but it’s hard to do!”

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You can always count on Bilko to issue some sage advice for the coming year: “Keep it on two wheels! Unless I’m racing rally cross,” he says. “Then it’s four wheels!” But Todd Meyn probably best summed up what every Nitro athlete is thinking: “Stay fit and healthy, learn as much as possible, be the best person I can be, push the limits of action sports, and have fun while doing it all.” Last year he said, “To become more patient.” Seems like he’s headed in the right direction.

Next year will be full of huge tours, tons of shenanigans, and of course the Nitro World Games! Tickets are on sale for all of it, so hit those links now!

Here’s What It’s Like to Party With Travis Pastrana

We here at Nitro HQ get a lot of awesome messages from fans, and one of the most common questions is: “Can I pleeeeeeeeeease hang out with Travis Pastrana at his house?” The legend of Pastranaland is so massive that most fans would even settle for spending the day there without Travis. Few get the chance, but now we can count a few more lucky fans among those few, courtesy of the Party With Pastrana contest that Oberto Beef Jerky put on. When the dust settled after the contest, four fans got the chance of a lifetime, spending the day with Travis as well as Nitro Crew stalwarts R-Willy, Brandon Schmidt, Ethen Roberts, and Todd Meyn. What a day! Here’s a look at what they got up to, followed by some bonus photos and video from the day:

So yeah, pitbike races, RZR rides, and personal backflip coaching from Travis himself. Does it get any better? Sure it does. The winners also got a chance to watch world-class action sports athletes doing what they do best. During a skatepark session, R-Willy bet Travis $100 that he could frontflip his scooter from inside the park onto a takeoff. The spot he’d be flipping from had a solid two feet of vert to it, meaning he’d be working with just inches of clearance to get over the wall. Travis took the bet … and he lost. Here’s a clip of R-Willy sticking it as a tuck no-hander, for style points:

Of course, what Travis didn’t know was that R-Willy had worked through it the day before, as you can see in his personal edit. Buyer beware, Travis! For reference, here’s a shot of someone on BMX hitting it from the other side that day:

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The Nitro boys then got set for the airbag challenge, as judged by the winners. Here’s a look at the airbag from the drop-in:

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And a look at the judging booth as R-Willy sends it (the crane later became a diving platform after Travis encouraged the guests to test out the airbag):

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All four of the Nitro guys threw down, but in the end Schmidty took home the jerky. One of the highlights of the day was a pitbike relay race, where each of the four guests got to pick a Nitro teammate for two laps around the Pastranaland pitbike course. The contest winners could all ride really well, which made this quite the competition. One of the “rules” was that during teammate hand-offs, there are no rules, which meant there were a lot of shenanigans at the transition point:

And of course the highlight of the day was Travis teaching one of the guests to backflip into the foam pit. You can see that on the first video above, but you don’t truly get how cool it is unless you were there to hear all of the advice that a backflipping pioneer had for a first-timer. Of course, when it comes to Pastranaland, being there is the entire point.

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R-Willy and Todd Meyn Drop Edits From Travis Pastrana’s House

A couple weeks ago, Ryan Williams, Todd Meyn, Brandon Schmidt, and Ethen Roberts spent a few days at Travis Pastrana’s house for some training, progression sessions, and to hang out with the winners of the Party With Pastrana contest. Naturally, the guys also brought along their own cameras to record the shenanigans. A day at Travis’ house with some of the best riders in the game is probably almost exactly like you’d expect. They take full advantage of everything Pastranaland has to offer, and it’s amazing to watch. This won’t surprise the hardcore athletes among you, but the biggest difference between what you picture and reality is the amount of analytical thinking, planning, and advice that goes on between huge attempts. These guys definitely aren’t afraid to just send it, but sometimes it takes a few tries and several small adjustments to get it right. First we’ve got R-Willy’s edit, followed by Todd’s. Enjoy:

 

Speaking of progression, tickets are already on sale for the Nitro World Games 2017! Hit the website for more details.

Wake Schepman Has Us Looking Forward to More Inline in 2017

Inline skating, which has been a powerhouse action sport for decades, is alive and thriving, and you just need to check out Wake Schepman to see why. He’s always posting sick edits to his social media channels that prove the point. Not that there was any question, but it’s clear that a new generation of boots aficionados is keeping the classic sport alive (inline is also one of the core disciplines to be featured at the Nitro World Games in Salt Lake City on June 24, 2017). It’s always awesome to see progression sessions and competition video, so sit back and enjoy the ride:

The Nitro World Games 2017 are set for June 24! For more information, check out the website!

Todd Meyn’s Smallest Double Backflip Ever

Despite being on break from tour, the Nitro Crew continues to show us that progression and practice don’t stop when the tour buses are in the garage for the season. During a recent session at an indoor park with some friends, BMX phenom Todd Meyn decided to attempt something he’s only ever done on Giganta: a double backflip. What makes it so sketchy is the difference in ramp size: On Giganta, everything is way bigger. Here, the compact size of the jump means there’s no room for error. Todd shows his Nitro spirit in this clip: No matter how big (or small) the ramp, no matter how scared you are to try, set a goal for yourself and then send it:

We can’t wait to see what Todd has in store for us in 2017. Here’s another edit from him that hints at big things to come:

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It seems like everyone is working on something special to bring on tour in 2017, and perhaps to the Nitro World Games in Salt Lake City on June 24. Make sure you head over to see if we’re coming to your town, and get your tickets early for the Nitro World Games as well!

Welcoming Winter With Dog Sleds, Reindeer Races, and Ice BASE Jumping

Action sports has no season. When winter rolls in, it just presents a new set of conditions where we get to do awesome things. (Though this summer is going to be exciting because there are still tickets available to Nitro World Games 2017!) While we’re always happy to exchange dirt for snow, we’ve also learned a ton during tour stops around the world, especially from places where winter is the season everyone looks forward to most. Here are three times the Nitro Crew took advantage of the fact that winter is awesome:

On one of our trips to Sweden, we had the opportunity to try dog sledding. Most of us pretty much figured it out. You let the dogs pull you. Somehow Crum didn’t get the memo:

Then there was that time the Nitro Crew did the most December thing ever: racing reindeer.

