Nitro Circus Has a Brand-New Online Shop!

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

Nitro Circus online store

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

Nitro Circus online store

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media Contact:

For Nitro Circus:
Greg Terlizzi
greg@nitrocircus.com

Travis Goes All-In With Nitro Circus

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

Travis Showing Off His New Head Gear

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


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

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

Check out the full story in the press release below.

 


TRAVIS PASTRANA GOES ALL-IN WITH NITRO CIRCUS PARTNERSHIP

Pastrana Now Exclusive Athlete for Nitro Circus Brand

Exclusive Consumer Products Line Featuring Headwear and Apparel Coming Soon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nitro World Games Announced!

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

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

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

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

 


INAUGURAL NITRO WORLD GAMES ANNOUNCED FOR JULY 16, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Nitro Circus:

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

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

About NBC Sports Ventures:

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

About the Utah Sports Commission:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


Wicked Tango

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

Wicked Tango and Nitro Circus Announce Innovative Strategic Partnership

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media Contacts:

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

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

Jed Mildon Lands the First-Ever BMX Quad Backflip

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jed Mildon lands the first-ever BMX quad backflip

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

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

World Record Stunt – Ethen vs. the Blob

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Nitro Circus Is Now Partnering With NBC

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

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

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

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

 


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NBC SPORTS VENTURES ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC ALLIANCE WITH NITRO CIRCUS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amazing Photos From Back-to-Back Reno Shows

After a weather delay, the skies finally cleared and the winds finally calmed, giving us the perfect sunshine to throw down in Reno last week! We’re now well into a regional tour of North America, and we have to say, the audiences have been amazing. We knew we’d be playing to our people on this tour, but we couldn’t have predicted just how loud and rowdy you’d all be. Can’t wait for the next show! In the meantime, check out some highlights from the Biggest Little City and see what all the fuss is about.

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Our North America Nitro Crew has not missed a beat. The FMX boys are absolutely killing it with all the huge whips, backflip combos, and trick trains you could hope for, led by Nitro veterans Adam Jones and Beau Bamburg.

Javier Villegas - Eugene - Nitro Circus


Reno - Nitro Circus
Aaron 'Wheelz' Fotheringham - Reno - Nitro Circus
Reno - Nitro Circus
Reno - Nitro Circus

We’re having a ton of fun. The structure of this tour has allowed more of the athletes to bring family along, which adds to the already close-knit Crew dynamic. And on the Giganta side, Nitro veterans like Gavin Godfrey are going bigger than ever.


Reno - Nitro Circus

Tickets are going fast and this tour will be over before you know it, so make sure to hit us up at NitroCircus.Live to find out where you can come and witness all this craziness!

Come see the Nitro Circus Crew in a city near you! We’re touring the U.S. and Canada and Australia right now, and then it’s back to Europe this summer. Hit those links for more details, and come experience this insanity live!

Gear Checks, Triple Tribute, and Raise the Roof | WildWeek

That’s a wrap on another crazy week! We are deep into our tour of North America, so be sure to stay tuned to our social media for updates from the road. The Party of the Decade tour of Australia is proving worthy of its name, with a series of epic shows and some crazy World Firsts! After that it will be time for us to cross the Atlantic again for some more sick shows in the U.K., France, and Ireland. You never know which city will see the next World First, so make sure you check out the links to see when the Circus is coming to your town. But first, this week’s lunacy:

Top Five Action Sequence Photos -- Nitro Circus

Check Out Our Top 5 Action Sequence Photos
Nitro Circus specializes in crazy action photos, but the sequence shot is special, because it captures the full evolution of a trick so you can pinpoint the moment you’d bail if it was you attempting that insanity. (Check them out here)

FMX Gear for Competition -- Nitro Circus

Learn More About What Sheeny and Bilko Ride
Talent can take you only so far in action sports. To get the edge on your competition, you’re going to need top-of-the-line gear and a ride that fits your style. We talked to Sheeny and Bilko about how they prep their gear for competition. (Check it out here)

BMX Gear for Competition -- Nitro Circus

Check Out How BMXers Customize Their Bikes
Tryouts for the Nitro World Games are coming up, so we talked with BMX stars Brandon Schmidt and Todd Meyn, both aspiring to compete in the Games, about how they are setting up their bikes to make a deep run. (Check it out here)

Gavin Godfrey Stomps the Triple for Roner -- Nitro Circus

Gavin Godfrey Stomps a Triple Backflip for Roner
Gavin Godfrey paid tribute to Erik Roner at one of our shows in Reno, Nevada, by throwing down a triple backflip in front of Roner’s home crowd. We all aspire to Live Like Roner every day, and Gavin took that spirit to the ramp. (Watch it here)

Raising the Roof in Pastranaland -- Action Figures -- Nitro Circus

Watch the Clip of the Week: RAISE THE ROOF
Nothing is too crazy or off limits for a potential trick at Pastranaland, especially when Travis Pastrana and his friends got together to film Action Figures. They always raise the roof, except when they are attempting to jump over one. (Watch it here)

Also: Check out LiveLikeRoner.com to help support the family of Erik Roner. There’s a donation page, 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!

Brandon Schmidt and Todd Meyn Talk BMX Competition Gear

As the Nitro World Games approach, one of the things everyone is most excited about is opening up action sports to a new audience, young and old alike. The athletes especially see the Games as an opportunity to inspire young athletes to adopt a new sport — whether it’s BMX, skateboard, or scooter — and start practicing in their local parks and ramps, which is where most pros get their start. The field is wide open, with the final lineup to be chosen by an independent panel of judges, and the best in the world are gearing up to throw down on July 16. With practices for the FMX events and the BMX events already under way, we’re taking a look at the gear that world-class athletes use for international competition. We talked to two BMX superstars aspiring be part of the Nitro World Games — Brandon Schmidt, who has landed triple backflips on BMX and rollerboard, and Todd Meyn, a BMX star with an ever-growing array of crazy tricks — about how they set up their bikes for competition.

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There’s the BMX bike most of us recall from our childhood, and then there’s the type of BMX bike pros use in competition. The bikes we used were simplicity itself, with no gears and often no handbrakes. The success of BMX stemmed in large part to the simplicity of the original design; it is fairly easy for a kid to pick up and start throwing tricks around their local skatepark. And the bikes used by pros remain simple and clean, at least in terms of the overall design, but they are definitely not the same bikes you’ll typically find at your local dealer. “You have to pay a little more for quality,” Todd says. “When you’re riding big ramps like Nitro Circus is planning for the World Games, you need the best setup.” For competitions, it’s all about lightening the load while maintaining the structural integrity. “I try to get my bike strong but also light at the same time. It helps throwing the bike around. I use the same bike for everything I ride, so it’s perfect for any kind of ramps.”

Todd Meyn in Manchester -- Nitro World Games

In fact, BMX pros spend a lot of time making modifications to their bikes. When asked how he spent his last break between tours, Schmidty says, “I’ve been rebuilding my bike, trying to make it as light as possible. And it just weighed in with no brakes yesterday at 17.5 pounds — for a BMX bike — so I’m pretty excited, because that was the goal weight.” The trick is to know where to knock off the weight. “I replaced every single bolt on the entire bike with titanium. I added cutouts all throughout the frame and drilled holes in the handlebars. I got magnesium and titanium pedals, a titanium chain, the world’s lightest bike tubes, titanium spokes, titanium spindle, and a titanium driver. I had my sprockets thinned and lightened,” Schmidty says. All of this because he has his eye set on gold at the Games in July.

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Having a light but strong bike goes a long way to help BMX athletes throw crazy tricks, and with the size of the ramps they’re planning for the Games, they will have ample time in the air to perform them. “I use a little more padding when I ride Nitro. These ramps are a lot bigger than usual, so I take the extra precaution for sure,” Todd says.

So there you have it, BMX 101 from two of the sport’s biggest stars: Get a strong, light bike and wear a ton of padding.

For all the latest news on the upcoming Nitro World Games, including tickets, event descriptions, and more, head to NitroWorldGames.com!

Nitro’s Biggest North American Show Ever | Tour Report

We are well into our tour of the U.S. and Canada, throwing down huge shows in some incredible places. And the crowds, as always, have been amazing. But it’s especially amazing when 17,000 show up for a show, as they did at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon — the biggest show we’ve ever had in North America. It was our first time stopping in Eugene, and the locals were awesome, so the crew felt duty-bound to make the show unforgettable. Check out these highlights. You can tell that we’re having as much fun putting on the show as the audience is having watching it, so hit the link above to see when we’ll be in a city near you.

Adam Jones - Eugene - Nitro Circus

When you’re launching tricks 40 feet in the air over a 75-foot gap, wind and rain can really cramp your style. But in Eugene, the weather cooperated so there was nothing to hold the Crew back from really sending it.

