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!

 


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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

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.

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.

Travis Sticks an Aussie Roll on a Mountain Bike | World Firsts

This week in London Travis Pastrana showed once again why he’s still the main man. It started with a huge sold-out show at the O2 Arena, which left the Crew and the crowd reeling from the adrenaline. Trav woke up the next morning feeling beat up but stoked and decided he was going to land a trick he’d been working on for three years, so he rounded up the troops and got to the venue early for a throwdown before that night’s show. The twist: He was planning to stick a World First on a mountain bike — and Dusty Wygle had been working on the same trick, also for about three years. Dusty, of course, was not going to let this record fall without a fight.

Travis Pastrana lands the World First Aussie Roll on a mountain bike - Nitro Circus

The trick in question goes by many names, depending on what’s being ridden, where you are in the world, and how you’re feeling that day. So you can call it an Aussie roll, a double backflip 360, a double cork 1080, or whatever you feel like, really. Travis says, “Snowboarding calls it a double cork 1080 because it’s three off-axis spins and you go inverted twice. Basically, two flips and one spin. Basically, flip-90-180-flip-90. Everyone does it a little different, but a scooter kid from Australia dubbed it an ‘Aussie roll,’ and the name stuck.” With us so far? We’ll call it an Aussie roll from here on out to keep it simple.

To make things even more interesting, Dusty laid Travis 5-to-1 odds for a $100 bet on who would land it first. Now, for those who don’t know, Dusty is aces on pretty much any type of wheeled vehicle (and several that shouldn’t have wheels). Nitro found him because he’s killer on pitbikes, but we soon discovered that he’s willing to take anything off a ramp and is lights out at everything he tries. He’s also been quietly becoming great on a mountain bike, which is currently his favorite discipline. Travis can do anything, we know, but his primary ride, as we also know, is a dirtbike. And this is a trick no one’s ever done on a mountain bike.

Dusty Wygle looks on Travis Pastrana lands the World First Aussie Roll on a mountain bike - Nitro Circus

That’s all to say: Dusty’s confidence that he could land the Aussie roll on a mountain bike before Travis was justified. It might not be 5-to-1 sure, but he wasn’t wrong to feel certain. He probably, statistically speaking, should have taken home that Benjamin. But history has shown what Travis Pastrana thinks of statistics, and he was first up. They needed a little extra kick, so they brought out the ramp James Foster uses for the triple backflip. Travis took two warm-ups and then just went for it.

Dusty was out $500 before he could tighten his laces, and Travis, well, he took to Facebook soon after to post the video and sum up why we’re so lucky to do what we do: “Putting on a show in front of tens of thousands of people is an amazing feeling. But sessions like this morning’s practice with just your friends are what we live for.”

We’re on tour in Europe right now, and we’ll back this summer! We’re also headed to Australia and North America, where we’ll kick off the inaugural Nitro World Games. Hit those links for more details, and come see this insanity live!

Josh Sheehan: The Last Unicorn | Featured Rider

They call him The Unicorn. In 2015, the impossible became reality when Aussie FMX legend Josh Sheehan landed the first-ever triple backflip on a motorcycle at Pastranaland in Maryland. And beginning Feb. 9, you’ll be able to own Road to the Unthinkable, the NBCSN documentary that follows the intense, six-year journey to make the triple happen. To find out what life is like after such a historic moment, we caught up with Sheeny in his hotel room a couple hours before a Nitro show in Oslo, Norway. In addition to sticking huge World Firsts, the Nitro veteran travels the world with us, throwing double backflips (the only athlete in the world who does so consistently), big whips, ruler flips, and more. But despite being a world-famous FMX progression junkie, Sheeny’s heart will always be on his farm in Australia.

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You wouldn’t go so far as to call him a homebody, but it’s clear that even with his historic accomplishments in the sport of FMX, some of the things that excite him most are back on the farm. When we first get in touch, right out of the gate he’s talking about projects he’s got going on in Donnybrook, an apple farming community a couple hours outside of Perth in Australia. “Just had a few exciting things happen at home,” he says, mentioning a new “shed” (though we suspect in reality this is closer to what we’d describe as a “hangar”) he’s building to accommodate all his hobbies, which include working on cars, go-carts, and of course motorbikes. But the conversation gradually steers to the triple.

Sheehan landed the historic trick in April 2015, but that moment was years in the making. Everything about it was unprecedented: the ramp setup, the air bag for training, and the level of danger involved. For context, the double is still considered almost impossible for most FMX riders.

“For the triple flip, it’s not really a trick. The ramp is just so different from anything else; it’s so far from anything else we do on a bike,” he says. That ramp is a 36-footer that goes basically straight vertical, a size and angle you can’t really appreciate until you’re standing next to it, looking up. “That setup was ridiculous. When I looked at it, I used to just think, ‘That’s stupid.’ A lot of people don’t realize how big that takeoff was.”

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But, ultimately, avoiding thoughts like that was one of the keys to his success. Instead, he focused on the mechanics of the trick. “Building up to it, if I just stood there and looked at it, it looked ridiculous, so I had to kind of just step back and know that if I hit it at [the right] speed and did these certain things at these times, then it would work. And I just had to focus on getting all that done right.”

For him, that focus and the practice reps were integral. Also, being in good shape didn’t hurt. It requires crazy strength to get a dirtbike to do three rotations, and that alone is a limiting factor when it comes to even being able to try. “I’ve just been brought up to be active, strong, fit. The harder you train, the easier everything else becomes,” he says. And, of course, life on the farm is tailor-made for that purpose: “I try to be active at home, active with work, with manual labor — digging and working around the farm. And I try to run, row, or cycle, keep my cardio fitness up.” He also lifts weights sometimes, we assume because you can’t just go out digging any old place. His training on the bike contributes to him staying in shape as well. The key is variety, he says. “I try to mix it up. It’s nothing specific — a bit of everything. The more you mix it up, I think, the more you benefit.”

On the day of the triple attempt, Sheeny came out very quiet and very intense. “At least right before going, I knew what I was going to do would work,” he says. “I just had to run through the process in my head and not think about anything else that could happen or any other possibility, because for me there was no other option but to land it. I just kept running through it, kept telling myself it would all be OK, and just trying to keep as calm as possible.”

Not to put too fine a point on it, but when he says there was no other option, he means it. This was a stunt where missing the mark would have been catastrophic. He obviously landed it, but the amount of work that went into it is incredible and inspiring, so be sure to check out Road to the Unthinkable to get the whole story.

Josh’s farm upbringing was the perfect place to get into dirtbikes early. “Being on the farm, there were always a couple of ag bikes around.” Those ag bikes, also known as farm bikes, are slightly modified dirtbikes meant for use in agriculture operations. They’re essentially how you get around efficiently when there are acres and acres of land between yourself and where you need to be at any given moment. “No one lived real close to each other,” Josh says. Those utilitarian bikes, combined with that distance and rural setting, helped spur the career of one of the most important FMX riders ever.

The natural progression took him to racing first, which he enjoyed and did well for a while. But he soon found his true calling. “I just always had a passion for being up high in the sky,” he says. “I did love racing; I did love pushing myself and trying to beat everyone else.” Still, FMX became his focus. “Eventually, it just took over, and I wanted to do it more and more,” he says.

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Josh isn’t exactly sure why some riders stick to racing, while others are all about freestyle (many do both, of course, but the reasoning behind that is a little easier to understand). Part of it, he thinks, is having a competitive spirit versus having a drive to see what craziness is possible. “Some people want to be extreme and be different. … I love pushing the limits,” he says. “I know a lot of racers that are very good that just think, ‘No way, I don’t want to hit jumps like that. It’s crazy, too dangerous.'”

Interestingly, it was a competition that led to his involvement with Nitro. He did well in one of the first big FMX competitions in Australia, which happened to be run by some of the original founders of what would eventually become Nitro Circus. They asked Sheeny to join up, and though he had to miss that first tour while he wrapped up other obligations, he came on board for our second tour and has been a featured member of the Crew ever since, traveling the world year after year.

He doesn’t come out and say it, but there’s a sense that being away from the farm is not his favorite thing. His home comes up naturally a lot when you talk to him, and the way he describes life on the road hints that he feels happiest back in Donnybrook. It’s an endearing trait for an insanely talented FMX rider who’s also one of the most admired and nicest guys on tour.

“Sheeny is the definition of an athlete,” says Chris Haffey, Nitro’s resident inline guru. “He works really hard for what he does, and it shows when he rides his bike. … It definitely motivates the rest of us to put more work into our craft and bring the best we can every night.” Fellow Aussie FMXer Jarryd McNeil also weighed in: “Pretty stoked to see how Sheeny has come so far since the old days,” he says. “Touring the world with you, Sheeny — it’s been pretty awesome.”

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After an unforgettable 2015 that will be hard to top, he’s taking a measured approach to 2016, focusing primarily on three big competitions in the middle of the year: X-Fighters, X Games, and the inaugural Nitro World Games in Salt Lake City in July. That and staying healthy, which is easier said than done: Just after talking to us, a big wipeout at the Oslo show resulted in a broken clavicle for Josh and an earlier trip back to the farm than anticipated. No rider wants to end a tour early, but at least he’s back in the place he likes best, healing up for another big year.

We’re on tour in Europe right now, and after that we’re headed to Australia and North America, where we’ll also kick off the inaugural Nitro World Games. Hit those links for more details, and come see us live!

Oslo Detour, Female Frontflip, and Trike Trick | WildWeek

What a week! We are throwing down all over Europe right now, and we’re headed to Australia and North America next. You don’t want to miss the craziness, so hit those links for more info. We’re also getting pumped for the Nitro World Games this summer, so you better be ready for that. But first, you’re gonna want to see what we’ve been up to over the last week right here:

Get to know The Unicorn: Josh Sheehan - Nitro Circus

Get to Know FMX Backflip Artist Josh ‘The Unicorn’ Sheehan
Last year Josh Sheehan made history with the World First triple backflip on a motorcycle. We caught up with The Unicorn and learned what goes through your head before you hit the biggest ramp ever, what drives him as a freestyle pioneer, and his plans for 2016.  (Check it out here)

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Check Out Some Photos and Video From the Slopes of Norway
When we’re out on the road, we’re uber focused on throwing down for the awesome crowds, but in between shows we do our best to get out and see the sights. In Oslo, we got a chance to hit the slopes and make tracks at the awesome Winterpark.  (Check it out here)

Jolene Van Vugt with the World First female BMX frontflip over 40 feet

Learn What It Takes to Frontflip a BMX off the Giganta Ramp
You may know Jolene Van Vugt as one of the best FMX riders, but did you know she’s killer on BMX as well? We talked with her about how she became the first female to frontflip a BMX bike off the Giganta ramp, an enormous 40-foot gap. (Check it out here)

Gavin Godfrey and the World First tricycle double backflip no-hander

Watch the World First Tricycle Double Backflip No-Hander
The trikes are fan favorites in Nitro shows, and Gavin Godfrey is one of the baddest riders taking them off the big ramp. Check out this World First combo trick on one of the sketchiest rides we’ve got. (Watch it here)

On the Road With Nitro Circus

Watch On the Road With Nitro Circus: BUILDING THE CIRCUS
Ever wonder what it takes to get a stadium that’s designed for sporting events or concerts prepared to handle everything we throw at it? We’ve got you covered on this week’s episode, in which the behind-the-scenes crew turn a blank canvas into a work of art.  (Watch it here)

Also: Check out LiveLikeRoner.com to help support the family of Erik Roner. There’s a donation page set up, and they’re also selling great Live Like Roner hats, with all proceeds going to Roner’s wife and kids. Hit that link to learn more!

Keep up with all of our recent adventures in our previous WildWeek, and come back next week for more!

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The First Female BMX Frontflip Over 40 Feet | World Firsts

No detailed look at Nitro athletes who have World Firsts in multiple disciplines would be complete until we check in with Jolene Van Vugt, who is probably best know for her game-changing progression in FMX. As we’ve discussed, the co-mingling of action sports athletes from different disciplines has been one of the coolest things about Nitro Circus, as it’s giving talented people access to some of the best minds in other sports and leading to things like Jolene becoming the first woman to ever frontflip a BMX bike over 40 feet.

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Like so many World Firsts, this one came about on a whim. “I was actually practicing to learn a whole different trick, hucking myself into the foam pit repetitively, when frustration took over,” Jolene says. “So to take a break from that, I thought I would try something different.” For most of us, “try something different” means taking a new route to the office in the morning or getting a slightly different haircut, but for Jolene it meant going for a trick that no woman had ever landed over the distance that Nitro athletes jump in the show.

“Some of the Nitro BMX boys had explained and showed me in the past how to properly get a BMX frontflip around. So I took a deep breath, dropped in, and followed those instructions, sending a perfect 40-foot frontflip into the foam pit first try,” she says. “Right there I knew I could land it.” She practiced into the foam pit some more and decided to take it straight to Giganta in a show. But don’t let that fool you — the trick is difficult and dangerous.

Jolene Van Vugt and the BMX frontflip over 40 feet - Nitro Circus

“Frontflips are difficult for a few reasons. For me, it’s a blind trick until the last second when I can spot my landing,” she says. “The Giganta Ramp is a 40-foot gap, so the frontflip rotation puts a lot of force on my front end coming down from that height.” And as quickly as she dialed it in during practice, there were still some hurdles to get over before she rode away. “Because spotting my landing is difficult, I had a few crashes and, unfortunately, I have been knocked out doing this trick.”

Her successful attempt came during the first stop on Nitro’s 2014 Australia Cap City tour, in Perth. “It took me two tries/crashes in practice day of show to wrap my head around the trick on our Giganta,” she says. “I landed it on my third try, during our show that evening.”

Jolene says she’s always got new World Firsts in mind, and that if you like this one, you should check out Action Figures, which documents her landing three World Firsts in the span of seven months. She also wants the fans to know that she’s grateful for your support: “We appreciate so much that they come out to our shows, filling seats and cheering so loud for us. It’s because of them we get to do what we love! Nitro Circus has the best fans!”

Want the chance to see a World First happen live? We’re headed out on tour soon to Europe, Australia, and North America, where we’ll also kick off the inaugural Nitro World Games! Hit those links for more details, and come see us live!

Hitting the Slopes in Oslo Winter Park | Tour Detour

We’re only two stops into our tour of Europe, and after kicking things off with an awesome show in Stockholm, Sweden, we were lucky to roll into Oslo, Norway, with a couple days off to see what kind of trouble we could get into. Naturally, being a bunch of action sports athletes in Scandinavia in the winter, our first choice was to find some snowy hills we could ride, and Oslo Winter Park had exactly what we were looking for.

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The hill is just 20 minutes from the city, and (maybe because it was a foggy Monday) we practically had the place to ourselves — that’s 11 lifts, a terrain park, a halfpipe, and an Olympic-caliber superpipe to let some of our pent-up energy loose. Here are some of the highlights from the Crew:

Fun day snowboarding here in Oslo….pretty sure I broke my asshole today though.

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The Nitro crew hits Oslo Winter Park between shows in Europe - Nitro Circus

Luckily, everyone got in a full day of riding without any injuries, so the Crew was ready to throw down in Oslo on Wednesday night, and now we’re off to Munich, Prague, and a bunch more stops. Get ready Europe, because we’re just getting started!

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Come see us live! Tickets are still available for our shows currently going down in Europe, and after that we’re headed to Australia and North America, where we’ll also kick off the inaugural Nitro World Games! Hit those links for more details!

Europe Bound, Another Triple, and Naked Tuesday | WildWeek

Wahoo! We have officially started our 2016 tour of Europe, so stay tuned to our social media and check back here for updates from the road, or better yet, come out and see us live! If you can’t make it to one of those shows, don’t worry: We’re headed to Australia and North America next, and then of course the first-ever Nitro World Games this summer! But before you check out those links for more info and tickets, see how we spent the week leading up to our first big tour of 2016:

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See 5 of the Coolest Things That Happened at Nitro Shows in Europe
In anticipation of the big kickoff in Stockholm, we decided to compare stories about awesome things that have happened during past Nitro tours of Europe. We’re talking great crowds, big tricks, and World Firsts galore. Now we’re even more pumped for the shows. (Check it out here)

R-Willy with the World First scooter triple backflip

Watch R-Willy Analyze His World First Triple Backflip on a Scooter
We should probably just dedicate a space every week for a Ryan Williams World First, because inevitably we’re going to be telling you all about a new one. Even better, check out this video where he talks about one. (Watch it here)

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Watch Tommy & Crum: TRANKED
On this week’s episode, we get a peek into what sets an action sports athlete apart from the rest of us. Namely, the impulse to imagine doing something crazy and then actually doing it. It’s true of backflips and of shooting your friends with a tranquilizer dart. (Watch it here)

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Watch On the Road With Nitro Circus: SLOPES OF COLORADO
At Nitro Circus, we’re like the U.S. Postal Service: Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night can keep us from ramping off of whatever’s in front of us. In that spirit, some of the Crew tore up the slopes in Colorado during their downtime.  (Watch it here)

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Watch the Clip of the Week: NAKED TUESDAY
We’re not saying that Naked Tuesday isn’t real. But if Bilko is trying to get you to do something, it’s probably a good idea to be skeptical. Crum doesn’t know the meaning of the word “skeptical,” though, and he loves to be naked, so here we are. (Watch it here)

Also: Check out LiveLikeRoner.com to help support the family of Erik Roner. There’s a donation page set up, and they’re also selling great Live Like Roner hats, with all proceeds going to Roner’s wife and kids. Hit that link to learn more!

Keep up with all of our recent adventures in our previous WildWeek, and come back next week for more!

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The 5 Coolest Things From Nitro Shows in Europe

The Crew’s bags are packed, the gear is loaded, and we’re about to set off on a crazy European tour that you’re all invited to! To get us in the mood to throw down, we’ve collected five of our favorite Europe tour moments for you to check out. We can’t wait to come back through and see some of our favorite crowds in some of our favorite places and experience new places and faces too! The first show is Jan. 23, so you better get on it! Tickets and info are here, and for those who still need convincing, check these out:

5. One of the Biggest and Best Shows We’ve Ever Had — Geneva, Switzerland

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The fans get half the credit for this one. The Crew is pumped for every single show we do, so when they start to get extra pumped, you know something special is going on. When we rolled into Switzerland last summer, we were ready to put on a great show for what we knew was going to be a big crowd. What we didn’t know is how rowdy they would be! We feed off that energy, and the crowd gets rowdier, and it’s an amazing cycle that brings an energy you have to see to believe. Check out a recap of that show with more pics and video to see just how amped it got.

4. Side-by-Side FMX Body Varials — Dusseldorf, Germany

Back in 2012, we hit Dusseldorf, Germany, for another great show. As with all of our stops, the night was packed with awesomeness, but one of the highlights was Clinton Moore and Thomas Pagès performing side-by-side body varials. It looks straightforward enough at regular speed, but when we get to the super-slo-mo replay, it becomes clear just how sketchy this trick can get:

3. Steve Mini, Bilko, and Another Amped Show — Budapest, Hungary

Gotta give another assist to the crowd on this one, as we were blown away by how awesome the Hungarian fans are! Then, Steve Mini stuck a crazy combo flip (which you might just see him attempt if you come out to a show) and Bilko … well, Bilko is Bilko, what can we say?

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Check out a recap and tons of pics and video from this show!

2. R-Willy’s Three World Firsts in One Show — Saint Petersburg, Russia

Ryan Williams is a man who needs no introduction, especially if you’re a fan of World First tricks. But one night in Saint Petersburg, he outdid himself with three World Firsts in one show. We can’t guarantee you’ll see a World First  in person if you come out to one of our live shows, but we can guarantee you won’t see a World First in person if you don’t. Check out what you might be missing:

1. Ethen Roberts and the Scorpion Double Backflip — Berlin, Germany

Again, we’re hitting World Firsts fairly often, so if you come see us live you have a fair chance to see a trick that’s never been done before. Fans in Berlin had that chance when Ethen Roberts busted out a huge World First on one of our recent European tours. At the time we asked the question: Is this the biggest bike trick ever? What do you think?

What will our next Europe tour bring? Well, we’re all about upping our game, so you better come find out!

For tickets and info for the current Europe tour, click here. And if you’re not in Europe, why aren’t you? Europe’s great! But, OK, we’re headed to Australia and North America next. And come see the inaugural Nitro World Games this summer!

Scorpions, Snakes, and R-Willy | WildWeek

Another badass week down, and we’re riding ever closer to the kick off of our European tour, after which we’re headed to Australia and North America, and then before you know it it will be time for the first-ever Nitro World Games! The time is flying, which is just how we like it. But while we’re gearing up for what’s to come, the action never stops around here, so before you hit those links for info and tickets, check out all the other cool stuff we’ve been up to:

Ethen Roberts with the World First scorpion double backflip - Nitro Circus

Watch Ethen Roberts Stick an FMX Trick on a Mountain Bike
One of the reasons Nitro athletes are so innovative is all these disciplines mixing together. With BMX, mountain bike, and skate riding side-by-side with moto, quad, and snowmobile, you’re bound to get things like Ethen Roberts’ World First scorpion double backflip. (Watch it here)

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See R-Willy Land a World First Trick on Scooter and BMX
Speaking of mixing disciplines, how about that Ryan Williams? We’ve told you before about how he landed three World Firsts in one night; now, find out about the time he landed only two — but on two different types of ride. (Check it out here)

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Watch Tommy & Crum: DEADLIEST SNAKE
Danger comes with the territory when you’re a professional action sports athlete. But usually that danger comes in the form of a bad stack, rather than one of the deadliest snakes in the world: the black mamba. Hey, we like to mix it up sometimes. (Watch it here)

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Watch On The Road With Nitro Circus
In this new webseries, we give you an inside look at life on the road — not backstage but out in the wild, where we get to take our toys and cut loose in the great places and secret gems around the cities we visit on tour. (Watch it here)

Ryan Williams working on yet another World First

Watch the Clip of the Week: PROGRESSION
So we talked about R-Willy’s 720 frontflip above. Here’s a sneak peek at the evolution. And spoiler alert: It’s not just adding a rotation. How long before he sticks this one in a show? Will you be there to see it happen?  (Watch it here)

Also: Check out LiveLikeRoner.com to help support the family of Erik Roner. There’s a donation page set up, and they’re also selling great Live Like Roner hats, with all proceeds going to Roner’s wife and kids. Hit that link to learn more!

Keep up with all of our recent adventures in our previous WildWeek, and come back next week for more!

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720 Frontflip on Scooter and BMX | World Firsts

Ryan Williams has landed a ton of World Firsts, and there are surely more coming, but one of the most impressive things about his riding is that his records are in two disciplines: scooter and BMX. It’s almost like cheating to be that good in more than one action sport, and that versatility has never shined more than when he lands the same World First trick on scooter and BMX — especially when he does it all in the same show.

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The 720 frontflip — a frontflip with two full rotations — is difficult for several reasons. A frontflip on its own is hard because hucking yourself forward goes against your momentum off the lip. And it takes quite a lot of strength to throw yourself and your ride around all the way twice to complete the 720. So from a physics standpoint, the odds are not in your favor. But the most difficult part of this trick is that you can’t spot your landing until the very last second. “This trick is all about feel — I don’t see what I’m doing until I’m about to land,” R-Willy says. Which can lead to disaster … for most of us. But not, of course, for this kid.

He did it on his scooter first, but get this: He never even practiced on BMX. “I knew if I could do it on scooter, I could do it on BMX,” he says. We’re not sure what your ratio of confidence to skill has to be to make it big in action sports, but you definitely have to have tons of both. R-Willy’s confidence and skill have never failed him, so he just went for it. Or, as he puts it: “Straight up balls to the wall!” Which means, of course, that when you watch him do it in this video, that’s literally the first time he ever tried it:

Stomped it twice! And R-Willy’s not done, either. When asked what’s next, he said: “Let’s add another rotation soon!” We’re sure he’ll get around to it right after he sticks a bunch of other World Firsts without any practice whatsoever.

Want the chance to see a World First in person? We’re headed out on tour soon to Europe, Australia, and North America, where we’ll also kick off the inaugural Nitro World Games! Hit those links for more details, and come see us live!

Kicking Off the New Year | WildWeek

Happy New Year, Nitro fans! We’re excited to be bringing you the first WildWeek of 2016, a year that is bound to make 2015 look like a light practice session. First up, we’re bringing the Crew to Europe for a big show, and then we’re off to Australia and North America — where we’ll also bring you the inaugural Nitro World Games, as well as shows in more than 25 cities we’ve never been to in the U.S. and Canada. It’s gonna be huge! But before we get to that stuff, check out some of the cool ways we closed out 2015:

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Check Out the World First BMX Backflip Tailwhip to Late 360
It’s the trick whose name you can’t say 10 times fast! Matt Whyatt’s insane combo took him several years and more than a dozen dislocated shoulders to stick. We talked to Matty about what it takes to land such a difficult trick. (Full story here)

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Find Out What We’re Up to in 2016
It should come as no surprise that we’re revving our engines for a huge 2016. Last year was the biggest year in the history of Nitro Circus, and as is our style, we intend to top it this year with bigger tours to more places, World Firsts galore, and a ton of surprises! (Check it out here)

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Relive the Glory of Our Top 10 Moments From 2015
We counted down the biggest moments from 2015, and couldn’t believe everything we got to do last year. As such, the No. 1 moment on our list is essentially a timeline of our 2015, but be sure to click around and check them all out, because it was quite a year! (Check it out here)

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Watch 5 Amazing YouTube Videos You Might Have Missed
It’s easy to look at the numbers and choose our most popular videos of the year, but we also wanted to give props to some of the amazing videos we were very proud of that didn’t get the kind of attention they deserved. (Watch them here)

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Watch the Clip of the Week: WARRIOR TRAINING
Nitro athletes take their jobs very seriously, because they have to — we only ride with the best in the world. And to be the best, you have to practice. In this 45-second clip, you’ll see exactly what it looks like to work hard enough to stay on top.  (Watch it here)

Also: Check out LiveLikeRoner.com to help support the family of Erik Roner. There’s a donation page set up, and they’re also selling great Live Like Roner hats, with all proceeds going to Roner’s wife and kids. Hit that link to learn more!

Keep up with all of our recent adventures in our previous WildWeek, and come back next week for more!

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BMX Backflip Tailwhip to Late 360 | World Firsts

Our World Firsts come in all shapes and sizes. Some are jaw-dropping even for people who don’t follow action sports at all. Others are most impressive for those fans who understand the technical difficulty involved in an insane combo. A couple tours ago in Sydney, Matty Whyatt treated his home country to one of those BMX combos that had action sports enthusiasts on their feet and cheering.

Nitro Circus Live - Auckland

The BMX backflip tailwhip to late 360 is a mouthful, but its components are straightforward: backflips, tailwhips, and 360s are all very common tricks in parks and competitions all over the world. But when you combine them into a single trick, that’s when things get really interesting.

For Matty, it all started as sort of an accident while he was practicing another trick entirely, he says. “When I was learning flair whips into the foam pit I kept spinning too far on the 180. Then I decided it would be cool to do a backflip whip to 360.” So he started practicing into a foam pit. He kept at it for a year before he decided to try it on a regular ramp, and even then it was three more years before he landed it, which goes to show how dangerous and difficult this trick is.

“It’s really hard to do a 360 so late and close to the landing after coming out of a flip,” he says. “A lot of the time I flip too much and over-rotate onto my back.” That can have consequences, of course. He ripped his shoulder out of its socket more than 15 times attempting this trick, he says. That day in Sydney, though, he finally rode away:

Check out that landing, though! Hard to believe this was the first one ever — he looks like he’s been doing it for years, rather than just attempting it for years. Matty says he’d like to eventually add another whip in there to make it a backflip double whip to 360, at which point we’re going to request that he just name the trick so it’s easier to talk about. We imagine that conversation is going to have to happen, probably soon, because he leaves us with this: “If you fail, try, try, and try again.” That’s good advice for action sports and life in general.

All smiles before we ride a show! Change room sessions are awesome @nitrocircus #smile#nitrocircus#bmx

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Want the chance to see a World First in person? We’re headed out on tour soon to Europe, Australia, and North America, where we’ll also kick off the inaugural Nitro World Games! Hit those links for more details, and come see us live!