Not all of us are winter people, though. Travis Pastrana is on the record as one who does not enjoy the cold. But you can be sure, no matter how freezing the conditions, he would never have passed up an opportunity to BASE jump with Erik Roner:

For more winter fun with the Nitro Crew, have a look at the time we hit the slopes in Oslo, Norway.

3 Reasons to Get Your Nitro World Games 2017 Tickets Right Now

Nitro World Games 2017 is coming to Salt Lake City on June 24, and tickets are already on sale right here. For those who are on the fence about whether or not to go see the most exciting action sports competition live, please consider the following.

What Happened in 2016

The world’s best action sports athletes descended on Salt Lake City and left it all on the ramps, with dozens of World Firsts in the span of a few hours. And now that the bar is set, the second Nitro World Games is destined to be even bigger. You need to be there, end of story.

‘Tis the Season

There’s no better gift for the action sports lovers on your list than tickets to the Nitro World Games. With tickets starting at $19, there’s a seat for every price range, and when they open that up on Christmas morning, they’re going to be like:

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It’s True About the Early Bird

One of the best things about the Nitro World Games is that it all goes down in one night. But that’s also one of the downsides if you don’t get your tickets before they sell out. If you wait, there’s always a chance you’ll be too late, and the best seats obviously are snatched up first. So get yours now! There’s also the matter of flights. If you’re lucky enough to live in Salt Lake City, congratulations. It’s an action sports paradise loaded with tons of things to see and do. But for those of us who are flying …

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… no, not like that. We mean traveling. For those of us who are traveling to Salt Lake, the earlier we book our flight, the better the deal. So don’t wait. You know you want to, so grab your tickets here and then book your travel now!

Those are just a few of the dozens of reasons you are going to want to jump on this. June 24 can’t get here quick enough for us, and we hope to see you there!

The Nitro World Games 2017 is set for June 24! For more information, check out the website!

Salt Lake City Welcomes Travis Pastrana and Nitro

Salt Lake City will host the 2017 Nitro World Games on June 24 at Rice-Eccles Stadium (and tickets are on sale now). It was an easy decision to bring the competition back to a city that embraced the inaugural event so strongly. Utah is, arguably, the action sports destination. Nitro Circus basically started there, with the Godfrey Clan, SLC’s first family of action sports. Even still, when Travis Pastrana checked into his hotel in Salt Lake City while doing press for the 2017 Nitro World Games, he definitely wasn’t expecting to be greeted by this:

A small gesture like that is only one of the reasons that we absolutely love SLC and Utah. In addition to being full of friendly people, it’s got a great music scene, amazing bars and restaurants, and of course whatever action sport you’re into. Nitro regularly returns to Utah to film, because there we find terrain to suit every discipline. Check out some of our craziest trips to one of the best places in the country:

The best way to experience the Nitro World Games is in person among action sports’ hometown crowd in SLC. For more information about the event, check out the website!

Beaver Fleming Reveals His Top 5 Moments From 2016

Beaver Fleming is one of Nitro’s best ambassadors from the skateboard world. He has a bag of huge tricks, including a few World Firsts that he only sometimes names after himself. The sessions he posts to his social media could be described as a great online course in how to shred professionally. He’s also had a banger of a year, including landing the Swift Roll for the first time in a show and competing in the inaugural Nitro World Games (which is coming back to Salt Lake City on June 24, 2017, and tickets are on sale now!). Check out the rest of his picks and where those two fall in the list in Beaver’s Top 5 moments from 2016:

Beaver’s year was full of massive moments. The fact that he chose the Nitro World Games, a competition he didn’t win despite attempting some monster tricks, as his top moment is truly inspiring and totally characteristic of the Nitro spirit: Follow your passion, send it, and if you don’t win, cheer for your buddies on the podium.

We hope you’re getting ready for another incredible Nitro World Games at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City! For more information, check out the website!

Look Out, Snowboarding World: Ryan Williams Hits the Slopes

It’s no secret that Ryan Williams is very talented. He’s at least partially responsible for bringing freestyle scooter to the masses, having made a name for himself sticking huge World Firsts on what used to be considered a toy. Then, he started riding BMX and adapted some of his scooter tricks for the bike, adding a bunch more World Firsts to his resume. He’s now officially a dual-threat pro athlete, having competed in scooter and BMX at the inaugural Nitro World Games (the next installment of which is set for June 24 in Salt Lake City). Not only was he the only athlete at the Games who competed in two events across different disciplines, he took home first place … in BMX Best Tricks. And now he’s hitting the slopes. We showed you his second attempt at snowboarding. Since then he’s only been two more times, but clearly he’s getting the hang of it. Check it out:

As he references in the caption, the day wasn’t completely smooth, but the snowboard world better take notice. This kid seems to become world class at everything he tries. For the full video of R-Willy’s fourth snowboarding trip ever, head over to his YouTube page.

The Nitro World Games 2017 is set for June 24! For more information, check out the website!

Nitro World Games Are Back in 2017!

The Nitro World Games are coming back to Salt Lake City. The second year of the most innovative action sports competition is set to go down on June 24 at Rice-Eccles Stadium, the same venue where dozens of records were broken during the inaugural event this summer. It will also be broadcast live around the country on NBC. For those who want to see all the World Firsts live, sign up for pre-sale access to tickets right here, or wait until Dec. 9 when tickets go on general sale (but you’re going to want to get on board sooner than later!). If you’re wondering what the Games are all about, read more about it here, and watch a video of highlights from this summer:

For more news and info on the Nitro World Games, head to the official site!

Kurtis Downs and Jed Mildon Give Us a Taste of That Farm Life

Franklin Farm might be New Zealand’s best-kept secret: An action sports paradise located in Tokoroa, the sprawling compound is spiritually the Pastranaland of Australasia, or maybe the Woodward of Oceania. But geography aside, this BMX and FMX playground is the place to be if you’re a rider in that area. Recently our own Kurtis Downs and Jed Mildon spent some time down there, so enough chatter; let’s get straight to the photo and video goodness:

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Morning views on point @franklinfarmnz 👌😂 #toiletwindow #farmupgrades

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If you liked this, you’re going to love our documentary on the quest for the BMX quad backflip! And if you’re looking for more crazy clips, check out the Nitro News Feed!