Javier Villegas - Eugene - Nitro Circus

Javier Villegas

Aaron 'Wheelz' Fotheringham - Eugene - Nitro Circus

Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham

Wake Schepman - Eugene - Nitro Circus

Wake Schepman

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Beau Bamburg and two “lucky” volunteers

Eugene - Nitro Circus

The tour is hitting its stride, and there will be plenty more to see. Wherever you are in U.S. or Canada, make sure you hit us up at NitroCircus.Live to find out where you can come and witness all this craziness!

Come see the Nitro Circus Crew in a city near you! We’re in the U.S. and Canada and Australia right now, and then it’s back to Europe this summer. Hit those links for more details, and come experience this insanity live!

Top 5 Action Sequence Photos in Nitro History

We have crazy photos, and we have crazy videos, but the unsung hero of the action-sports media experience has got to be the sequence shot. A regular photo shows us a moment in time and a video shows us a fluid action, but the sequence shot can show us the best of both worlds: a series of moments frozen in time that add up to a complete action. It’s like watching a trick in hyper-slow motion, allowing you to spot aspects of the trick you wouldn’t normally be able to see in standard photos or video. So we’ve gathered five of our favorites from the archives to share with you.

(They’re also perfect for when you want to pinpoint the exact moment you would freak out during an insane trick. Can you spot your freak-out moment?)


5. BMX Triple Backflip


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James Foster does the triple backflip in most Nitro shows, and he’s one of the only BMX athletes out there who’s consistently attempting it.


4. FMX Frontflip


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The motorbike frontflip is one of those tricks that has such a high degree of difficulty that it’s managed to remain a rare sight on the FMX circuit. Don’t try to tell that to Jackson Strong, though.


3. Wheelchair Frontflip


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Speaking of impossible frontflips, Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham, pioneer of WCMX, needs no introduction.


2. FMX Triple Backflip


Josh Sheehan - FMX triple backflip - Nitro Circus

It’s pretty tough to top the video of Josh Sheehan landing the World First triple backflip on a dirtbike, but this sequence shot is badass because it also shows the scale of the ramp setup, which in itself is insane.


1. Side-by-Side Double Backflips 


Travis Pastrana and Cam Sinclair - side-by-side double backflips - Nitro Circus

Travis Pastrana and Cam Sinclair, two of the handful of FMX athletes who have landed the double backflip, stuck the rare trick side-by-side, and it happened after Sincs’ terrible accident and miraculous recovery.

Come see the Nitro Crew in a city near you! We’re currently touring North America and Australia for our 10th anniversary throwdown! And then it’s back to Europe later this summer. Hit those links for more details, and come see this insanity live!

Josh Sheehan and ‘Bilko’ Williams Talk FMX Competition Gear

The Nitro World Games are only two months away, and practices for the FMX events and the BMX events are getting started, with qualifying coming soon. The field is wide open, with the final lineup to be chosen by an independent panel of judges, and the best in the world are gearing up to throw down on July 16. Speaking of gear, when it comes to competing at the highest level, the world-class athletes are only part of the equation. Each rider relies on customized tools to achieve greatness. So we talked to two members of the Nitro Crew — Josh Sheehan, who landed the World First FMX triple backflip last year, and Blake “Bilko” Williams, winner of multiple X Games medals and purveyor of the cliffhanger backflip — about what types of tweaks the athletes are making to their bikes to give them that edge in competition.

Josh Sheehan -- Nitro Circus -- Nitro World Games

This probably goes without saying, but the bike Sheeny rides when he’s doing double backflips and huge whips isn’t just an off-the-lot motorbike. Every athlete has certain things they customize to make their ride their own. “A few of the main changes from factory are the suspension, exhaust, handlebars, and some cosmetics, like the cut seat and plastics so you can grab onto something,” he says. Having a place to hold on while you’re attempting a seatgrab, for example, is obviously important.

Custom suspension can take the type of impact these bikes are seeing, as Nitro athletes are hitting that lander from crazy heights, which will only increase for the Nitro World Games. “The main difference is the suspension,” Bilko says. “It is set up stiffer for the harsh landings. Also, we change the top triple clamp and put a steering damper on. This helps hold the bars straight when you’re not holding on!” Sheeny also likes his seat and handlebars a certain way, as you’d expect: “I like a set of slightly high bars. Not the big ape hangers.”

Josh Sheehan -- Nitro Circus -- Nitro World Games

It becomes clear just how personal the customization can get. “One thing I like is a lot of grip tape,” Sheeny says. He rides essentially the same setup in shows and competitions, so it needs to have some special modifications for the double backflip, a trick that only a handful of riders have landed and that only Sheeny does regularly these days. That means adding “frame and side plastics to hold me on the bike, especially for the double flip,” he says.

There is one difference between Sheeny’s show bike and his competition bike: “It’s an identical setup, really — maybe just a bit more titanium on the comp bike to shed a little weight.” Bilko adds: “Some of the top riders now are doing a lot of serious modifications to make the bike a lot lighter, using carbon fiber, smaller fuel tanks, and all kinds of trick custom bits.” But, Bilko says, he likes to keep his bike the same so he doesn’t have to get used to two different setups. “It’s basically all the same; it’s good to keep everything the same across the board.” Everything except his outfit, of course: “I always like to have some fresh-color gear each time I ride, whether it’s shows or contests, so you look different each time.”

Blake 'Bilko' Williams -- Nitro Circus -- Nitro World Games

As for the mood backstage when it comes to camaraderie, Bilko says, “We are all pretty good friends and always want to see each other progress, do well, and not get hurt. The World Games will have the same atmosphere as a Nitro show, but probably just a few secrets about what each rider has been practicing.” Sheeny agrees there’s really no difference between shows and competitions, at least not on the FMX side of things. “Everyone knows each other and gets along well, so we joke a lot and have fun when we aren’t riding. We just have to switch on and focus when it’s time to ride.”

And, of course, it’s much easier to switch on and focus if your bike is specifically tuned to your liking. All the personal tweaks have come about from years of practice, and Sheeny and Bilko have made good use of every mod on their bikes, which along with complete fearlessness and years of training, will help keep them competing at a high level for years to come.

Blake 'Bilko' Williams

For all the latest news on the upcoming Nitro World Games, including tickets, event descriptions, and more, head to NitroWorldGames.com!

Blades of Glory and the Party of the Decade | WildWeek

Another crazy week is in the books! We’re well into our tour of North America, so be sure to stay tuned to our social media for updates from the road. We’re also kicking off the Party of the Decade tour in Australia, where we’re going to celebrate 10 years of progression with some of our wildest fans! And then it’s off to the U.K., France, and Ireland to bring sick tricks and sicker tan lines! Tickets are going fast, so make sure you check those links and lock them down, but first you might want to see this week’s craziness:

Highlights from Nitro Circus in Australia! -- Nitro Circus

Check Out Highlights From Past Tours Down Under
Nitro Circus has been on the road for 10 years, and to celebrate we’re headed back to where it all started: Australia. We always bring it when we’re in front of those Aussie crowds, so let’s have a look at some of the best moments. (Check it out here)

Five Videos of Nitro Circus World Firsts -- Nitro Circus

Watch 5 of Our Craziest World Firsts
What prize could be more fulfilling than being able to do what you love with people that you love? The answer is landing a World First, a spot in the record books — the Everest of our sports. Why? Because it is there. (Watch them here)

The World First double backflip combo -- Nitro Circus

Have a Sneak Peek at An Upcoming Nitro Circus World First
On our Party of the Decade Tour, Australian fans will have several chances to witness history. One of those will come when Josh Sheehan attempts the first FMX double backflip combo on a Nitro Circus Live tour. You don’t want to miss this! (Watch it here)

R-Willy does the Iron Lotus -- Nitro Circus

Watch the Clip of the Week: IRON LOTUS
It isn’t enough for R-Willy to break real-life records. He wants to nail the most dangerous move in fictional figure skating — the Iron Lotus from the movie Blades of Glory. The move started as fiction, but R-Willy made it real. (Watch it here)

Jaie Toohey with the pitbike backflip -- Nitro Circus

Watch Jaie Toohey Make a Big Jump on a Small Bike
It really doesn’t matter what type of bike you’re riding, it takes balls to do a backflip. But it takes extra-big balls to attempt one on a pitbike, especially when you’re primarily known for BMX, like Jaie Toohey is. (Watch it here)

Also: Check out LiveLikeRoner.com to help support the family of Erik Roner. There’s a donation page, 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!