Why We’re Looking Forward to 2016

It’s true that 2015 was the biggest year yet for Nitro Circus. But if you know anything about us, you know that we’re all about progression, so you better believe that we’ve got our sights set firmly on 2016. If we don’t try to top ourselves, we’re not doing it right. So we’ve gathered a list of the things you can expect to see from us in the coming year — this won’t be everything, of course, but hopefully it will get you as pumped as we are for what the new year will bring.

Biggest Week in Action Sports Airs on NBC Jan. 3

We’re going start the new year by looking back: Our next NBC special chronicles the biggest week in action sports history. Last spring two giant records were attempted within days of each other at Pastranaland. The World First triple backflip on a motorcycle and the World First quadruple backflip on a BMX bike are both tricks that many have doubted were even possible, which is precisely why Travis Pastrana and the Nitro Crew set about making them happen. Watch how it all went down on NBC at 1:30 p.m. PT/4:30 p.m. ET on Jan. 3!

Travis Pastrana - Nitro Circus


“Live healthier.”
-Travis Pastrana’s New Year’s Resolution


Our Europe Tour Kicks Off Jan. 23

In a few short weeks we’ll be hitting the road, starting in Stockholm, Sweden, and putting up 20 shows across Europe for a full month of awesomeness! Come see us in Oslo, Munich, Prague, Manchester, Glasgow, and many more, including two shows in Russia. Click here for more information and tickets!

Ryan Williams - Nitro Circus


“Keep up my progression and continue to push the boundaries of what is possible in action sports!”
-Ryan Williams’ New Year’s Resolution


We’re Back in North America Starting April 15

We’re always excited to bring the show to the U.S. and Canada, but this year we’re especially excited because we’re hitting over 30 cities we’ve never been to before! That’s right, this year if you’re in Shreveport, Louisiana, you can grab tickets to a hometown Nitro show! Likewise if you’re in Edmonton, Alberta; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Eugene, Oregon; and dozens of other cities. Click here for the full list and to grab your tickets while they last.

Jed Mildon - Nitro Circus


“Discipline.”
-Jed Mildon’s New Year’s Resolution


We’ll Be Throwing Down Down Under Beginning May 7

Some of our best fans are our Australian fans, and there’s a good reason for that: Oz is where it all began for us a decade ago, so the Aussie fans have been with us since the beginning! In 2016 we’re coming back to our roots with a 10th anniversary show that has all the passion and explosiveness of that inaugural effort but with all the polish and progression that 10 years of experience allows. So click this link for more info and tickets, because you aren’t going to want to miss this one.

 


“Continue riding FMX, progressing, and traveling the world riding shows and performing.”
-Emma McFerran’s 2016 Goals


The Inaugural Nitro World Games Is Set for July 16

We’re counting down the days until the Nitro World Games changes action sports competition forever. This passion project from Nitro creator Mike Porra and Travis Pastrana is a one-night event that will award medals in seven events featuring all your favorite action sports: FMX, BMX, skateboard, inline, and scooter. Best of all, tickets are on sale now so you can come see it live. The three-hour competition will also be broadcast live on NBC and streaming on several digital platforms. Click here for tickets and more info!

The Nitro World Games - Nitro Circus


“Have a successful year with Nitro Circus, get a win in X Games, X-Fighters, and/or Nitro Games. Most importantly is to finish the year healthy and happy.”
-Josh Sheehan’s 2016 Goals


Tons of Surprises!

You better believe that a lot of the exciting things we’ll be getting up to in 2016 didn’t make this list. In 2015 Nitro athletes landed the FMX triple backflip, the BMX quad backflip, and the BMX triple frontflip, among a ton of other World Firsts. We like to preserve the element of surprise for our biggest moments, but just keep those 2015 milestones in mind when we tease you with this: You ain’t seen nothing yet. Happy New Year, Nitro fans!


“To become more patient.”
-Todd Meyn’s New Year’s Resolution


Nitro Circus Best of 2015: Instagram

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, which is why our Instagram so perfectly captures what 2015 was all about for us. Sure, some of these are technically videos, but what’s a video but a bunch of moving pictures? It was tough to narrow down the five Instagram posts that most captured our year, so we narrowed the list based on your likes and comments and then chose five that are just plain awesome. We’ll let you browse the rest to see our year in pictures. But first, check out our Top 5 Instagram posts of 2015:

Possibly the best selfie of all time. #NitroCircus

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Once a racer, always a racer. @travispastrana and the boys are loving the slick track at the @mgmgrand! #NitroCircus

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@rwillyofficial putting his ADD to good use. #NitroCircus

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Turn down for what?! @actioncam #NitroCircus #SonyActionCam

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We’re headed out on tour soon to Europe, Australia, and North America for live shows in all-new cities and to kick off the inaugural Nitro World Games! Hit those links for more details, and come see us live!

#1 Touring Around the World | WildYear 2015

We’ve had an amazing year filled with some of the best shows we’ve ever done, the best crowds we’ve ever had, and the biggest adventures we could have hoped for. So to close out 2015, we counted down our favorite moments, and we’ll be honest: We cheated a little with #1. Traveling the world doing what we love and entertaining fans has been so much more rewarding than we ever anticipated, and this year we went to more countries and more cities and met more amazing people than we ever have before. Along the way we saw some of the most amazing sights and had a ton of other crazy adventures. It really was the wildest part of our wildest year yet, so we decided to recap some of the highlights.

New Zealand

Nitro Circus Live

We started off 2015 in New Zealand, where we had great crowds in Wellington, Hamilton, Auckland, Dunedin, and Christchurch. While we were there Coby Toland helped us kick off our webseries The AmBADASSador and Tommy and Crum launched a webseries of their own. Between tour stops we got a chance to visit Franklin Farm in Tokoroa, which is one of the greatest action sports training and performance facilities going today, and Frost Farm, where we learned all about redneck wakeboarding (and wished we’d thought of it). What a tour! Check out some highlights from New Zealand from the original Skyline Luge in Rotorua to the beaches of Waiheke Island to spelunking in the Aranui Cave:

Hiking in Wellington

Check out our first show of the year in Wellington, New Zealand.

Frost Farm in Palmerston North

 

Skyline Luge in Rotorua

 

Spelunking in the Aranui Cave in Waitomo

 

Jet Boats and Pranks in Hamilton

Also in Hamilton, we talked with the guys about style, Tinder, Taylor Swift and tattoo fails.

Hanging on the Beach on Waiheke Island

While still in Auckland, the guys fit in a CrossFit workout and Chris Haffey gets his revenge. Then we headed over to Waiheke Island for a day at the beach. For more beach interviews, watch Red Beard bust some balls then hear Travis talk about the mind of a warrior.

Franklin Farm and Road Trip Adventures

Japan

Japan

People often ask us where we’re headed next, and our response is usually: Anywhere and everywhere, eventually! So when we start organizing tours, the first thing we take a look at is places we can go where we’ve never been before, and those are always exciting shows. It was our pleasure this year to bring the show to Japan for the first time ever. We put on four shows in two of the country’s biggest cities, Tokyo and Osaka, and we had a blast! We can’t wait to come back for more. Check out some highlights from our debut shows in Japan:

The Art of Kendo Fighting in Osaka

A few things may have been lost in translation, but it was incredible to see this crowd go wild. Then, watch Tommy learn how to sumo wrestle while Crum dresses up like a Geisha girl.

Bilko Messing With the Locals in Tokyo

Australia

Australia is like a second home to us (actually, it’s a first home to many of us, athletes as well as behind-the-scenes Nitro people), so the shows there are always a highlight of our touring year. Coby kicked off the tour by surprising people who least expected it, and fun times continued from there. In Sydney, we found out who’s really in charge at Nitro, and in Newcastle the boys decided it was time to get in shape.

We also had a chance to visit Bundaberg and get some practice and relaxation in with some snakes. But it wasn’t all hijinks! The Gold Coast show is where Travis Pastrana infamously attempted a double backflip side by side with Josh Sheehan. Most of you know how that went. We threw down in almost 10 cities along the way, so check out some highlights:

Brother-Sister Tandem FMX in Wollongong

 

Getting Fit in Newcastle

 

Side-by-Side Double Backflip at Cbus Super Stadium

 

Makeovers in Gold Coast

 

Ramps and Snake Wrangling in Bundaberg

 

Life-Size Hot Wheels in Darwin

 

North America – Leg 1

We kicked off the first leg of our 2015 North America tour in Florida, where we hit several cities with big shows. We brought along Ben Edwards for the whole tour to document the shenanigans from a fan’s perspective. His tour diary really captured what it’s like to ride with Nitro. Before leaving Florida we went skydiving on one of our off days, and then we headed up the coast to Atlanta and then to Nashville.

After that, it was on to New Jersey and then New York, where Erik Roner and Tommy got to spend an evening with Ronnie Reality playing with streetbikes. From there it was Pittsburgh, two stops in Missouri, and we wrapped it up in Oklahoma and Texas. And that was all in about two and a half weeks! But that’s the nature of the tour, and it’s part of the charm as well as the burden. Man, do we love it. Here are some highlights:

FMX Triple Backflip at Pastranaland

Check out the interviews and behind-the-scenes clips.

Scooter Triple Backflip in Jacksonville

See all the photos from our show in Jacksonville, Florida.

Skydiving With Travis in Orlando

See all the photos from our show in Orlando, Florida.

Street Performing in Nashville

See all the photos from our show in Nashville, Tennessee.

Streetbike Stunt Riding in New York

 

CrossFit in Philadelphia

See all the photos from the Bacon Festival in Pittsburgh, the Arch in St. Louis and our show in Kansas City.

Swift Roll in Tulsa

See our DreamJobber’s last show and learn more about the Swift Roll.

Adaptive Training and Trident Response Group in Dallas

Go back to see Part I of the guys’ Adaptive Training, then they take a break to race go-karts.

BMX Quad Backflip at Pastranaland

Check out the interviews and behind-the-scenes clips.

Europe

'Crazy Train' in Croatia - June 2015

Our 2015 Europe tour was one for the ages. We started out in Helsinki, Finland, then threw down in Denmark and Sweden. But before we left the Nordic countries, we took a detour to film some of our NBCSN series Crazy Train in Svanstein. We also had a disastrous hot dog eating contest before setting off for Budapest, Hungary. Then it was off to Austria and Switzerland, with a quick stop off in Croatia in between to film more Crazy Train. Next we headed to France, where Ethen Roberts attempted another world record blob stunt and Travis and Crum, well, you’ll see. Next we went to Spain and then back to Switzerland to close it out. Whew. And the year wasn’t even over after that! Check out some highlights:

Slingshot in Finland and Jet Skis in Sweden

Check out more of our adventures in Svanstein, Sweden.

BASE Jumping in Switzerland

 

Huge Crowds and Crazy Crashes in Geneva

See all the photos from building BMX ramps on the cliffs of Geneva, Switzerland.

Building BMX Ramps in Croatia

See all the photos from building BMX ramps on the cliffs of Croatia.

Combo Flips in Budapest

See all the clips and photos from our show in Budapest, Hungary.

World Record Blob Stunt in Nice

See all the clips and photos from Ethen’s World Record blob stunt in Nice, France.

Travis and Crum’s Paris Getaway

North America – Leg 2

We started the second leg of our North America tour in Washington, D.C. From there it was a whirlwind. In Philadelphia some of the Crew got a chance to ride at the legendary FDR Skatepark. After that it was Boston and then across the northern border to Toronto, for the show where Bruce Cook made history. From there we headed west, crisscrossing the border: Ottawa, Montreal, Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Fargo, Winnepeg, Saskatoon. What a blur! That was just over three weeks, and the next thing we knew we were on the West Coast in Vancouver, B.C., for one of the best crowds we had on the tour. In Tacoma, our next stop, Jarryd McNeil explained exactly why.

From there it was all about the West Coast: Portland and then Los Angeles and Anaheim, which were both special shows, with Southern California being the birthplace of action sports as we know it today. We hit several more cities in California and took a day off at Pismo Beach, where we brought some toys out to the dunes. Then it was off to Salt Lake City, and we finally wrapped up the year up in Las Vegas, with an amazing crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Check out some of the highlights:

Pitbikes at Pastranaland

 

Live Show in Washington D.C.

 

FDR Skatepark in Philadelphia

See more shots from our trip to FDR Skatepark here.

Ice Towing in Minnesota

 

First Paraplegic Moto Backflip in Toronto

Get the full story about Bruce Cook’s amazing accomplishment here.

Nothing Front Bike Flip

Hear from Ryan Williams about how he stuck the World First nothing front bike flip here.

Day at the Dunes on Pismo Beach

Read all about our adventures in California here. And see how our Las Vegas show was a fitting end to an amazing tour and year.

So that was the biggest year in Nitro Circus history. Thanks so much for your support in 2015 — the fans are why we do what we do, we couldn’t do it without you, and we wouldn’t want to! But if you thought this year was nuts (we definitely did), wait until 2016. We’ve got huge tours planned in Europe, Australia, North America, and more. We’re also kicking off the inaugural Nitro World Games this summer! Hit all those links for details. We can’t wait to see you at a show in 2016! Happy New Year!

Nitro Circus Best Reads of 2015

What a year! As 2015 comes to a close, we can’t help but look back on all the insane things that happened over the last 365 days — the biggest year in Nitro history. To celebrate all of the awesomeness we’re highlighting some of the moments you, the fans, responded to most, as well as some of our favorite things from 2015. So let’s have a look at the five articles from NitroCircus.com that most caught your attention in 2015.

Ethen Roberts' world record blob stunt - Nitro Circus

World Record Stunt — Ethen VS. The Blob
Some would be happy, maybe even downright stoked, with four and a half frontflips off a blob, which technically beat the previous record. But if you know anything about Ethen Roberts and the Nitro Crew, you know that’s not how this story was going to end. (Full story here)

Ryan Williams lands the World First BMX triple frontflip - Nitro Circus

R-Willy and the BMX Triple Frontflip
On an appropriately cloudy and wet day at Pastranaland, the day after we learned of Erik Roner’s passing, Ryan Williams stuck what he describes as the hardest trick he’s ever landed on BMX, and he did it for Roner. (Full story here)

Travis Pastrana takes James Corden off a ramp - Nitro Circus

Travis Pastrana and Friends Visit ‘The Late Late Show’
Travis Pastrana stopped by The Late Late Show With James Corden and dedicated his appearance to the memory of Roner. Of course, Travis rarely travels without a few friends and a ramp. And it wouldn’t be Nitro if we didn’t get freak out James Corden. (Full story here)

Beaver Fleming dedicated a World First trick to Taylor Swift: The Swift Roll - Nitro Circus

Beaver Fleming Lands One for Taylor Swift
When you think of the type of music that goes well with a day at the skate park, Taylor Swift probably isn’t one of the first artists that comes to mind. Unless, that is, you’re Nitro’s Beaver Fleming. Check out the World First Swift Roll.  (Full story here)

Jed Mildon landed the World First BMX quadruple backflip - Nitro Circus

Jed Mildon Lands the First-Ever BMX Quadruple Backflip
As the only two athletes who’d ever landed a triple backflip, Jed Mildon and James Foster went toe-to-toe to make history. Both were capable, and both wanted it, but in the end injuries derailed Foster’s progress, and Mildon stuck the BMX quad flip. (Full story here)

We’re headed out on tour soon to Europe, Australia, and North America for live shows in more than 20 brand-new cities and to kick off the inaugural Nitro World Games! Hit those links for more details, and come see us live!

#2 Announcing the Nitro World Games | WildYear

To close out 2015, we’re counting down our favorite moments of the year, and we have so many awesome things to choose from! Coming in at #2 is one of the biggest announcements of the year for us — Nitro Circus is taking action sports to the next level with a brand-new competition: The Nitro World Games! This event, which will crown champions in seven events spanning FMX, BMX, skateboard, inline, and scooter, has been a long time in the making for Nitro creator Mike Porra and Travis Pastrana, who together conceived an unprecedented competition destined to become the new standard for progression and legitimacy in our sport. Check it out:

The inaugural Nitro World Games will take place in one massive three-hour event at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on July 16, 2016 — and you can be there! The Games will also air live in the U.S. on NBC, as well as across the network’s digital platforms. With that much awesome packed into three hours, this will easily be one of the biggest nights in action sports, which is why its announcement comes in at #2 in our WildYear!

We’re headed out on tour soon to Europe, Australia, and then back to North America for live shows in more than 20 brand-new cities and to kick off the inaugural Nitro World Games! Hit those links for more details, and come see us live!

#3 The BMX Quadruple Backflip | WildYear 2015

To close out 2015, we’re counting down our favorite moments of the year, and we have so many awesome things to choose from! Coming in at #3 is the competition between BMX stars Jed Mildon and James Foster to stick the biggest trick in action sports history: the BMX quadruple backflip. Jed and James are the only two athletes on the planet who have ever landed the triple backflip. Jed holds the record for being the first, but James has brought the trick on tour with Nitro and lands it consistently. So it was anyone’s guess who would be the first to land the quad. In the end, Jed came out on top:

The full documentary about how this huge World First came together is available for download: Get Revolution Day now on Amazon, iTunes, or Google Play. It’s a fantastic look at what goes into such an accomplishment. The BMX quadruple backflip was another classic Nitro story of perseverance, friendship, and triumph over adversity, which is why it comes in at #3 in our WildYear!

We’ll be counting down our favorite moments of the year every day for the rest of 2015! Check back often! We’re also headed out on tour soon to Europe, Australia, and then back to North America for live shows in more than 20 brand-new cities and to kick off the inaugural Nitro World Games! Hit those links for more details, and come see us live!

#4 The Motorcycle Triple Backflip | WildYear

To close out 2015, we’re counting down our favorite moments of the year, and we have so many awesome things to choose from! Coming in at #4 is Travis Pastrana and Josh Sheehan’s quest to conquer the FMX triple backflip, a World First considered by many to be impossible. After being the first to land the double, Travis spent six years of hard work and preparation, racking up six concussions along the way, before he decided to pass the torch to Josh, who is the only athlete in the world consistently performing the double backflip on a motorcycle. Josh took that torch and ran with it:

Find out more about the journey by clicking here. The FMX triple backflip will reign as one of the biggest moments in action sports history — if not the absolute biggest — for a long, long time, and that is why it comes in at #4 in our WildYear!

We’ll be counting down our favorite moments of the year every day for the rest of 2015! Check back often! We’re also headed out on tour soon to Europe, Australia, and then back to North America for live shows in more than 20 brand-new cities and to kick off the inaugural Nitro World Games! Hit those links for more details, and come see us live!

#5 The Paraplegic Motorcycle Backflip | WildYear

To close out 2015, we’re counting down our favorite moments of the year, and we have so many awesome things to choose from! Coming in at #5 is Bruce Cook’s successful attempt to become the first paraplegic athlete to successfully backflip a motorcycle. They thought he would never ride again, let alone break records. Yet here we are. Check it out:

Find out everything that went into this accomplishment by clicking here. Bruce’s World First was a special moment for so many reasons. It is one of the most dramatic comebacks in Nitro Circus history, as Bruce injured his spine in 2014 attempting a double frontflip during a Nitro show. It is also the embodiment of Nitro’s values of overcoming limitations and pushing the envelope. And that is why it comes in at #5 in our WildYear!

We’ll be counting down our favorite moments of the year every day for the rest of 2015! Check back often! We’re also headed out on tour soon to Europe, Australia, and then back to North America for live shows in more than 20 brand-new cities and to kick off the inaugural Nitro World Games! Hit those links for more details, and come see us live!

#7 ‘Crazy Train’ on NBCSN | WildYear 2015

To close out 2015, we’re counting down our favorite moments of the year, and we have so many awesome things to choose from! Coming in at #7 is our new NBCSN TV series: Crazy Train. We have the best job in the world — traveling all over to bring a smile to our fans’ faces, and we were so stoked that NBC saw the potential in our backstage shenanigans and let us make this show for you. Season 1 is in the books, but here’s a sneak peek of the first episode:

Hit this link for clips from every episode of Season 1. We had an amazing time filming it and hope you have an amazing time watching it! It was one of the coolest things we did in 2015, so that’s why Crazy Train is #7 in our WildYear!

We’ll be counting down our favorite moments of the year every day for the rest of 2015! Check back often! We’re also headed out on tour soon to Europe, Australia, and then back to North America for live shows in more than 20 brand-new cities and to kick off the inaugural Nitro World Games! Hit those links for more details, and come see us live!

#6 The BMX Triple Frontflip | WildYear 2015

To close out 2015, we’re counting down our favorite moments of the year. Coming in at #6, a bittersweet World First: Ryan Williams’ conquest of yet another record, the BMX triple frontflip, which happened in the wake of tragedy striking the Nitro Circus family, as we lost Erik Roner just days before. Nobody would have faulted R-Willy or any of the Crew for delaying the attempt, but R-Willy was determined to stick this World First for Roner. Here’s how it went down:

It took him six tries. “Before I dropped in on my sixth try, I knew what I had to do,” he told us. “So I said, ‘This one’s for Roner!’ then dropped.” The rest is for the record books. What a way to honor Roner, who was an unforgettable father, friend, and Nitro Crew member who lived life to the fullest and inspired us all with his mere presence. That is why the World First BMX triple frontflip comes in at #6 in our WildYear countdown.

We’ll be counting down our favorite moments of the year every day for the rest of 2015! Check back often! We’re also headed back on tour soon to Europe, Australia, and then back to North America for live shows in more than 20 brand-new cities and to kick off the inaugural Nitro World Games! Hit those links for more details, and come see us live!

#8 ‘Action Figures’ Release | WildYear 2015

To close out 2015, we’re counting down our favorite moments of the year, and we have so many awesome things to choose from! Coming in at #8, it’s Travis Pastrana’s love letter to old-school action sports videos: Action Figures, which came out this year to much acclaim and is currently available for download on Amazon, iTunes, and Google Play. Check out the trailer:

This is a movie made by action sports fans for action sports fans. It features Travis and pretty much every action sports star you’d want to see attempting some of the biggest and craziest tricks in the history of the sport. And, as you might imagine, there are also plenty of shenanigans and wipeouts peppered in. The best part is, Travis produced, directed, and edited most of this film himself, so you know it delivers. And that’s why the release of Action Figures is #8 in our WildYear!

We’ll be counting down our favorite moments of the year every day for the rest of 2015! Check back often! We’re also headed out on tour soon to Europe, Australia, and then back to North America for live shows in more than 20 brand-new cities and to kick off the inaugural Nitro World Games! Hit those links for more details, and come see us live!

#9 World First Sibling Tandem FMX | WildYear

To close out 2015, we’re counting down our favorite moments of the year, and we have so many awesome things to choose from! Coming in at #9, it’s Matty and Emma McFerran and one of the craziest World Firsts we’ve had the pleasure of being part of. We were in Wollongong during our 2015 Australia tour, and the brother-sister duo made history with a series of tandem FMX tricks that only two people who know and trust each other very well could safely invent. Check it out:

They went above and beyond with not one, not two, but three different tandem tricks, including that gnarly seat swap as the grand finale. It’s a special family trust that led to a huge moment in the world of FMX, not to mention one of the coolest moments that has become a regular part of our live show. And that’s why Emma and Matty come in at #9 in our WildYear!

We’ll be counting down our favorite moments of the year every day for the rest of 2015! Check back often! We’re also headed out on tour soon to Europe, Australia, and then back to North America for live shows in more than 20 brand-new cities and to kick off the inaugural Nitro World Games! Hit those links for more details, and come see us live!

#10 Ethen’s Blob Stunt | WildYear 2015

To close out 2015, we’re counting down our favorite moments of the year! Coming in at #10, it’s Ethen Roberts’ redemption for a stunt that didn’t go to plan the first time he tried it, back in 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand. Here’s that video:

Technically, he did it, but even though on paper he was victorious, he couldn’t shake the feeling that the blob had the last laugh. So he decided to give it another go, this time in Nice, France, earlier this year. He was determined to nail the flips and not his face this time. You can probably guess how it went. After all, we’re still talking about it, which is why this moment is #10 in our WildYear!

We’ll be counting down our favorite moments of the year every day for the rest of 2015! Check back often! We’re also headed out on tour soon to Europe, Australia, and then back to North America for live shows in more than 20 brand-new cities and to kick off the inaugural Nitro World Games! Hit those links for more details, and come see us live!

Nitro Circus Best of 2015: YouTube Sleepers

It’s easy to hit up our YouTube channel and see what our most-watched videos of the year were (and subscribe while you’re at it!). So for this list we wanted to do something a little different. We put out a lot of really cool videos this year, some of which maybe didn’t get as much love as they deserved. So here are five of our personal favorite moments from 2015 that you may have missed but you definitely want to see.

5. Bikes Over Baghdad – BMX Action in the Middle East
Bikes Over Baghdad is a group of BMXers, including our own Chad Kagy, who entertain troops in the Middle East with some of the best riding in the world. Their mission is to bring a little fun from back home to soldiers who’ve been away a long time. Check it out:

4. Adaptive Training Foundation
We got to spend some time with the Adaptive Training Foundation, a group of badasses whose mission is to help people discover a better version of themselves and push their training and goals to the next level — a perfect fit for Nitro Circus athletes. In Part 1, we get to see some of the techniques and philosophies of the ATF trainers:

3. Trident Response Group
In Part 2, the Crew gears up and goes to (simulated) war armed with their new knowledge and real weapons loaded with simunition, which is sort of like paintballs with an attitude. Spoiler alert: Streetbike Tommy gets lit up.

2. Side-by-Side Double Backflip – The AmBADASSador’s Perspective
During our last tour stop before Josh Sheehan nailed the World First triple backflip on a motorcycle, Travis Pastrana decided to send him off in style by performing a double backflip side by side with him. The only problem was, Travis hadn’t attempted a double in four years. You’ve probably seen what happened. But in this clip, we get a behind-the-scenes take from Coby Toland, who was front-and-center for the attempt.

1. World Record Blob Stunt – Ethen’s Redemption
In September 2014, Ethen Roberts attempted to break the world record for flips off a blob. It didn’t go well. So this summer he tried again, and got the sweet taste of redemption.

All About the Nitro World Games | WildWeek

Hard to believe that 2016 is right around the corner, and with the new year comes all sorts of crazy new stuff that we’re getting into. First up, we’re kicking off 2016 with a huge European tour. After that, we head to Australia to throw down for all our Aussie fans. Then it’s back to North America where we’re hitting a couple dozen cities in the U.S. and Canada that we’ve never been to before. And as if all that wasn’t exciting enough, we’ve got a huge announcement about something we’re starting next year, which is what this week was all about! Check it:

The Nitro World Games will revolutionizae action sports competition - Nitro Circus

See What the Nitro World Games Are All About
We’re stoked to announce the inaugural Nitro World Games, an action sports competition designed to revolutionize the sport. NBC will televise the one-night event on July 16, and 7 gold medals will be awarded in FMX, BMX, skateboard, inline, and scooter. (Full story here)

A virtual tour of the Nitro World Games ramp setups - Nitro Circus

Watch a Virtual Tour of the Nitro World Games Ramp Setups
The Nitro World Games will feature more than 15 ramps for the seven events, including the biggest FMX setup in the history of action sports competition. We’ve created a virtual tour of how Salt Lake City’s Rice-Eccles Stadium will look for the first-ever event. (Watch it here)

Nitro Circus Live creator Mike Porra talks about the Nitro World Games

Check Out Nitro CEO Mike Porra’s Take on the Nitro World Games
Nitro Circus Live creator Mike Porra has had a dream to start an action sports competition for more than five years now. With the launch of the Nitro World Games, that dream is becoming a reality. See his thoughts on the ideal action sports competition.  (Check it out here)

Tickets for the Nitro World Games start at $19

Get Your Nitro World Games Tickets Now!
Tickets are already on sale for the first-ever Nitro World Games, and you don’t want to miss being at this show. They start at just $19, and for only $79 you can have the full VIP experience, which includes the best seats, a pre-show track tour, and more!  (More details here)

Travis Pastrana talks about the Nitro World Games

Watch Travis Go In-Depth on the Nitro World Games
Travis Pastrana and Mike Porra have been planning the Nitro World Games for years. In this awesome interview, Travis talks about the inspiration for the competition and gives more details about what it will involve now and in the future. (Watch it here)

Also: Points North Heli-Adventures is organizing a fundraiser to support the family of Erik Roner. By donating a minimum of $20, your name will also be entered into a drawing for a free week of heli-skiing in Alaska. Hit that link to learn more!