Motorcycle Triple Backflip From Sheeny’s POV

In April 2015, Josh Sheehan shocked the world by landing a trick that most described as impossible: the triple backflip on a motorcycle. He did it only once without an airbag, and he’s said that will likely be the first and last time for him. But perhaps the most unsung moment of the Road to the Unthinkable was the very first time he rode away. Sure, it was into an airbag, but more than any other practice attempt, that first time cemented the idea that the impossible was in fact possible. Check out the moment from Sheeny’s perspective:

For those wondering why anyone would want to remove the airbag, don’t worry. That feeling is normal.

Want to know what type of gear Sheeny takes to FMX competitions? Check out this interview with Sheeny and Bilko. And if you’re looking for more crazy clips, check out the Nitro News Feed!

Travis Pastrana Finishes Second at Tall Pines Rally

Travis Pastrana, co-driver Robbie Durant, and the 199 car pushed through tough conditions to finish second over the weekend at Rally of the Tall Pines in Ontario, Canada. The icy, rocky course and night stages made for some fun driving, and even Travis was surprised by the number of big jumps along the way. He attributed their podium finish to good pace-note-taking leading up to the race, but obviously some driving skill and co-driver chemistry contributed heavily. The duo feels like they upped their game for this race and are pumped to continue their rise at the next one. Check out some highlights below:

Never been on a rally with such slippery conditions or so many jumps. #goodtimes @srtusa

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Want to see more of the Crew’s off-tour antics? Check out this trip to several European skateparks and the time they found a random halfpipe setup in Norway.

Dusty Wygle Rode a Pitbike to Action Sports Greatness

Dusty Wygle has evolved into one of Nitro’s most versatile athletes. He’s one of the only riders on tour who sends it on both the FMX and the Giganta sides. He’s primarily a mountain biker and contraptions rider, but it was his pitbike skills that won him his spot with the Crew. He got his start doing huge tricks on home-built ramps and tracks, putting together edits to share with friends. Sound familiar? It’s pretty much how Nitro as a whole got started too. Check out this blast from the past:

Dusty has since gone on to great things on tour, becoming associated with all manner of contraptions, from the rocking horse to the boogie board. Lately, he’s been tagging his Instagram posts #ObscureSportsSpecialist. We can definitely see why:

Scooter riders took other action sports disciplines by storm. It’s just fair that the same thing happens in the other direction occasionally. Here’s what happens when Ryan Williams dared Dusty to try out his scooter:

Want to see more madness from Dusty? Check out this pitbike jump fail. And if you’re looking for more crazy clips, check out the Nitro News Feed!

R-Willy: God of the Skatepark

When you love what you do, you want to do it all the time. Never has that been truer than it is for scooter and BMX superstar Ryan Williams. When R-Willy isn’t breaking records on tour or in competition, he can be found blowing minds in skateparks around the world. It’s clear that he isn’t slowing down, so we can surely look forward to crazier things from him in 2017.

R-Willy may be justified in claiming this otherworldly frontflip is the biggest ever attempted at a skatepark. The height and hang time make this essential viewing, and an important counterpoint to the widely held belief that gravity affects everyone.

The best thing about R-Willy’s visits to local skateparks is that it gives young scooter and BMX riders the opportunity to see him live, trying out new tricks, and having fun like any other rider. That is, until he does something that proves he’s anything but normal.

R-Willy’s message through all this is simple. A career like his is attainable to anyone willing to put in hours of practice, endure constant crashes, and most importantly, never give up on the potential for greatness.

Want to to hear more from R-Willy? Check out: R-Willy Explains How He Does the Nothing Front Bike Flip. And if you’re looking for more awesome clips, check out the Nitro News Feed!

Ethen Roberts With the Flat Spin at Pastranaland

We show you a lot of videos of huge tricks, and we show you a lot of videos of huge crashes. But what we don’t talk about much is the amount of time and effort that goes into mastering every single trick. Take this clip from Ethen Roberts, for example. He and Ryan Williams had an impromptu progression session at Pastranaland while Brandon Schmidt was being interviewed on camera down the way. Ethen wiped out hard several times, and R-Willy would watch and offer suggestions for minor adjustments. Ethen got closer and closer on every attempt, and his willingness to take a beating while getting there ultimately paid off. The result was a successful landing accompanied by a cheer that might just end up in the background of Schmidty’s interview:

Want to see more Nitro bikes in action? Check out: Nitro BMX Athletes Focusing on Progression Between Tours. And if you’re looking for more awesome clips, check out the Nitro News Feed!

A Brief Nitro History of Extreme Athletes Attempting Extreme Eating

This time of year our focus naturally turns to family, friends, and — most of all — food. The Nitro Crew spend a great deal of time on the road, and long stretches of tour can be hard on the stomach. You’re far from home. The food can be, well, different from what you’re used to. It’s tough to find something comforting and familiar, which is what you’d crave if your job was to put your body on the line night after night. But even when it comes to something as basic as eating, if there’s a challenge involved, the Crew’s response is to lean into it, hard:

When the Crew wanted to try some German cuisine, they were probably expecting sausage and sauerkraut. Instead they were presented with Germany’s form of Sushi, raw hamburger meat.

Over the years, we’ve had countless nosebleeds, too many to remember. We’re action sports athletes, so it comes with the territory. But only one of those many nosebleeds was the direct result of Ethen Roberts eating spicy curry.

And, of course, who could forget the ultimate betrayal? The time we were bested by the hot dog, a food we usually all can trust:

Most of the time, we eat sidewalk. Check out That Time Brandon Schmidt Attempted a Dry Land Frontflip and Failed. And if you want to see us live, hit this link for details on where we’ll be next!

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In action sports, you’re judged mostly on what you do and how you looked doing it. Success is in the attempt and the style points, not just whether you stick the trick. To put it another way: When you’re going for a backflip it doesn’t matter if you land it — it matters that you tried and that you looked awesome doing it. Today we’re not here to help you attempt a double backflip. We’re here to make sure you and the action sports fans in your life always look awesome, whether you’re out riding or just hanging with friends.

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Nitro BMX Athletes Focusing on Progression Between Tours

It’s a sign of great things to come when you see the Nitro Crew hard at work fine-tuning their bag of tricks and focusing on progression — which is basically always. BMX superstars Todd Meyn and Matty Whyatt have been giving us a preview of what fans might get to see during the upcoming tours of Australia and New Zealand. We can’t wait. Todd is working on a frontflip tailwhip catch tailwhip, another video game trick that shouldn’t be possible. Here he is trying it on the last tour:

Meanwhile, Matt, who has a sweet ramp setup in his backyard, has also been practicing hard:

Good luck dialing it in, boys!