Back in Australia for the Party of the Decade

It’s been 10 years since Nitro Circus first hit the road to bring the action right to your doorstep, from Jacksonville to Johannesburg and everywhere in between. This year, we’re celebrating by going back to where it all started, where the original Nitro fans are more pumped and rowdy than ever, even after a decade of being some of the wildest audiences we’ve performed for. For so many of our athletes, this is their true hometown crowd, and for the rest of us, it’s the next best thing. That’s right: We’re super excited to bring our Party of the Decade tour to Australia this month, and to get all of you pumped as well, let’s run down some of the highlights from our previous trips Down Under (and give you a sneak peek at what we have in store this time):

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We’ve got backflip combos for days. Here’s Adam Jones from our previous Cap City tour. Over the last decade, the Crew has progressed so much that it’s a completely different show. Tricks that were the epic finale 10 years ago are now in the first few segments, leading up to things many people never thought we could do. Here are some highlights from our last show in Brisbane:

There’s just something about those Aussie crowds that makes the Crew really want to bring it. Don’t forget, it was in Australia that Travis Pastrana attempted a double backflip for the first time in four years … and then the insanity that followed that attempt:

In fact, the first time we went to Perth, there was a “full-on riot” the way Travis tells it: “They jumped the fence, they mobbed the field. It was awesome.” Then, we went back with a show twice as big to perform our biggest show ever in Australia:

This is also where the World First four-person backflip was landed, by Cam Sinclair, an Aussie athlete, of course.

Nitro Circus in Australia

In fact, a good portion of Nitro World Firsts have happened on Australia tours. There really is just something about the air down there that makes everyone go nuts at the shows, the Crew included. There’s a good chance that if you come out to a show on this tour, you will see a World First happen live:

So many of our athletes, no matter where they’re from, list Australia as one of their favorite places to put on a show. This is going to be a tour to remember — with all-new ramps and a host of new riders from around the world — truly the party of the decade. The Nitro Crew is pumped to be back in Aus and we hope to see you all there!

Nitro Circus in Australia

Top 5 Nitro World First Videos

Nitro Circus isn’t all about landing World Firsts, but breaking records is just an awesome byproduct of our main focus: having a ton of fun while getting better and better at what we do. There’s an old saying that goes something like this: If you can’t be the absolute best, make sure the person who beats you has to break the record. Then there’s another old saying: Hold my beer. It was tough to narrow it down to these five out of the dozens of records our athletes have broken, but we feel they’re representative of the pack of World Firsts we’re proud to call our own.


5. Ryan Williams: The Scooter Triple Backflip


Ryan Williams attempted the scooter triple backflip at every Nitro show for two years straight We’re talking dozens of tries. Almost exactly a year ago, he finally stuck it.


4. Jed Mildon: The BMX Quadruple Backflip


The epic competition between Jed Mildon and James Foster to become the first BMX rider to land the quadruple backflip is a story of Biblical proportions. After Foster had to bow out due to injury, Jed made history.


3. Ryan Williams: The BMX Triple Frontflip


It would be tough to do a list like this without multiple R-Willy entries. Being world-class in more than one sport is extremely difficult, but the fact that he has records in scooter as well as BMX puts him firmly in that category.


2. Josh Sheehan: The FMX Triple Backflip


Josh Sheehan landed the triple backflip, because not landing it was not an option, period. That’s not hyperbole. With this trick, there was zero margin for error, as crashing from that height would have been catastrophic. Luckily, he rode away and into the record books.


1. Bruce Cook: The Paraplegic FMX Backflip


Bruce Cook’s backflip is easily one of the most inspiring moments in the history of the Nitro Circus. Not just because of what is physically involved — which is amazing in itself — but because of what Bruce must have had to overcome mentally to get back on a bike after losing his ability to walk in an FMX accident. This moment truly embodies what Nitro is all about.

Come see the Nitro Crew in a city near you! We’re currently touring North America, and our 10th anniversary throw down in Australia is about to begin! After that it’s back to Europe later this summer. Hit those links for more details, and come see this insanity live!

Class Clown, Name a Trick, and Whyatt’s POV | WildWeek

What a week! We’re throwing down all over North America right now, so make sure to stay tuned to our social media for updates from the road. And the wait is nearly over for the “Party of a Decade” tour in Australia, where we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of our first shows Down Under — expect the unexpected! And then it’s off to the U.K., France, and Ireland for more crazy shows! Make sure you check those links and lock down tickets while they last, but first check out the lunacy we got up to this week:

R-Willy's BMX Frontflip 720 in Melbourne -- Nitro Circus

Check Out Five Photos of BMX Magnificence
BMX bikes are everyone’s favorite as kids, but some take it way further. Nitro BMX athletes are among the pros that have progressed the sport so far so fast. In honor of them, check out five of our favorite Nitro BMX photos. (Check it out here)

Throwing Down in Albuquerque -- Tour Report -- Nitro Circus

Enjoy Highlights From New Mexico
We battled through some crazy desert weather — rain, wind, and thunder — to pull off a super fun show for our Albuquerque fans. And despite the weather, the Nitro crew didn’t hold anything back. (Check it out here)

Mic'd Up with Bilko -- Nitro Circus

Watch Mic’d Up With Bilko: CLASS CLOWN
It truly is an education to listen to Bilko during a show. Here’s what we learned this time: It pays to be a little crazy to do what he does night after night. Check out our resident class clown on this week’s Mic’d Up With Bilko. (Watch it here)

Name R-Willy's Latest Trick -- Nitro Circus

Watch the Clip of the Week: NAME A TRICK
R-Willy is at it again. After spending another day honing his skills at the skatepark, he has a new trick he’d like to share with everyone. He has more tricks than he has names for them — what would you call this one? Be creative! (Check it out here)

Whyatt Riot POV -- Nitro Circus

Check Out the Whyatt Riot From Matty’s POV
Matt Whyatt’s backflip tailwhip to late 360 is an awesome tangled mess to witness live. There’s just so much going on! Ever wondered what the Whyatt Riot looks like from his point of view? It’s a miracle he can find the ramp. (Check it out here)

Also: Check out LiveLikeRoner.com to help support the family of Erik Roner. There’s a donation page, 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!

New Mexico Highlights: Tour Report

Our tour of the U.S. and Canada is in full force, with more huge shows on the way! We’re having a great time hitting cities we’ve never been to, making new friends and enjoying the local scene. And, of course, throwing down for the types of crowds Nitro was created to entertain. Here we’ve got highlights from our show in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where we had a blast. You can tell by these shots that the Crew is not holding back, so hit the link above to see when we’ll be in a city near you. On to the show:

Nitro Circus in the United States

Beau Bamburg

The high desert weather can be unpredictable this time of year, and true to form, we had quite a range to deal with, from sunny to rainy with plenty of wind. It can get pretty sketchy when you’re attempting a precision move several stories up in the air with gusting winds, but the Crew was up to the task.

Nitro Circus in the United States

Javier Villegas

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Adam Jones

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Javier Villegas

The Giganta athletes also threw down, as usual, and the changing skies created an awesome backdrop for the New Mexico crowd.

Nitro Circus in the United States

Gavin Godfrey

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Wake Schepman

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Gavin Godfrey and Colton Satterfield

What a tour! And there’s plenty more to come, so if you’re in the U.S. or Canada you better hit us up at NitroCircus.Live to find out where you can come see all this awesomeness up close and personal!

Come see the Nitro Circus Crew in a city near you! We’re in the U.S. and Canada and are headed to Australia and then back to Europe this summer. Hit those links for more details, and come experience this insanity live!

Top 5 Nitro Circus BMX Photos

Pretty much everyone’s first bike was a BMX. Most of us felt like we had mastered it as soon as we learned to ride with no hands or maybe hit a small ramp or ride a skatepark now and then. But at Nitro, we have athletes who never stopped learning and have progressed so far that they’re redefining BMX. That’s why today we’re taking a look back at five of our favorite photos of Nitro BMX riders doing what they do best.


5. Todd Meyn, Madrid


Todd Meyn in Madrid - Nitro Circus

Last year in Spain conditions were just right for an epic photoshoot in front of the sunset, and Todd Meyn didn’t disappoint with this surreal superman frontflip.


4. Ryan Williams, Melbourne


Ryan Williams, Frontflip 720, Melbourne - Nitro Circus

R-Willy can’t be stopped on scooter or BMX. Here he is in the middle of a frontflip 720 in Melbourne in 2014.


3. Special Greg, Cologne


Special Greg, Special Flip, Germany - Nitro Circus

Special Greg’s special flip is one of the craziest tricks out there, and it’s also one of the most appropriately named. When he nailed this one in Germany he had to do it wearing a hockey mask after breaking his nose filming our TV show.


2. Chad Kagy, Salt Lake City


Chad Kagy, Cliffhanger Backflip, Salt Lake City - Nitro Circus

It was all about that form in 2014 for Chad Kagy and this cliffhanger backflip. This was our very first show in Nitro’s hometown of Salt Lake.


1. James Foster, Arnhem 


James Foster, Triple Backflip, Arnhem - Nitro Circus

James Foster is one of the few riders who have landed a triple backflip, and at the time of this sequence, shot during one of our shows in the Netherlands, he was one of the only riders doing it consistently.

Come see the Nitro Crew in a city near you! We’re currently touring North America, and then we’re off to Australia for our 10th anniversary throw down! After that it’s back to Europe later this summer. Hit those links for more details, and come see this insanity live!