Keep up with all of our recent adventures in our previous WildWeek, and come back next week for more!

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Making History With Nitro World Games

With the announcement of the Nitro World Games, a new action sports competition that will feature the best athletes competing in the most popular disciplines, Nitro Circus Live creator Mike Porra is seeing the realization of an idea he’s spent years cultivating. He and Travis Pastrana have created a competition to reinvigorate the world of action sports — a one-night televised event where seven gold medals will be awarded in FMX, BMX, skateboard, inline, and scooter during a single three-hour broadcast with live scoring and absolutely no filler moments. In a sense, it’s like the Action Sports Olympics. (Check out more details about the show here.)

We caught up with Mike at Nitro’s San Clemente, California, headquarters and asked him to talk about the inspiration behind the Nitro World Games. “We believe we need to contribute back to the sport,” he says. He’s gone on the record before as being disappointed in the current state of action sports competitions. Here’s an interview he did with ESPN in 2011 in which he was asked the question. Back then, he said, “I’ve got some very clear thoughts of how I would like to see the competition run.” Four and a half years later, he’s finally able to make those thoughts a reality.

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“At times, you’ve got to really throw caution to the wind and really think outside the square as to how this can work, because what we’ve got here is a sport that is incredibly spectacular.” He compares action sports to certain Olympic sports that — how can we say this nicely? — sports that have a whole lot less backflipping dirtbikes, yet people watch them in droves every four years. And, he points out, adding action sports was huge for the Winter Olympics. So imagine using a similar format that is made up entirely of the most popular action sports.

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One of the primary goals was to make the competition more accessible to casual viewers and newer fans who don’t yet have the full context of each sport. “Everyone who’s been to a Nitro show knows, whether you’re a grandparent or a 5-year-old kid, you come out of there going, ‘Oh my god, that was as fun a night as ever I’ve had in my life.’ So we need to take that element of it and put it into … a competition format so that people then get that same level of enjoyment out of it,” Mike says. “It will open up the world to this incredible sport.”

They took a look at how events are scored and decided it needs to be much more straightforward, with the primary emphasis on the difficulty level and execution of each trick. And with live scoring, viewers will be able to see at every moment exactly how many points an athlete needs to take the lead — no more waiting until the end of a run and finding out after it’s all over. This type of approach will keep the momentum going so that the live telecast focuses more on what audiences are there to see — the best athletes performing the biggest tricks. It will also deliver that without a lot of extra talking and filler, and audiences will see the results in real time, followed immediately by the winners being crowned. “It’s an amazing three hours because you’ve just seen seven gold medals happen,” Mike says.

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Mike and Travis next focused on the formats for the individual events, emphasizing variety and progression. For example, these days most FMX competitions are all about backflip combinations. And that’s not surprising, since those are the biggest tricks being consistently performed in the sport. But there’s so much more to FMX. And what starts to happen is audiences become numb to backflips, because it’s all they see. Perhaps more importantly, a competition with such a narrow focus doesn’t necessarily crown the best all-around FMX athlete. With the Nitro World Games, the formats will ensure that audiences are seeing the broadest range of existing tricks and a lot of brand-new stuff too. “The actual formats are much more exciting — way way way way less repetitive.”

Mike says: “We have a responsibility to make it such an incredible event that we grow the whole of the sport, and all of the sudden there are kids around the world saying, ‘Yeah, I want to be in that one day.'” And that’s not an exaggeration — they’ll actually be able to. The Nitro World Games will feature open qualifying, meaning if you’re good enough you can make it into the medal events and compete against the best. “Everyone in the world has the opportunity to make the games,” he says.

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Mike is clearly passionate about positioning the Nitro World Games in a way that makes action sports even more accessible to new audiences globally: “It’s almost like taking this incredible secret and showing it to the world.” But the way they’ve designed the formats and plans for the telecast will also add a new level to the credibility of the sport, he says. In short, they’ve designed something truly innovative for new fans and hardcore existing fans to all rally around simultaneously, which in itself is quite a feat. The fact that his collaborator on this quest is Travis Pastrana doesn’t hurt either. “Travis has got a head full of amazing ideas when it comes particularly to real progression — big, huge new things,” he says.

Come see the Games for yourself in Salt Lake City, Utah. It’s all going down at the Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday, July 16, 2016, and tickets are on sale now!

The Nitro World Games will be broadcast live in the U.S. 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.

Wild Wygle, ‘Day’ Download, and Belly Bruises | WildWeek

We just wrapped up our 2015 touring season, but that doesn’t mean things are slowing down! It’s the opposite, actually, as we have some super cool announcements coming as well as a European tour to prepare for! Immediately after that we’re jetting to Australia to throw down, and then before you know it we’ll be back in the U.S. and Canada to hit a whole bunch of cities we’ve never been to before! It’s gonna be great, but first things first: Check out all the awesome stuff we’ve been up to lately!

Dusty Wygle rides the land boogie board - Nitro Circus

Take a Look at the Crazier Side of Nitro With Dusty Wygle
As one of the only athletes that rides the Giganta side and the FMX side, Dusty Wygle truly does it all for Nitro, including going big on some of the most insane stuff. We sat down with him and found out what it takes to come up with our craziest contraptions. (Full story here)

The World First Quadruple backflip - documentary available now - Revolution Day - Nitro Circus

Download Revolution Day for the Full Story of the BMX Quad Backflip
James Foster and Jed Mildon went head to head earlier this year to become the first athlete to land a quadruple backflip on a BMX bike. For the first time the full story of this nine-month journey is available for you to own from Amazon, iTunes, or Google Play.

The Nitro Circus Crew has a live fire tactical drill

Watch AmBADASSador: THAT’S GONNA LEAVE A MARK
This week, Coby and the Crew spend some time with some true badasses at a live-fire drill using simunition — nonlethal marking rounds fired through real service weapons. It’s nonlethal but not exactly harmless, as Tommy’s belly discovers. (Watch it here)

Bruce Cook lands a backflip with Nitro Circus live in Las Vegas

Check Out a Recap of Our Las Vegas Tour Finale
We sent it for Erik Roner all tour, and we closed it out strong in Las Vegas. Here’s a great recap of what went down, including photos and video from an epic night and a look at some of the awards the athletes received at the end of another great run. (Check it out here)

The quadruple backflip on a BMX bike was landed on this ramp - but there were a lot of wipeouts first

Watch the Crash(es) of the Week: REV DAY WIPEOUTS
The ramp we used to land the first-ever quadruple backflip on a BMX (see Revolution Day, above) was one of the biggest ever, and so you can imagine the type of stacks that came along with the attempts. Check out this compilation, unless you’re squeamish. (Watch it here)

Also: Points North Heli-Adventures is organizing a fundraiser to support the family of Erik Roner. By donating a minimum of $20, your name will also be entered into a drawing for a free week of heli-skiing in Alaska. Hit that link to learn more!

Keep up with all of our recent adventures in our previous WildWeek, and come back next week for more!

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Own ‘Revolution Day’ Now!

The Day has finally arrived: You can own Revolution Day: The Chase for the Biggest Trick in Action Sports History, a documentary that chronicles Nitro Circus phenoms James Foster and Jed Mildon during their nine-month head-to-head competition to become the first athlete ever to land a quadruple backflip on a BMX bike. It was a crazy journey, and in the end only one of them made history. Download Revolution Day now on on Amazon, iTunes, or Google Play! Still not sure? How about a little background:

As the only two BMX athletes who have ever landed a triple backflip, Jed and James were both in position to break the record. (Learn more about Jed here, and learn more about James here.)

Action sports veterans were divided on whether the trick was even possible. The initial plan was for Jed to make his attempt on a special setup in New Zealand simultaneously while James made his attempt on a special setup in the U.S. (Learn more about the ramp setups here.) Of course, like with any epic tale, the initial plan is not at all how it went down.

To find out who made history and, more importantly, how it all played out, download Revolution Day now on Amazon, iTunes, or Google Play.

Dusty Wygle Does It All | Featured Rider

At Nitro Circus, we get to work with athletes performing the biggest stunts in FMX, BMX, skate, and scooter, but our show is also pretty well known for all the, let’s say, less traditional junk we ride down the Giganta ramp. We’ve launched kids’ tricycles, rocking horses, boogie boards, bathtubs, wheelbarrows, and so much more. So it’s not surprising that one of the most common reactions we get is: “What were you thinking?” The Crew member who’s perhaps most qualified to answer that question is Dusty Wygle, Nitro’s resident renaissance man.

Nitro Circus Moto Mayhem - Geneva 2015

Most Nitro athletes are among the best in the world at one, sometimes two action sports. Almost all of them dabble in a few more just for variety. But Dusty is a rare athlete who is willing to try anything, including the weird stuff, and he’s somehow great at all of it. We caught up with him in Florida, where he’s taking a much-needed break before our upcoming European tour, and asked him what goes into creating a Nitro contraption that’s fit for the Giganta ramp.

“The majority of contraptions just come out of egging your friend on into something that’s a horrible idea that you think might work a little a bit,” he said. That’s where we get things like bathtubs with wheels, rocking horses, and, of course, the land boogie board. Dusty says the idea for that one came from a joke during the earliest stages of planning the Nitro Circus Live show. He and a few of the show producers were talking about how funny it would be to ride a boogie board over the big ramp. The next day, someone showed up with one.

“I went, ‘Oh my gosh, my big mouth, there’s no way this is going to work.’ And funnily enough, I actually had fins and board shorts in my car, because I live by the beach, so for body surfing and stuff I have them in my car. So I said screw it, just chucked those on — it’s gonna be so ridiculous anyways. I went and jumped it, and it kinda worked.” They cracked up, of course, but land boogie boarding was born. “The rest is history,” he says.

So, does he ever boogie board, you know, in the water? “I am strictly a land boogie boarder,” Dusty says, noting hopefully that perhaps some day he won’t be the only one. Maybe sharing the feat of engineering responsible for such a contraption will help grow this sport.

“There’s no overthinking the boogie board. It’s meant for the water, and if you’re trying to put wheels on it, we literally just take a metal plate and bolt wheels to it and basically just duct tape it to a boogie board,” he says. This is the part where we tell you not to try this at home, and Dusty is probably the best person to explain why: “It’s a death trap. In all honesty, it’s a frickin’ death trap. It shouldn’t go, and you fight it and wrestle it the whole way to the ramp to make it go straight, because it doesn’t steer; they’re fixed wheels.”

Not surprisingly, the way they came up with land boogie boarding is the same way most of our contraptions are born. “I would say the start of most things in Nitro comes from bad jokes or just kind of daring your friend to do something that is just so ludicrous and just shouldn’t work at all,” he says. “Then somehow someone finds a way.” But not every contraption’s construction is as simple as duct taping wheels on. The tricycles, for example.

Dusty Wygle does a lazy boy backflip on a children's tricycle - Nitro Circus

In the beginning, the athletes used to get tricycles from the local toy store, Dusty says, but that didn’t last long. “We were getting to the point where we were doing things on them that were too gnarly and too big, and they would end up breaking.” The solution was to use stronger materials but copy the toy-store trike design. “That’s why people enjoy it, because it’s exactly what you rode as a kid.”

The rocking horse and penny farthing are other examples of things that take a little more engineering to work. “Those things are also complete death traps,” Dusty says. But they’d be even more so if it weren’t for the modifications that have been made. “The rocking horse, we found a way to construct it so it wouldn’t completely disintegrate on landing or just steer the wrong way. And the penny farthing, you have to reinforce it and find a way to make it stronger so it can withstand things that it was never meant to encounter. So the contraptions go both ways. Some of them require a lot of thought and ingenuity by our mechanics.”

Dusty’s been into action sports since he was a kid, but he didn’t start out taking crazy contraptions over ramps. In fact, when Jeremy RawleGregg Godfrey, and Jim DeChamp first met Dusty, back before Nitro started the live shows, they had no idea the type of versatile athlete they’d found. To them, he was fearless and amazing on a dirtbike, and that was enough. Yep, Dusty is one of the only Nitro athletes who performs on both the Giganta side and the FMX side of the show.

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Jeremy, Gregg, and Jim had come to film some clips during a pitbike race in Vegas, and a mutual friend introduced them to Dusty, who was competing in the race. They asked if he had extra bikes they could use, and he was pumped to help out. He was a fan of their work; these guys were making a living doing some of the crazy stuff that Dusty and his friends had also been doing for years. Then it got even better.

“They asked me if I wanted to jump in. That was a no-brainer. Of course I wanted to jump in and be silly and do some crazy stuff,” he says. It went well, and the guys immediately recognized a kindred spirit. “By the end of it, they were like, ‘I think we found a new guy.’ I kind of just laughed it off and was pumped on the experience.” Two months later, he got a call to film Thrillbillies.

Even then, it took some time before they realized just what Dusty is capable of. “Our only experience together had been dirtbikes when they called me,” he says. But over the course of filming together and then starting to develop Nitro Circus Live, it became clear that Dusty was going to be one of the more versatile athletes on tour. Rawle eventually started calling him a Swiss Army Knife.

Teammate Matty Mac had this to say:  “Dusty, the kid can do it all. He has a different head on him, that kid. It’s not that he can do almost anything he puts his mind to — it’s the fact he can’t see a reason why he shouldn’t be able to.”

Dusty’s humble about his versatility. “I’ve never really been great at one thing, I guess. In my eyes I’ve never been exceptional, but I’ve been pretty decent at a lot of things,” he says. “I see something that could be done. That’s kinda always been where I lock into things and where I get excited. ‘Oh, I’ve never seen this done on something like that; I’d like to try it, because I think it might work.'”

Dusty Wygle with the rocking horse seat grab - Nitro Circus

Which is why he fit in perfectly with the Nitro Crew and became one of the original members of the live show cast. “I think it might work” is exactly how this show developed. In the early days, the whole thing was a bit more chaotic. “When we first started the tour I think all of us were kinda blown away that it was even happening,” Dusty says. “It was just mayhem. Basically, they let loose like 40 of us that were hyped on adrenaline and just pumped on the possibility that we could do pretty much anything we wanted and had all the toys available.”

That initial mayhem is one of the reasons he was able to hone his skills at so many different things, how he evolved into the Swiss Army Knife he is today. “I would just run in the back and grab things and jump them and try tricks that I just dreamed of.” The crowd loved that manic energy, he says, but it wasn’t sustainable. The athletes and the audience got worn out with the frenetic pace. The show has evolved to fix that.


“Of course I wanted to jump in and be silly and do some crazy stuff.”


“Now the show’s definitely smoothed over; it’s more refined,” he says. The producers and athletes have found the sweet spot where pacing makes the biggest tricks feel even bigger, so the audience still gets all that chaos but in more digestible form. “We kind of know what works and doesn’t work physically, what you can withstand and what even is possible — or at least possible night after night. And we kind of play in and out of those parameters.”

Through all that, Dusty has taken learning on the job to new heights, literally. “Being around all these people that are the best in their field, I’ve been exposed to a lot of things I might not have ever really been able to.” His favorite discipline right now is the mountain bike, something he had never really done before Nitro. Watching him during shows and talking with him about his job, it’s clear that he’s having a great time. “That’s the whole fun of the show, just goofing off with your friends and trying silly things that probably shouldn’t work but you find a way to make it happen.”

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Nitro’s had a roller coaster of a year in 2015, and Dusty says the highs and lows have really brought the Crew closer than ever — and they were pretty close to begin with. “We’ve all spent the last at least five years together for the majority of the time; we’ve just been together traveling, seeing all these cool places, so to find out that we could all get closer and just become a tighter group and learn more about each other and find out we’re capable of things none of us thought we were capable of, I think, would be the highlight,” he says. But that by no means is an indication that they’ve peaked.

“We haven’t hit the ceiling yet; we’re still going, and there’s a lot to be done. We have a lot in store for the shows in 2016, so I suggest coming out and enjoying the ride,” he says. That’s advice you should take very seriously coming from an athlete who already does it all.

We’re headed to Europe and Australia early next year, before coming back to North America next summer, and Dusty Wygle will be with us, along with all the best athletes in action sports. Check out those links for info and tickets, and sign up for our mailing list to be first in line when we’re coming to a city near you!

Las Vegas and the Tour Finale

We did it for Roner. Our 2015 North America tour culminated in a huge show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night, the curtain call for a seven-week, 24-city throwdown across the U.S. and Canada. It’s been an insane year, with the highest highs and lowest lows, and our awesome fans came out to celebrate the life of our friend and teammate, as well as the end of a wild tour.

Nitro Circus Live in Las Vegas

Roner was with us in spirit the whole way. He was there at the first show in D.C., where we debuted the Slingshot system and got the tour rolling with a World First. In fact, he was there for all the World Firsts we stuck on this tour, whether during shows or on special setups. Notably, Bruce Cook’s historic backflip in Toronto, which he continued to do for the remainder of the tour.

Roner was with us for all our side trips and downtime, where we got to know some great local spots and ride in some of the coolest natural and human-made parks in the world. And he was with us last weekend at the final show of the tour, where the crowd came to party in true Vegas style. They did not leave disappointed.

Nitro Circus Live in Las Vegas

Among the usual hijinks that make up a Nitro show, the Vegas crowd was treated to a glimpse of Cam Sinclair sticking a four-person backflip, a trick we try at almost every show that has a less-than-reliable success rate.

Bruce Cook landed a backflip at the MGM too, which is still a relatively new trick and is also not guaranteed. In the build-up to his attempt we saw footage from just a few nights earlier, when his attempt in Denver was hindered by the elevation reducing the power of his engine, resulting in what looked like a bad stack. Bruce was fine, and despite the elevation in Vegas, he attempted it there and rode away to cap off the tour.

Bruce Cook is the first paraplegic to successfully backflip a dirtbike - Nitro Circus in Las Vegas

We debuted our Slingshot system on this tour, which propels non-motorized vehicles from zero to 60 on a flat surface, eliminating the height requirement to set up the Giganta ramp. Crowds around North America loved it, and it’s destined to become a staple of our show. But in Vegas it was all about the Giganta ramp, and the crew sent it with all they had on BMX, skate, scooter, and contraptions.

The Unicorn Josh Sheehan had an insane save on a double backflip that could have gone wrong, with a slight under-rotation that really goes to show how much timing matters on arguably the most dangerous trick that is consistently performed in action sports.

It was an awesome close to an epic tour, and of course we celebrated after at the MGM’s Pub 1842, where legendary musician Alto Reed performed a tribute to Roner. Nitro CEO Mike Porra bestowed the tour awards, and while what happens in Vegas is supposed to stay there, we can disclose some of the highlights. Harry Bink was crowned rookie of the year for his awesome contributions to the FMX side:

Ryan Williams won the Nitro Award and earned the title of Most Valuable Crew member for so many things this year, including several huge World Firsts and generally being an amazing action sports ambassador.

And, finally, Jed Mildon took home the inaugural Roner Award, quite possibly the highest honor, celebrating the Nitro athlete who most embodies Living Like Roner.

Thanks to all the fans who came out to see us live. We do what we do for you guys. Hope to see you all at an upcoming show!

We’re headed to Europe and Australia early next year, before coming back to North America next summer. Check out those links for info and tickets, and sign up for our mailing list to be first in line when we’re coming to a city near you!

Swift Roll, Smooth Trav, and Penguins | WildWeek

We’re having trouble believing our 2015 tour season is over. What a wild year it’s been! But time flies when you’re having fun, and before you know it we’ll be back out on the road in about two months in Europe and then Australia, and then we’re coming back to the U.S. and Canada, putting up shows in all-new cities next summer! That’s way too much to look forward to, actually, so why don’t we take this moment to look back … on all the awesome stuff that happened this week!

Beaver Fleming named a trick after Taylor Swift - Nitro Circus

Check Out Beaver Fleming’s Ode to Taylor Swift
Earlier this year Beaver Fleming invented a skateboard trick that was inspired by the Special Flip and named it after one of his favorite musicians. The Swift Roll was born. We caught up with Beaver to get all the details about what makes this trick so badass. (Full story here)

Coby Toland interviews Lyn-z Pastrana to see if Travis has game - Nitro Circus

Watch AmBADASSador: TRAVIS’ GAME
On this week’s episode, we find out how an action sports legend handles his romantic business when Coby Toland talks to Lyn-z Pastrana about the pick-up line that her husband used to win her over. Warning: Graphic ramp talk. (Watch it here)

The Nitro Circus Crew hangs out with penguins in South Africa

Watch Tommy & Crum: MAMMAL FLESH
This episode, the Crew is in South Africa, where they are surprised to find penguins roaming wild. Of course, where there are penguins there are often sharks, but even in a nature-filled paradise, we always find out who the real animal is. (Watch it here)

Nitro Circus athlete Ryan Williams tries snowboarding

Watch the Clip of the Week: SECOND-TIMER
Remember the first time you tried your favorite action sport? Chances are, it took four or five sessions before you felt like you even had the hang of it, let alone like you wanted to try a trick. With that in mind, here’s Ryan Williams snowboarding for the second time. (Watch it here)

Nitro Circus Crazy Train on NBCSN

Tune in to Nitro Circus Crazy Train Every Thursday on NBCSN
On this week’s episode, we brought the slingshot to Sweden, Tommy flipped the unflippable, and the Dudesons stopped by to give us a scare. Check out clips and watch the show on NBCSN Thursday nights at 7 p.m. PT, 9 p.m. CT, and 10 p.m. ET. (Check it out here)

Also: Points North Heli-Adventures is organizing a fundraiser to support the family of Erik Roner. By donating a minimum of $20, your name will also be entered into a drawing for a free week of heli-skiing in Alaska. Hit that link to learn more!

Keep up with all of our recent adventures in our previous WildWeek, and come back next week for more!

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Beaver Fleming Lands One For Taylor Swift | World Firsts

Action sports and music go together like peanut butter and chocolate — two things that are pretty awesome on their own become even better when you combine them. But when you think of the type of music that goes well with a day at the skate park, Taylor Swift probably isn’t one of the first artists that comes to mind. Unless, that is, you’re Nitro’s Beaver Fleming.

Pro skateboarder Beaver Fleming named a new trick after Taylor Swift - Nitro Circus

Beaver grew up in Knoxville, started skateboarding at age 10, and for more than a decade he’s worked to become one of the gnarliest young athletes in the game, competing at all levels. His passion for the sport took him to California, where he currently trains at Woodward West when he’s not touring the world with Nitro.

For the past three years he’s been a regular member of the Crew, and so of course he’s had his share of World Firsts. One of his most recent is a trick he calls the Swift Roll. “The idea came up as a total joke at first. I always thought it would be awesome to name a trick after T-Swift,” he says. “Tony Hawk made the Madonna in the ’80s … and I am really into Taylor Swift’s music.” A determined Nitro athlete with an idea and a foam pit is tough to stop, and so Beaver set about practicing new tricks.

One day during practice he realized that no one had ever done a Special Flip on a skateboard — that’s where the rider does a backflip independent of his (up to this point) bike, which stays upright from start to finish. “I tried a couple of those, more as a joke, not really thinking it could work,” Beaver says.

Pro skateboarder Beaver Fleming named a new trick after Taylor Swift - Nitro Circus

He was basically right that it wouldn’t work, at least not as designed: “Doing a straight backflip off the board is insane, and the board just goes flying, so I started doing a sort of corked 360 body varial.” Even in the BMX and FMX versions of the Special Flip, the backflip is off-axis, so his adjustment made a lot of sense. Eventually. “Many attempts into the foam went so bad, but then finally I snagged the board on one, and that was the switch.”

The most difficult part of the trick, he says, is the takeoff, surprisingly. “I have to be so light on my feet, yet get enough pop away from the board so I can rotate my body and the board doesn’t fly away — you pretty much know right at takeoff if it’s going to work or not.” It took him countless tries into the foam and off of Giganta to stick it, and even though he has landed it now, the trick won’t be complete until it catches the attention of a certain singer-songwriter. “Sadly, no response from T-Swift yet,” he says. “I hope she sees it; that would be rad.” So, Taylor Swift, if you’re reading this, here’s the trick named in your honor:

As a parting note, Beaver says, “Skate or ride how you want. Don’t be limited to what’s already been done. Be creative, get different, even if it’s something others may think is stupid. Push yourself, and enjoy it the way you love it.” And, of course, let T-Swift know about the Swift Roll!

Come see Beaver Fleming and the whole Crew attempting World First tricks live! We’re headed to Europe and Australia early next year, before coming back to North America next summer. Check out those links for info and tickets, and sign up for our mailing list to be first in line when we’re coming to a city near you!

Celeb Sightings, Rock Solid Flip, and Wygle Wipes Out | WildWeek

Another week down! In just one week, we swept through California, hitting Los Angeles, Anaheim, Fresno and San Jose with some tour detours in Santa Cruz and Pismo Beach. Now, it’s on to Glendale, Arizona tonight before we wrap up this tour with stops in Denver, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas. We won’t be back until our 2016 North America tour next summer, but first we’ll hit Europe and Australia after the New Year! We hope you’ll come out and join us, but in the meantime, check out the rest of what we got up to this week:

Travis Pastrana and David Boreanaz

Check Out Our Road Report From California
Our fans are the best no matter where we go, but there’s something awesome about performing for crowds in places where so many action sports legends got their start. Check out highlights from some of our California shows! (Full story here)

Tommy and Crum with Nitro Circus in South Africa

Watch Tommy & Crum: RICHIE RICKSHAW
On this week’s episode, Tommy and Crum are bored in South Africa, which is usually a recipe for disaster. But this time, they decide to use their downtime to moonlight as productive people. Because it’s these two, though, it obviously doesn’t go smoothly. (Watch it here)

Nitro Circus Crazy Train on NBCSN

Tune in to Nitro Circus Crazy Train Every Thursday on NBCSN
On this week’s episode, Erik Roner got to fulfill a lifelong dream, Travis Pastrana finished Action Figures, and Tommy took on a crocodile. Check out clips and watch the show on NBCSN Thursday nights at 7 p.m. PT, 9 p.m. CT, and 10 p.m. ET. (Check it out here)

Harry Bink with a rock solid flip during a Nitro Circus show in Anaheim

Watch the Clip of the Week: LIKE A ROCK
Come to see Harry Bink absolutely destroy this rock solid flip; stay for the dramatic pause during the slow-motion replay. Normally we’d call that gratuitous, but in this case it doesn’t last long enough. (Watch it here)

Nitro Circus athlete Dusty Wygle has a big wipeout in practice

Watch the Crash of the Week: WIPEOUT WYGLE
It’s easy to forget the difficulty level of everything the Crew does, because they make it look so easy … until it doesn’t. Case in point: This clip of Dusty Wygle on what should be a routine practice run before a show. Don’t worry, he’s OK! (Watch it here)

Also: Points North Heli-Adventures is organizing a fundraiser to support the family of Erik Roner. By donating a minimum of $20, your name will also be entered into a drawing for a free week of heli-skiing in Alaska. Hit that link to learn more!

Keep up with all of our recent adventures in our previous WildWeek, and come back next week for more!

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Sweet Home California | Road Report

Over the past two months we’ve had the pleasure of traveling all across the U.S. and Canada, throwing down in front of the best fans anyone could ask for. Every show is awesome for different reasons, and the West Coast stops were no exception. In California, we were able to bring our show to the heart of action sports, arguably the epicenter of this world, which always means a lot to us.

Spencer Owens / Racer X
Photo: Spencer Owens / Racer X

In Anaheim it was like coming home again. Southern California is where so many action sports pioneers got their start, and the Crew threw down for rowdy crowds made up of longtime fans of the sports we love. Jed Mildon even whipped out a new contraption that would be all too familiar for all the beach-goers in the audience: a kayak!