If we learned anything last summer, it’s that there isn’t a ceiling on what’s possible in BMX. Check out Five of the Biggest BMX Clips of the Summer. And if you’re looking for more awesome clips, check out the Nitro News Feed!

This Is What It Feels Like to Land a Wheelchair Frontflip

Oh to be Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham. First of all, your nickname is Wheelz, which is one of the better nicknames anyone can have. Also, you’re a world-class athlete with an ESPY nomination, but despite your success you’re known among your peers as one of the coolest, nicest guys to hang out with. But mostly, you get to travel the world hitting the Giganta ramp on a custom wheelchair, the only WCMX athlete who’s consistently landing backflips and frontflips that big. Well, today we’re in luck. We get to experience, just for a few white-knuckle moments, what it’s like to be Wheelz … while dropping in for a frontflip on the big ramp. Hang on:

Want to see more of Wheelz in action? Check out: When R-Willy and Wheelz Were the Rookies on Tour. And if you’re looking for more awesome clips, check out the Nitro News Feed!

Ethen Roberts Has the Perfect Edit for MTB and Moto Lovers

The Nitro Crew is made up of a lot of different athletes with different personalities and philosophies, but one thing they all have in common is they don’t spend much time talking about their grand ideas before they actually take the steps to make those ideas happen. Ethen Roberts is a prime example of that philosophy. The Utah native and Godfrey Clan stalwart is constantly plotting his next big adventure. We saw his epic backcountry snowboarding trip come to life last winter. And now he’s given us a glimpse at another journey we all wish we could have made with him.

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Ethen grew up surrounded by action sports, so he was practically born on a dirtbike and took up anything and everything he could as he got older. He eventually started focusing on mountain bike, but his love for dirtbikes never flagged. “I’ve always dreamed of a way to connect the two worlds,” he says. So that’s what he did. We won’t keep you in suspense. Here’s the edit, but if you’re curious to learn more about how Ethen made this happen along with his brother (and fellow Nitro Crew member) Josh Roberts, photographer Aaron Brimhall, and filmmaker Kollyn Lund, read on after the video.

The main hurdles for this trip, as Ethen saw it, were deciding which motorbikes to use and then figuring out how to carry their MTBs and camping gear on those bikes. They settled on Husqvarna 701 Enduros for the motos and went to Ethen’s engineer uncle to design the bike and gear racks. It definitely helps to have a multi-talented family when you’re planning an epic adventure. It took Uncle John two days to build the racks, and that’s when things got real. “I knew we were finally ready to see this concept turn into a reality,” Ethen says.

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“Spending hours looking at maps, connecting every trail I could think of, we carved out a route. Gearing up for the unknown is always a gamble. With limited space, you never really know what you’re going to need until you don’t have it,” he says. “The anticipation building up is borderline unbearable.” As you can see from the edit, they almost immediately hit bad weather. Snow and rain aren’t ideal when you’re out on the open road, camping in the sand and tracking down lines virtually untouched by mountain bikes before, but these guys aren’t your ordinary weekend warriors. They pushed on, cold and wet and loving every second of it. It was obviously well worth it.

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Ethen’s full account of the experience, along with more photos, can be found in Meta Magazine. If you’re looking for more in-depth accounts of the Crew’s adventures, check out Hitting the Slopes in Oslo Winter Park and Checking Out Skate Parks Across Europe.

Even on an Off Day, Josh Sheehan Still Rides Away

We all have those days where it feels like everything we do results in an enormous wipeout. And when you’re an FMX superstar like Josh Sheehan, a bad day can literally include a terrible wipeout. But if you’re Sheeny, you also know how to ride away, even when the odds are stacked against you. So here’s a little inspiration from the man himself. Some days you come up short, but it doesn’t mean it has to end with your butt on the ground:

Want to know why we call Sheeny “The Unicorn”? Check out: Josh Sheehan: The Last Unicorn. And if you’re looking for more awesome clips, check out the Nitro News Feed!

Brandon Schmidt’s Flip Montage Makes Us Want to Go Small

No one is having more fun these days than Brandon Schmidt, who has had a huge year and is planning enormous things for the future. But not everything Brandon’s been up to this year is about going bigger. With #MiniFlipMonday, he’s been attempting the smallest backflips possible over the sketchiest spots. It turns out, the cutest little flips can result in some huge, not-so-cute stacks. But that’s not what we’re here to show you today. Schmidty has compiled all his best mini-flip attempts in one video. So gather round for a little bit of small ball:

If you like it when we go small, you’re going to love it when we go big. Check out 3 Times the Nitro Crew Took a Bad Idea to the Limit and 5 Huge Nitro MTB Clips.

3 Times the Nitro Crew Took a Bad Idea to the Limit

The craziest thing about being part of the Nitro Crew is that the live show, despite being as death-defying and dangerous as it looks, is actually one of the safer things they do. Nitro side trips tend to consist of terrible ideas that are explored to their logical conclusion — a typical (and some might say mostly successful) result might end with a broken nose. It’s a small price to pay for an awesome clip. You be the judge:

R-Willy’s nothing front bikeflip is the stuff of legend, but have you seen the no bike at all flip?

A stunt that Travis Pastrana himself describes as the dumbest idea he’s ever seen is always promising:

Who can forget Ethen Roberts’ famous cliff-diving face plant? Well, it’s possible Ethen himself can’t remember it.

Live and learn, right? That’s how Brandon Schmidt looks at it. Check out the time Brandon Schmidt attempted a dry land snowboard frontflip and failed. And if you want to see all this craziness live, hit this link for details on where we’ll be next!

One Time Schmidty Attempted a Dry Land Frontflip and Failed

Brandon Schmidt is known for taking the snow out of snowboarding, as he’s one of the few athletes who’s put in serious time on the rollerboard, and he has the results to prove it: His World First rollerboard triple backflip is a high point on his otherwise incredible resume.

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With a prelude like that, you can totally sense the “but” coming, right? Schmidty recently posted a throwback video of an attempt at a dry land snowboard frontflip, which in itself doesn’t sound all that sketchy, but then you see that he attempted it on a concrete staircase. And it didn’t go well. Check out the video, but be warned: It made us want to immediately purchase a new mouth guard.