Trike Flipping, ATV Crashing, and Heli-Skateboarding | WildWeek

Our tour of North America is officially under way, so stay tuned to our social media and check back here for updates from the road. In just a little over two weeks, we’ll be kicking off the “Party of a Decade” tour in Australia to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our first shows Down Under. And then it’s off to make history in historic places in the U.K., France, and Ireland! Before you check out those links, have a look at what kind of craziness we’ve been up to this week:

Top Five Contraptions -- Nitro Circus

Check Out Five Photos of Crazy Nitro Contraptions
The riders may feel a trip down the Giganta Ramp on one of Nitro Circus’ crazy contraptions is the shortest straw you can draw on the tour, but the crowd loves them. So we’ll keep coming up with new things we can attach wheels to. Check out this week’s Top 5. (Check it out here)

World First FMX Double Frontflip -- Nitro Circus -- 10th Anniversary Tour of Australia

For the 10th Anniversary Tour of Australia — A World First
Our 10th Anniversary tour of Australia is just around the corner, and for this tour, we’re going to make history. Our Australian fans may get the chance to witness a World First — the FMX double frontflip. You don’t want to miss it. (Check it out here)

Colten Moore Running Out of Talent -- Nitro Circus

Watch the Clip of the Week: MOORE SPEED
You could say Colten Moore ran out of talent in this clip, but we’re pretty sure that isn’t it. Much better to say Colten had a need for more speed when he attempted to frontflip his ATV in this bag jump. (Watch it here)

Heli-skateboarding -- Nitro Circus

Check Out the Best Skatepark Entrance of All Time
We’d like to share our entry to the most baller entrance to a skatepark of all time — the heli-skateboard. In this case, we’d like to extend kudos to both the athlete and the pilot for surviving this.  (Check it out here)

Also: Check out LiveLikeRoner.com to help support the family of Erik Roner. There’s a donation page, 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!

Kicking Off the 2016 North American Tour | Tour Report

Our U.S. tour is off and running, with only a few shows down and many more to go. We’ve had a great time so far, and we can’t wait to see what the next few shows have in store. More World Firsts? Probably! Absolute insanity? Definitely! So come on out and see us. We’re headed next to Tucson, Colorado Springs, Reno, Eugene, and more! We’ll also be up in Canada soon. So hit this link to see where we’re headed next! And in the meantime, check out some highlights from the last few shows.

Nitro Circus in the United States

The FMX boys have been throwing down. Big whips, huge backflip combos, and the longest trains in the business!

Nitro Circus in the United States

Over on the Giganta side, Ryan Williams continues to amaze, and all the athletes are just killing it. Click on this to see the video:

We’re having a great time flying high in front of awesome crowds. Will we see you at our next stop?

Nitro Circus in the United States

Come see the Nitro Circus Crew in a city near you! We’re in the U.S. and Canada and are headed to Australia and then back to Europe this summer. Hit those links for more details, and come experience this insanity live!

Top 5 Photos of Nitro Circus Contraptions in Action

Nitro Circus features the best in the world in the top action sports: FMX, BMX, skateboard, inline, scooter, snowboarding, skiing, quad, snowmobile, the list goes on. But when we want a break from backflipping those things, it can be hard to find something else to ride off the ramp. That’s why we invent new things. The contraptions we launch off Giganta range from things that have wheels but aren’t meant to be flipped, like kids tricycles and penny farthings, to things that aren’t even supposed to have wheels in the first place, like rocking horses and whiskey barrels. They’re always crowd-pleasers, and they’re often the result of some of the dumbest ideas we’ve ever had. Check out five of the best shots of Nitro contraptions in action:


5. The Recliner


Crum in the recliner - Nitro Circus

Ah, lazy days in your favorite chair. There’s nothing quite like it. Crum is so relaxed he’s nodded off with his helmet on again.


4. The Penny Farthing


The Penny Farthing - Nitro Circus

Josh Roberts gets old-timey on the penny farthing. We’d like to tell you it’s his athletic balance that allows him to land this thing, but we all know deep down that it’s the vest.


3. The Wheelbarrow


Taking a wheelbarrow off the big ramp - Nitro Circus

A wheelbarrow is a pretty versatile tool, used to transport soil, supplies, and if you’re Chris Haffey, you can use it to move Crum.


2. The Trikes


Tricycle cliffhanger - Nitro Circus

Preston Godfrey, on a child’s trike, decided he wanted to get a look at that sweet Nitro logo on the ramp.


1. The Rocking Horse 


Rocking horse - Nitro Circus

Dusty Wygle is the world’s first and only big-air cowboy.

Come see the Nitro Crew in a city near you! We’re currently touring North America, and then we’re off to Australia for our 10th anniversary throw down! After that it’s back to Europe later this summer. Hit those links for more details, and come see this insanity live!

Wild Shows, Side Trips, and New Trick | WildWeek

We left another crazy week behind us, and the wait is finally over. The first leg of our next tour of North America is here, and from up close, it looks freaking huge. In less than a month, we’ll be kicking off the “Party of a Decade” tour in Australia to celebrate a big Nitro Circus milestone: the 10th anniversary of our first shows in one of our favorite places. And then it’s off to the U.K., France, and Ireland for some warm beer, great wine, and more huge shows! Make sure you hit the links and get your tickets before the shows sell out. But first, check out some of the craziness we got up to this week:

Nitro Circus in South Africa

Look Back at the Crew’s Favorite Tour Ever: South Africa
South Africa ranks among the Crew’s most memorable and most loved tour stops. Why? Because it hit that trifecta: huge shows, amped-up crowds, and some of the most mind-blowing scenery on Earth. That and they let us ride an ostrich. (Check it out here)

Top Five Photos of Side Trips -- Utah Salt Flats -- Nitro Circus

Check Out Five Photos of Crazy Nitro Side Trips
It isn’t hard for us to find epic photos from our tours — but it’s hard to pick favorites. Along with crazy shows, we’ve had some pretty incredible side trips, which have produced some of the most epic photos Nitro has ever been a part of. (Check them out here)

Ryan Williams has a new trick -- Nitro Circus

Name R-Willy’s Latest Trick
Ryan Williams is constantly sticking so many new tricks and World’s Firsts that he runs out things to call them all. This week he was practicing BMX in the foam pit and came up with yet another new one. What should he call it? (Watch it here)

When sending it goes wrong -- Nitro Circus

Watch the Clip of the Week: TAKE A BOUGH
The first advice you get when you’re hitting the big ramp at Pastranaland is aim for the airbag — but if you’re really sending it, that could be a tall order. It isn’t often you get to say, “I’m glad that tree was there.” (Watch it here)

ATV Front Flip at Pastranaland -- Nitro Circus

Watch a Frontflip on a Quad at Pastranaland
Snowmobile and ATV superstar Colten Moore stopped by Pastranaland for some time in the foam pit. Check out this slo-mo clip of him getting just enough tuck on a frontflip to land wheels down. So, when will we get to see that in a show, Colten? (Watch it here)

Also: Check out LiveLikeRoner.com to help support the family of Erik Roner. There’s a donation page, 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!

Top 5 Photos From Crazy Nitro Circus Side Trips

When we do these Top 5 Photos posts, we’re always sort of cheating: We have so many great shots from a decade of touring that it isn’t really possible to identify the five absolute best in any given category. But for this one, it was especially hard. We’ve been to so many amazing places and seen so many crazy things that it was daunting to even come up with the five best side trips, let alone the five best photos from side trips. These are five of the best, for sure, but don’t be surprised if you see five MORE of the best side trip photos at some point down the road.


5. Croatia: Cliff Ramps


Croatia - Nitro Circus

Filming for Crazy Train took us on all sorts of misadventures between tour stops, including the bright idea to build these ramps on a giant cliff overlooking the ocean in Croatia. See more from this one here.


4. Svanstein, Sweden: Jet Ski Explosions


Nitro Bomb - Nitro Circus

More from Crazy Train. Erik Roner recalls shooting at an abandoned ski resort in Sweden, where someone had the awesome idea to set off some explosives while he and Crum jetskied by. See more here.


3. Zurich, Switzerland: Rainy Day Riding


Ethen Roberts in Zurich - Nitro Circus

In Zurich during our recent European tour, the rain didn’t stop the BMX boys from hitting the Zurich skatepark, which ended up being one of the coolest shoots in recent memory. See more here.


2. Utah Salt Flats: Badass Desolation


Utah Salt Flats - Nitro Circus

The Godfrey Clan are Utah action sports royalty, and they showed us the crazy expansive and empty beauty of the Salt Flats. Check out the video here.


1. Going Big in the Backcountry 


Backcountry snowboarding - Nitro Circus

Ethen Roberts took some cameras on an epic backcountry snowboarding journey, or what he calls a quiet weekend getaway. This shot has everything. Watch the full video here.

Come see the Nitro Crew in a city near you! Soon we’re headed to Australia and North America, and then back to Europe later this summer. Hit those links for more details, and come see this insanity live!