And of course Los Angeles wouldn’t be Los Angeles if we didn’t have some stars of the screen in attendance. Check out this video of actor Taylor Lautner testing the incline on Giganta:

Actor David Boreanaz and Travis Pastrana posed for this shot together, and our old friends The Dudesons stopped by, too:

The shows were awesome, and we also got to do some super fun stuff during our downtime. Highlights included hitting the dunes at Pismo Beach and hanging out in Santa Cruz.

Pismo Beach

We’ve only got a few more shows left in the U.S. until next summer, so grab tickets while you can! You don’t want to miss any of this awesomeness!

We are traveling the world, with a few shows left in the U.S. Then we’ll hit Europe and Australia early next year before coming back to North America next summer. Check out those links for info and tickets, and sign up for our mailing list to be first in line when we’re coming to a city near you!

Whip King, Firsts of the Year, and Pipe Down Mick! | WildWeek

November is here, and we are pumped as usual to close out the rest of our 2015 U.S. shows in true Nitro style. We won’t be back until next summer, so now’s your chance, America! Of course, 2016 is also all about Europe and then Australia, so there’s plenty more to be excited about in the coming months. You know what else we’re totally excited about (and you should be too)? Everything awesome that happened in the last week, which you can check out right now:

Jarryd McNeil is the king of the whip

Get Inside Jarryd McNeil’s Head as He Dissects His Huge Whip
Jarryd McNeil is the smallest dirtbike rider in the Crew, yet he somehow manages to throw the biggest whips in FMX. If you’ve ever wondered how he does it, this write-up is for you. We go through his technique in great detail, with video and photos. (Full story here)

Nitro Circus athletes landed a ton of World Firsts in 2015

Watch Every World First Nitro Athletes Have Landed During Shows This Year
We’ve had our ups and downs this year, but one thing is certain: It was a great year for Nitro athletes breaking records. Bruce Cook, Josh Sheehan, Jed Mildon, Ryan Williams — the list goes on. Check out this edit of all the World Firsts from 2015. (Watch it here)

Coby Red Beard Toland is the Nitro Circus AmBADASSador

Watch AmBADASSador: MICK!
On this week’s episode, we get a look behind the scenes of AmBADASSador. See how a true TV pro preps for an interview, manages his cameraman, and interacts with his subjects. See all that somewhere else. Afterwards, come back here to see how Red Beard does it. (Watch it here)

Clinton Moore on the whiskey throttle at Nitro Circus Vancouver

Watch the Clip of the Week: THROTTLED
That whiskey throttle moment is a rite of passage for new riders. But it turns out even seasoned professionals aren’t immune to the curse. In this clip, Clinton Moore shows that even the perfect landing can lead to an unceremonious wipeout. (Watch it here)

Nitro Circus Crazy Train on NBCSN

Tune in to Nitro Circus Crazy Train Every Thursday on NBCSN
On this week’s episode, Tommy went sumo, because of course he did, and Crum broke the only rule on tour — but did his punishment fit his crime? Check out clips and watch the show on NBCSN Thursday nights at 7 p.m. PT, 9 p.m. CT, and 10 p.m. ET. (Check it out here)

And, one more thing: Points North Heli-Adventures is organizing a fundraiser to support the family of Erik Roner. By donating a minimum of $20, your name will also be entered into a drawing for a free week of heli-skiing in Alaska. Hit that link to learn more!

Keep up with all of our recent adventures in our previous WildWeek, and come back next week for more!

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VIDEO: A Year of World Firsts — With More to Come?

It’s hard to believe that 2015 is almost in the books. We’re about to spot the landing on our 2015 North America tour, getting ready for a break before we start 2016 with a bang in Europe. This year has been full of ups and downs for us, and one of the biggest ups was the number of records that Nitro athletes broke this year. Honestly, it could happen at any show, so make sure you check out the remaining dates for the U.S. this month!

Nitro Circus Live - St Louis USA 2015

It seems like there’s a new World First every time we turn around — and most of those are landed during our live shows. That includes Bruce Cook’s amazing accomplishment of becoming the first paraplegic to successfully land a backflip on a motorcycle. And Ryan Williams nailed several World Firsts, including the nothing front bike flip. Outside of Nitro Circus live shows, we had several more huge accomplishments, including Josh Sheehan landing the FMX triple backflip, Jed Mildon landing the BMX quadruple backflip, and R-Willy landing the BMX triple frontflip.

But it’s boring to just tell you about them, so we put together this edit of the World Firsts landed during Nitro Shows in 2015:

We are traveling the world, trying World Firsts at almost every show, so don’t miss out! You never know when you’ll get to see a trick that’s never been done before. We’ve got a few more shows left in the United States, and we’ll hit Europe and then Australia early next year before coming back to the U.S. and Canada next summer. Tickets and info at those links!

Jarryd McNeil Whips Up the Crowd | Featured Rider

For an FMX pro known for some of the biggest whips in the world, Jarryd McNeil is surprisingly thoughtful about growing the sport. You might think an athlete who’s been riding dirtbikes for more than two decades — since he was 2 years old — would just do his thing and rely on it all to come naturally to him. But the Aussie seemingly can’t help but think big picture when it comes to FMX.

Jarryd McNeil - Nitro Circus Live - Uniondale USA 2015

We caught up with Jarryd in his hotel room during the second leg of Nitro’s 2015 North America tour, where he was taking it easy before a big show in Tacoma, Washington. Regardless of what city he’s riding in, Jarryd is known for throwing the biggest whips and has, in fact, practically made a career out of it. We’ll get into the evolution of that in a minute, but first we asked him to walk us through his signature trick.

“This is a hard one,” he says. “Like, how to do a whip, you mean?” That’s basically what we mean. “If you ask anyone how to do a whip, they’re just, like, they don’t know. It’s so hard to explain.” But he decides to try anyway.

“It’s all about body movement,” he begins. The more he talks, the more focused and detailed he gets. He tells us core strength, when to accelerate, and when you need to brake are all big factors. Then he gets specific: “Approaching the ramp, I’m in second gear, which is a pretty standard gear selection for freestyle, for 75 feet, which is what we jump in the show.” He goes on to explain in full detail every move he makes during a whip. His body position, what he’s doing on the throttle — even where he’s looking at any given moment. It’s vivid enough to feel like we’re watching him do it in slow motion. He talks for three solid minutes (we timed it) to break down a trick that lasts about two seconds in real time. In the end, he’s able to explain the unexplainable in more detail than we could possibly share.

“Good luck writing that out,” he says, laughing. Yeah, so we’ll show you instead:

OK, so we’ll summarize what he told us. This starts with Jarryd doing his go-to, a seatbounce whip, where his rear fender whips out to the right side. Notice that, as he goes off the lip, he’s leaning his body over to the left of the bike. When his front wheel leaves the take-off, he’s throwing this body to the ground to bring the back of his bike up over his body on the right. To control the rotation of his bike, which weighs twice as much as he does, he’s keeping those bars in full lock to the right side to compensate and move in the opposite direction of his back wheel. Here’s a snapshot of that moment in time:

Jarryd McNeil and Nitro Circus

Once he’s pretty much upside-down and backward — you know, the exact opposite of how you need to be positioned to land — it’s time to turn the bike around. So, he’ll rev it out again, even more this time, and pull the handlebars into his chest with his right arm. This movement pulls the bike back around beneath him just in time to land. A complex set of steps for one of the simpler tricks, but the result in the hands of a master is, well, you can see for yourself.

Jarryd grew up on a dairy farm in Australia, a prime place to get started in motocross. Like many FMX pros, he started racing professionally at first and had a lot of success, but he was eventually drawn by the high-flying world of freestyle, and in 2010 he gave up racing entirely to focus on his true calling.

Almost immediately he was noticed for his whips. He can toss a dirtbike around with the best of them — and he is, in fact, one of the best. He’s also not a big dude at all, which makes it that much crazier. His Nitro Circus teammate Ethen Roberts put it this way: “He’s one of the smallest dirtbike riders I’ve ever met, but he can throw the bike around better than anyone I’ve ever seen. Given the fact that he weighs about 125 pounds and his bike weighs about 250 pounds, he can throw it upside-down pretty mean.”

“Growing up, I loved to whip my dirtbike,” Jarryd says. But he had no idea it would be his whip that eventually propelled him to a professional FMX career. “It’s kind of funny. I never thought a whip would take me so far.”

He remembers the first time he ever tried to whip his bike. He was 8 years old, and he and his brother were out on their motocross track at the farm, practicing on a tabletop jump. His brother went for a lazy boy. He went for a whip. “I remember jumping off the lip and getting the bike sideways,” he says. He didn’t get it turned back, and he wiped out. “I ended up eating dirt trying a whip for the first time.” Now he has one of the biggest whips in the world, so let that be a lesson, young riders.


“It’s kind of funny. I never thought a whip would take me so far.”


“Obviously, my riding skills aren’t just all about my whip, but it’s crazy to think that a big portion of my career has revolved around throwing whips,” he says. “The more I did it — it’s kind of weird, but it just kind of made its own path.” It was all about momentum, much like actually performing a whip.

For this tour, which has 10 or so shows left, we’ve hit cities all over the U.S. and Canada, and he is stoked about not just the shows but also the sights he’s seen along the way. When asked about his favorite stop so far on this leg, he doesn’t hesitate: Vancouver, B.C., apparently, had the rowdiest crowd to that point, and Jarryd loved every second of it. “The crowd gave me shivers down my spine — that’s how loud they were,” he says. And he would know a good crowd. An original member of the Nitro Crew, he’s performed at all but eight Nitro shows since the beginning, he says, making him a veteran on tour — despite the fact that he’s one of the youngest of the moto guys riding for Nitro, at age 24.

He’s noticed a difference between crowds from various places. On this tour, the Canadian crowds, he says, have been far more amped up than the U.S. crowds. “Because action sports has been in America for so many years, I don’t know, maybe they look on it just a little different? Whereas these other countries, they’re just frothing over it, because it’s not in their backyard.” Sounds like a challenge, U.S. fans.

Jarryd McNeil - Nitro Circus Moto Mayhem - Madrid 2015

He says that’s true around the world: Certain audiences just show more excitement. It’s clear that he’s spent a lot of time thinking about it. This is that analytical side — his love for riding and performing is obvious, and he grounds that enthusiasm in trying to stay savvy about ways to grow the sport. He’s doing his part by throwing down some of the biggest tricks, as well as analyzing how audiences think — both of which he hopes will bring in bigger and bigger crowds. “Obviously, there are thousands of people who get it and love the show, but I’d love to see more of the general public come out to see the show.”

Though he no longer races, he has been competing in speed and style as well as whip competitions since 2010. In recent years he’s been getting the competition results that he knew he always could, with X Games medals and many other accolades starting to pile up on his mantel. He hopes to use his rising notoriety to help grow the sport, of course. For him there’s no distinction between competitions and performing in shows like Nitro. “At the end of the day, I’m entertaining people,” he says.

And he hopes to entertain a whole lot more people in years to come. “I would like to see more of the general public come to Nitro Circus and watch this sport, watch this show grow,” he says. “There’s no other show like this in the world.”

Bring a friend who’s never heard of us to see Jarryd McNeil and the whole Nitro Crew live! We are traveling the world, with several shows left in the U.S. and Canada. Then we’ll hit Europe and Australia early next year before coming back to North America next summer. Check out those links for info and tickets, and sign up for our mailing list to be first in line when we’re coming to a city near you!

Moore Takes Home the Crown and R-Willy Strikes Again | WildWeek

We’ve got only about a dozen shows left on this leg of our 2015 North America tour, and we’re going to be sorry to see it end. For a couple weeks, at least, because then we’re off to Europe and Australia! So things aren’t all bad. But even though we’re having tons of fun being busy on tour, we still find the time to squeeze in some downtime relaxation — Nitro-style, of course. Check out what we mean:

Clinton Moore Takes Home the Crown

Clinton Moore Takes Home the Crown
Today, in the final showdown of the X-Fighters World Tour, Nitro FMX athlete Clinton Moore took home the crown. You can check out his winning run to see the nerves of steel and signature tricks that led him to victory. (Full story here)

Ryan Williams lands the World First Nothing Front Bike Flip

Watch Another World First From R-Willy
Ryan Williams is at it again, doing what he does best. With the Nothing Front Bike Flip, he adds to his World First tally in bike-levitating style. One of the craziest things about this one is he sticks it on his first try. (Watch it here)

Brandon Schmidt imitating Travis Pastrana

Watch AmBADASSador: SINCEREST FORM OF FLATTERY
On this week’s episode, Coby asks the Crew, including Brandon Schmidt, Josh Sheehan, and Lyn-z Pastrana, to do their best impressions of Travis Pastrana. While each attempt varies greatly, they are strikingly similar at the same time. Also, accurate. (Watch it here)

Tommy & Crum work out until they puke

Watch Tommy & Crum: GET FIT
On this week’s episode, the guys join Jolene Van Vugt for an intense interval workout that has both Tommy and Crum reaching for the vomit bucket. That’s one way to lose a little weight, we suppose, but we do not recommend it. (Watch it here)

Nitro Circus Crazy Train on NBCSN

Tune in to Nitro Circus Crazy Train Every Thursday on NBCSN
This week on Crazy TrainStreetbike Tommy went sky-diving for the first time, Bilko drove Travis’ X Games ride, and Crum took some Aussies to redneck school. Check out clips and watch the show Thursday nights at 7 p.m. PT, 9 p.m. CT, and 10 p.m. ET. (Check it out here)

And, one more thing: Points North Heli-Adventures is organizing a fundraiser to support the family of Erik Roner. By donating a minimum of $20, your name will also be entered into a drawing for a free week of heli-skiing in Alaska. Hit that link to learn more!

Keep up with all of our recent adventures in our previous WildWeek, and come back next week for more!

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Clinton Moore Wins X-Fighters World Tour

Just earlier today, the X-Fighters World Tour final wrapped up in Abu Dhabi starring a lot of familiar faces for us at Nitro. Going into the final event, Clinton Moore and Thomas Pagès were tied up in points. When the world tour began at the start of this year, Moore, long-time member of the Nitro Crew, dominated the first two events in Mexico City and Athens. However, Pagès, who joined Nitro Circus Live for our European tour this summer, closed the gap during the next two events in Madrid and Pretoria, South Africa.

Photo Credit: Jörg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool
Photo Credit: Jörg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool

It all came down to this last event, and in the end, Moore took the top spot after Pagès crashed in their head-to-head duel in the quarterfinals. After nearly crashing his signature trick, The Bundy, Moore finished strong with a Bundy to no-handed landing and a Volt to no-handed landing in the finals. You can watch Moore’s final run here.

After the dust had settled, Moore had this to say about those final moments: “It has been so much pressure and so much is going on in my mind right now. To come out here and to achieve what I have done is the most unbelievable thing in my life. This has been a dream ever since I was a child and started freestyle motocross. Now it is reality! After Tom did his mistake all I had to do was to put my run together, but that played on my mind too much and when I came to the Bundy I almost threw it away as well. I nearly cracked under the pressure, but held it together. The whole season was a mental game on my mind, I had to make sure I was smooth and consistent with my runs. I just want to thank everyone who has helped me for getting me here.”

Photo Credit: Jörg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool
Photo Credit: Jörg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool

It was a strong showing this year, and we’re proud of all of our guys. After Clinton Moore in first place, he’s followed closely by Tom Pagès in second and our very own Josh Sheehan and Levi Sherwood in the fourth and fifth spots. And, a special shout-out to Taka Higashino in ninth place, who joined us for our first-ever Japanese tour last year, and Adam Jones in eleventh.

After taking time out to win himself a world championship, Clinton Moore will rejoin the whole Crew back on tour with Nitro Circus Live. We’re currently making our way through the U.S. and Canada, and we’ll hit Europe and then Australia early next year. Check out those links for info and tickets, and sign up for our mailing list to be first in line when we’re coming to a city near you!

Smile for Roner

Just over a month ago, we lost a member of the Nitro Circus family. In the wake of this tragic loss, we have been doing our best to put into words what Erik Roner truly meant to us. And we’ve been overwhelmed by all of the tributes and heartfelt messages of support that you’ve sent to us.


In memory of Erik, Points North Heli-Adventures is organizing a fundraiser to help support his family. By donating a minimum of $20 USD to this amazing cause, your name will also be entered into a drawing for a free, all-inclusive trip to Cordova, Alaska for a week of Heli skiing in one of Erik’s favorite skiing destinations: The Chugach Mountains.

Smile for Roner

Click the image above or here for more details and to lend your support to Erik’s wife, Annika; his son, Oskar; and his daughter, Kasper. To add to your chances, every $50 will give you 3 entries, and all proceeds will go to the Roner Family.

You can also help by sharing this post on Facebook with your friends. And, don’t forget to #SmileForRoner.

In-Show Roner Tribute

Ryan Williams and the Nothing Front Bike Flip | World Firsts

To no one’s surprise, Ryan Williams has done it again. At a Nitro show this week during our 2015 North America tour, the multi-threat athlete landed yet another World First in BMX, bringing his total count to … look, if we say a specific number it will probably be outdated before we finish writing this, so let’s just say he has about a dozen and leave it at that. R-Willy’s records are in scooter and BMX, and he’s one of the only Nitro athletes to hold multiple World Firsts in two primary disciplines.

Absolutely loving life! #nitrocircus #happy #rwilly #livingthedream #pushingthelimits #ilovemylife

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The Nothing Front Bike Flip is a technically challenging trick because, interestingly, the rider doesn’t flip at all. “Believe it or not, it’s harder to straight jump the Nitro ramp than flip it,” R-Willy told us as he prepared for Nitro’s Oct. 28 show in Winnipeg. The trick requires him to throw the bike into a frontflip while he stays upright — meaning he has to judge the velocity and distance to ensure the bike is there for him, upright and perfectly positioned, so he can pull it back in for the landing. When it works, as you’ll see, it looks like he’s magically levitating a bike. When it doesn’t, well …

“The hardest part about this trick is trying to flip the bike hard enough to frontflip without throwing it into or away from me in the air.” When it goes wrong, it can go really wrong, he says: “I’m either flying through the air without a bike or, even worse, getting hit by my tire then flying through the air with a bike-tire burn on my face.”

As with most of his World Firsts, it took him very little time to dial it in, and he landed it on his first try in a show. The fact that that he’d been doing it on a scooter for years was likely one key to his quick success. “I thought, if all my other tricks work on BMX, why wouldn’t this trick work? To my delight, it did, and I got it the first time I tried it in the show!” Check it out:

Watch a few more of R-Willy’s World Firsts: the BMX Triple Frontflip, the Silly Willy, and a crazy night where he landed three in one show!

Ryan Williams and the whole Crew are traveling the world, trying World Firsts at almost every show, so don’t miss out! You never know when you’ll get to see a trick that’s never been done before. We’re currently making our way through the U.S. and Canada, and we’ll hit Europe and then Australia early next year. Check out those links for info and tickets, and sign up for our mailing list to be first in line when we’re coming to a city near you!

Jonesing, Hair & Style, and Whiptastic | WildWeek

Weeehaw! We can’t believe how amazing the U.S. and Canada audiences have been on this leg of our North America tour (which is still happening, with tickets available)! No pressure, but when we head to Europe and then down to Australia next year, you’re going to have to bring it to compete with these crowds. But we know you can do it! We’ve got so much going on outside of the tour too. So before you hit those links to find tickets and info, check out this awesome stuff:

Adam Jones and Nitro Circus

Get to Know Nitro’s Adam Jones: King of the Insane Extension
FMX veteran Adam Jones has been a fan-favorite for a long time now, but this tour the Nitro Crew agrees that Jones is operating at a new level, proving that being in the game awhile has its benefits. We sat down with him to find out the secret to his success. (Read it here)

Tommy and Crum get haircuts

Watch Tommy & Crum: CREW CUTS
On this week’s episode, Tommy gets his hair cut by a professional, and Crum also gets his hair cut by a professional … BMX rider. Take a guess who’s better at the fine art of ear-lowering: a trained barber or James Foster. (Watch it here)

Nitro Circus Crazy Train on NBCSN

Tune in to Nitro Circus Crazy Train Every Thursday on NBCSN
This week on Crazy Train, we went back down to Australia for side-by-side double backflips, sharks, and Mad Max cosplay. Check out a clip here, and watch the show Thursday nights at 7 p.m. PT, 9 p.m. CT, and 10 p.m. ET. (Check it out here)

Travis Pastrana's Action Figures available October 20th

Download Travis Pastrana’s Action Figures
Travis Pastrana’s love letter to old-school action sports videos came out this week, featuring all your favorite athletes doing what they do best, and it gets better and better the more we watch it! Grab it now from Amazon, iTunes, or Google Play! (Get it here)

Nitro Circus' Beau Bamburg on Whip It Wednesday

Watch the Clip of the Week: BEAU KNOWS
Beau Bamburg takes Whip It Wednesday pretty seriously, as evidenced by this short but super sweet little clip we posted this week. The whip itself is bonkers, but the best part might just be his reaction after he lands it.  (Watch it here)

We’re back in the U.S. and Canada right now! Do not miss out. Then we’re making our way to Europe and Australia early next year! Download the Nitro Circus app to get access to exclusive, behind-the-scenes coverage of our live shows. Keep up with all of our recent adventures in our previous WildWeek, and come back next week for more!

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Adam Jones Is Flying High | Featured Rider

By all accounts, FMX veteran Adam Jones is absolutely killing it on the second leg of Nitro’s 2015 North America tour. But good luck getting him to admit that — for the humble Jones the tour so far, he says, has been no different from any other. Well, with one exception. “I just kind of came out swinging this time,” he says. “I made a mental note to myself just to have as much fun as I could on this tour.”

Adam Jones and Nitro Circus

The first couple shows of a Nitro Circus tour can get off to a slow start for him, he says, because it takes some time to get used to the ramps and practice time can be limited. This tour is no different, as mentioned, but he came into it with a bit of a different perspective: “I’m getting a little bit older for a freestyle guy, and you never really know when it’s going to be done for you,” he says. “I just really wanted to enjoy it and really wanted to ride well.”

As anyone who knows him well would tell you, he has a tendency to downplay his own work. So, we checked in with a few of his esteemed colleagues about it. Jones’ Nitro Circus teammate Blake “Bilko” Williams said: “Adam Jones is probably in the best form of his career right now, which is pretty much standard because he’s always in good form.”

Jarryd McNeil, another Nitro Crew member, said, “He’s out there killing it every night; he’s throwing down the biggest tricks in freestyle, consistently.”

It didn’t hurt that Philadelphia was one of the first stops on this tour. There, the Pennsylvania native got to ride in front of family and friends, which gives him a little extra boost, he says. “It’s always good to do shows in front of friends and family. It kind of gives you that extra motivation.”

Jones started riding dirtbikes at age 9 and began racing competitively at age 17, where he was highly successful. But it was freestyle that really amped up his love for the sport. After taking a year off due to injury, he came back and focused on FMX, with the goal to win an X Games gold medal. To date he has earned six X Games medals, including that gold.

Over the course of his storied pro career, he’s become known for his ability to achieve insane extensions, often during backflip combos. Bilko said, “He’s probably got the biggest extension on the most variety of tricks out there.”

Adam Jones and Nitro Circus

Jones insists that the skill he exhibits and the tricks he’s created are all a result of one simple but important thing: practice. “It’s all about putting in time and doing it over and over and over again.” Repetition, he says, is the key to his success. When he’s not on tour, he practices two and a half hours or so a day, going through all his tricks, especially the harder ones. The easier tricks he’ll do once or twice to stay fresh. For tricks of a higher difficulty level, the ones that scare him, he says, he does them three to five times, which helps him “get through that mental barrier you have with a trick.” On tour, practice is more condensed but similar.


When he’s not on tour, he practices two and a half hours or so a day, going through all his tricks, especially the harder ones.


All that work has paid off for Jones, as he’s innovated the sport in many ways since 2006, when he invented his first trick. That World First, the cordova backflip, became his signature move and is also his favorite, if he had to pick one of the many tricks he nails consistently.

Adam Jones and Nitro Circus

When asked about the tricks he’s invented — or, more accurately, the tricks that he was the first to land, as he’s quick to point out that “invent” isn’t exactly the right word — his humble side shines again. Innovating was just a natural progression for the sport back when he was earning his stripes as an FMX athlete. “It was at a time for freestyle when people had been flipping for a little while and then all of the sudden people got really comfortable with flips, so at that time it was just kind of like a race, like, ‘OK, who’s going to be the first one to do this trick upside-down or this trick upside-down?’ I guess I just won that race a couple times.”

You can come see Jones perform some of those innovative tricks live in a city near you. With more than 20 shows left on this leg of Nitro’s current tour and Europe and Australia on the near horizon, he’s showing no signs of slowing down. He’s pumped for each and every city, but the tour stop he’s most looking forward to is whichever show he’s able to have his son come to. “Knowing that there’s somebody out there that you’re close to tends to make you want to ride a little better.”

Adam Jones and the whole Crew are traveling the world, so don’t miss out! We’re currently making our way through the U.S. and Canada, and we’ll hit Europe and then Australia early next year. Check out those links for info and tickets, and sign up for our mailing list to be first in line when we’re coming to a city near you!

Download Travis Pastrana’s ‘Action Figures’ Now!

The wait is over. We’ve been talking about Action FiguresTravis Pastrana’s ode to old-school action sports films — for a while now, and we can’t believe it’s finally out in the wild. As of right now, you can download the new movie, which was created from start to finish by Travis and his amazingly talented friends, including many members of the Nitro Crew. Get it on AmazoniTunes, Google Play, Xbox, Vimeo on Demand or Vudu!

And because we know some of you will for some reason need a little more convincing, here are a few clips from the movie. If you watch these and don’t want to see more, there’s almost certainly something wrong with you.

And there are so many more athletes in this! In case you’re worried you won’t get to see much of Travis, since this was his directorial debut, fear not. He makes much more than a cameo in his own film:

But it’s not only elite action sports athletes in this one, either. Take Crum, for example:

So, yeah, if you’re a fan of Travis, a fan of Nitro, or a fan of insane fun, you’re going to want to see the whole thing. Luckily, it’s super easy: Get it on Amazon, iTunes, or Google Play right now!

‘Crazy Train’ Goes Back Down Under

Thursday nights will never be the same. Our new show Crazy Train debuted last week on NBCSN, and there’s more coming every Thursday at 7 p.m. PT, 9 p.m. CT, and 10 p.m. ET. Tonight, you’ll get another look behind the scenes of life on tour with the Nitro Circus.

Australia is practically home to the Nitro Circus Live crew, and they’ve made a lot of friends there. Unfortunately for Travis, he gets talked into hanging out with the Mad Hueys, who take him for an unconventional shark dive. Nitro MC Bruce Robson sends Tommy and Crum on a search for Mad Max’s Thunder Dome. And, against the wishes of the tour promoter and producers, Travis also decides to do something that has only been done once — a side-by-side moto double flip — resulting in a really bad crash.

Don’t miss tonight’s all-new episode, and check out a sneak peek below:

Remember, that’s every Thursday night on NBCSN at 7 p.m. PT, 9 p.m. CT, and 10 p.m. ET!

The Fantastic Cook, Tour Detour, and Small-Screen Kings | WildWeek

We are now more than a week into the second leg of our 2015 North America tour, and with almost 20 shows to go, the craziness is just getting started. The first couple shows have already seen three World Firsts come to life in front of our live audiences! You could see one happen live too, so come check us out in the U.S. and Canada, and get ready Europe and Australia, because you’re next. Not to mention all the non-tour stuff we got up to over the last week … OK, we’ll mention it. Here we go!