If you think that crash was crazy, check out five of our biggest crashes ever or five epic wipeouts outside of the tour.

Lyn-Z and Travis Are Raising Their Own Action Sports Army

It’s just a hard truth that talent isn’t equally doled out to everyone. Some people have undeniable amounts of it, and others make a living writing about those people. But whatever your level of talent, some credit has to go to your parents. Travis and Lyn-Z Pastrana’s daughters are getting a double scoop. Both parents are action sports icons, and clearly they aren’t wasting any time getting their daughters ready for that life, should the girls choose to go down that road. In fact, their oldest, Addy, is already living life in the fast lane.

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Best Take Your Daughter to Work Day ever?

Every parent wants to provide the maximum amount of options for their children. Clearly Travis and Lyn-Z aren’t limiting their kids to dirtbikes.

And you can’t forget carting, as a great introduction to a promising career in rally cross or NASCAR.

We were all young once, even action sports superstars, so check out When R-Willy and Wheelz Were the Rookies on Tour. And if you want to see the Nitro Crew live, hit this link for details on where we’ll be next!

Nitro and the Impractical Jokers Put on a Night to Remember

Nitro Circus got a chance to put some civilians to the ultimate test Thursday night when the Tenderloins from Impractical Jokers met the Crew for their show’s season finale, the Impractical Jokers Live: Nitro Circus Spectacular. Travis Pastrana brought a group of Nitro’s best FMX athletes to the Prudential Center in New Jersey to wow the crowd, and some of the top minds in action sports designed an obstacle course to test the skills of Joe, Sal, Q, Murr, and surprise pinch-runner Joey Fatone — with the winner getting $100,000 for his favorite charity. But the real test began well before Thursday’s live show.

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A couple weeks ago the Jokers came to Pastranaland for a little training session. We brought in some of the finest ramp builders and action sports veterans to help design the course — we’re talking Nate Wessel, Comb-Over Steve, Trip Taylor, and Travis himself. The goal was to take a look at the Jokers’ skill level so that we could design a course tailored to their strengths and weaknesses. Our only stipulations were that we wanted to include references to the Impractical Jokers TV show, which is why we ended up with tire babies and a vat full of mashed potatoes. Don’t ask; just go with it. The toughness bar was set early on Day 1 when Q rolled his quad and had to take a trip to the hospital.

He ended up with some broken ribs and nerve damage, and the worst punishment of all: The doctors benched him for the live show. The audience was bummed to hear the news, but FMX legend Adam Jones treated the crowd to a KOD backflip to get the party started. AJ was joined by Beau Bamburg, Jarryd McNeil, Mike Mason, Garrett Ahlf, and Dustin Miller. Here’s a gallery of the FMX highlights from the night (click the thumbs to enlarge):

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Joey Fatone came in to replace the tenderized Tenderloin Q. And Joey ended up being quite the ringer, so if we were one of the other three Jokers, we’d probably ask to see those doctor’s orders. The live audience went nuts for Fatone, who’s been on Impractical Jokers before, and the stage was set for a fun night. After some preamble and clips from the Impractical Jokers show, Murr was punished Nitro-style:

He looks like he’s having fun, right? On to the obstacle course action! First up was Joe, and … what’s the nicest way to say this … Joe had a tough time. The course consisted of rolling down a ramp in a zorb, bouncing across a series of trampolines, running blindfolded through the tire babies (tires with doll arms and legs attached to them), riding a pitbike across a series of hills and logs, riding a quad around a tight-cornered course, riding a scooter down a ramp and across a skinny rainbow bridge over a vat of mashed potatoes, and taking a leap of faith (three covered doors, only one of which was actually open). Here’s a gallery to help you get the idea (click the thumbs to enlarge):

Joe - Impractical Jokers - Nitro Circus

Nothing went right for Joe. He wiped out on his pitbike, had trouble with his quad, and guessed wrong twice in a row at the leap of faith, resulting in an emergency timeout while Travis fished him out of the nearby scaffolding. It was not a promising start for the Jokers. Sal was up next and had a way better run than Joe, which in this case just means that no medical attention was required. The obstacle course was wide open for the taking when Fatone stepped up and absolutely left Joe and Sal in the dust. Fatone was the best on the motorbikes, and though you might not guess it, he was agile and fast. Q was obviously pumped after the fantastic run:

But then it was Murr’s turn. During practice, he showed some of the most promise, adapting quickly to everything and with a lack of hesitation that action sports enthusiasts will recognize as the best way to avoid failure. Sometimes you just gotta go for it and ride it out. Murr delivered, even catching some air on the pitbike to clear the tabletop of the first obstacle feature (which he later admitted was an accident, but hey, it still counts):

Murr absolutely killed it (again, relatively speaking here, let’s not get crazy), and he won easily with the best time. That brought us to the ultimate punishment. The Impractical Jokers fans voted on who should be punished, and they chose Sal. So we put him in a harness and hoisted him 150 feet in the air, dangled him back and forth for a bit. Oh, we forgot to mention: He’s afraid of heights. But hopefully he’s not also afraid of dessert, because next we swung him directly into a giant cake, in honor of his birthday on Nov. 5. Happy birthday, big guy!

We were pumped to be able to help these guys celebrate the end of their season with a bit of Nitro flair, and hey, maybe next time we can try motorbikes and obstacles designed for grown-ups? What do you say, guys?

For somewhat higher stakes, check out a sneak peek of Ethen’s new webseries, and watch that time the Nitro Crew fought zombies … and failed.

When R-Willy and Wheelz Were the Rookies on Tour

This year we’ve seen Nitro superstars like Ryan Williams and Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham scorch the action sports world. R-Willy upended the BMX competition at the Nitro World Games, and Wheelz was nominated for an Espy. Would you believe that once upon a time both of them were just young lions on tour, learning the ropes and paying their dues?

To look at R-Willy now, it’s difficult to imagine that there’s anything we could teach him. He’s become the master. But there was that one time Dov Ribnick had to discipline him for overlooking a very important detail:

It’s normal to stumble a little when you’re new to something. In fact, it’s expected if we’re talking about riding Giganta for the first time. That is, unless you’re Wheelz. The story of his first trip down the big ramp is pretty darned inspiring. Check out how Wheelz earned his place in the Nitro Crew:

Cherishing the memories of past Nitro Tours? So are we. Check out 11 Awesome Photos James Foster Took on Tour. And if you want to see Wheelz and R-Willy live, hit this link for details on where we’ll be next!