The Biggest Show Ever: Nitro Circus in South Africa

One of the greatest things about being a Nitro Circus athlete, they all agree, is that they get to travel the world wowing audiences and doing the things they’re most excited about. No matter where they go, they have a great time, so choosing a favorite is always difficult. But there is one country that consistently ranks at the top of every athlete’s list of most memorable stops. Nitro FMX veteran Steve Mini sums it up: “The best tour we’ve done so far was probably South Africa. The crowds were huge, the people were into it, and it was just a beautiful place to go.”

Nitro Circus in South Africa

The Crew knew they had a fan base in South Africa, but no one knew quite what to expect when they rolled into Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Durban for the first time ever. But any uncertainty about what to expect was immediately relieved when the first show kicked off to a crowd of 19,000 pumped-up fans, who loved every second of it. “The craziest crowds we’ve had were in South Africa,” Josh Sheehan says. “They made the most noise that I’ve ever heard.”

In Durban, Erik Roner got to fulfill a dream of his: BASE jumping into the stadium to kick off the show for a crowd of 23,000:

The Johannesburg show drew 35,000-plus wild fans. “To see that many people come out to watch us was unreal,” Brandon Schmidt says. Maybe it was the size of the crowd, maybe it was the energy of the crowd, or maybe it was both, but the Crew threw down that day, and everyone had a blast:

But the huge shows and amazing crowds were just the start, as you saw in that video. In Soweto, a suburb of Johannesburg, the Nitro BMX riders found a great place to hang out with some local kids and ride. Nitro photographer Mark Watson says that day was one of the most memorable for him: “All those guys went into Soweto, into the shantytown, and rode in there. That was a sick experience,” he says. “The crowd that gathered, everyone was psyched and the kids had the biggest grins on their faces. And I know it sounds a bit cliche, but this was totally impromptu. It was the guys out there just doing what they love doing on the streets of a shantytown in South Africa. That’s the sort of thing that you come away from and you go, hell yeah, that whole tour was worth it just for those moments.”

Nitro Circus in South Africa

“I didn’t really know too much about South Africa before we went there, but as soon as we landed in Cape Town my mind was blown from the first day we got there until the day that we left,” Ethen Roberts says. “Just the scenery, the ocean, the wildlife, the people — you couldn’t dream up a better place, or a crazier place, or a more beautiful place.” The wildlife was definitely a highlight, with crocodiles, great white sharks, penguins, and ostriches among the local fauna the Crew was able to see up close and sometimes personal.

Nitro Circus in South Africa

With the awesome people, the hyped and huge crowds, and a country packed with amazing beauty and crazy wildlife, it’s no wonder South Africa is one of the Nitro Crew’s favorite tour stops so far. “Just everything coming together in South Africa was amazing,” Ethen says. The Crew obviously had a blast there and can’t wait to go back. As Blake “Bilko” Williams puts it, simply: “South Africa was really cool.”

Come see the Nitro Circus Crew in a city near you! We’re headed to Australia and North America, and then back to Europe this summer. Hit those links for more details, and come see this insanity live!

Rollerboard Hero, Bombs Away, and Full Bilko | WildWeek

Another crazy week behind us, and we are just days away from the first show of our North American tour. Then, we’ll kick off the “Party of a Decade” tour in Australia, in honor of the 10th anniversary of our first shows Down Under. After that, we’re taking the party to the U.K., France, and Ireland! The Crew is headed to a lot of new places this year, so make sure you check the links to see when we’re coming to your town. To give you an idea of some of the craziness you’ll see at our shows, check out what we’ve been up to this last week:

Brandon Schmidt Rollerboard Superstar -- Nitro Circus

Meet Rollerboard Superstar Brandon Schmidt
Brandon Schmidt is one of the few athletes to master the rollerboard — a snowboard with wheels — and was the first to land a triple backflip on one. He’s also pretty amazing on BMX and trikes. You’d think all that would go to his head. (Check it out here)

Nitro Circus signature showstopper, the Nitro Bomb -- Nitro Circus

Check Out Five Monster Nitro Bomb Photos
The Nitro Circus live show has some pretty incredible moments, so it’s hard to pick one that stands out. But the Nitro Bomb will always be a contender. Check out five crazy photos of Nitro’s signature trick; you have to see it to believe it. (Check them out here)

Bilko getting pumped up in Stockholm -- Nitro Circus

Watch Mic’d Up With Bilko: TRUE FRIENDS
We put a mic on Bilko to hear what goes through a rider’s head when he’s putting down huge tricks. What we got was two minutes of him bagging on Cam Sinclair, one of his best friends. Because that’s what mates are for. (Watch it here)

Snowboarder jumps to a chairlift -- Nitro Circus

Watch the Clip of the Week: CLINGY FRIEND
While most people can’t wait to get off the lift, this guy decided to hop back on. Check out one way to avoid long lines at the ski resort. Bonus: What’s the quickest way to get down the hill? Get thrown off the mountain. (Watch it here)

Jet Skiing at Lake Powell Utah -- Nitro Circus

Experience Tunnel Vision on a Jet Ski
There’s a reason we consider Utah to be Nitro’s spiritual home. It has terrain to suit any action sport, whether it’s FMX, snowboarding, or, in this case, Jet Ski. We headed down to Lake Powell for some high-speed canyon wave running. (Check it out 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!

Brandon Schmidt Is Too Nice to Be This Good | Featured Rider

As Nitro’s resident roller snowboarder, Brandon Schmidt occupies one of the most specific slots in the live show. He’s one of the few athletes who’s world-class in that sport, having landed the World’s First triple backflip on the roller board. But even though that’s his main focus, he’s a well-rounded action sports athlete who rides BMX and trikes in the Nitro show too. He’s also legitimately one of the most positive and friendly people you’ll ever meet, as his teammates are quick to point out. When you add it all up, it might be impossible to figure out who likes Brandon more: Nitro audiences or Nitro athletes.

Brandon Schmidt - Nitro Circus

I caught up with Brandon in Stockholm, New Jersey, where he lives most of the time when he’s not touring and is also where he grew up. When he’s not on the road, he divides his time between there and Woodward in Pennsylvania, which is an action sports camp that Brandon has considered a second home since he was 11 years old. Woodward is the only place athletes can ride a true parkboard, the snowboard with wheels that is Brandon’s primary discipline with Nitro. One of his signature tricks, a World’s First, is the triple backflip on the parkboard. It’s a tough trick to land — he estimates he’s landed only six in the last three and a half years, despite attempting it dozens of times.

“No matter how many times I’ve tried it, it doesn’t matter how many times or how safe the landing is, it is not an easy trick to try ever,” he says. He’s always close, but the lander is slippery for the parkboard, so it’s tough to keep it under him even though he always lands wheels down. Here’s how he approaches it: “I just try to clear my mind and remember to be focused on what I’m doing. So you drop in, and when you come off the lip — this is the interesting thing that I do that I think makes it kind of OK — I do one flip and I spot the ground, and I watch the ground for as long as I can, and then I look back over and the ground’s right there again. So I watch that until I can’t see it anymore and then do the same thing, and there’s the landing. So the entire time I’m doing the trick, even though it looks like it’s flipping super fast, I’m watching the ground almost the entire time, and I know where I am. So it makes it pretty safe for that aspect, but it doesn’t take the scary factor — the fear factor — out of it.” Here’s a clip of the first time he ever landed it:

You might be wondering: With that success rate, how is it he doesn’t hurt himself on such a huge trick night after night? He says keeping his eyes on the ground is the key to staying healthy: “If you just kind of throw and don’t spot the ground, it’s a blind three flips and you’re just kind of guessing when to open. But if you spot the ground each time, you know where you are the entire time. So every time I do a triple flip, I land on my feet and on the wheels. It’s just the board always slips out and I go sideways every time. I think it’s just that I’m rotating so quick in the air that when it hits the resi it keeps the rotation going, but every time it’s to the wheels, which I’m hyped about. I don’t get hurt on the trick; I just can’t land it very often.”

The roller snowboard triple backflip is a huge accomplishment, but don’t mistake Brandon for a one-trick rider. His primary discipline for Nitro is the parkboard, but he also rides BMX and trikes in the show when he’s needed, and he grew up as a well-rounded action sports athlete. He got his first snowboard at age 3 and rode snowboards until 10 or 11 in his backyard. Then he started getting serious. He began riding skateboard, BMX, and upping his snowboard game at Mountain Creek ski resort, which is about 20 minutes from where he grew up. At 11, he went to Woodward for the first time. “That ended up changing the game for me later down the line,” he says. His best friend, who got him into skateboarding, had been on a waiting list for two years to get into Woodward. He and Brandon were hanging out at Brandon’s house, when the friend’s mom called to let them know that the wait was over and his friend was going to Woodward. He didn’t know it at the time, but that call set into motion a series of events that would change Brandon’s life.