Paraplegic Bruce Cook lands motorcycle backflip

Watch Bruce Cook Become the First Paraplegic to Backflip a Motorcycle
On the spectrum of inspiring moments, this one is right up there at the top: During a Nitro show in front of his home crowd, Bruce Cook, who lost the use of his legs a year and a half ago, became the first paraplegic athlete to successfully backflip a motorcycle. (Watch it here)

Coby Toland is the AmBADASSador

Enjoy These Shots of the Crew at FDR Skatepark in Philly
Matty Mac grabbed some killer photos of Lyn-Z Pastrana, Jarryd McNeil, Brandon Schmidt, and Jed Mildon sneaking out and riding the legendary FDR Skatepark before our show in Philadelphia last week. (Check it out here)

Nitro Circus Crazy Train on NBCSN

Tune in to Nitro Circus Crazy Train Every Thursday on NBCSN
Our new NBCSN show Crazy Train debuted this week, and if you want to see all the awesome stuff we get up to while we travel the world, you should definitely check it out Thursday nights at 7 p.m. PT, 9 p.m. CT, and 10 p.m. ET. (Sneak peek here)

Travis Pastrana's Action Figures available October 20th

Watch Some Clips and Preorder Travis Pastrana’s Action Figures
Travis Pastrana’s love letter to old-school action sports videos is coming out Oct. 20 on Amazon, iTunes, and Google Play! It features all your favorite sports and athletes (plus some surprises). It’s now available for preorder on iTunes worldwide, so check it out! (Check it out here)

Nitro Circus' Josh Sheehan takes a warm-up run

Watch the Clip of the Week: Sheeny Warms Up
Josh Sheehan warms up the way most normal humans can only dream about riding at our peak. This clip is only 13 seconds long, but it still manges to have everything: slow-mo, crazy extension, and just a touch of that braap! (Watch it here)

We’re back in the U.S. and Canada right now! Do not miss out. Then we’re making our way to Europe and Australia early next year! Download the Nitro Circus app to get access to exclusive, behind-the-scenes coverage of our live shows. Keep up with all of our recent adventures in our previous WildWeek, and come back next week for more!

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Bruce Cook Is the First Paraplegic to Backflip a Motorcycle | World Firsts

When it comes to World Firsts, this one is going to be tough to beat. On Oct. 14 in Toronto, Bruce Cook became the first paraplegic athlete to successfully backflip a motorcycle. The trick went down at a Nitro Circus show during the second leg of our 2015 North American tour. It was the culmination of a lot of hard work and required amazing dedication, in addition to some ingenuity and pure fearlessness.

Bruce Cook Backflip

It came full circle in more ways than one. Cook’s previous attempt at a World First was what cost him the use of his legs. It was January 2014 during a Nitro show in Hamilton, which is fittingly near Toronto in Canada, his home crowd. The 26-year-old was trying to become the first athlete to land a double frontflip on a motorcycle. He didn’t quite get the bike around, resulting in a hard crash that broke one of his vertebrae. He was rushed to the hospital and underwent surgery, but ultimately doctors couldn’t repair his damaged spinal cord.

Bruce Cook

But the resilient Cook found a way to keep riding FMX, and he wasn’t about to let that be his last World First attempt. A mere 10 months after his life-altering accident, he was back on a bike and started training for this week’s historic moment. His bike was modified to secure his legs during the rotation, which sounds like a simple solution, but there’s a catch: Because he’s strapped in, he is completely unable to quickly bail if something goes wrong, which means that performing any sort of trick is much more dangerous than on a standard setup. For that alone, the courage it takes to attempt such a stunt is beyond most mortals. But he is not most mortals:

Travis Pastrana had this to say afterward: “In Nitro Circus, we are all about pushing boundaries and overcoming obstacles in order to reach our goals, and Bruce lives that day in and day out.” Nitro CEO Mike Porra called Cook’s backflip the biggest moment in Nitro Circus history. Huge congrats, Bruce, on a historic accomplishment! This moment is the culmination of a journey, but it’s also clearly the start of a whole new adventure.

Bruce Cook will be performing with the rest of the Nitro Crew for about 20 more shows in the U.S. and Canada this year. Hit the link for tickets and info and come see what all the fuss is about!

R-Willy Does It Again and D.C. Highlights | WildWeek

The last couple weeks have been a roller coaster. We lost Erik Roner, an irreplaceable part of the Nitro Crew who was more than just a teammate and a friend — he was family. And in his honor, we pressed on with the spirit and commitment he was known for, kicked off a new tour, and landed some new World Firsts. Before you check out what we got up to over the last week, please visit the donation page for Roner’s wife, Annika, and children, Kasper and Oskar. Your generosity is much appreciated. Now, enjoy these, because this one’s for Roner!

Ryan Williams and the BMX triple frontflip

See R-Willy’s Latest World First, Dedicated to Roner
Just over a week ago, Ryan Williams became the first athlete to land a triple frontflip on a BMX bike — the day after we lost Erik Roner. R-Willy dedicated the feat to his fallen teammate and says Roner helped him stick it. (Check it out here)

Nitro Circus live in Washington D.C.

Check Out Highlights From the First Show of Our Current Tour
We kicked off the second leg of our 2015 North America tour with a bang in Washington, D.C., on Trav’s birthday and in front of his hometown crowd. Our new Slingshot system is a hit, and it even gave us a World First. Not a bad way to start the tour. (See it here)

Coby Toland is the AmBADASSador

Watch AmBADASSador: “FREE BIRD”
In this week’s episode, Travis Pastrana and Coby challenge an Australian street musician to learn Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird” in 24 hours, because she’d never heard the song. Did she do it? We won’t give it away, but man, the rights to “Free Bird” ain’t cheap. (Watch it here)

Crum takes Jolene and ROner spelunking

Watch Tommy & Crum: SPELUNK’D
Who is the last person you’d want leading you on a spelunking expedition deep into a maze of treacherous underground caverns? You’re wrong, it’s Crum. Luckily for Jolene Van Vugt and Erik Roner, some true professionals were on hand. (Watch it here)

Travis Pastrana on the Late Late Show With James Corden

See Travis Pastrana on the Late Late Show With James Corden
Travis Pastrana brought some of his FMX buddies down to the Late Late Show last week to throw down in honor of Erik Roner. The guys did what they do best, wowing the late-night nation and scaring the hell out of a renowned comedian/host. (Watch it here)

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Detour: FDR Skatepark, Philadelphia | Road Report

One of the best things about touring the world (which we are doing right now) is dropping in at local spots to get a taste of the place. Last week in Philadelphia, Lyn-Z Pastrana, Jarryd McNeil, Brandon Schmidt, and Jed Mildon brought their gear to the legendary FDR Skatepark, a rider’s paradise that, even if you’ve never heard its name, you have probably seen in countless skate videos both professional and amateur, video games like Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground, or the 2005 Gravity Games. Luckily for us, Matty Mac brought along his camera to document the excursion.

Nitro Circus at FDR skatepark in Philadelphia

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Nitro Circus at FDR skatepark in Philadelphia

Huge thanks again to Matty Mac for these shots! Hit up his website to find out how you can have him shoot your event.

Come see these athletes and the whole Nitro Crew in the U.S. and Canada right now. Then, we’re bringing all this action to Europe and Australia

Tour Kickoff in Washington, D.C. | Road Report

It was a high-flying but emotional night of firsts as Travis Pastrana and the Nitro Circus Crew kicked off the second leg of our 2015 North America tour in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 8. In honor of Erik Roner, all the athletes and backstage crew wore T-shirts that featured his picture on the front, his name on the upper back, and of course a re-creation of his famous tramp stamp on the lower back.

The Nitro Circus Crew wear shirts honoring Erik Roner in Washington, D.C.

An emotional tribute to Roner led the show, and the athletes gathered in somber solidarity — this was the first performance without one of Nitro’s most inspiring and loveable Crew members, and his physical presence was firmly missed, though his spirit was definitely felt throughout the night.

The Crew absolutely threw down for Roner. And they had all sorts of reasons to bring it on this night. Oct. 8 is Pastrana’s birthday, and D.C. is essentially his hometown crowd (he was born in Annapolis, Maryland, about 30 miles away). Not only that, it was the debut of Nitro’s new Slingshot system, a high-powered winch that launches non-motorized vehicles and contraptions from a dead stop to 60 mph in about three seconds — straight over a ramp, of course.

Ryan Williams and Nitro Circus

It’s a great way to send bodies and gear flying, and the crowd loved it. The Crew also revealed some new contraptions, as well as bringing back old favorites.

Hitting a ramp on a gurney in Nitro Circus

Not surprisingly, the D.C. crowd got to see Jed Mildon stick the inaugural World First on the Slingshot in front of a live audience — a BMX frontflip with a lucky volunteer riding on his pegs — opening the doors to what is sure to be a long string of broken records on this setup. D.C. was also treated to a Josh Sheehan double backflip, and so much more. Check out the highlights video below for all this and more!

Another of the many highlights of the night was Steve Mini landing an insane backflip combo immediately after wiping out during a game of inverted FMX follow the leader — a rider would perform a trick, and the next rider had to perform the same trick while also doing a backflip. Mini got a little blown up on a no-hander landing, but immediately turned around and … well, check out the video and see for yourself:

Travis was stoked to do a show in front of friends and family and a hometown crowd that loved every second of it. He and the Nitro Crew had a blast in D.C. and promise more great shows across the U.S. and Canada this fall, so check out our tour page to see when we’ll be in a city near you!

R-Willy and the BMX Triple Frontflip | World Firsts

The day before Ryan Williams was set to attempt yet another World First, tragedy struck the Nitro Circus family. Erik Roner’s passing hit us all very hard, and no one would have blamed R-Willy or any of the Crew if they decided to delay the attempt to give themselves time to mourn. But that’s not what Roner would have wanted, everyone agreed, and so on an appropriately cloudy and wet day at Pastranaland, R-Willy attempted and finally nailed what he describes as the hardest trick he’s ever landed on BMX.

Ryan Williams landed the World First BMX triple frontflip

The BMX triple frontflip is yet another in a long line of tricks that fans and pros alike talk about like a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow — there’s a sense that someone is eventually going to get there, but the who, how, and when are all debatable, and it’s just a myth until someone actually does. It’s also one of those tricks that has a danger factor high enough that even accomplished athletes pass on making an attempt. Despite that, another athlete was right there with R-Willy the whole way, also attempting the triple frontflip. Andrew “Mini” Ahumada, another decorated Nitro member, came very close to being the first, but in the end it was Williams who rode away with the record.

As R-Willy puts it, “The hardest thing about the triple frontflip was not only the impact of the landing but making sure the technique was done perfectly every time. It’s one thing to stuff up to a bag jump, but stuffing up to a landing could be life or death.” (“Stuff up,” of course, is Australian for “hope you have good insurance.”) He estimates he took about 20 bag jumps (though, he mentions, he felt ready after five) before making the attempt. Once the bag was gone, it took him only six tries to stick it — more than he expected, of course.

Ryan Williams landed the World First BMX triple frontflip

“Before I dropped in on my sixth try, I knew what I had to do, and I knew to expect a hard landing no matter how perfect my speed was. So I said, ‘This one’s for Roner!’ then dropped.” That hard landing is one of the most difficult elements of the trick, he says. But the rest sounds just as complicated:

“There are three main points of this trick that are critical: the initiation, the tuck, and the landing. The first and most important part of the triple frontflip is the initiation. I try to roll forward early and hit my head on the lip, which flicks me into the frontflip. The next part of the trick is the tuck, which speeds up my rotation the closer the bike is tucked into me. I know where I am during the triple frontflip by counting the landing each time it comes round as well as feeling the G-forces of the rotation to judge how fast I’m spinning. The first time I see the ground, it’s just to know my first flip is done, the second time is the most critical — it’s where I determine where I am landing and how early I need to open out of the triple frontflip. The final point of this trick is where all the points add up to one final conclusion: the landing. The landing was the hardest point of this trick — no matter how hard I hung on I just kept exploding. But on the sixth try, the one for Roner, something gave me the strength to hang on and roll away.”

R-Willy gives all credit to Roner for that extra bit of help he got on the sixth try: “I have a lot of World Firsts, but this one was special to me, not only because it’s the hardest trick I have ever done on BMX but because it was for my Nitro Circus family member Erik Roner,” he says. “He gave me what I was missing in my previous attempts, the willpower and strength to hang on through the impact of the landing. Thank you, Roner, you legend.”

It’s a fitting tribute to an unforgettable individual. As for R-Willy, he’ll certainly continue to rack up World Firsts on all sorts of things: “Rolling away from a World First knowing you’re the only person out of 7 billion to do something is an incredible feeling, and it’s why I ride action sports!” And he brings a message of camaraderie along with his unparalleled talent: “I ride scooter, BMX, rollerblades, skateboards, and anything else I can get my hands on that is fun and extreme. I just hope people grow to understand that, although what we ride might be completely different, we all ride them for the same reason: to have fun. So we should respect each other no matter the contraption under our feet.”

Please consider making a donation here for Erik Roner’s daughter, Kasper; his son, Oskar; and his wife, Annika.

Want to watch the Crew perform live and maybe even see a World First happen right before your eyes? The second leg of our 2015 North America tour is on now, and we’re headed to Europe and Australia soon after that. Click any and all of those links for more details and tickets, because chances are we’re coming to a city near you.

Travis Pastrana and Friends Visit ‘Late Late Show’

Travis Pastrana stopped by The Late Late Show With James Corden last week and dedicated his appearance to the memory of Erik Roner. Of course Travis rarely travels without a few friends and a ramp. FMX legends Beau Bamburg, Jarryd McNeil, and Blake “Bilko” Williams were on hand to show their stuff on national TV, and Corden was definitely impressed. Naturally, since he was enjoying it so much, the guys invited him to come out and give the ramp a try and proceeded to scare the suit off him, which was also a fitting tribute to Roner.

Watch the video below, but first please take some time to check out this link and help support Roner’s daughter, Kasper; his son, Oskar; and his wife, Annika. Your kindness and generosity is much appreciated.

Here’s the video:

Nitro Circus Statement on the Passing of Erik Roner

Nitro Circus today received the devastating news of the tragic death of Erik Roner: husband, father and beloved member of the Nitro Circus and action sports family.

The tragic accident occurred at the opening ceremony of the 4th Annual Squaw Valley Institute Celebrity Golf Classic in Squaw Valley, California.

Roner was the third member of a three-man parachute team to jump and, according to witnesses, was off the drop zone target on descent and hit a large tree. He was then transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Erik was world-renowned for his antics and loveable personality in Nitro Circus media and live shows across the globe.

He was also one of the world’s leading ski-BASE jumpers, jumping from iconic locations around the world.

Most importantly, Erik was a caring, generous and wonderful person — a loving husband and father to two beautiful children.

Travis Pastrana said today, “Erik was an amazing person who made everyone and everything around him better. His smile, laughter and personality will be missed by everyone at Nitro Circus. Most importantly he has a beautiful wife and amazing kids that will miss him dearly. He is gone… But will never be forgotten.”

From the entire Nitro family, all of our love and prayers go out to Annika, Oskar, Kasper and all of Erik’s family and friends.

We are all going to miss you so much, our dear friend.

Erik Roner

The Triple Tailwhip, Red Beard Spotted, and Action Figures | WildWeek

Another awesome week down means it’s getting closer to crunch time. We don’t want to alarm you, but the second leg of our 2015 North America tour kicks off in less than two weeks, and you’re running out of time to get tickets. If you miss us this fall you’re going to have to wait until we head back to Europe in a few months. There’s still time to get tickets for both! If you’re on the fence, maybe all the awesome things that happened in the last week will help convince you!

Jaie Toohey and the BMX backflip triple tailwhip

Take a Look Back at the World First BMX Backflip Triple Tailwhip
Jaie Toohey makes the backflip triple tailwhip look easy, even though it’s anything but. Hear from the man himself what it took to stick the World First — and how badly he’s been injured attempting it. (Check it out here)

Red Beard mingles with the fans at a Nitro Circus show

Watch AmBADASSador: FAN-TASTIC
Coby Toland is stoked to meet some fans that recognize him at a Nitro show. Who doesn’t know that red beard when they see it? We always say we have the coolest fans, and this week’s episode is just further proof of that. (Watch it here)

Tommy and Crum burn some rubber with Travis Pastrana

Watch Tommy & Crum: BURN RUBBER
Tommy, Crum, and Travis Pastrana are in Darwin, Australia, to smoke some tires and catch some air. But one of the three isn’t super confident in his track abilities, so he decides to sit out to be safe. Hint: It’s not Tommy. (Watch it here)

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Watch the Clip of the Week: NAKED TUESDAY
Honestly, this is just a clip of Crum being Crum — stripping naked and jumping into ice cold water. Why? Because Bilko told him too, that’s why. There’s not much more to it, but there is a bonus: Jolene Van Vugt’s priceless reaction. (Watch it here)

Travis Pastrana's Action Figures available for download

Get Ready for Travis Pastrana’s Action Figures
The official trailer for Travis Pastrana’s Action Figures has finally arrived. This is a film that has Travis’ name all over it, so you know it’s going to be good. Check out the trailer, and mark your calendar to download the whole thing on Oct. 20! (Watch it here)

We’re headed back to the U.S. and Canada in a matter of days! Do not miss out. Then we’re making our way to Europe soon after that! Download the Nitro Circus app to get access to exclusive, behind-the-scenes coverage of our live shows. Keep up with all of our recent adventures in our previous WildWeek, and come back next Friday for more!

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Jaie Toohey’s BMX Backflip Triple Tailwhip | World Firsts

Like many of the athletes in the Nitro Crew, Jaie Toohey got his start in racing but quickly discovered that, while speed and competition are awesome, he was more drawn to the inverted world of freestyle. The Australia native made the transition to the park and ramps and has been wowing at Nitro shows ever since, joining the Nitro World First club along the way.

Jaie Toohey

During a show in New Zealand back in February 2011, Toohey stunned a crowd of 20,000-plus with a very difficult trick that no one had ever landed before: the backflip triple tailwhip. The idea that he could land it came to him while he was practicing at Dave Mirra’s place in North Carolina. “I had just learned backflip double tailwhips, and I thought to myself: ‘I wonder if a backflip triple tail would ever be possible,” Toohey says.

Of course, he wouldn’t be a member of the Crew if he didn’t immediately start attempting them. He practiced for a couple weeks into a foam pit before making his first attempt, which doesn’t sound like much time, but don’t let that fool you: This trick is every bit as complicated as it looks. “There is so much going on all at once — you have to backflip whilst spinning the bike around three times upside-down and catch your pedals,” he says. To put it another way: “It’s a matter of figuring out how fast to spin the rotation of the backflip but at the same time keeping focus on doing a triple tailwhip and where to catch back on your pedals.” So … slightly more complicated than chewing gum and walking at the same time.

Once he started attempting the trick without the foam pit, it took him several crashes before he finally nailed it. It was all worth it, he says, because landing it was “the best feeling ever.”

And now Toohey performs this trick regularly, despite the danger level. It doesn’t always end well. “I’ve had some very bad luck with this trick going wrong,” he says, referring to a wipeout that broke the tibia and fibula in one of his legs so badly that he needed to have a metal rod put in.. But becoming part machine didn’t slow him down a bit. He says he has plans for more World Firsts, but we’ll have to wait and see what they are.

Want to watch the Crew perform live and maybe even see a World First happen right before your eyes? The second leg of our 2015 North America tour kicks off in a matter of days, and we’re headed to Europe soon after that. Then, next year, our 2016 North America tour is going to hit more than 40 cities in the U.S. and Canada that we’ve never been to before! Click any and all of those links for more details and tickets, because chances are we’re coming to a city near you!

Silly Willy, Star What? and New Tour | WildWeek

We’re still riding the wave of excitement from our latest NBCSN TV special, but we’re also getting focused for the second leg of our 2015 North America tour, which kicks off in just a couple weeks on Travis Pastrana’s home turf! That’s more than 20 shows in the U.S. and Canada this year alone, so come check us out! Then we’re off to Europe for some huge shows there. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, because so much awesome stuff happened this week!

Ryan Williams and the Silly Willy

Take a Look Back at the World First Silly Willy
Ryan Williams eats World Firsts for breakfast, but one particular scooter record is special for two reasons: The Silly Willy — a double frontflip 360 — is one of the most difficult tricks R-Willy has ever landed and it was named by Travis Pastrana himself. (Check it out here)

The Nitro Crew members who haven't seen Star Wars

Watch AmBADASSador: USE THE FORCE
In this week’s episode, Coby Toland makes a grim discovery: Way too many members of the Nitro Crew have never seen Star Wars. Luckily, this somewhat upsetting news is offset by Josh Sheehan’s Yoda impression. (Watch it here)

The first ever motorcycle triple backflip

Did You Miss Our Triple Backflip TV Special? Or Want to See It Again?
If you missed Road to the Unthinkable last week, don’t worry! The NBCSN TV special is going to be available for purchase on Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, and Google Play in the U.S. next month! Sign up now to get notified as soon as it’s available. (Sign up here)

Nitro Circus is coming to 40 brand-new cities in the U.S. and Canada in 2016

Nitro Circus Is Coming to More Than 40 Brand-New Cities in the U.S. and Canada
We’re super pumped to announce that we’re coming to a whole bunch of brand-new cities in North America next year! We’ve got the first few stops lined up, and tickets are already on sale, with more dates to come. Go get ’em! (More info and tickets here)

WHAAAAAT?

Watch the Clip of the Week: MONEY MONEA
Let’s face it: We’re pretty jaded about what makes our jaws drop. We’ve seen the best action sports athletes in the world throwing down new records all over the planet. So this clip of Mark Monea … well, we’ll just let it speak for itself. (Watch it here)

We’re headed to the U.S. and Canada this fall, and we’re bringing all this action with us. Then we’re making our way to Europe soon after that! Download the Nitro Circus app to get access to exclusive, behind-the-scenes coverage of our live shows. Keep up with all of our recent adventures in our previous WildWeek, and come back next Friday for more!

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Ryan Williams and the Silly Willy | World Firsts

If you read our previous post about Ryan Williams landing three World Firsts in one show, we wouldn’t blame you if you assumed that those were the only three he’d ever landed. After all, many athletes who have great careers never break a single record, let alone three. But R-Willy isn’t like many athletes. He’s a dedicated, fearless, multi-threat talent who’s ace on BMX, a discipline that’s netted him a quarter of his nearly one dozen records, and he’s arguably the best freestyle scooter rider in the world. There’s also that winning personality.

Ryan Williams is the king of world firsts

In March of 2013, R-Willy landed one of his most insane tricks at a Nitro show in Australia. The double frontflip 360 was born out of his desire to perform a trick that no one on two wheels had ever done. “This is what my brain thought up,” he says. Subsequent testing revealed that his brain was functioning normally at the time — normally for him, at least.

He calls it one of his all-time favorites, probably because of how difficult it is. The rotation of the double frontflip 360 makes spotting your landing nearly impossible. “The hardest part of this trick is how blind it is,” he says. But he has an interesting approach: “I just think of it as a 180 frontflip to 180 backflip.” Oh, well, when you put it that way …

To get the motion down, he practiced into a foam pit, but once he moved on to actual attempts, it was one of the most difficult tricks for him to master, taking him at least 30 tries, he says. Even before R-Willy had landed it, Travis Pastrana was so confident it was going to happen that he named the trick the Silly Willy. Soon after, the World First double frontflip 360 officially became the Silly Willy in front of a live Aussie audience:

R-Willy says that he’s attempted a no-hander Silly Willy but has yet to stick it. We are currently taking suggestions for the trick’s name when he inevitably lands it.

Want to watch Ryan Williams and the Crew perform live and maybe even see a World First happen right before your eyes? The second leg of our 2015 North America tour is about to kick off, and we’re headed to Europe soon after that. Then, next year, our 2016 North America tour is going to hit more than 40 cities in the U.S. and Canada that we’ve never been to before! Click any and all of those links for more details and tickets, because chances are we’re coming to a city near you!

 

Brand-New Cities Announced for Nitro’s 2016 North America Tour!

One of the questions we get the most (just after “What were you thinking?!”) is about where we plan to perform next. “When will Nitro be coming to [insert the name of a town, village, city, etc.]?” We like to say that if we had it our way, we would eventually go everywhere. The world is a big place, and we plan to see as much of it as we possibly can. So we’re pretty pumped to announce our summer 2016 North America tour, where we’ll be bringing the full Nitro experience to over 40 brand-new cities in the U.S. and Canada.

We can’t wait to bring the Crew to perform for new audiences, so make sure you hit the link to see where we’ll be! Presale tickets for the first 10 shows are available now, and tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, Sept. 18. There are a lot more shows to be announced, so hold tight and click here now for tickets and more info!

All About the Backflips | WildWeek

UPDATE: If you missed out on seeing Road to the Unthinkable this Saturday, no worries. It’s going to be available for purchase on Amazon Instant Video, iTunes and Google Play in the U.S. next month! In the meantime, sign up now to get notified as soon as it’s available, then get pumped with some sneak previews of what you missed below.

The best thing about this week happens on Saturday! Our new TV special, Road to the Unthinkable, the full story of how the FMX backflip evolved, as told by the athletes who evolved it, airs on Sept. 12 on NBCSN at 11:30 p.m. ET, 10:30 p.m. CT, and 8:30 p.m. PT right after NASCAR. So we’re dedicating this whole installment to backflips! Let’s get inverted!

Travis Pastrana's quest for the World First FMX triple backflip

An Inside Look at the Quest for the FMX Triple Backflip
After years of work, six concussions, and some tough decisions, Travis Pastrana decided to pass the backflip torch to Josh Sheehan. Hear from Sheehan himself on what it takes to complete this “impossible” trick.  (Check it out here)

Travis Pastrana's first double backflip in four years -- side by side with Josh Sheehan

Watch AmBADASSador: TWO BY TWO
At the last show before Sheeny’s triple attempt, Travis wanted to send him out in style with side-by-side double backflips in Australia. That’s leadership. By the way, Travis hadn’t done a double in more than four years … (Watch it here)

Carey Hart's first FMX backflip changed the sport

Hear From Action Sports Athletes About How the Backflip Changed FMX
Carey Hart, Mike Metzger, Brian Deegan, Adam Jones, Blake “Bilko” Williams, and Travis Pastrana’s mom weigh in on how the backflip drew a clear line in the sand in the FMX world after Hart’s Gravity Games attempt in 2000. (Check it out here)

Travis Pastrana's World First FMX double backflip

Learn How the World First Double Backflip Proved That Nothing Is Impossible
The double backflip was considered impossible by many, but after the single backflip became a standard part of FMX, pioneers like Travis Pastrana knew that the sport would continue to progress and that the double backflip was all but inevitable. (Check it out here)

Travis Pastrana's quest for the first motorcycle triple backflip

Tune in to NBCSN on Sept. 12 for Road to the Unthinkable
The full story of the triple backflip is really the story of the evolution of FMX in general, from stunt show to full-fledged sport. Watch on Saturday, Sept. 12, on NBCSN to see that story told by the athletes who lived it. (More info here)

We’re headed to the U.S. and Canada this fall, and we’re bringing all this backflipping action with us. Then we’re making our way back to Europe soon after that! Download the Nitro Circus app to get access to exclusive, behind-the-scenes coverage of our live shows. Keep up with all of our recent adventures in our previous WildWeek, and come back next Friday for more!

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The Motorcycle Triple Backflip | World Firsts

Our backflip special airs on NBCSN this Saturday evening! Action sports legends Tony Hawk, Carey Hart, Mike Metzger, and Brian Deegan join Nitro Circus stars Travis Pastrana, Blake “Bilko” Williams, Adam Jones, and more to tell the full story of the evolution of the FMX backflip. Tune in Saturday, Sept. 12, for Road to the Unthinkable: The Quest for the First Motorcycle Triple Backflip right after NASCAR.

The first backflip changed FMX. The first double backflip elevated the game, despite being declared impossible by so many. And indeed it almost was impossible. Almost. The number of FMX athletes who have landed double backflips today can be counted on one hand. Even still, after landing the first double, Travis Pastrana almost immediately set his sights on the triple. Consistently landing the double was the first step. Figuring out the ramp was the next. So he went to it, and after six years of hard work with a lot of help from the best people in the business, he began training for the World First FMX triple backflip.