Ethen Roberts Drops a Sneak Peek at a New Webseries

This week Ethen Roberts offered us a small preview of a new webseries he’s filming, and it looks incredible. You can’t help but wonder if Utah’s amazing landscape was made specifically for Ethen and the rest of the legendary Godfrey Clan. It would be tough to come up with a better person to host a show set there. Ethen grew up exploring Utah on virtually every type of actions sports contraption, so for him its fabled backcountry is a playground as well as a serious platform for progression. Check it out:

Utah is a dramatic backdrop for filming action sports, and as we’ve seen in the past, Ethen will use every inch of it. Here’s a clip of Ethen and friends on an epic backcountry snowboarding trip:

If you enjoyed that, you’re going to love the Top 5 Photos From Crazy Nitro Circus Side Trips. And if you want to experience a Nitro show and see Ethen ride in person, hit this link for details on where we’ll be next!

Travis Pastrana Is Headed to the ‘Big Buck’ Championships

Travis Pastrana is going to Austin, Texas, this weekend for yet another world championship competition, which won’t surprise most Nitro fans, since he’s an action sports legend who has more medals, trophies, and records than any mortal human should. But this weekend’s competition isn’t something you’ll be seeing as an event at the next Nitro World Games. This is the Big Buck World Championships. And it’s deadly serious.

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Big Buck Hunter is a series of hunting arcade games that you’ll find in your finer drinking and dining establishments. The first one came out in 2000, and since then it’s spawned spinoffs and sequels and a legion of die-hard players who are among the most competitive people you’ll meet — sound like Nitro’s fearless leader, or what?

Right now, Travis is sitting at 46th on the World Championship leaderboard. But he has the advantage of experience. Not only has he competed at the highest level of action sports for decades, this is also not his first Big Buck World Championship. He’s been to a few, placing 12th in 2011 and 8th in 2010, right behind Streetbike Tommy, which has to sting a bit. Travis also has a Big Buck arcade game at home. Check out the video at this link, where Travis and Comb-Over Steve play at Pastranaland. For the inside story on Steve’s “I lost a bet” neck tattoo, click here (yes, it’s tangentially Big Buck-related). And here’s a video from the 2012 championship where Travis talks more about his love of Big Buck:

The ninth annual Big Buck World Championships will feature 64 competitors, all of whom qualified by scoring in the top tier for each of five national tournaments. By the way, this is just a game, but the grand prize is $20,000. Do you know how many rounds of Big Buck you could play with that kinda change? It’s all going down Nov. 4th and 5th, and you can watch it live on the Big Buck Twitch channel.

For more Nitro Circus action, learn how R-Willy sticks the nothing front bikeflip, and see Brandon Schmidt work on his latest trick.

The Nitro Crew in Costume: All Dressed Up With Nothing to Ramp

If you’re a member of the Nitro Crew, costumes come with the gig; it doesn’t matter what time of year it is. That’s because whatever we’re out doing — whether it’s skydiving, riding, learning to be a knight, you name it — anything that’s fun to do is twice as fun in a giant chicken suit. Here are some of the best moments of the Nitro Crew taking costumes way too far:

Look, up in the sky! It’s an eagle! And a chicken! And … a bear?

The crown jewels are always at risk when the Crew is out having a good time. At least here there’s an authority figure explaining exactly how to protect them:

Sometimes when we dress up it’s purely for fun, but in the following case we knew that if we weren’t in costume, this whole scene would have somehow been even more disturbing:

If you thought that was fun, you’re going to want to watch the Nitro Crew battle zombies … and lose. And if you want to experience a Nitro show and see Bilko ride in person, hit this link for details on where we’ll be next!

That Time the Nitro Crew Fought Zombies … and Failed

At Nitro Circus, it doesn’t have to be Halloween for us to dress up in costumes or get scared out of our minds, but when this time of year rolls around, it does get us thinking about all the fun we’ve had doing those things. Like that time we stepped up to a zombie apocalypse simulation, ready to prove that if the dead do ever walk the Earth, the Nitro Crew will be among the survivors who eventually turn back the shambling horde. But what actually happened was we failed miserably in almost every way, from basic teamwork to being mindful of 21st-century social norms. But whatever! It was fun. Check it:

You want to see scary? Learn how R-Willy executes the absolutely bonkers nothing front bikeflip, and watch Gregg Duffy hit a standard FMX ramp for the very first time (three months after landing the World First double frontflip).

3 Moments of Pure Fear With R-Willy and Chris Haffey

Here comes Halloween, the season where we celebrate all things scary! Next to any holiday that requires fireworks, Halloween is a favorite for us. The Nitro Crew have a blast performing tricks and stunts that would scare the bejeezus out of most people. You might think that makes Nitro athletes fearless, but the truth is, anyone who claims to have zero fear 100 percent of the time just hasn’t been fully put to the test. At some point everyone — even Nitro athletes — will experience fear. It’s what you do with that fear that makes all the difference. Check it out:

Ryan Williams recently shared a scary moment he had a few years ago at Pastranaland. Check it out:

That’s scary in the moment, but what about having to face a true fear head-on? Chris Haffey is a monster on inline skates and has no problem dropping in on Giganta, but he’s not a fan of the bigger heights (and we don’t blame him a bit):

Then, for mortal human comparison, there was the time Travis Pastrana took Late Late Show host James Corden for a spin in his RZR. James couldn’t be in better hands here, but despite the fact that he is in no real danger, the look on his face is priceless.

What most would call scary, the Nitro Crew call epic. Check out Five Epic Clips From Travis Pastrana, Ethen Roberts, and Colten Moore. And if you want to experience a Nitro show, hit this link for details on where we’ll be next!

Bilko Brings Doughnuts to the Kart Track

Blake “Bilko” Williams is a funny man with not-so-funny FMX skills, but did you know he’s also an incredible rallycross driver? He made his debut in 2015 and placed second at a Red Bull GRC event in 2016. While he’s making a real statement as a serious driver, he is rarely able to bury the clown for long. And nothing seems to bring it out of him faster than a trip to a karting track, where he gets to enjoy a little bit of consequence-free driving. You’d better pour yourself some coffee, because Bilko’s bringing the doughnuts:

And in case that wasn’t enough, here’s some more extreme karting with Bilko:

If you thought that was fun, you’re going to want to see more proof that Bilko is a clown. And if you want to experience a Nitro show and see Bilko ride in person, hit this link for details on where we’ll be next!