Brandon Schmidt - Nitro Circus

His friend left the following weekend, and when he came back, it was clear that Woodward had been all they had hoped. “He told me how amazing it was. And how much he progressed, I saw,” Brandon says. So Brandon went the next summer. “I was 11 years old still, and I went away for my first time for a week without my parents, and it was such an experience. I learned so much and met so many cool people that I knew that’s where I wanted to spend all my summers.” And so he went back. Week after week, summer after summer. He ended up living there for six months straight at one point. “I spent Thanksgiving there. It was pretty cool,” he says. He spent so much time there that most of his closest friends were there. When he was away he passed the time skateboarding or riding his bike in front of his house, building jumps in the woods, or snowboarding if it was that time of year. But he saw that as just burning time between summers in Pennsylvania. “Woodward kinda became my second home, and still to this day is what I would call my second home.”

He was mostly focused on snowboarding back then, because he wanted to be a pro snowboarder; in the summer he focused on skateboarding, but he also rode BMX. “I couldn’t really pick between the two, but all my friends skateboarded, so I decided to be a skateboarder,” he says. But sometimes you don’t pick your sport — your sport picks you. “No matter how much I worked on skateboarding or how much I tried, I just couldn’t get the hang of it, couldn’t figure it out properly. But whenever I was on a bike — the first trick I learned was a backflip on a bike, so I kinda knew I had that skill.” You read that right — the first BMX trick he learned was a backflip, and it came to him way too easily. “I bought a bike solely for the purpose that when I went to Woodward I was going to learn to backflip into their foam pit.” He was with a group of kids that had done backflips before, so he got their advice. “I think I tried three or four into the foam pit, and that same day I landed it onto resi on the second try,” he says. That was when he was 15. But despite it being clear that he was a natural, he kept trying to focus on skateboarding for several more years. “I still was like, ‘No, I’m going to be a skateboarder,'” he says.

Brandon Schmidt - Nitro Circus

As he was progressing in all types of action sports, he started to get into filming. “That kind of became my thing; I was known as the action sports filmer,” he says. He would shoot the locals at Mountain Creek, and from that footage he cut together a movie called Glitched that played on repeat in the lodge. He started to get deeper into filming. He was still riding, but he wasn’t pushing that as hard. “I never really focused on progressing action sports or trying too hard, but I kept going to Woodward, and I ended up becoming a filmer for the camp,” he says. “That’s kind of how I got my in — I started spending the entire summer there working, filming, making their edits, making their end-of-the-summer video.” And despite his shift in focus away from progressing in action sports, he also became an instructor there. He did all that for a few years, but eventually he started to feel that being behind the camera wasn’t his true calling. “I realized it was way more fun to be riding and to be getting filmed,” he says. “So I started really progressing and trying some new things.”

At 19, he finally gave in to his innate ability and officially switched focus from skateboard to BMX. “I just never progressed on a skateboard, but on a bike it was way different,” he says. “I made the change and solely focused on BMX, and I progressed at such a fast rate it kind of shocked me that I didn’t just focus on that from the beginning.” During his extended summers at Woodward, he was also able to get a lot of time on the parkboard. He was stalled at progressing on a skateboard, but the parkboard was a different story. “That worked for me really well, having it strapped to my feet and having it be more like a snowboard instead of a skateboard,” he says.

Brandon Schmidt - Nitro Circus

The parkboard is basically a mini snowboard with cutouts for inline wheels. It has bindings without high backs that you can use regular shoes with. “You can’t really turn, you can just go straight. Snowboarding and riding the parkboard are completely different in that respect, but as soon as you come off the lip, it’s pretty much exactly the same as snowboarding — it feels the same, the tricks feel the same. So it definitely helps with progressing for snowboarding. It’s just nothing like riding a snowboard, because you can’t stop or turn,” he says. Stopping and turning, by the way, are two things you have to consider optional to become a member of the Nitro Crew. Brandon credits being able to get a lot of time on the parkboard with his success, as Woodward holds the patent on it, so most people have only a week at a time to practice with them. Because he worked there, he was riding parkboards all the time. He was a natural from the start, though. “The first time I rode it, I did a double backflip into the foam pit,” he says. He then became the first athlete to land a double backflip on a parkboard — that was in his first week riding it, and he learned quickly from there. “I had several years of riding them and getting to progress on them before Nitro happened, so I was fortunate enough to have that experience that allowed me to get to where I am today.”


“I just like to flip.”


Brandon had his eyes on Nitro for a while. “My entire life growing up I had idolized Travis Pastrana and Nitro Circus, and that’s pretty much what I lived my life off of; that’s how I tried to live my life,” he says. After years of working and progressing at Woodward and making the decision to move from behind the camera to in front of it, he decided to take a shot. “So I got this idea that maybe I should send in an audition tape to Nitro and maybe they’ll see it and see that I have what it takes to ride with them,” he says. He got Woodward’s permission to turn the camera around and make an edit of himself riding. They agreed. Here’s what he put together:

In it he rides snowboard, skateboard, BMX, and parkboard. He explains: “It was just a combination of everything to show them … ‘Hey, I can kind of do what you guys do too — do you think I have what it takes to be a part of the Crew?'” Obviously Nitro did think he has what it takes, but the audition tape worked even better than he could have expected. “I ended up sending it in to Nitro, and like three days later they responded and asked me to come to New Zealand with them.”

That initial New Zealand trip was a test run to make sure Brandon fit in with the crew both on and off the ramps. In his third show with Nitro, he attempted his first triple backflip on the parkboard, which he says sealed the deal for him, at least in terms of him proving he was willing to throw down. But his teammates on the Crew say he brings a lot more to the table than just the willingness to go big. “Schmidty’s been killing it a lot lately,” according to Nitro BMX superstar Kurtis Downs. “He started picking up his BMX bike and his snowboard and putting down most of his tricks on his BMX bike that no one wants to do that rides BMX even.” And where he burns brightest, they say, is his personality, how humble and supportive he is. Todd Meyn, another Nitro BMX phenom, says, “He’s awesome, because he has the best attitude and he is always yelling at you and cheering you on and always smiling. He is always at the bottom of the landing cheering you on, waiting for you to land your tricks.”

Brandon Schmidt - Nitro Circus

Brandon says Nitro is unique in its behind-the-scenes camaraderie not just for action sports but for any touring show. “Nitro doesn’t just consist of the athletes; there are about a hundred people behind the scenes who actually really make the show run properly. They set up the ramps, they do the audio, everything. The crazy thing is, they all come to us and tell us Nitro is like a family to them. Nitro’s not like any other show they’ve ever worked with. They would drop any other job to come work with Nitro, because everyone treats each other so well, and everyone just sees each other as equal and respects what everyone is doing, and everyone knows that they’re there for the same common cause. The camaraderie between everyone on Nitro is what makes Nitro so amazing. It brings so many different people together; it brings all these action sports that in previous history have had, like, hate between each other and it shows that it doesn’t matter what you ride or what you do, it just matters that you’re having fun and enjoying what you’re doing,” he says.

That’s a really respectable part of the show to be stoked about, considering everything else that comes along with being asked to join the Nitro Crew. “It’s been three and a half years since I got that email, and my life has been consistently go go go — different country, different city, and it hasn’t stopped. It was overnight,” Brandon says. “It’s crazy how life can change so fast and be so different from one day to the next.”

Brandon continues to progress, maintaining his well-rounded status. He loves the parkboard, but he wants to eventually take more BMX jumps in the show. He rides his bike a lot on the side trips that the athletes take between shows on tour, which is one of his favorite things about life on the road. “We get to travel the world. If we’re going to be in these cities we might as well take the few hours we have and go explore.” That’s how we end up with the guys doing #MiniFlipMonday, where riders post video of them trying to flip off the tiniest takeoffs. A mountain biker started it on Instagram, Brandon says, and it took off from there. Now, he, Kurtis, and Ryan Williams try to find the smallest possible launch points wherever they are on tour. “You try to find one in every city. So you mini-flip around the world,” Brandon says. “It’s hard to find things that are that small that are actually flippable.” But it’s a fun challenge, especially for someone whose favorite thing in the world is going upside-down. “I just like to flip. That’s my favorite thing on anything. It doesn’t matter what it is,” Brandon says.

Nitro is equal parts having fun and putting on a great show. Brandon is great at both. But as the Nitro World Games approaches, he’s starting to focus on taking home gold in BMX in Salt Lake City in July. He’s rebuilt his bike, getting it down to under 17.5 pounds. He says he expects World’s Firsts and can’t wait to see what the other competitors come up with. He hasn’t done much competing in his career, but that’s because there hasn’t been a competition quite like the Nitro World Games, which is more his style. So, does he have plans to land a World’s First in Salt Lake City? “I have a few tricks up my sleeve,” he says. Fittingly, he recently stuck a triple backflip on a BMX, a trick very few riders have landed.