He wanted it bad, especially after working so hard for so long at it. But it was not to be. He estimates he suffered six concussions hitting the air bag from the height needed to complete three rotations, and in the end it wasn’t worth the risk. Like with the double, many people had serious doubts that the triple was even possible. So few athletes had ever done two backflips, so why were we even talking about three? But despite, or maybe because of, his own experience attempting the triple, Pastrana knew it was possible in the right hands. The heir apparent was Josh Sheehan, who by this point was the only athlete consistently performing double backflips.

Travis Pastrana and Josh Sheehan talk about the FMX triple backflip

Sheehan grew up in rural Australia, the perfect setting for the future action sports icon to learn how to ride, build jumps, and progress in the sport. He worked on his family’s farm to save up for his first bike at the age of 14, and he never looked back. Sheehan got into racing and FMX a few years later, with his very first backflip igniting the spark that continues to burn to this day. He’s now a permanent member of the Nitro Crew, performing around the world.

He says he used to talk with friends about the triple backflip, particularly after he became proficient at the double. “I knew it wouldn’t be a simple task,” he says, in what is a contender for the understatement of the decade. He elaborates: “The triple is hard to land for a few reasons. It’s so hard to keep the momentum going during the flips. By the third rotation it has slowed down a lot, so getting a great spin at the start of the jump is just as important as keeping in a good position to keep the momentum going. Then, with the extra time needed for the third rotation, the jump needed to be so much bigger.”

The ramp is a very important part of the equation. The 36-footer at Pastranaland that Sheehan would use for his attempt was painstakingly designed specifically for the triple. And it had to be, because no existing ramp would have worked. “It was a big challenge to make the jump big enough for the air time but low enough to be able to land on a landing without exploding. The biggest danger was the height of the jump. If I wasn’t able to make the rotation or the gap, it would have been a massive fall to the ground,” Sheehan says. Dialing that in took a lot of work. He began practice in October 2013 and traveled to Pastrana’s house for four separate trips in 2014 to practice. But once they got the ramp to where he needed it, Sheehan spent just one week practicing into an air bag before his official attempt.

And he made history. As athletes like Pastrana and Sheehan continue to push the limits of the sport, all we can do is adjust the bar and hang on for the ride, all the while wondering: What impossible feat will become possible next?

For the full story of how the FMX backflip evolved, check out our 90-minute special, which premieres Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 at 11:30 p.m. ET, 10:30 p.m. CT, and 8:30 p.m. PT on NBCSN after NASCAR.

For fans outside of the U.S., check back for more sneak previews here. And, click here to sign up for our newsletter and find out as soon as Road to the Unthinkable is available in your country.

 

And Then There Were Two | Road to the Unthinkable

We’re pumped about our next special on NBCSN, coming this Saturday! Action sports legends Tony Hawk, Carey Hart, Mike Metzger, and Brian Deegan join Nitro Circus stars Travis Pastrana, Blake “Bilko” Williams, Adam Jones, and more to tell the story of the evolution of the FMX backflip. Tune in Saturday, Sept. 12, for Road to the Unthinkable: The Quest for the First Motorcycle Triple Backflip, right after NASCAR.

Just over a decade ago, the backflip changed FMX forever, as we talked about before. It’s a relatively recent trick that fans and athletes alike have already started to take for granted. But that single backflip, which we now see (and do) almost every day, was a game-changer. Almost immediately, the trick started quickly evolving, and athletes like Travis Pastrana began to look down the road, with an eye toward the next big thing.

Of course, the double backflip was on everyone’s radar. Many thought it couldn’t be done, that it was a crazy-person’s fever dream at best, potentially deadly at worst. The idea that a double was impossible wasn’t coming from only out-of-the-loop skeptics, either. The single had proven too difficult for a lot of successful and up-and-coming FMX pros, to the point that many left the sport because they couldn’t or wouldn’t add the backflip to their bag of tricks. And it’s easy to forget with the way the sport has progressed, but the backflip is very dangerous — a point that can’t be stressed enough.

But despite the naysayers and despite the very real danger, a few of those pioneering FMX athletes started training for the double anyway, practicing on BMX bikes, mountain bikes, and pit bikes into foam pits. They worked tirelessly and with a single-minded dedication. They knew it could be done, it would be done — it was just a matter of when. And who.

Pastrana and many others worked on the double backflip for four years, taking over 10,000 practice jumps, he estimates. For a trick like the double, a trick declared impossible by so many people, that is the type of dedication it takes. It paid off. In 2006, Pastrana landed the first-ever double backflip in competition at the X Games, earning him a gold medal and a spot in the history books.

To this day you can count the number of riders who have landed a double backflip on one hand, and there are obviously even fewer riders consistently performing them in competitions and shows. But if you think that means the backflip stopped at two, well, you don’t know Nitro very well.

For more on the evolution of the backflip, watch our upcoming special on NBCSN! The 90-minute event premieres Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 at 11:30 p.m. ET, 10:30 p.m. CT, and 8:30 p.m. PT on NBCSN after NASCAR.

For fans outside of the U.S., check back for more sneak previews here. And, click here to sign up for our newsletter and find out as soon as Road to the Unthinkable is available in your country.

What’s in a Backflip? | Road to the Unthinkable

Just four days until our next special airs on NBCSN! Action sports legends Tony Hawk, Carey Hart, Mike Metzger and Brian Deegan join Nitro Circus stars Travis Pastrana, Blake “Bilko” Williams, Adam Jones and more to tell the story of the evolution of the FMX backflip. Tune in Saturday, Sept. 12, for Road to the Unthinkable: The Quest for the First Motorcycle Triple Backflip right after NASCAR.

Every major sport has at least one pivotal moment, whether it’s one play, one game, one season, one race, one record. For FMX, that moment was Carey Hart’s backflip at the 2000 Gravity Games. Prior to that, moto backflip attempts were seen as merely stunts and had never been a part of the freestyle competition arsenal. But Hart’s backflip changed FMX forever.

In a 2001 interview with Hart in which he tries to explain just how he managed the backflip, the NY Times described the difficulty level like this:

In a second, you’re now three stories in the air. … This is where [Hart’s] instructions become less meaningful. What he can tell you is that you pull the bike with your arms, which are almost straight. You don’t really use your legs. “It’s your upper body and your weight,” he says. Now you’re beginning to rotate backward, and the question arises: How do you know how much to rotate? You don’t. “It’s just a gut thing,” Hart says, “It’s just something you know.” It is one of those things in which thinking about it could be dangerous. … If you don’t ask yourself the question, you won’t give a wrong answer. “You can get hurt if you don’t commit,” Hart says. “You don’t think about it.”

It took two more years after Hart’s Gravity Games achievement for the backflip to fully break out, but that was two years of intense work by a dedicated group of FMX pioneers intent on bringing the sport to the next level. One of those pioneers, a fresh-faced Travis Pastrana, tried it during that time, missing the attempt and getting in trouble with his mom in the process:

But in 2002, Mike Metzger became the first athlete to land two single backflips back to back in competition, which earned him the gold medal in freestyle at Summer X Games Eight. Hart took silver with a backflip of his own. That year, Pastrana also landed one in competition. The line was drawn: FMX became two worlds — the world before the backflip and the world after.

From that point on, backflips became integral to an FMX career. The athletes that couldn’t or wouldn’t master them started fading away. It was a new era, an inverted era, and the pioneers quickly started adding combinations to their flips, elevating the sport even more. Most of you know how this story will turn out, and those who don’t can probably guess — the single backflip didn’t remain the king of FMX tricks for long.

The 90-minute special premieres Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 at 11:30 p.m. ET, 10:30 p.m. CT, and 8:30 p.m. PT on NBCSN after NASCAR.

For fans outside of the U.S., check back for more sneak previews here. And, click here to sign up for our newsletter and find out as soon as ‘Road to the Unthinkable’ is available in your country.

Triple Trailer, BMX Record, and Snakes in a Beard | WildWeek

Another awesome week down! Preparation for our upcoming tour of the U.S. and Canada is going well, and we of course also have our sights set on Europe in a few short months. Make sure you come out and see us, because it’s going to be a ton of fun. You know what else is coming up? Our next NBCSN TV special! (But more on that in a second.) Before any of that happens, though, you should really take a look at what we got up to this week:

Travis Pastrana's quest for the World First FMX triple backflip

Get Pumped With This Trailer for the FMX Triple Backflip TV Special
The motorcycle backflip is relatively young. You know the names: Carey Hart, Travis Pastrana, Josh Sheehan. And you know how far the “impossible” FMX trick has come. Now see the full story in Road to the Unthinkable, on NBCSN, Saturday, Sept. 12!  (Watch the preview here)

Andy Buckworth with the World First BMX superman double frontflip

Andy Buckworth’s World First Superman Double Frontflip
In 2011, Andy Buckworth took an extraordinarily difficult trick — the BMX double frontflip — and made it even more difficult. Check out the video and hear from the man himself about what went into the World First superman double frontflip. (Check it out here)

Coby Toland and Travis Pastrana play with snakes

Watch AmBADASSador: SNAKE IT OFF
In this week’s episode, Coby Toland gets to know Australia, including its ramps, foam pits, and snakes. He and Travis Pastrana get up close and personal with a couple of these little guys, one of which lets Coby know exactly how it feels about him.  (Watch it here)

Ethen Roberts rides the wakeboard

Watch Tommy & Crum: WAKE UP
In this week’s episode, Ethen Roberts demonstrates in no uncertain terms that he has some serious skills not only on land and in the air but also on the water. Meanwhile, Tommy demonstrates how serious he is about hanging out and drinking a beer. (Watch it here)

Steve Mini turndown Tuesday

Watch the Clip of the Week: WHIP IT GOOD
Here’s one way to check your blind spot. Steve Mini posted this little clip for Turndown Tuesday, and we could watch it on a loop. (OK, we admit it, we have been.) This is a serious whip, and bonus points for the audio. Braaaap! (Watch it here)

We’re headed to the U.S. and Canada this fall, and then we’re making our way back to Europe. Download the Nitro Circus app to get access to exclusive, behind-the-scenes coverage of our live shows. Keep up with all of our recent adventures in our previous WildWeek, and come back next Friday for more!

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Buckworth’s Superman Double Frontflip | World Firsts

It should be tough to stand out on the Nitro Circus roster of BMX athletes, but somehow each of them manages to bring something different and special to the show, making our tours that much more exciting. You just never know when one of them is going to throw down an insane World First, and Andy Buckworth is no exception.

Andy Buckworth with the superman double frontflip

In 2010, the Australian big air pro made a name for himself when he became the second rider in BMX history to land a double frontflip. A single frontflip is difficult enough, as it requires the strength and timing to throw yourself forward, momentum be damned as you work against the laws of physics, and you can’t spot your landing until the last second. Now do that times two. Still, less than a year later Buckworth decided the BMX double frontflip needed something more, and the result became another World First.

The idea for the superman double frontflip came pretty naturally, Buckworth says, as he was doing the superman frontflip regularly. After he started consistently landing double fronts, it was only a matter of combining the two. Easy for us to say.

As mentioned, a double frontflip on its own is hard enough. “Once you get your bike and body rotating at that speed, the margin for error is very slim,” Buckworth says. “If you open up too soon you’ll under rotate; if you open up too late you’ll flip over the handlebars.” When you add the superman, things get even more complicated, as timing becomes, well, super critical. If you leave your seat at the wrong time, your rotation could stop. In other words, he says, “Unlike Superman, you’ll fall right out of the sky.”

Having already perfected the two tricks, he practiced combining them until he dialed it in, and he stuck the World First on his second attempt, in February 2011, less than a year after landing his first double frontflip. Here it is:

Buckworth says that World Firsts for him are just spur of the moment ideas or happy accidents while he’s training in the foam pit. So for the inside scoop, be sure to keep up with him on Facebook and Instagram.

Don’t miss your chance to see the Nitro Circus Crew live this fall in the U.S. and Canada. And we’re headed to Europe soon too! Click those links for details, and if you like World Firsts, make sure to watch our upcoming TV special telling the story behind the First Motorcycle Triple Backflip!

Backflip History and Riding Shotgun with Travis | WildWeek

It’s getting even more exciting around here. We’re now counting down to the second leg of our North American tour in weeks, not months, so we hope that 20-plus cities across the U.S. and Canada are ready for us! We’re also pumped about our next TV special in a couple weeks and our European tour in a few months. But none of that anticipation got in the way of us having a blast this week. Need proof? Check out these things:

Jolene Van Vugt was the first woman to ever backflip a full-size dirtbike in 2005

See How Jolene Van Vugt Made Backflip History
Jolene Van Vugt has clearly made her mark on the world of FMX as one of the most decorated members of the Nitro Circus Crew. So let’s travel back in time to 2005 and revisit the World First that became the foundation of her legacy. (Check it out here)

Coby Toland takes a long crazy trip

Watch AmBADASSador: REDBEARD SURPRISE
Between tours, Coby Toland forgot what a long journey was like, but it’s all worth it when he surprises a sleeping Crum in Australia. Of course, in the end Coby is the one who gets the real surprise. (Watch it here)

Dusty Wygle feeds monkeys in China

Watch Tommy & Crum: MONKEYING AROUND
In this week’s episode, the Crew are in China, where they’ve decided a good way to spend their free time would be feeding bananas to monkeys. Leave it to us to hang out all day with primates and still come off looking like the wildest animals.  (Watch it here)

Travis Pastrana hits a few ramps on a Polaris

See What It’s Like to Ride Shotgun in an ATV with Travis
Travis Pastrana recently took some friends and family on a little sightseeing tour around Pastranaland. Would you believe that it was a leisurely, relaxing journey through the peaceful woods, nothing but the sound of birds and the wind in the trees? Didn’t think so. (Watch it here)

When off-roading goes wrong during Nitro Circus' Crazy Train

Watch Crum Go Head Over Heels for Crazy Train
We’re more excited than ever about Crazy Train, our upcoming NBC Sports series. In this sneak peek, Crum proves (again) why off-road vehicles need roll cages after a seemingly innocuous bump teaches him a lesson. (Watch it here)

We’re headed to the U.S. and Canada this fall, and then we’re making our way back to Europe. Download the Nitro Circus app to get access to exclusive, behind-the-scenes coverage of our live shows. Keep up with all of our recent adventures in our previous WildWeek, and come back next Friday for more!

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The First Woman to Backflip a Motorcycle | World Firsts

We’re so used to seeing dirtbike backflips (with the occasional double and, now, a triple) that we forget it was barely a decade ago that FMX riders were just starting to stick them regularly. The trick, once thought impossible, started to became a staple in FMX arsenals everywhere in the early 2000s, and now it’s all but taken for granted. But while it was all still new back in 2005, Jolene Van Vugt, with some encouragement from Travis Pastrana, decided it was her turn.

Nitro Circus Moto Mayhem - Madrid 2015

The Canadian motocross veteran started riding at age 11 and began racing at age 14. She channeled those years of experience into FMX and started landing World Firsts soon after. Among her many records, becoming the first woman to backflip a full-sized dirtbike certainly stands out.

Practice for this World First started on a 110 mini bike into a foam pit, which in itself isn’t easy, Jolene said. Any motorcycle backflip is dangerous for obvious reasons, and the commitment required to bring it around is the true test. “When you’re first learning them, you never think it’s coming all the way around,” she says, adding that she took some serious lumps during practice.

The New York Times broke it down like this in an interview with Carey Hart back in 2001: “The trick involves flying high off a ramp so steep that it is almost vertical, flipping the bike back over your head and body and then bringing it all the way around and down, wheels first, to the ground.”

Nitro Circus Moto Mayhem - Vienna 2015

She eventually took the mini bike to dirt, and once she dialed that in, it was time to practice with the full-sized dirtbike.

From there, it all came together pretty quickly. She did a day and a half with the full-size bike into the foam pit and then moved to dirt, where she made history. And for anyone who knows her, it was no surprise at all. She says it best: “I don’t give up easy, and when I set my mind to something, look out!”

Here’s footage of her landing her first ramp-to-ramp backflip in a Nitro Circus show:

She was disappointed that she didn’t ride away on the first try, which is a testament to the high bar she sets for herself. But she got back on the bike and went for it until she did land it, which also says a lot. Pushing it to the limit, she says, is what she’s all about: “It’s who I am and what I love to do.”

You can see Jolene perform live on tour in the U.S. and Canada this fall and in Europe after the new year. If you enjoy getting into the nitty gritty of how a trick works (like we do), you should check out the rest of that interview with Carey Hart.

3 Broken Records, Final Road Report, and The Condor Speaks | WildWeek

Another week down, another bunch of awesome stuff to sort through and share! Our next tour is so close we can taste it, so you better get ready North America. We’re coming for you! We’ve also got a new TV special coming up and a European tour kicking off in a few short months. But all that’s the future. Right now, let’s dwell on the coolest things that happened in the recent past!

Ryan Williams breaking records to the power of three

Dive Deep Into the Details of R-Willy Hitting 3 World Firsts in One Night
Ryan Williams is the most decorated Nitro athlete in terms of number of World Firsts. He lands something new every tour, sometimes twice in one show. But in a single night in 2013, he landed not one, not two, but three World Firsts. (Check it out here)

Ben Edwards on tour with Nitro Circus

Nitro Tour Reporter Has a Bittersweet Farewell
In the final entry of his road report, Ben meets a legend in Tulsa, has one last go-kart hurrah with the Crew in Dallas, and enlists Travis Pastrana to help make a special gift for the family of a very dear friend. (Check it out here)

Coby Toland interviews Mat Hoffman

Watch AmBADASSador: INTERVIEW WITH THE CONDOR
BMX legend Mat “The Condor” Hoffman stopped by to help Coby Toland kick off the new season, and he stuck around to experience his first Nitro show. Find out what it takes to blow an action sports icon’s mind. (Watch it here)

Jolene Van Vugt, Streetbike Tommy, Dusty Wygle get weird massages in Russia

Watch Tommy & Crum: BUSHWHACKED
In this week’s episode, Jolene Van Vugt, Dusty Wygle, and Tommy experience a very specific type of massage that includes being slapped with branches, donning interesting headwear, and plunging into a cold Russian lake in the middle of the night. Relaxing! (Watch it here)

Win a VIP trip to see Nitro Circus in Las Vegas

Enter to Win a VIP Trip to Nitro Circus in Las Vegas
It’s not too late to win a trip to see us live in Las Vegas! The prize package includes hanging with Nitro athletes, two VIP show tickets, a Sony ActionCam, roundtrip airfare, and two nights in a hotel. Come hang with us! (More info here)

We’re headed to the U.S. and Canada this fall, and then we’re making our way back to Europe. Download the Nitro Circus app to get access to exclusive, behind the scenes coverage of our live shows. Keep up with all of our recent adventures in our previous WildWeek, and come back next Friday for more!

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That Time R-Willy Landed Three World Firsts in One Night | World Firsts

At Nitro Circus, we do what we do for many reasons, whether it’s FMX, BMX, skate, crazy contraptions, or whatever. We have a great time, yes, but there’s more to it. We do what we do because it gives us a platform to push ourselves to places that no one has ever gone — and beyond. We call them World Firsts, tricks that no one has ever landed and, in some cases, that no one thought were possible.

Not many people on this planet can say they’ve accomplished something so difficult, so technical, so rare that no one else has ever done it. Breaking records and making history in the world of action sports is no accident; it takes months, sometimes years, of practice. And that’s just the beginning. In most cases it takes multiple attempts before you can ride away. The commitment is intense, both in terms of the dedication and the level of danger if you aren’t prepared to take it to the limit.

One Nitro athlete has amassed so many World Firsts in multiple disciplines that we expect him to hit one every night. But Ryan Williams really set the bar high for himself back in 2013 in Saint Petersburg, Russia, when he stomped three scooter World Firsts in a single show. It was all part of the plan.

Ryan Williams drops in for three world firsts in one show!

He started out with a ruler frontflip, a trick inspired by spending so much time with the FMX guys, watching them do ruler backflips, R-Willy says. Amazingly, he landed it on his first try in a show, though he’d spent some time practicing in a foam pit. The most difficult part, he says, is keeping the deck from whipping, which obviously didn’t give him too much of a challenge that night.

His second World First of the night was a cashroll tailwhip rewind, which consists of adding a tailwhip rewind — whipping the deck around and then reversing it back — while spinning through the standard full-twisting backflip that is a cashroll. R-Willy admits, “The hardest thing about this trick is the amount of things happening at once.” Give that kid a gold star in multitasking, as he also landed this trick in his first try on tour after a lot of cashroll practice leading up to the show.

The third World First he hit in Saint Petersburg was the hardest for him — it took him two full tries to land it. The double frontflip tailwhip, he says, is difficult and dangerous because of the precision you need to catch that tailwhip coming around — and you don’t want to miss it, that’s for sure. He calls this trick a natural next step after doing so many double frontflip no-handers, in the same way a normal person might try something new at their favorite restaurant or upgrade their cellphone data plan.

Ryan Williams hit three world firsts in one show!

Watch all three World Firsts here:

And those three are only a quarter of the World Firsts R-Willy has landed with Nitro, so stay tuned for recaps on those, plus all of his future plans, which include adding another frontflip to make it a double frontflip ruler and maxing out on variations for the cashroll — you can hit him up on Facebook or Instagram to let him know what you’d like him to try to add to the cashroll. He’s also been chasing an elusive double frontflip tailwhip to no-hander that he hopes to land soon. Oh, and: “My friend Jamie Hull just did a double backflip double tailwhip, so maybe I’ll back him up and do a double frontflip double tailwhip,” he says. Sure, R-Willy, no problem.

If world firsts get you going, you definitely need to come check us out live — you never know when a history-making moment will happen! And you’re in luck, because we’re coming back to North America this fall with 20-plus shows in cities all of over the U.S. and Canada. Get your tickets before they sell out!

Finishing Strong | On Tour With Nitro – Part 6

By: Ben Edwards

Nitro Circus Live is returning to North America in the fall. We kicked off the first leg of this tour in May, hitting nine U.S. states in a single month, and we brought one lucky contest winner along for the ride. This is Part 6 of the adventures of Ben Edwards, who won the contest and then spent the entire tour proving again and again that he deserved it. Links to the first five installments are available below. And, don’t forget, tickets are already on sale now for shows in more than 20 U.S. and Canadian cities this fall.

Tulsa and Dallas were the last shows on the tour, and they did not disappoint. In Oklahoma, I got to catch a glimpse of one of the biggest legends, Ronnie Mac! He stole the show in his hometown and proved that Uncle Ronnie can show the young guns how it’s really done. I tried to catch him during and after the show, but as quickly as he came, he left. Riding into the sunset. This sounds fake, but it’s a true story. He was one of the coolest parts of the Tulsa show.

Ronnie Mac performing with Nitro Circus in Tulsa, Oklahoma

On top of that, during practice I was the only one to catch Beaver Fleming’s newest trick on video! The Swift Roll! Beaver is in love with Taylor Swift, so what better way to get her to a show than naming a trick after her? That last weekend I sat down with Beaver and Travis to edit the footage so we could get it on social media as soon as possible. As far as I know, Taylor is totally thinking about it…

Still feeling as though I was in a dream after seeing Ronnie Mac, I woke up in Dallas! This was the last stop of the tour, but like everyone else I didn’t want it to end. The show ended up being delayed, so we had two extra days in Dallas. During that time we had a skate park, go-kart track, and indoor skydive place all close early for us so we could have some fun. Everyone on this tour is always ready for some friendly competition, especially Travis. He always jokes: “Winners win, and losers lose.” This usually comes along with some sort of bet where whoever is on the losing end has to do something funny and embarrassing. Luckily, I ended up on the winning sides and didn’t have to do anything I’d regret.

The last show was a sketchy one. The ramps had barely dried from the rain, and there was only a small window before it was supposed to come down again. On top of that, the wind was terrible.

Photos by FC Dallas Photography

In the video below, you can tell the weather wasn’t cooperating, and you’ll have to take my word that conditions were dangerous. The crowd had no idea, but every rider was a bit on edge. Still, they will always do whatever possible to make sure that the show goes on, and they threw down that day! Finishing off the tour with their traditional shirtless last jump. I was on the lander and decided to join in the festivities.

Shirtless and exhausted, my last show was done, but that wasn’t the end of my adventure.

This leg of the tour over, we were all headed to the Dallas airport to fly home. Packing up and saying our goodbyes wasn’t easy. As for me, there was one last job I had to do. I had express-ordered a jersey from Alpine Stars for Travis Pastrana to sign. The entire trip I hadn’t asked for anything as far as autographs, but this was something I had to do for someone else: the Bringas family.

So I approached Travis and asked him. In addition to making it out to them and writing his classic 199, he wrote “Ride On,” and the significance of that he would soon find out. When everyone was ready to get on the bus I called our travel coordinator and had her cancel my flight. Most people would call me crazy, but I was taking a chance and heading northeast back to New York for another action adventure. I shook hands and hugged all my new friends before giving Travis a letter. He asked what it was, and I told him it was from me and to read it later. These were my last words to the captain of the Nitro Circus crew.

Travis Pastrana signed jersey

The letter told the story of my best friend Brandon Bringas. Brandon was like the guys on tour: full of life, fun, and adrenaline. He would light up the room whenever he walked in. Of all my friends, he was also the most into action sports. He rode FMX and introduced me to skateboarding and the action sports world. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be where I am today. When I was 16 I got the message that Brandon had had an FMX accident. Coming down off a jump, he took a bad fall and ended up in the hospital. He would later pass due to his injuries. This event in my life has pushed me to take nothing for granted and to do anything and be everything I have ever wanted. To pursue action sports and travel the world like Brandon would want. He was part of what led me to Nitro Circus, and Travis Pastrana was one of his heroes. Last time I was there, Brandon’s old bedroom still had posters of Travis from the X Games.

But winning this contest, meeting Travis and the crew, I feel that I have fulfilled everything I could have done for him: I became friends with one of his heroes and experienced the biggest action sports event known to man. In the end of all this, it meant more to me than anyone could have imagined. I was able to fulfill not only my dream but one of my best friend’s dreams as well. It was one of the most educational and most adventurous things I’ve been able to do, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. Everything this group of individuals taught me will stay with me forever. From the big lessons to the small. Nitro Circus made an impact on me, and I even think in some small way I may have made an impact on some of them. I couldn’t be more thankful for the hospitality of the Nitro Circus, and until the day I die I will always be a fan.

The only other thing I’d tell someone about this adventure: No matter who you are or where you come from, if you have a dream or a goal, or there is something you want to do, go for it. Because that’s what these guys do! That greatness isn’t just for the rich or famous; it’s for those willing to go the distance to make it happen. This group of people inspires me to keep living a life of fun, action, and adventure. Thank you again Nitro Circus. I hope to see you again on the road.

Ben Edwards and the Nitro Circus Crew

Learn how Ben landed this dream job in Part 1. Go behind the scenes of his first-ever show in Part 2. Find out what a wake-up call from Travis Pastrana looks like in Part 3. Hit the streets of Nashville with Streetbike Tommy in Part 4. And see what Streetbike Tommy is like at a bacon festival in Part 5.

Bacon Times Infinity, Win a Nitro VIP Trip, and Grinding Wheelz | WildWeek

There is a bit of a calm before the storm that is going to be our upcoming North American tour, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t have a tough time deciding what to choose as the five best things that happened this week! Speaking of best things, mark your calendars for Sept. 12, when our next TV special airs! And then check out all this awesomeness:

On tour with Nitro Circus

Nitro Tour Reporter Hits the Bacon Fest and Witnesses a World First
In Part 5 of his road report, Ben Edwards and Streetbike Tommy hit a bacon festival for bacon-wrapped things, bacon-stuffed things, and bacon drinks. Then, in Missouri, Ben’s best friend is on hand to witness Ryan Williams stick a world first! (Check it out here)

Win tickets to Nitro Circus

Win a VIP Trip to Nitro Circus Live in Las Vegas!
Got an #EpicMoment to share? You could win a trip to see us live in Las Vegas! The prize package includes hanging with Nitro athletes, two VIP show tickets, a Sony ActionCam, roundtrip airfare, and two nights in a hotel. Come hang with us! (More info here)

Coby Toland says goodbye in New Zealand

Watch AmBADASSador: DROWNING RED BEARD’S SORROWS
At his final New Zealand show, Coby Toland gets sentimental, and he and the Crew must party very hard to mask their sadness over the end of this leg of the tour. But not before putting on one more giant show for the Kiwi crowd. (Watch it here)

Nitro Circus injuries

See the Bloody Aftermath of Some Gnarly Nitro Wipeouts
Everyone loves a good wipeout, but the part you don’t always see is the consequences of a stack. Not every spill results in a trip to the hospital, but the Crew’s lumps can be almost as legendary as the tricks they stick. Click at your own risk. (Watch it here)

Wheelz grinds it out

Watch a Slow-Mo Video of Grinding Wheelz
Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham, pioneer of WCMX, is all about pushing himself. In this great little clip, he shows how his job can be a grind — in extreme slow motion for you detail junkies out there. (Watch it here)

We’re headed to the U.S. and Canada this fall, and then we’re making our way back to Europe. Click here to find out when we’ll be in a city near you! Keep up with all of our recent adventures in our previous WildWeek, and come back next Friday for more!