Schmidty’s Pushing BMX Progression With a New Trick

Pro snowboarder Brandon Schmidt charged headfirst into the BMX world this year, landing the elusive triple backflip on tour and turning in an impressive showing at the first-ever Nitro World Games. And clearly Schmidty’s not slowing down. The latest trick he’s working on is a double backflip tailwhip 360, which sounds like a build on Jed Mildon’s double backflip tailwhip and Matty Whyatt’s backflip tailwhip to late 360, both World Firsts. The trick is a mouthful, but if he gets it dialed in, the rest of the BMX world is going to have to dig deep to top it. Check it out:

For more action sports news, check out the Nitro News Feed, and if you want to learn how Schmidty went from rollerboard hero to BMX pioneer, check out Schmidt Trades His Board for a Bike for the Nitro World Games!

R-Willy Explains How He Does the Nothing Front Bike Flip

In October 2015, we brought you the news that Ryan Williams had landed the World First nothing front bike flip at a Nitro Circus Live show, and while our audiences had been dropping their jaws at the trick for the last year, R-Willy’s big win at the Nitro World Games made the trick a household name. So we caught up with R-Willy and asked him to walk us through how he does the hottest trick around.

The perfect jump to finish the tour! 📽@jedmildon #nitrocircus #bikeflip #lastshow #perfect #ending #bmx #happy #rwilly

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“This trick is all about technique,” he says. “I can always immediately tell if I have done it wrong or right.” He reminds us that a straight air is surprisingly difficult on a ramp that size, and as huge as this trick is, its base is a straight air. “The motion I do to create the frontflip motion of the bike isn’t just pushing forward; it’s kind of like circular motion that actually starts with pulling the bike into me a little bit,” he continues. “This is because you want the bike to flip close to you, not just be pushed away, but not too close — otherwise you will end up with tire burn on your face or chest.”

This is the moment where he always knows for sure whether he’s got it dialed in. “About a quarter of a second after this point, I know if the bike is in the right spot and/or flipping fast enough, and I calculate where the handlebars will end up after the bike has done the frontflip,” he says. “Sometimes it spins perfectly and I have time to smile and laugh to myself, and sometimes I’m yanking the bike as hard as I can to get it underneath me.” Notice how in both scenarios he still sticks the trick. That’s what it’s like to ride in R-Willy’s world.

For more action sports news you can use, check out the Nitro News Feed, and if you want more R-Willy awesomeness, watch a couple more of his World Firsts: the BMX triple frontflip and the Silly Willy!

Gregg Duffy Hits Another Milestone

At Nitro we always say that there’s no correct path to progression in action sports — every athlete practices and gets better at a different pace and on their own timeline. But the path Gregg Duffy has taken is one for the books. In July, he landed the World First double frontflip in competition at the inaugural Nitro World Games, a huge feat that put the rest of the FMX world on notice. And just this last week, Duffy had another first: At Pastranaland, he took his first-ever standard FMX ramp practice runs. That’s right, the only man to ever double frontflip a dirtbike hadn’t ever hit a standard super kicker on a two-stroke until last week. To that point, he’d only ever hit the frontflip ramp. Check it out:

Duffy was never known for FMX before the double front — he came up competing in races. But this latest footage proves that he’s no one-trick rider. It will be awesome to see where he goes now that he’s rounding out his FMX arsenal.

For more action sports news, check out the Nitro News Feed, and if you want more Nitro World Games video, go watch all seven winning runs from the inaugural event!

Video Proof: Bilko Is a Clown

The life of an FMX athlete can be grueling, especially for a touring member of the Nitro Circus Crew. But there’s no one on the tour who makes it look easier than Blake “Bilko” Williams. On paper, Bilko is a legendary FMX competitor and performer, the winner of TransWorld’s rider of the year in 2009, and a highly qualified mechanic. On video, however, Bilko is Nitro Circus’ uncontested class clown:


5. Bilko Mic’d Up


Ever wondered what goes through the average FMX rider’s mind when they’re about to send a huge trick? It’s probably nothing like this.


4. Take Your Bilko to Work Day


You know that guy at work who the boss loves but who gets nothing done and distracts everyone? Yeah, we have one of those too.


3. Serious Joker


It’s difficult to describe Bilko in a few words, but we think Travis Pastrana summarizes it best. He’s the class clown that come showtime can be relied on to send serious tricks.


2. Bilko’s Favorite Moment


One of the most exciting things Nitro riders get to do is visit the world’s greatest cities. Most of them post Instagram photos of themselves in front of monuments and scenic views, because that’s what normal people do when they’re a tourist. Then there’s Bilko, who opted to spend his day in Tokyo as only he would.


1. Bilko Believes He Can Fly


I start to get that feeling and……

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Play us out, Bilko!

If you want to see more clips of our featured riders, you don’t want to miss 3 Videos That Will Make You Wish You Were Gavin Godfrey. And if you want to experience a Nitro show and see Bilko’s hijinks in person, hit this link for details on where we’ll be next!

3 Videos That Will Make You Wish You Were Gavin Godfrey

Nitro all-star Gavin Godfrey has had an absolutely incredible year, sticking huge tricks for us on tour, as well as making the podium in the inaugural Nitro World Games. With a few months off before Nitro hits the road again, Gavin hasn’t been taking it easy. In fact, over the last week or so, he’s shored up his home practice setup and is riding like a man possessed.

When the friends that drop by are BMX legends Colton Satterfield and Kurtis Downs, things are bound to go off. Check out these clips from Gavin’s Instagram, and let us know: What would you give to have a backyard session like these?

Cruising the yard! @eurotramp #doublebacKflip #trampolinetomototransfer @kurtisdowns @jswankers 🎥@pawkweird

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If you liked those and are looking for more, check out 5 Huge Mountain Bike Clips From Travis Pastrana, R-Willy, and More, and if you’re interested in seeing us live, head over to our tour page!