Brandon Schmidt is as well-rounded as an athlete can be, on and off the bike or board. He’s also still filming and has been commissioned to put together a new snowboard video, which will no doubt show he’s still got just as much skill behind the camera as he does in front of it. With an eye on World Games gold and no sign of slowing down, he’ll definitely continue to do huge things, and you can expect to hear a lot more from him in the future. But for now, he’s getting pumped for the next Nitro tour, as much to continue progressing as to travel the world landing tiny flips with his friends. “I love the Nitro family. They’re awesome,” he says.

Come see Brandon Schmidt and the rest of the Nitro Circus Crew in a city near you! We’re headed to Australia and North America, and then back to Europe this summer. Hit those links for more details, and come see this insanity live!

Top 5 Shots of the Best ‘Nitro Bombs’

If you need to explain Nitro Circus to someone who’s never heard of us, your best bet is to show them a photo or a video. And if you can’t decide exactly what you should show them, look no further than the Nitro Bomb. Our signature showstopper captures the essence of what we’re about — more action sports legends upside-down at once than you’ll ever see anywhere else. Nitro snowboard and BMX star Brandon Schmidt describes being in a Nitro Bomb like this: “It’s pretty ridiculous, because as you’re taking off from the lip you’re watching all these people flipping in front of you and you’re almost concentrated on them, but then you remember within a split second that you have to do the same thing, so you’re flipping in the air, and if you just glance to the side your best friend is like two feet away, upside-down over a 40-foot gap. So it’s pretty incredible.” Today we’re going to highlight five of our favorite Nitro Bombs, chosen because they’re awesome and because a couple of them have some real sentimental value. Check it out:


5. Sydney, Australia, 2012


Nitro Bomb - Nitro Circus

The Australia Cap City tour in 2012 was the first time the athletes on the Giganta and FMX sides all jumped at the same time, making this the first true Nitro Bomb.


4. Johannesburg, South Africa, 2014


Nitro Bomb - Nitro Circus

The Crew consistently ranks our South Africa shows in 2014 as some of the best we’ve done, and in Johannesburg this Nitro Bomb went up in front of the largest crowd we’ve ever performed for: 35,000-plus awesome fans.


3. Melbourne, Australia, 2014


Nitro Bomb - Nitro Circus

For our 2014 Australia Cap City tour, we had the Triganta, which meant we could do bigger Nitro Bombs with more riders in the air at one time than ever before.


2. Lille, France, 2014


Nitro Bomb - Nitro Circus

This Nitro Bomb in Lille, France, made the list because it’s just an awesome shot. Count ’em!


1. Europe, 2016


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Now, here’s one showing the guys in action.

Come see the Nitro Crew blowing up Nitro Bombs in a city near you! Soon we’re headed to Australia and North America, and then back to Europe later this summer. Hit those links for more details, and come see this insanity live!

Kurtis Downs, Five Flips, and Blind Ambition | WildWeek

Another badass week down, and we are barreling toward our next tour. Just a couple weeks away from the first stop in the U.S. and Canada, and then it’s the “Party of a Decade” tour of Australia, where we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of our first shows Down Under. After that we’ve got more dates in the U.K., France, and Ireland! We are hitting a lot of new cities this year, and we’re hitting them soon, so make sure you check those links to see when we’ll be near you. But first you’re gonna want to see what we’ve been up to over the last week right here:

Kurtis Downs from contraptions to BMX Superstar -- Nitro Circus

Meet BMX Phenom Kurtis Downs
For most of us, a trip down the Giganta ramp in one of Nitro’s contraptions would be the end of a journey, not the beginning of one. Kurtis Downs was originally invited to join the tour to ride contraptions, but he’s become one of Nitro’s BMX superstars. (Check it out here)

Adam Jones does the dead body backflip -- Nitro Circus

Check Out Five Crazy FMX Backflip Combo Photos
Backflips on motorcycles used to be rare. Now they are a staple for the sport — with riders doing all sorts of sick tricks upside-down. Check out five of the craziest backflip combo pictures from our shows over the years. (Check it out here)

4-Person Backflip in Canada -- Nitro Circus

See an Elusive Four-Person Backflip That Goes Right
What would inspire four people to snuggle together on a dirtbike and attempt a backflip? Maybe they were trying to keep warm? Watch Cam Sinclair and three brave volunteers throw down a four-person backflip from one of our shows in Canada. (Watch it here)

Travis Pastrana attempts a world first bigwheel backflip -- Nitro Circus

Watch Oh Sh*t Moments With Erik Roner: BLIND AMBITION
We could probably do a series of Oh Sh*t Moments featuring just Travis Pastrana, because this week he’s at it again — this time on a trike. Trav’s attempt at the first tricycle backflip on a mega-ramp is a sight for sore eyes, pun intended. (Watch it here)

Don't Fall Asleep in Pastranaland -- Nitro Circus

Watch the Clip of the Week: RUDE AWAKENING
You know something crazy will happen to you if you fall asleep at Travis’ house, especially if you fall asleep in the back of something that has wheels. At that point, you might as well own it, and here’s a good example of how to do just that. (Check it out 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!

Kurtis Downs Is the Small Guy Who Goes Big | Featured Rider

Nitro Circus recruits athletes in a lot of different ways, most often adding riders to the roster who have started to break out in their sport. But some of the Crew came on board for one thing and ended up staying on after proving themselves in some other discipline. For example, Dusty Wygle caught producers’ attention because he was crazy on a pitbike, and now in shows he rides mountain bikes, land boogie boards, and rocking horses, among other things. But no one has as unique a recruiting story as Kurtis Downs, who’s currently one of Nitro’s BMX superstars and was initially brought on board simply because he’s not a very big guy.

Kurtis Downs - Nitro Circus

Kurtis was near his home in Draper, Utah, when I spoke with him. He explained that Nitro was looking for someone small to jump a few of the contraptions, and Kurtis was becoming well-known in the Utah BMX world, so through mutual acquaintances he got hooked up with the gig. If you go to a Nitro show today, you’ll notice that, yes, he still jumps contraptions, but for most of the show he’s riding BMX, doing some of the craziest most technical tricks on the Giganta side. As an example, one of his signature tricks is what he calls a “three super indie whip” — a 360 superman Indian air tailwhip. It’s a technical combo, but he’s got a very simple explanation for how he approaches it:

“The main thing that goes through my head is to remember to stop everything and just look at someone in the audience — like, pick someone out of the crowd to look at,” Kurtis says. “So, as soon as I roll in, I remember that, drop in, grab usually a harder pump than a softer pump because I’d rather go deep than short, and then come off the lip and just look for someone that has something bright or something that sticks out in the crowd and stay on that while I do a tailwhip, and as soon as the tailwhip’s done, just put my feet on, look at the landing, and the 360 comes around usually perfect. After that, just wait for the bag and celebrate.” In this video, it’s the first BMX trick you see him do:

Picking someone out of the crowd to focus on is an interesting tactic that is really important, it turns out: “It makes sure that I actually stop what I’m doing, so I don’t overdo it. Otherwise, if I don’t, I usually overcook the 360, but I’ve noticed if I just look at someone right there, everything stops just enough,” he says. “That’s when I land straightest.”

Kurtis is a super technical rider who’s been quietly making a name for himself in BMX over the years. “Quietly making a name for himself” might sound like it doesn’t make sense, but it’s fairly accurate in his case. Kurtis’ teammates consistently list him when they talk about riders who are absolutely killing it every day. He’s an action sports athlete who other action sports athletes look up to. Yet, there isn’t a lot about him out there online; in the public eye he keeps a somewhat low profile. “Coming from a small town, I don’t really worry too much about outside-world perspective as much as I probably should,” he says. “I’d rather just go do it and have fun, and then I kind of get lost and don’t really keep track of all the social media and bios and this and that, just ’cause I’d rather be the hands-on person who’s out having fun doing it.”

Kurtis Downs - Nitro Circus

Kurtis grew up in Firth, Idaho, a small community in the Eastern part of the state. He got into dirtbikes at an early age and started racing. From there he got into freeriding, but he started to realize that dirtbikes weren’t going to be his career-making discipline. But it was during his senior year in high school, while he was still racing motorcycles, that his next opportunity presented itself. “I picked up a BMX bike at a moto race one day — watched a kid do a barspin and figured out they’re way harder than they look by trying it on his bike,” he says. A few weeks later, Kurtis sold a bunch of stuff and cashed a couple paychecks to pick up his first BMX bike. He started riding with a few local BMX pros, including Colton Satterfield. “I just started riding BMX with them, bigger and bigger stuff,” he says.

A few months into riding BMX, he checked out a local skatepark, and his drive to become a top rider began. “That’s when I met everyone in the BMX scene of Idaho. They showed me that there are dirt trails and you can build as big of a jump as you want.” Getting into bigger and bigger jumps helped Kurtis progress quickly. He started doing shows, performing in local events. Word got around that Nitro was looking for someone on the smaller side for a few of the stunts in the show, and through a series of mutual friends and connections, Kurtis was recommended for the spot.