CrossFit Rookies & Bacon Lovers | On Tour With Nitro – Part 5

By: Ben Edwards

Nitro Circus is bringing its live show back to North America this fall, after an awesome first leg earlier this year. We brought along one lucky contest-winner to document those days, and this is Part 5 of his road report. If it sounds like fun (and it definitely is), tickets are on sale now for upcoming shows in more than 20 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada.

It had been a long tour so far, but we finally got to take a break when we made it to Pittsburgh. Or so I thought. On our way to the hotel, Special Greg told me we would be doing CrossFit as soon as we got there. Special is a CrossFit machine. The guy could bend a nine iron in half like Happy Gilmore’s old construction-worker boss — the guy who tells Shooter McGavin, “And YOU can count … on me waiting for you in the parking lot.” Classic. But Special has a heart of gold. It was my first experience with CrossFit, and I will never forget it. Fast interval training with very few breaks. Lifting, pulling, running, rowing, all of the above. I like to think I’m in great shape, but I quickly found myself falling behind. These athletes work hard to be able to do what they do!

No footage can be found of my CrossFit experience, but to give you an idea of what it was like, here’s what they put Red Beard through:

We also had a solid group at my session, in addition to Greg, including Brody Wilson, Matt Whyatt, Cam Coghlan, Streetbike Tommy, and Josh Sheehan. When you’re doing CrossFit with the only guy who’s landed a triple backflip on a dirtbike, you try your hardest to be able to hang. When it finally ended, everyone congratulated each other on a gnarly workout.

But all those calories burned would be quickly replaced, because Tommy and I spent the next four hours at the Pittsburgh bacon festival.


Bacon dogs, bacon burgers, bacon shrimp, bacon jerky, bacon bites, and even bacon cocktails! I haven’t eaten bacon since.

The bacon drink

In addition to enjoying the local festivities, some of us just wanted to relax, so most of the Crew went out to see the new Mad Max movie. Partly because some of the athletes’ friends are extras in it, and partly because the movie is just badass.

And, of course, the next day came with another show.

Jolene Van Vugt, wheels up in Pittsburgh

By the end of our stretch up the East Coast, I felt like I was finally beginning to settle in. The next two stops were in Missouri, which I was excited about for a couple reasons. For one, I love St. Louis’ Gateway Arch, and two, my best friend Jake Grom was coming to the Kansas City show. This was a great opportunity to show someone from the outside what it’s like to tour with Nitro Circus.

But first, St. Louis. By now I was more involved than ever. Every day I felt more and more like I was just one of the guys. Beaver Fleming, Wake Schepman, and myself went and checked out the Arch (I got a great shot of Beaver you can see below), and then the rest of the day I hung out with Kurtis Downs, Gavin Godfrey, Steve Mini, and Brandon Schmidt.

Beaver Fleming at the St. Louis Gateway Arch

At the next show I got to sit in the best seat in the house: Crum’s lounge chair. But, as you probably know, this is not a normal chair you relax in. Crum himself actually drops in on the Giganta ramp in this thing, soaring 50 feet through the air! As terrifying as it was, while the FMX athletes were going off, Crum sat me in the chair about four stories off the ground and let me see what it looks like from his perspective right before he drops in. So I didn’t actually go down the ramp; Ethen Roberts had to help me back up. In my head I thought of how fun it must be, but when you’re staring at four stories of ramp and a kicker, sitting in a modified recliner, you begin to think twice.

Crum in his high-flying recliner in St. Louis

The next show was Kansas City, where I got to meet up with Jake. He was on a road trip from California to Chicago, and I figured what better pit stop than the Nitro Circus! That night I got to show my best friend what I had worked so hard for, and he couldn’t have been more proud. Standing in the tunnel to see me on the lander with all the athletes, seeing all the fun I was having (and personally witnessing Ryan Williams land the world first scooter 1080 frontflip). It’s even more than he or I could have ever imagined.

Learn how Ben landed this dream job in Part 1. Go behind the scenes of his first-ever show in Part 2. Find out what a wake-up call from Travis Pastrana looks like in Part 3. And hit the streets of Nashville with Streetbike Tommy in Part 4. Watch for the final entry next week!

Win VIP Tickets & Trip to Nitro Circus in Las Vegas

We’ve traveled all around North America, Europe, the Pacific and more, but we have to say that there’s really nothing like performing a sold-out show in the famous MGM Grand in Las Vegas. This fall, we’re so excited to be coming back to the world’s biggest adult playground, and this time, you could win a VIP trip to come with us.

Win a VIP Trip & Experience to Nitro Circus Live in Las Vegas

Thanks to our friends at Nexen Tire USA, you can win a VIP Trip & Experience for you and a guest to our Nitro Circus Live show in Las Vegas on Saturday, November 21, which includes spending the day with Nitro athletes, 2 VIP tickets to the show, your own Sony ActionCam, 2 roundtrip airline tickets (within the U.S. only), 2-night hotel stay for 2, and $500 spending money.

ENTER TO WIN

To win, you have until September 21 to go here and share your ‪#‎EpicMoment‬ with us. Voting will open on September 22, and you’ll win if your epic moment gets the most votes by November 2. Enter now and check out the full contest rules here.

Life’s a Beach, Gloves Are Off, and Mini Flip | WildWeek

Well, August is here, which means we’re going all out to have some fun before we hit the road for the second leg of our North America tour this fall (which just means even more fun). Man, we’ve got all sorts of exciting announcements coming up that we wish we could share now. But first, you definitely won’t want to miss our next TV special, Sept. 12 on NBCSN. And, even before that — right now, in fact — check out our picks for the five coolest things from this past week!

Tommy Plays Nashville

Nitro Tour Reporter Hits the Road and Tommy Plays Nashville
Ben Edwards was with us on the first leg of our U.S. tour this year, and in Part 4 of his road report, he’s in the thick of it with tons of action, including a street performance with Streetbike Tommy(Check it out here)

A day at a BADASS beach

Watch AmBADASSador: RED BEARD BEACH
In this week’s AmBADASSador, the Crew takes a much-needed break at a secluded private beach accessible only by climbing down a rope. Too bad someone forgot to put as much thought into where to park. (Watch it here)

Streetbike Tommy boxes Erik Roner

Watch Tommy & Crum: FLYING FISTICUFFS
This week, Tommy, Crum, Jolene, and Roner engage in aerial combat via hydro flyboard. But the gloves inevitably come off and a game of chicken leads to a dolphin-style celebration for this bunch of animals. (Watch it here)

Brandon Schmidt mini flip ramp snap

CLIP OF THE WEEK: Watch Schmidt Versus the Mini Flip
Brandon Schmidt, our resident snowboarder, can also handle himself on a BMX, as evidenced by this clip in which a snapped ramp barely keeps him from pulling a backflip around. (Don’t worry; he gets his revenge.) (Watch it here)

Jed Mildon and the BMX quad flip

Read Jed Mildon’s Personal Account of Landing the BMX Quad Flip
Jed Mildon made history with the world first BMX quad backflip, and it’s been covered by many media outlets over the last few weeks. Now hear from Jed himself in this first-person account of how it all went down, starting from his humble beginnings in BMX. (Read it here)

We’re headed to the U.S. and Canada this fall, and then we’re making our way back to Europe. Click here to find out when we’ll be in a city near you! Keep up with all of our recent adventures in our previous WildWeek, and come back next Friday for more!

Music City Mayhem | On Tour With Nitro – Part 4

By: Ben Edwards

This year, Nitro Circus Live is making its return to North America. We kicked off the first leg of this tour back in May, hitting nine U.S. states in a single month, and we brought one lucky contest winner along for the ride. This is Part 4 of the adventures of our contest-winning tour reporter, Ben Edwards. And, don’t forget, tickets are already on sale now for when we come back to more than 20 U.S. and Canadian cities this fall.

The next part of my adventure started at a Cracker Barrel of all places, when I went out to breakfast with the TV crew, Streetbike Tommy, and Jolene Van Vugt. If you’ve ever taken a road trip in the U.S., then you’re already familiar with the place. It’s perhaps most famous for having a gift shop at the entrance of every restaurant.

After we ate, we headed back to our 12-seater van. As Tommy came up behind us, we noticed he had a weird grin on his face. He also had something interesting in his hand: a violin. The guy bought a miniature violin at Cracker Barrel, and as he approached he started playing “When the Saints Go Marching In.” The biggest surprise? He was really good! Seriously! We couldn’t believe it — there was no way! And we were right. The violin was a toy, and when you placed the bow on the strings it automatically played one of three songs. It came in handy the next day when we were on the main strip of Nashville.

We drove out of downtown Nashville and ended up on a beautiful farm. It was massive and home to a couple of the biggest country stars of this generation, Florida Georgia Line! We were greeted by Tyler Hubbard, who welcomed us with open arms.

Tyler Hubbard in Nashville

To top it off, we were there for something insane! However, you’ll have to tune in to NBC Sports in October to find out what it was. We spent the next two days on that farm, lying around under the Southern sun. Dogs, dirtbikes, ice cold b … beverages. I was literally living my dream.

And then our last day in town came, and we performed for a packed arena in Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

Travis Pastrana in Nashville

Next we headed north along the East Coast and found ourselves in Newark, New Jersey, and Uniondale, New York, for back-to-back shows. Life on the road can be tough work. Although we are living the dream, we still have a job to do. The Newark show was awesome!

Jolene Van Vugt in Newark

New Jersey is the home state of pro snowboarder Brandon Schmidt. One of the youngest riders on tour, he definitely has one of the biggest hearts in the Nitro Circus Crew. And he never sits down! He is always on his feet at the bottom of both landing ramps cheering on the rest of the athletes. This day was his day, though. He told me backstage before the show he was going to try “two tricks, six flips” — back-to-back triple flips. He was fired up.

Brandon Schmidt in Newark

He didn’t land the two triple flips, but he did what he wanted to do — threw them in front of his home crowd in New Jersey. Thirty or so of his friends and family stayed after the show to get photos and hang out. Brandon’s family told me an interesting story: They all knew me from the DreamJobbing contest and had voted for me. They told me that Brandon shared my video and had also voted for me. I had no idea and felt so honored. If there was anything that made me feel like I was part of this team, that was definitely it. But I couldn’t stay on cloud nine for too long. Before I knew it, we were at our next stop: Uniondale. Another city, another amazing show.

Nitro Circus in New York

That day I also finally met the man who took me through the hiring process and set me up with everything before the tour. Cody Cheshier! An awesome member of the digital team at Nitro, he gave me some valuable feedback to push along my social media pieces. All in all, through the balance of fun and work I was so lucky to have guys like the TV crew, Red Beard, and Cody. Without them I don’t know if I would have been able to pull it off. The fans should know that there is a group of people that work so hard behind the scenes to make Nitro Circus what it is. Always working, always moving. The show would not be possible without them.

Learn how Ben landed this dream job in Part 1. Go behind the scenes of his first-ever show in Part 2. And find out what a wake-up call from Travis Pastrana looks like in Part 3. And look for Part 5 next week!

Skydive’s the Limit, Cross Plus Fit, and Semi Fly | WildWeek

Wow, the summer really does fly by when you’re having so much fun! We’re soaking up all the summer sun we can while it’s here, but we’re pumped about coming back to the U.S. and Canada with more live shows this fall. In the meantime, we’re busy getting our next TV special ready to air on NBCSN on September 12 (yeah, after NASCAR!). Then, we also have some new digital series in the works for you all — more to come on that soon! — and, don’t forget, our picks for our top 5 favorites things from Nitro and the crew from this week:

On tour with Nitro Circus

Nitro Tour Reporter’s Surprise Initiation at 14,000 Feet
Ben Edwards was with us on the first leg of our U.S. tour this year, and in Part 3 of his road report we find out that your first morning on tour you might be dragged out of bed by Travis Pastrana and forced to jump out of a plane. (Check it out here)

Red Beard gets fit and cross

Watch AmBADASSador: PUTTING THE “CROSS” IN CROSSFIT
In this week’s AmBADASSador, Coby Toland joins some of the Crew for a CrossFit workout put on by Nitro’s athlete manager, Cam Coghlan, that tests Red Beard’s strength, stamina, and ability to coherently host his own webseries. (Watch it here)

Travis and Crum in Paris

Watch Travis & Crum: MAN FRIENDS IN THE CITY OF LOVE
This week, Travis Pastrana joins Crum in Paris, where what was supposed to be a simple radio appearance with Thomas Pagès turns into a fiasco involving protestors, rental bicycles, and Crum thinking it’s a good idea to push the hotel beds together.  (Watch it here)

CLIP OF THE WEEK: Watch the Crew Test Drive a New Ride (With Insane Hydraulics)
It takes a lot to ruffle a Nitro athlete’s feathers, but apparently one way to do it is to stick him in a car with serious hops and forget to have him buckle up. If only the interior of the car’s roof was a little more padded … (Watch it here)

Gregg Godfrey and the semi-truck jump

Watch Gregg Godfrey Jump a Semi Over 160 Feet
It really doesn’t matter why he did it, but it’s fun to imagine that Gregg Godfrey is a long-haul trucker who’s late to pick up his next load when you watch this video of him jumping a semi more than 160 feet (video captured by Clinton Moore).  (Watch it here)

By the way, after we finish up in the U.S. and Canada this fall, we’re making our way back to Europe, starting with Stockholm on Jan. 23, 2016. Click here to find out when we’ll be in a city near you! And, keep up with all of our adventures with our last WildWeek, and come back next Friday.

Learning the Ropes … at 14,000 Ft. | On Tour With Nitro – Part 3

By: Ben Edwards

This year, Nitro Circus Live is making its return to North America. We kicked off the first leg of this tour back in May, hitting nine U.S. states in a single month, and we brought one lucky contest winner along for the ride. This is Part 3 of the adventures of our contest-winning tour reporter, Ben Edwards. And, don’t forget, tickets are already on sale now for when we come back to more than 20 U.S. and Canadian cities this fall.

The morning after my first show, Travis Pastrana himself woke me up. From what I remember on such little sleep, he said something like, “Get up, we’re going skydiving.” (Whaaat?!) I stepped off the bus and we were at Skydive DeLand! I was so excited; I’ve never jumped before. I’ve bungeed and done some pretty crazy stuff, but this was still on my bucket list.

Walking into the building, we spotted a cafe. It was early and we had half the day before the show to get some jumps in. A bunch of people were getting breakfast at the bar. The only spot open for me was right next to Travis.

Travis Pastrana

He really is just a regular guy, so this should be no big deal.

So I sat down. As the group finished eating, people gradually left for other areas of the complex. Before long, it was just me and Travis. We ended up talking for a good 45 minutes about the adventures we’ve both had. It was an amazing conversation. Later, some of the TV crew told me that Travis must like me. “You guys talked each other’s ears off — for a guy he’s known less than 24 hours, that’s incredible.” I was so pumped on that, but I tried not to show it too much. Life was good, and, sure enough, it got better when they threw me out of a plane at 14,000 feet.

And, just like that, it was on to the next show.

Orlando was an awesome stadium. For those who haven’t seen a show, well, you’re missing out. You know it’s going to be explosions, adrenaline, and aerial maneuvers on dirtbikes, bicycles, skateboards, roller blades, and so many other crazy contraptions. But the way these guys fly through the air is on another level when you see it in person, and there isn’t a bad seat in the stadium.

Nitro Circus FMX

Speaking of seats, where was I during the show? The best one in the house: on the lander! Cheering on my friends, I watched as they soared through the air. When they’d land I’d come barreling down the ramp, tackling them into the air bag. As I got more and more comfortable, I tested the waters by doing everything and going everywhere I could. I was riding trikes and bikes from one end of the arena to the other. On the roll-in, the knuckle, everywhere — I was literally in the show!

Ben Edwards and Ryan R-Willy Williams

Our next stop was the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, the biggest arena on this tour. I got up extremely early to watch them set up the Giganta ramp and landers. I was standing on the 50-yard line about 10 feet from the Falcons logo. I looked up and around, but all I could really do was smile. I worked so hard for this opportunity, and every hour I put into getting this job was more than worth it. Before I knew it, it was showtime, and it happened to be a holiday: Mother’s Day. In Nitro Circus-style, playing it by ear, halfway through the show Travis brought out his mom and thanked all the mothers in the crowd. Then all of the athletes went into the crowd to give out flowers.

One of the Crew had a particular reason to shine: Pro skateboarder Beaver Fleming had his mom in the crowd. That day Beaver seemed to try harder than ever to land a double backflip. As the tour went on, Beaver and I became really close. He is one of the most genuine and kind people on tour, and I’m truly blessed to have met him. The double backflip on a skateboard has still never been landed, but even though he couldn’t ride away that day, I know Beaver will land it soon! And when he does, I hope I’m there, catching some of the light coming off him.

Beaver Fleming

This is the Part 3 of a series following Ben’s adventures on tour with Nitro Circus. Learn more about how he landed his dream job in Part 1, and go behind-the-scenes of his first show in Part 2.

Best Dad Ever, On Tour With Nitro, and Behind the Backflips | WildWeek

We’re still reeling from the insanity of airing our first TV special on NBC, but if you thought we’d take this opportunity to slow down and take it easy, then you don’t know us very well. Things are just going to get crazier from here with another TV special airing in September and more live shows coming to the U.S. and Canada this fall — but we’ll never be too busy to share our favorite things with you. Check out the five things that happened this week that you shouldn’t miss:

On tour with Nitro Circus

Nitro Tour Reporter Takes You Behind-the-Scenes of His First Live Show
Going on tour with Nitro Circus Live is always such a blast for us that we wish we could let everyone come along with us for the ride. This year, though, we made room for one lucky contest winner on the tour bus, and he’s here to tell you all about it. (Check it out here)

The Ice Tow Fail

Watch Tommy & Crum: FALLING ON THEIR ICE
Summer heat got you sweating? You’ll be thankful after watching this. Crum, Erik Roner, Wake Schepman, and Chris Haffey met up with Cameron Naasz in Minnesota last winter to be dragged around through the snow and ice.  (Watch it out now)

Travis and his daughter ride a motorcycle

Watch Travis Pastrana’s 1-Year-Old Daughter Take Him for a Ride
At age 1, Addy Pastrana is already learning the ropes from her dad, as evidenced by this video of the first time anyone has ever heard Travis tell someone to slow down. We know what age kids learn to walk, but when do they normally start to backflip? (Watch it here)

Jed Mildon landed the BMX quadruple backflip

Sports Illustrated: The Toll of Landing the First-Ever Quad Flip on a BMX Bike
Now that you’ve seen the video, Sports Illustrated talks about the blood, sweat and tears that went into the historic BMX quadruple backflip. Learn more about what it takes to pull off a world first trick and make history. (Read it here)

Ethen Roberts and Gavin Godfrey can backflip anything

Ethen Roberts and Gavin Godfrey Talk About the Art of the Backflip
They say the average person spends half their life sleeping. Well, Ethen Roberts and Gavin Godfrey spend half their lives upside down. Take a look inside their lives in this write-up from Crave. (Read it here)

Still haven’t gotten enough about the quad? Check out this exclusive interview with Jed and James from BMX Transworld. Then, get caught up on all of our adventures with our last WildWeek, and come back next Friday.

Hitting the Road | On Tour With Nitro – Part 2

By: Ben Edwards

This year, Nitro Circus Live is making its return to North America. We kicked off the first leg of this tour back in May, hitting nine U.S. states in a single month, and we brought one lucky contest winner along for the ride. This is Part 2 of the adventures of our contest-winning tour reporter, Ben Edwards. Learn more about how he landed his dream job in Part 1. And, you can buy tickets now for shows coming this fall to more than 20 U.S. and Canadian cities.

So there I was. The official USA Nitro Circus Tour Reporter. Everything was happening so fast. I started imagining the experiences I might have and what I should do in specific situations. You have to understand: I won a contest. Yeah, of course everyone was going to be nice to me and welcome me to the Nitro family, but to me that wasn’t right. I wanted to earn their respect. These athletes have been doing this their entire lives — it wasn’t handed to them. My plan was simple: Be respectful, be open to anything, and show them I’m not just some guy who won a freebie, that I know my stuff, I’m a hard worker, and if they give me the chance, they won’t regret it.

Before I knew it I was in Jacksonville, Florida, at our first hotel. Walking in, I knew to be ready; things were about to get insane! I went up to my room and got my head in the game while I soaked it all in.

A few hours after I arrived, I was standing on my balcony (yes, my room had a balcony! I was living the dream, my friends) and a U-Haul pulled up. When the doors opened, I saw that it was some of the Nitro Crew. I could only make out Jolene Van Vugt and Matty Mac, but they were greeted by other very familiar faces from inside the hotel. This was the moment it started to set in. I knew I couldn’t stay in my room, but I also knew I didn’t want to just walk up to these people and say, “Hey, I’m Ben, the DreamJobber. We’re friends now.” Honestly, Nitro Circus is made up of the kindest, most welcoming people on the planet, but I didn’t want to do it that way. As I said before, I like to prove myself with actions.

Jumping the Nitro wagon

Or couldn’t you tell?

In the hotel lobby I ran into one of the many people who play major roles behind the scenes on the Nitro tour: Kelly McCormick. And, crazy enough, I already knew Kelly! I graduated high school with her younger brother and she was close with some of my other friends. It was insane that we were on tour together, and I was so thankful for her. She ended up inviting me for drinks in the lobby, which was crawling with Nitro athletes. Wheelz, Crum, Streetbike Tommy, R-Willy, you name it. Kelly introduced me to a few people. That night I went to bed a bit more comfortable and ready for whatever came next.

The next day I met my partner in crime: the AmBADASSador himself, Coby Toland (or, as we all knew him, “Red Beard”). He looks tough, but he’s a teddy bear … a teddy bear that could kill you, but a friend nonetheless. He introduced me to a few more athletes, and before we knew it we were at our first arena. We were in the underbelly of the Veterans Memorial Arena, which is the hallway system under stadiums that viewers never see. These are the tunnels where I’d spend most of my days on tour.

Nitro Circus backstage

The tunnel is always a complete circle that goes around the stadium and includes everything from dining halls to locker rooms. I got to watch the setup of the Giganta ramp, athletes building bikes, and crew, catering, and staff running around everywhere. It was like an ant colony (except some of the ants are five-time X Games gold medalists). As we headed to our spot, I got my first look at the legend, Travis Pastrana. Red Beard even made a quick intro. I played it cool, shook his hand, and was off before I knew it.

The main people I would be working with were the TV crew, people who do all the filming, including the segments for the new show on NBC. This crew is the real deal. They’ve been filming for Nitro since the beginning, and they were some of the people I wanted to impress the most. Why? Because as hard as the world-champion athletes work, these guys work just as hard in their fields. And sure enough I would learn more than I could have ever imagined from them. They told me to take in the first show, don’t do too much, just get acclimated.

Nitro Circus backstage

With that they threw me some Nitro gear, and I was off to explore. I met a ton of the athletes, and I shot more of the behind-the-scenes world. Many of these photographs are courtesy of the other photographers on tour, but I did get to shoot Travis doing an interview with CNBC. Later, CNBC asked for some of the shots so they could use them on their website. That definitely boosted my confidence!

Travis Pastrana on CNBC

Next, we had a first tour meeting, led by Cam Coghlan, Nitro’s athletes manager (who really watches over the Crew), to give out lanyards and passes for all access. Mine didn’t have a funny saying like the rest of the crew’s did, but hey, I’m the new guy, no big deal. Then the show started. It was insane and awesome! I thought: “And we’re getting paid for this? Talk about a dream!”

Watch R-Willy pull the world-first triple backflip on a scooter at the Jacksonville show!

At the end of the show, I was blown away! This was Day 1, and it was even more insane than I imagined. I stayed up late celebrating with the crew. Traveling with these guys is like touring with a band. In other words, it was a long night. When it was time to leave, they put me on one of 12 buses (there are also a few semis — this show doesn’t travel light). Each bus has two flat-screen TVs, two couches, a kitchen, a bathroom, and 12 bunks. Would you believe I slept in the bunk above Travis Pastrana?! Yea … remember, play it cool.

And, this is me, just playing it cool.

Four Backflips, ‘Crazy’ in Sweden, and Living the Dream | WildWeek

Well, how was your week? Ours was stacked! We’re gearing up for the second leg of our U.S. tour, which will be here before you know it, and in the meantime there’s just way too much going on. Luckily, we rounded up the five most important things that happened this week, just for you. Enjoy!

Jed Mildon lands the BMX quadruple backflip

Watch Jed Mildon Land the First-Ever BMX Quad Flip
Last Sunday, Nitro’s Jed Mildon made history as the first-ever BMX athlete to land a quadruple backflip, and if you didn’t watch it on NBC and haven’t seen the video, go do that now, complete with a bonus gallery of behind-the-scenes photos. (Watch it here)

Filming Crazy Train in Sweden with Erik Roner

See Photos From Behind the Scenes of Our New TV Show Crazy Train
Somewhere near the border between Sweden and Finland, Erik Roner and a small group of Nitro Crew found endless sun and all sorts of ways to get into trouble while filming stunts for our new TV show, and he has the photos to prove it. (Check it out now)

On tour with Nitro Circus

See What It’s Like Behind the Scenes on a Nitro Circus Tour
Our second DreamJobbing winner, Ben Edwards, had an awesome time as our tour reporter, so we asked him to write about it! In Part 1, find out how many cars he was willing to paint to land the gig. (Check it out here)

The attempt for the first-ever BMX quad backflip

Watch AmBADASSador: SCRATCH GLOATER 
Coby Toland may have won the golf game in the last episode, but will the Crew really let him get away with all the trash talk? Well, if we’re talking about Josh Sheehan, the nicest guy in FMX, the answer is: probably. (Watch it here)

Crum and Roner swim with crocodiles

Watch Tommy & Crum: CROCODILE TEARS
Crum and Roner go neck deep in a pond of crocodiles, which is as close as Crum has come to bathing in a while, so we’ll take it. Apologies to the crocs, but desperate times call for desperate measures. (Watch it here)

We’ll be back in the U.S. this fall! In the meantime, keep up with all our adventures with the previous WildWeek, and come back next Friday.

The Sun Never Sets | Filming ‘Crazy Train’ in Sweden

By: Erik Roner

After finishing up the Helsinki show, the Nitro crew jumped on the tour bus and headed north for Svanstein, a small ski resort on the border of Finland and Sweden. The thing about Northern Scandinavia this time of year is that the sun doesn’t set; it stays up 24 hours a day and just circles around you.

Nitro in Sweden - June 2015

So with endless daylight on our side, two quads, mountain bikes, two of the fastest jet skis I’ve ever ridden, a Razor, and an entire ski area, including an empty lodge, to ourselves, we set out to leave our mark on Svanstein.

Nitro in Sweden - June 2015

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When we first showed up to the desolate lodge on a cold mountain in the middle of summer, it felt odd … and we made a lot of references to The Shining. But over the next two days we explored, rallied, jumped, and crashed the quads and Razor all over the Svanstein mountain. We raced the jet skis at over 90 mph across the local lake and even forged our way up raging rapids of one of the rivers emptying into the lake.