5 Huge MTB Clips From Travis Pastrana, R-Willy, and More

One of the disciplines that doesn’t get as much ink as FMX, BMX, scooter, and contraptions is mountain bike. More and more, the Crew is bringing MTB to the top of Giganta, and the results are, as usual, badass. Guys like Ryan Williams and Travis Pastrana himself have joined regulars like Gavin Godfrey and Dusty Wygle to stick some huge tricks with no mountains necessary. Here are five of our favorite clips we posted over the last year or so:


5. Pastrana’s Aussie Roll


Travis and Dusty competed to see who could stick the World First Aussie Roll on a mountain bike. Spoiler alert: Never compete with Travis.


4. Dusty’s Stack


Dusty is a man of many talents, and one of his favorites is mountain bike. Usually.


3. Dusty’s World First


In the interest of balance, this is proof that Dusty is aces on MTB.


2. R-Willy’s First-Ever MTB Run


And then R-Willy decides to give MTB a try. Plus a bonus Ethen Roberts cameo.


1. Gavin Godfrey Sticks One for Roner


Gavin stuck this one for Erik Roner, who we lost about a year ago. We miss you, buddy. 

If you liked these clips, you don’t want to miss 5 (More) of the Biggest Nitro BMX Clips. And if you want to experience a Nitro show and see something truly epic, hit this link for details on where we’ll be next!

VIDEO: 360 in the Park With Wheelz

Nitro’s resident WCMX pro, Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham, has landed a bunch of wheelchair World Firsts on Nitro Circus ramps around the world, but he got his start in the skatepark, and that is still one of his favorite spots to ride. For proof, check out this clip of him sticking a super smooth 360. “Now if only I could land one of these over a spine,” he said in the post. We’re sure that’s coming soon.

For more on Wheelz, check out this in-depth interview with him, and if you’re looking for more action clips, head over to 5 Epic Clips From Travis Pastrana and More!

5 Epic Clips From Travis Pastrana, Ethen Roberts, and Colten Moore

You could say Nitro Circus is in the business of living out epic moments and sharing them with the world. It’s the product of us just having fun at every stop in our live show, wherever we are between shows, and, against the advice of our insurers, at home with contraptions that weren’t meant for a human to ramp. We’ve been going back into our archives and revisiting some of the biggest clips we posted over the summer, including our first set of epic moments and this collection of huge crashes. We know you love it when we go big, so here are five more epic moments:


5. Travis’ Grand Canyon Jump


No, this is not how we retire old dirtbikes. This is Travis Pastrana combining two of his favorite activities, FMX and BASE jumping, for an insane jump into the Grand Canyon.


4. The Heli-Skate


Here’s a great example of a low altitude low opening (LALO) to skatepark jump. Just kidding — that isn’t a thing. These folks are just crazy and have a helicopter.


3. Putting Your Back Into It


Colten Moore falls a little short of a full frontflip, but you can’t say he didn’t put his back into it. Keep working on that trick, Colten!


2. Do as We Say, Not as We Do


Utah is incredible. You can ski, climb, ride, anything. Except this. Don’t do this.


1. Epic POV


There’s nothing more epic than experiencing a huge trick from Travis’ POV. Especially when he’s hitting his massive big air ramp at Pastranaland. As you can see, airbag or not, it’s a long fall.

Want to see more epic clips? Check out 5 Epic Nitro Video Clips From the Summer. And to make sure you don’t miss a chance to see us live, hit this link for details on where we’ll be next!

5 CRASHES: A Trip Back to Travis Pastrana’s Foam Pit and More

If you’re in the business of throwing yourself off ramps, you’re going to crash, probably a lot. There’s going to be some bumps and scrapes and maybe even a little embarrassment, thanks to the fact that everyone is able to record video on their phones, so now we get to witness many of the best wipeouts in all their glory. We’ve been revisiting some of the biggest clips we posted over the summer, including a collection of epic crashes, along with some of the most glorious moments in BMX and FMX. You love those stacks, though, so here are five more crazy failures we posted this summer:


5. Taking the Backseat


Let’s face it, action sports is a culture of outliers — the students in the back of class. But there are definitely moments you should take a seat near the front, like when you’re attempting a four-person backflip.


4. Bell Ringer


There’s really two ways to look at this. Glass half empty: Getting so close to sticking a double frontflip, only to flip over the handlebars at the last second. Glass half full: He walked away.


3. Sending It Too Far


Hey grasshoppers, here’s a few pearls of wisdom: Don’t bring a catapult to a game of catch, and make sure you do a speed check before you send it over a ramp.


2. Ethen’s Superman Double Backflip to Frontflip Splat


When Ethen Roberts attempted this superman double backflip, he accidentally added a frontflip followed by the holy grail of wipeouts — the total separation of rider and bike. Golf clap, Ethen.


1. Speed Adjustment


It takes something special to mess up a foam pit jump so badly that you end up on a list of epic crashes, but here we are. You may remember Streetbike Tommy making his mark here. And we all know not to turn right. Well, it turns out hitting the ramp at the proper speed is also important.

We just wrapped our epic summer-long tour! Check out some Highlights From This Year’s North America Tour. And believe it or not, we already have dates for the next tour, so hit this link for details on where we’ll be next!

WATCH: 5 Epic Nitro Video Clips From the Summer

This summer’s North America tour is winding down, and it has been an absolutely epic year. The athletes have crisscrossed the world several times over. We all should be ready for some time off, right? Sure, except when the Nitro Crew get time off, they don’t shy away from continuing to do epic stunts. We’ve been revisiting some of the biggest clips we posted over the course of the summer, such as the biggest BMX clips and Wheelz’s biggest moments. Here are five of the most epic moments we shared this summer:


5. Travis Is Ready for the Fall


We’d like to celebrate the arrival of fall … with a fall. That is, that time Travis Pastrana accomplished the trike to BASE jump.


4. Super Bilko


Bilko channels Evel Knievel with this little stunt, proving you can be epic in your own front yard.


3. Crazy Boy


We are indebted to Crum for this little pearl of wisdom: The worst thing about a La-Z-Boy is you can’t steer it.


2. Car Wash


Before they invented the no-touch car wash, there was the exfoliating car scrub.


1. Buggy Jump


In short, don’t try this at — or above — your home.

Epic tricks sometimes results in some epic crashes. Check out Five of the Biggest Crash Clips of the Summer. And if you want to experience a Nitro show and see something truly epic, hit this link for details on where we’ll be next!