Svanstein13

After two days of constant charging, we really saw the beauty and uniqueness of the area. It’s a magical place, and we were all grateful for the experience. But after zero sleep and nonstop action, everyone started getting a little delirious. The whole “sun never setting” thing can be tough to get used to, and with our crew, if the sun is up someone is ready to get out there and send it.

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Make sure to check out everything that went down in Svanstein on our new TV show Crazy Train, coming to NBC Sports Network Oct. 15.

Erik Roner

ERIK RONER
Erik originally joined us for the Nitro Circus Live MTV show and travels around the world trying the most unthinkable stunts. He’s been published in over 30 magazines worldwide, starred in 10+ major ski films and participated in many shows on Discovery, National Geographic, NBC, Showtime, Fuel TV, and more. (Read more)

Matthew McFerran

MATTHEW MCFERRAN – PHOTOGRAPHY
Matty is currently one of Australia’s top Freestyle Motocross riders performing over 150 shows each year throughout Australia with the Showtime FMX freestyle team. He currently tours with Nitro Circus Live both as a performer and professional photographer. (See more)

Landing the Dream Job | On Tour With Nitro – Part 1

By: Ben Edwards

Wow, where do I start? Since my experience touring with Nitro Circus ended, so many people have asked, “What was your favorite part?” But that’s a tough one, because there’s just so much to say. I’m going to take my best shot, though, and give you all the details of my experiences and my thoughts as I toured across the good ol’ USA with the craziest people on the planet. (Come watch them live, you won’t regret it!)

Ben with Travis Pastrana

So we’ll start from the beginning. I’m from Chicago, 22, with an associate’s degree, in a time of my life where I feel I need to seize the chance to be everything I have ever wanted. So I started traveling and doing what I love: action sports. I was back and forth between jobs, trying to make enough to continue living my dream, when I happened on an amazing opportunity while browsing Facebook. Nitro Circus was looking for a tour reporter. A company called DreamJobbing was hosting the search. The show was headed to New Zealand, and all I had to do was make a one-minute video application.

As you can guess, I thought I was the perfect fit. Unfortunately, I found out about the contest when there was only six days left to enter! Hundreds of applications were already online, and there was some stiff competition. I put together the best video application I could in a short amount of time, one I was proud of. I was stoked when the video quickly moved through the ranks.

DreamJobbing App 1

My video went through multiple voting rounds, but in the final round, I lost. It sucked bad. There’s nothing like putting your heart and soul into something and having it not be enough. I was defeated but optimistic that something else was destined for me.

Then, it happened: A few months later Nitro and DreamJobbing launched another search for a tour reporter, this time for the first leg of Nitro’s USA 2015 tour. With that, a spark ignited. I told myself that this time I was going all out; I was going to win. Not cocky, just focused on putting everything I had into this. Of course I wanted to travel with the best athletes in the world and live a crazy life on tour, but it was more than that to me. I’m blessed to have the opportunities in life that I do — I’m healthy and I’m able. I should take advantage and truly go all out in everything that I do. Not just for myself but for family, friends, and anyone who needs inspiration to push forward.

Ben's Nitro Paint Job

I painted a freaking Volvo station wagon, for God’s sake. While I was working, I had a leak in my respirator and woke up the next morning throwing up bile. That’s how bad I wanted it.

I spent a month working on my application. I went from waking up on the bathroom floor, eating dried toast and sipping water, to getting up, putting my mask on, and walking right back into my garage. I was willing to give up my energy and health to make it happen. I was determined. After more than a month of work, I submitted my entry.

DreamJobbing App 2

The day they announced the winner of the contest, I was at my job, an Apple Store. I was checking computers all day, waiting to see the announcement on the DreamJobbing website. After five nervous hours, I saw “Winner chosen” pop up. I froze, grabbed the closest co-worker, and said, “Marisa! They chose a winner, but I’m too scared to look!” Everyone in the store knew about the contest and how much it meant to me. But I didn’t have to look, because at that moment, my phone started ringing. It was a California number, and I knew immediately it was Nitro Circus. I answered the phone, and three representatives from DreamJobbing and Nitro were on the line. They congratulated me on being the next Nitro Circus Tour Reporter! And everyone in the store went absolutely berserk! I was about to ride the biggest wave in my life.

This is the first part of a multi-part series following Ben’s adventures on tour with Nitro Circus. In the next installment, he’ll take you into the underbelly of an arena at his first-ever show!

The ‘Revolution’ Is Coming | WildWeek

What a week! We’re on a break from tour, and all eyes are on Revolution Day, the big event that you’ll be able to watch on NBC this Sunday, so here’s everything you need to get caught up before the show (plus a couple other cool things you might have missed):

The BMX quadruple backflip

Watch Travis Pastrana and Others Weigh in on the First-Ever BMX Quad Flip
Check out these interviews with Nitro insiders, including Travis Pastrana, as Jed Mildon and James Foster prepare to go head-to-head in a race to become the first to stick the BMX quad backflip. You can watch the attempt on NBC this Sunday! (Watch here)

Revolution Day Ramps

Watch This Feature on the Ramps Designed to Make Action Sports History
As James Foster and Jed Mildon prepare for the world-first quad backflip, we take a look at two supporting players in the story: the ramps. So much goes into these integral but unsung heroes. (Learn more here)

The attempt for the first-ever BMX quad backflip

Watch a Whole Bunch More ‘Revolution Day’ Videos
We can’t get enough of these behind-the-scenes Revolution Day videos. Here’s Ethen Roberts talking about the ramp. Here’s Bilko weighing in on the difficulty level. Here’s Foster on his realization that he could land it. And here’s Mildon on Foster’s injury.

Wheelz drops in

Watch Wheelz Attempt a Mega Ramp Drop-In
Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham is about as fearless as they come. But the drop-in on this mega ramp has him feeling a little sick. You can probably guess how this one ends, but we won’t spoil it for you. (Watch it here)

Josh Sheehan

Vote for Josh Sheehan as Best Male Action Sports Athlete in the ESPYs
Josh Sheehan is up for best male action sports athlete at this year’s ESPY Awards, and voting ends July 15! Tell your friends and help Sheeny take home a well-deserved trophy! (Vote now)

We’ll be back in the U.S. this fall! In the meantime, keep up with all our adventures with WildWeek, and come back next Friday.

What Is Possible? | Chase for the World-First BMX Quad Backflip

In just three days, you’ll get to watch James Foster and Jed Mildon go head-to-head to attempt a huge world first: the BMX quad backflip. You can watch it all unfold on NBC this Sunday, July 12. When you talk to people in the action sports community about Mildon and Foster and the quad, the reactions range widely, but everyone agrees on a couple things:

These guys are insane, the trick is near-impossible, and if anyone in the world can stick it, it’s definitely one of these two. Here’s Travis Pastrana:

Nitro Head Honcho Mike Porra, a man whose vision and confidence is much of the reason Nitro exists in its current form in the first place, wonders whether the trick is even possible:

Erik Roner knows what it takes to attempt the impossible, so his approach is more practical. Essentially, prepare to eat some dirt if you want to make history:

Will it be Mildon? Will it be Foster? Will it be both? Or is it impossible? There’s only one way to find out.

The 90-minute special premieres Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. ET, 3:30 p.m. CT, and 1:30 p.m. PT on NBC.

For fans outside of the U.S., stay tuned on our Facebook and other social media channels on July 12 to find out how you can be part of Revolution Day.

Ramps to the ‘Revolution’ | Chase for the World-First BMX Quad Backflip

This Sunday, July 12, on NBC, you’ll witness one of the great contests of the century so far: Jed Mildon and James Foster will compete to become the first to stick the elusive BMX quadruple backflip. But these two athletes — Mildon, who landed the first-ever triple, and Foster, who’s the only rider in the world consistently performing triples — aren’t the only stars of the show. Behind every great feat of flipping, there’s a ramp, the unsung hero in the quest to break new ground in action sports.

Jed's Ramp

The ramp Foster will hit is the original, the one they’ve both been practicing on in the lead-up to the big attempt. We teased you with it back in September. At the time, we didn’t tell you what it was for, but there was a lot of speculation. This ramp is a monster, just over 20 feet tall with a 100-foot roll-in, culminating in a near-vertical angle at the lip. But don’t take our word for it. Here’s Foster:

Mildon’s ramp, built for his attempt on a farm outside of Tokoroa, New Zealand, is no less impressive. With a 250-foot roll-in that peaks at a 27-foot near-vertical angle, this is quite possibly the largest ramp ever hit by a BMX athlete. Check it out:

Entering the transition, Mildon is being clocked at over 30 mph, while Foster has been clocked at about 40 mph. So they’ve both got the speed. They’ve both got the skill and experience. They’ve both got the tools they need, and they’ve both practiced nonstop and are fully capable of landing it to dirt. But who will it be? Find out this Sunday.

Building James's Ramp

James's Ramp

The 90-minute special premieres Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. ET, 3:30 p.m. CT, and 1:30 p.m. PT on NBC.

For fans outside of the U.S., stay tuned on our Facebook and other social media channels on July 12 to find out how you can be part of Revolution Day.

Quad Backflip, Spicy Hot Dogs, and ‘Sacks’ Not ‘Sex’ | WildWeek

Another week down, another bunch of things you need to know about! This European tour is officially over, and even though we’re sad to leave, we’ll be back very soon. And, we’re pretty pumped to focus on some of our other projects while we get ready for the second leg of our 2015 U.S. & Canada tour, which will be here before you know it. But before we get ahead of ourselves, here are the most important things that happened this week!

The BMX quadruple backflip

Watch ‘Revolution Day’ to Find Out Who Will Land the First-Ever BMX Quad Flip
Jed Mildon and James Foster, the only BMX riders who have ever landed a triple backflip, are going head-to-head in a race to become the first to stick the quad. The stakes are higher than ever, and you can watch it all on NBC next week! (Learn more)

Josh Sheehan

Vote for Josh Sheehan as Best Male Action Sports Athlete in the ESPYs
Josh Sheehan is up for best male action sports athlete at this year’s ESPY Awards, because they don’t have a “backflip god” category. It’s based on your vote, so tell your friends and help Sheeny take home a well-deserved trophy! (Vote now)

James Foster

Behind the ‘Revolution’: Watch an Interview with James Foster
James Foster is one of only two BMX athletes who’s ever landed a triple backflip, and he’s the only one who’s performing them consistently. Now, he’s vying to become the first to land the quad. (Watch it here)

Jed Mildon will attempt a quad backflip

Behind the ‘Revolution’: Watch an Interview with Jed Mildon
Jed Mildon was the first athlete to stick the BMX triple backflip, which launched his pro career and cemented his legacy in action sports history. Now, he’s looking to add to that legacy by attempting a quad backflip. (Watch it here)

Golfing with Nitro Circus

Watch AmBADASSador: SMALL-BALL WITH THE NITRO CREW
Coby Toland gets emotional in this week’s episode, but it’s not because of his golf game. Watch as he shows Josh Sheehan, Chris Haffey, and Erik Roner that he’s more than just a pretty face. Bonus: Jed Mildon says “sacks.” (Watch it here)

Spicy hot dog eating contest

Watch Tommy & Crum: HOT HOT HOT DOGS
On this week’s episode, Crum and Dov take on Swedish Crum and Dov in a spicy hot dog challenge that leaves Crum numb-tongued, Swedish Crum milk-faced, and Dov even more pissed that he’s lactose intolerant. (Watch it here)

We’ll be back in the U.S. this fall! To keep up with all our adventures, check out our last WildWeek and come back next Friday.

James Foster: Quadruple Threat | Chase for the World-First BMX Quad Backflip

Even though Jed Mildon may have been made to break world records, he’s found his match in James Foster. As the only other rider in the world to ever land a triple, and with eight other world firsts under his belt, Foster is a serious contender to become the first-ever athlete to land the quad, an attempt you’ll be able to watch on NBC on July 12.

Here’s the twist: Foster will be attempting the quad simultaneously with Jed Mildon, who was the first-ever to land the triple. The lead-up to this unprecedented face-off will take you behind the scenes as these two athletes prepare to make history. Here’s some of the Nitro Crew, including Foster, dialing in the ramp when it was first built more than a year ago:

Foster, a California native, lives for the fast life, especially riding fast bikes and building even faster cars. During what little spare time he has, James loves to customize cars, including building a 700HP Mitsubishi just recently. Now that’s our kind of hobby. He has been riding BMX since he was 10, quickly rising through the ranks after going pro in 1999. His mantel’s got more hardware than a Home Depot, with trophies and awards from X Games, Dew Tour, and Red Bull events, as well as many others. But as far as his proudest moments, he says:

“The first time I landed the triple flip clean, there’s no feeling to describe how good it felt, and that feeling never goes away. Every time I land it, it’s the most incredible feeling. That’s the reason I ride BMX.”

Since that initial stomp, he’s made the triple a regular part of his arsenal on tour with Nitro Circus Live — and he’s the only rider in the world who’s still performing it. Mildon may have been the first, but he’s said that he’ll never do the triple again. Foster has a lot more experience landing triples, a key factor as the two eye the next prize. So who will it be? The pioneer or the veteran? Mildon or Foster?

James Foster

The 90-minute special premieres Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. ET, 3:30 p.m. CT, and 1:30 p.m. PT on NBC.

For fans outside of the U.S., stay tuned on our Facebook and other social media channels on July 12 to find out how you can be part of Revolution Day.

Jed Mildon: Starting a ‘Revolution’ | Chase for the World-First BMX Quad Backflip

New Zealand’s Jed Mildon is made to land world-first tricks, with eight under his belt since he exploded onto the pro scene. How many BMXers have broken out and gone pro by being the first to land a long-sought-after trick? Mildon did just that in 2011, when a video of him sticking the first-ever BMX triple backflip went viral, and it’s been all crazy tricks and world firsts since. On July 12 on NBC, you can watch Mildon attempt to land the world-first quadruple backflip.

He won’t be the only one attempting it, though, as fellow Nitro athlete James Foster also has his eyes on the prize. The two friends and colleagues have total respect for each other, as they should, because they share more than just a spot on the Nitro Crew and a love of BMX: They’re the only two athletes in the world to ever land the BMX triple backflip.

Mildon grew up in Taupo, New Zealand, with what he describes as a good group of mates who coined his nickname, “Warrior,” and brought him into the world of action sports and freestyling. He quickly found that BMX was what truly sparked his creativity. While paying the bills as a welder, he spent his free time honing his skills to try the first-ever triple backflip and managed to convince a local McDonald’s to sponsor his attempt. He stuck it and never looked back.

Jed Mildon

His dedication has obviously paid off. In the four years since landing the triple, he’s racked up a dedicated fanbase and an impressive roster of world-first tricks, like this double backflip tailwhip:

For Nitro athletes, the quest to land a world first goes beyond the recognition, beyond the moment. As Mildon says, the feeling of walking new ground is something that sticks with you long after the deed is done.

Most of the time, the journey to a world first is a personal one, where your main competitor is yourself, your own psychological and physical limitations. But for the BMX quad flip, Mildon will be facing off against a worthy rival in Foster, which is certain to bring out the Maori warrior spirit that earned him his nickname. Will that be enough to cement him a place in the history books once again? Tune in to NBC’s Revolution Day: The Chase for the Biggest Trick in Action Sports History on July 12 to find out!

Jed Mildon quad backflip sequence

The 90-minute special premieres Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. ET, 3:30 p.m. CT, and 1:30 p.m. PT on NBC.

For fans outside of the U.S., stay tuned on our Facebook and other social media channels on July 12 to find out how you can be part of Revolution Day.

The Chase for the Biggest Trick in Action Sports History

Only two BMX riders in the world have ever landed a triple backflip: Nitro athletes Jed Mildon and James Foster. Mildon was the first, but Foster has made the trick a consistent part of his performance arsenal. After initially setting the bar, Mildon swore off ever attempting another triple. Instead, he’s going straight for four. And so is Foster. The world-first BMX quadruple backflip is coming to a TV near you. (And, for fans outside of the U.S., stay tuned on our Facebook and other social media channels on July 12 to find out how you can be part of Revolution Day.)

Quad Backflip Setup at Pastranaland

Back in April, a lucky few gathered at Travis Pastrana’s house on a sunny Tuesday morning to watch Josh Sheehan attempt the world-first triple backflip on a motorcycle. While everyone was looking at his ramp, those of us who were there (or watched the video closely) couldn’t help but notice a certain other ramp, right next to Sheeny’s. At Pastranaland, pretty much every path ends in a ramp, so a ramp by itself isn’t such a big deal. But this one was a little different:

Quad Ramp Setup at Pastranaland

This 20-footer is officially the biggest ramp ever hit by a BMX bike (several BMX bikes now, in fact). These photos don’t do it justice. In person, the thing is massive, and you get a true sense for what these athletes are risking when they hit it. When we first showed it to the world, speculation was rampant about its purpose, but we decided to keep it under wraps at the time.

The ramp, of course, is only part of the story. Foster and Mildon have come a long way in search of this goal, and the journey to get here is as important as the final moment itself. Both have what it takes, both deserve to be the first, but who will it be?

Less than two weeks from today, these men will simultaneously attempt to become the first-ever BMX athlete to land a quad backflip. And thanks to our new partnership with NBC, you’ll be able to watch the battle for this historic moment on NBC’s Revolution Day: The Chase for the Biggest Trick in Action Sports History on July 12.

Quad Backflip Setup at Pastranaland

This world first will truly be a worldwide event. Will it be the American James Foster, the most experienced at the triple? Or will it be New Zealand’s Jed Mildon, who stuck the triple first? Or both? Or neither? Tune in to find out!

The 90-minute special premieres Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. ET, 3:30 p.m. CT, and 1:30 p.m. PT on NBC.

For fans outside of the U.S., stay tuned on our Facebook and other social media channels on July 12 to find out how you can be part of Revolution Day.

Sheeny Eyes an ESPY, Geneva Highlights, and Croatia Cliff Ramps | WildWeek

When you’re touring the world, you move beyond asking what time it is to mostly being like, “Where are we again?” (The answers lately have been Sweden, Croatia, Switzerland, France, and Spain.) Luckily, we save this space every Friday to recap the most awesome Nitro things from the last week or so, which at least helps us keep track of where we’ve been. And when we want to know where we’re going next, we just head over to the tour page. (And you should too!)

Josh Sheehan nominated for an ESPY

Vote for Nitro’s Josh Sheehan in the ESPY Awards
Josh Sheehan has been nominated for two ESPYs! Not only is he vying for the title of best male action sports athlete, but his triple backflip is competing for best play of the year. His fate rests in your hands. We have until July 15 to rally the Nitro fanbase, so tell your friends! (Vote now!)

Going big in Geneva, Switzerland

Watch Highlights From Geneva, Our Best Show Yet
We’ve had such a great time in Europe, but our best show was Moto Mayhem in Switzerland. The huge, pumped-up crowd had everyone in the mood, and as you’ll see from this highlights edit, the riders took that energy and ran with it. (Watch it here)

Going big in Geneva, Switzerland

Set Sail on a Pirate Ship Bound for Epic ‘Crazy Train’ Cliff Ramps
We’ve got behind-the-scenes shots from Crazy Train, this time in the absurdly beautiful Eastern European fantasy land of Croatia. Travis Pastrana and the crew commandeered a pirate ship and headed out to build BMX ramps on the edge of cliffs overlooking the ocean. (See it here)

Watch The AmBADASSador: FOSTER’S HAIR, TRAV’S HAT, AND SHEENY’S MUSCLES
Coby Toland is at it again, this time with a hard-hitting in-depth report on … well, the top of the Crew’s heads, mostly. James Foster defends his haircut, Travis Pastrana has a great hat story, and what happened to Josh Sheehan’s shirt?  (Watch it here)

Watch Tommy & Crum: THE GREAT HIKE FIGHT
In this week’s episode of Tommy & Crum, the guys sacrifice their comfort for an amazing shot, but on the way tensions boil over. Will Tommy see Crum as the indispensible partner that he is? Will Crum finally admit that he can’t hike a tiny hill without Tommy? There’s only one way to find out. (Watch it here)

We’re just wrapping up our European tour, and we’ll be back in the U.S. this fall! To keep up with all our adventures, check out our last WildWeek and come back next Friday.

Josh Sheehan Nominated for Two ESPY Awards – Vote Now!

We’re so pumped that Nitro’s own Josh Sheehan has been nominated for two ESPY Awards, which were announced by ESPN today. He’s up against a tough field for best male action sports athlete, and his world-first triple backflip on a motorcycle is competing bracket-style against 15 other nominees for best play of the year. It’s an honor just to be nominated, of course, but now it’s our job to give him the best chance to take home the trophies. That’s where you come in.

Hit this link right now to vote for Sheeny as best male action sports athlete, as pictured above. Voting ends July 15, so get in there and tell your friends right away. Doesn’t get any easier than that.

Sheeny’s triple backflip is up for best play, and it’s tournament style, with the first round of voting going now until July 1. All we have to do is win three rounds!

Just head to this link, click “view,” and then vote on the next screen:

Don’t forget: The clock is ticking, so get in there and cast your vote. And, of course, share this post with anyone and everyone who loves that action sports are getting so much press these days! Huge congrats to Sheeny and all the nominees!

Huge Crowds & Crazy Crashes | Nitro in Switzerland

We’re having such an awesome time in Europe. Fresh off an amazing show in Vienna, Austria, the cast of our upcoming NBCSN show Crazy Train took a detour to film in Croatia, where we managed to combine pirate ships, huge ramps, and an octopus (click here for BTS photos). Then it was off to Switzerland, where Travis Pastrana and Erik Roner’s BASE jumping adventures have to be seen to be believed (and don’t worry, that’s coming soon). But first, some highlights …

Switzerland: known for chocolate and cheese and incredibly useful pocketknives. And now, at least for us, one of the best shows we’ve ever done. Moto Mayhem in Geneva drew an amazing crowd with more than 20,000 screaming fans, with the energy to match the sheer size of it.

Nitro Circus Moto Mayhem - Geneva 2015

Needless to say, we were stoked for the show and each and every rider brought it, as you’ll see in this great little highlights edit (above) that has the perfect mix of sticks and stacks. Before you check out the rest of these photos, head over to our tour page to see when we’ll be in a city near you (hint: soon!). Geneva has set the bar high, so we’ll be looking at you Nice, France and Madrid, Spain.

Nitro Circus Moto Mayhem - Geneva 2015

Nitro Circus Moto Mayhem - Geneva 2015

Nitro Circus Moto Mayhem - Geneva 2015

For more footage and photos from our tour through Europe this summer, check out our show in Budapest last week.

Pirate Ships & Sick Cliffs | Filming ‘Crazy Train’ in Croatia

After our live show in Vienna last week, we took off for Eastern Europe to continue filming our upcoming NBC Sports Network series Crazy Train. Game of Thrones isn’t the only intrigue-heavy TV series rolling out the cameras in Croatia. We took to Dubrovnik like only the Nitro Crew could, renting a pirate ship and heading off in search of some crazy cliffs, where we built our own ramps and launched BMX bikes straight off into the ocean.

'Crazy Train' in Croatia - June 2015

Travis Pastrana was on hand, of course, as he is for most of our craziest ideas.

'Crazy Train' in Croatia - June 2015

No pirate ship we’ve ever heard of comes with a safety rail, but we figured it’s probably for the best with little Addy on board. Anyway, a safer boat ride sort of balances out the “ramping bikes off of cliffs” thing we were about to get into, right?

'Crazy Train' in Croatia - June 2015

We made some new friends.

'Crazy Train' in Croatia - June 2015

And gave Gavin Godfrey a new hairstyle.

'Crazy Train' in Croatia - June 2015

It’s no wonder Game of Thrones chose to film here. Everything about the place is epic.

'Crazy Train' in Croatia - June 2015

But we took it upon ourselves to make it slightly more epic.

'Crazy Train' in Croatia - June 2015

All it takes is a pile of wood, some screws, and Ethen Roberts’ keen eye for kickers.

'Crazy Train' in Croatia - June 2015

Here’s the face of a man who can’t wait for the ramps to be done already.

'Crazy Train' in Croatia - June 2015

And the calm before the Crazy Train.

To see more of our adventures in Croatia, tune in when our new series Crazy Train premieres on NBC Sports Network in October!

Roadtrip with Travis, Clinton’s Winning Streak, and the Boss Slap | WildWeek

What a week! It’s tough even to find the time to recap what’s been going down. That’s how wild it’s been. But we’re doing this for you, every week, so you won’t miss a thing. We just wrapped up our shows in Budapest and Vienna, and now we’re taking the tour bus to Geneva, Switzerland. Check out our tour page because we’re coming to a city near you.

Nitro Circus Moto Mayhem - Budapest 2015

Exclusive Video and Photos From On Tour In Europe
Our European summer tour is down to a couple more stops, and we can’t believe it’s almost over. We’ve got some exclusive photos and video for you to check out, including Bilko and Steve Mini throwing down in Budapest and a look at our latest invention. (See it all here)

Travis Pastrana rides the cooler

The AmBADASSador: ROADTRIPPING IN NEW ZEALAND WITH TRAVIS
There are too many amazing things in this week’s episode to list here, like Travis Pastrana riding a motorized ice cooler. So, instead of doing that, we’re just going to point out how, at 1:45 in this video, Travis is left hanging by a pre-teen. Now that’s badass. (Watch the full episode)

The boss gets slapped

Watch Pro Rollerblader Chris Haffey Get Back at His Boss
The American dream is about pulling yourself up by your bootstraps to achieve your idea of happiness. On this week’s Tommy & Crum, Haffey fulfills a different dream: the less life-changing but no less important dream of slapping your boss hard across the face without consequences. (Watch the full episode)

Watch Clinton Moore Dominate the X Fighters World Tour
Huge congrats to Clinton Moore on his second consecutive win at X Fighters! This round he bested a strong field in Athens, Greece. Tom Pagès took second. Back in March, Moore also won the Mexico City event, with Nitro riders Pagès and Levi Sherwood finishing second and third. Next, X Fighters heads to Madrid in July. Can Moore go three for three? (Watch and learn more here)

Watch The New High: Extreme Sports Featuring You-Know-Who
A new documentary, The New High: Extreme Sports, premiered last night on CNBC with an awesome segment on us! CNBC says: “If extreme sports has a hero, it’s Travis Pastrana, X-Games legend and now ringleader of the enormously popular arena show Nitro Circus.” Very cool. The whole documentary is worth watching if you’re an action sports fan at all, so if you missed it be sure to check your TV listings. It re-airs tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET, twice on Sunday, and more throughout the week on CNBC! (Watch a preview clip)

We just wrapped up in Vienna, and now we’re on our way to Geneva in Switzerland! To learn more about our adventures this summer, check out our last WildWeek and then come back next Friday.

Moto Mayhem in Budapest

It went down in Budapest on Sunday: The stadium was enormous, the fans were awesome, and the Crew was in rare form. And, we have the photos to prove it.

Nitro Circus Moto Mayhem - Budapest 2015

We got some great behind-the-scenes photos, as well as some clips of Bilko and Steve Mini with their aerial shenanigans. Definitely don’t miss Mini hitting a heelclicker-superman no handed lander …

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Watch Steve Mini and Bilko land these combo flips!

 

Thursday we hit Vienna, and then we’re bringing the Moto Mayhem to GenevaNice, and Madrid before we come back to the States this fall to close out the year strong. We’re totally pumped about these Moto Mayhem shows because we’re using our new, one-of-a-kind winch system for hurling non-motorized vehicles faster, higher, and further than we’ve ever been able to before. Picture a human slingshot, but a lot more dangerous. Or don’t picture it, just check out these photos.

Nitro Circus Moto Mayhem - Budapest 2015

Speaking of one-of-a-kind, have you seen what Matty and Emma McFerran have been up to lately? They’ve become the first-ever brother-sister tandem FMX performers, creating a bunch of crazy new tricks that require one bike and two riders. There’s not likely to be a second set of tandem riders quite like this … maybe ever. All that is to say, if you want to see this live, you can find out when the next show near you is happening and to snap up your tickets.

Nitro Circus Moto Mayhem - Budapest 2015

Nitro Circus Moto Mayhem - Budapest 2015