Kurtis Downs - Nitro Circus

He was brought in to ride contraptions, but his main skill eventually shined through. “I just showed them that I rode BMX as well and ended up doing both,” he says. Because he’s seriously talented, he was asked to fill in when BMX slots were available, which led to him becoming a full-time Nitro member. He does still ride contraptions, including the whiskey barrel, the bathtub (“If I get roped into it”), the wheelbarrow (“Probably the sketchiest one”), and trikes.

He says the contraptions are always a gamble. And that makes sense. Jolene Van Vugt was seriously injured in practice on the whiskey barrel when they were preparing to introduce it to the show, and 15 minutes later he was asked to take her place. “All the contraptions are where it’s sketchiest,” he says. That’s because you don’t have anyone to coach you on proper speed or technique — with a new contraption, you’re the first person to ever try it out. But he’s been jumping the barrel a while now, so he must have figured out the trick. “It’s a prayer every time,” he says. Particularly, he adds, on the Nitro catapult system (which is where Jolene was injured) it’s a lot more difficult to keep the barrel straight as you go from zero to 60 toward the ramp. “It gets sideways and so sketchy right before the lip,” Kurtis says.


“I’d rather be the hands-on person who’s out having fun doing it.”


But action sports in general, even the crazy stuff he gets to do with Nitro, help him become a better BMX rider. “Jumping on trampolines, snowboarding, just anything that’s an action sport helps some sort of balance or something that helps you on your bike — it all kind of comes back to it, all action sports. It’s all muscle memory. So, pretty much everything I do I just try to relate back to the bike. I try to take it from every discipline that I watch. Scootering, rollerblading — you can learn something from everyone.”

Kurtis Downs - Nitro Circus

Being inspired by his fellow Nitro Crew members leads to awesome things, like one of his favorite tricks: the BMX ruler flip, which he does without flip levers. “I like to see how close I can get to doing it like a dirtbike without flip levers,” he says. The flip levers help your position in the air relative to the bike so that you’re able to get the seat under you before you land, whereas without them, Kurtis says: “You just kind of have to hold the pressure with your wrists. And then you have your brake lever, which kind of helps.” It’s a difficult trick to pull off correctly on a BMX with no flip levers, and he doesn’t always try them in shows. “The moto dudes always go before us, and I’ll watch them do it and I’m like, ‘Dang, I want to do that. I’m going.'”

When he does try them during shows, it’s in the final train segments, where the athletes get a little more freedom to improvise. “It just depends on the show — how bad I want to try to stay up on two wheels,” he says, laughing. “You just kind of decide what sounds fun at the moment.” Here’s a clip of him trying one in practice:

Ethen Roberts is impressed that Kurtis was brought on to ride contraptions but has broken out in BMX: “Now he’s one of the better BMX riders in the entire show, so to see him progress and do so well is really cool and inspiring,” Ethen says. Fellow BMX phenom Todd Meyn says Kurtis is “super happy, positive, has a good attitude, and just always rides amazing. Whether it’s in a show or practice, he’ll send it. He’s not scared, and he’s very very talented and can pretty much do anything he wants if he tries it.”

“I just go have fun, ride whatever I can, gain as much experience as I can while I’m young,” Kurtis says. This will be his third year on tour, and he shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, at 24, it looks like his biggest and best work is still ahead of him. Going from a small contraptions role to establishing himself as an integral part of the Nitro Circus live show is just the start. One things is for sure: Kurtis Downs may not be big, and he may not be loud, but he lets his riding do the talking.

Nitro Circus Moto Mayhem - Madrid 2015

Come see Kurtis Downs and the rest of the Nitro Circus Crew live! We’re headed to Australia and North America, and then back to Europe this summer. Hit those links for more details, and come see this insanity live!

Top 5 Nitro Photos of Huge FMX Backflip Combos

It’s hard to believe how fast FMX has evolved. About 15 years ago, a simple backflip was rarely seen. These days, it’d be tough to be an FMX pro without including the backflip in your standard bag of tricks. The backflip changed FMX, and in the last decade and a half, we’ve seen Travis Pastrana land a double and Josh Sheehan land a triple. Also during that time, athletes started combining backflips with tricks that had already become standard on the FMX circuit. The backflip combo is a huge part of FMX today, so we thought we’d share five of our favorite backflip combo photos from Nitro shows over the years. Because regular tricks are fun, but regular tricks upside-down are even more fun.


5. Dead Body Backflip


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Adam Jones wowed the crowd in Kansas City with this dead body backflip in 2015.


4. Lazy Boy Backflip


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Josh Sheehan decided to take a moment to relax during a show in Oslo, Norway, in 2013.


3. Double Grab Backflip


Adam Jones - Nitro Circus

We can’t get enough of this shot of Adam Jones from a show in Manchester, U.K., in 2012.


2. Ruler Backflips


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In Madrid in 2015, Josh Sheehan and Clinton Moore decided the best way to watch a sunset was during side-by-side ruler flips. (The photographer himself has said that this was one of his favorite photos.)


1. Cliffhanger Backflip


Blake 'Bilko' Williams - Nitro Circus

Bilko was the first rider ever to land a cliffhanger backflip, a trick he became known for. Here he is thinking about landing one in Melbourne, Australia, in 2010.

Come see the Nitro Crew sticking backflip combos live in a city near you! Soon we’re headed to Australia and North America, and then back to Europe later this summer. Hit those links for more details, and come see this insanity live!

Circus Family, Pastrana Rolls, and a Day With R-Willy | WildWeek

Another crazy week done and another day closer to our next tour. In just a few short weeks, we’ll be throwing down in the U.S. and Canada. We’ve also got huge things planned for our 10th anniversary “Party of a Decade” tour of Australia. Then we’re bringing the Circus back to Europe, with dates in the UK, France, and Ireland! Make sure you check those links to see when we’ll be in your city, but before you do, have a look at this week’s shenanigans:

Ethen Roberts, High Flying Family Man -- Nitro Circus

Learn What It’s Like Growing Up in the First Family of Action Sports
Ethen Roberts has the perfect background for an action sports athlete. He’s the son of an elite gymnast, a nephew of the legendary Gregg Godfrey, and a member of the Godfrey Clan. Ethen talks family, friends, and crazy tricks. (Check it out here)

A Look Back at a Year On the Road -- Nitro Circus

Watch On the Road With Nitro Circus: A LOOK BACK
We’ve had an incredible year giving you an inside look at life on the road with the Circus. We’ve thrown down some incredible shows and been to amazing places, from the Utah salt flats to the Colorado slopes. Here are some of our favorite moments! (Watch it here)

Travis Pastrana Pinning It -- Nitro Circus

Watch Oh Sh*t Moments With Erik Roner: PASTRANA ROLLS
When Travis Pastrana isn’t touring the world with Nitro flipping dirtbikes, you can sometimes find him in a rally car. And he drives a car like he rides FMX: crazily. Here’s why you should think twice before calling shotgun when Travis is at the wheel. (Watch it here)

A Typical Day with Scooter Legend R-Willy -- Nitro Circus

Check Out a Typical Day With R-Willy
A day in the life of Ryan Williams includes a look through a sock drawer, a pogo stick and a dog, and a trip to the skate park to throw down some sick tricks. It’s his first webisode and he’s looking for feedback — let him know what you think! (Watch it here)

The Slip and Bleed -- Nitro Circus

See the Slip-n-Bleed: What Passes for Leisure Time Around Here
When we look for ideas for new tricks, stunts, or just new ways to hurt ourselves, we don’t always use our heads. Same goes with when we’ve got the day off. Watch one of our own lose a piece of himself on the Slip-n-Bleed. (Check it out 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!

Ethen Roberts Is a High-Flying Family Man | Featured Rider

When you talk to Nitro Circus veteran Ethen Roberts about his career, he mentions his family a lot and says “we” instead of “I” in response to most questions. If you grew up in a family like his, you probably would too. Ethen is the son of an elite gymnast and the nephew of legendary action sports pioneer Gregg Godfrey. The Godfrey Clan have made names for themselves in action sports as a family, and they each manage to stand out as individuals. The people and activities Ethen was surrounded by from the moment he was born created a perfect storm of influence for someone with the mindset that he has. But he will be quick to tell you that the Godfrey Clan owe a lot of their success to their strength as a group, and that the Nitro Crew, while not related in the biological sense, is also as tight-knit a group as any family could hope to be.

Ethen Roberts - Nitro Circus

I spoke with Ethen in Salt Lake City, where he had just returned from a successful Blob stunt in Australia and was already loading up the bikes for a family trip to Southern Utah, where they planned to ride for several days. For this family, training looks no different than a weekend getaway. Ethen is one of Nitro’s more versatile athletes and has been since the day he was born. In the show alone he rides a mountain bike, a pitbike, and several contraptions. And on side trips and outside of Nitro, you’ll find him on pretty much anything and everything that goes fast outside. “The problem with me is I couldn’t ever stay focused on one thing. So I always got distracted with wakeboarding or snowboarding or other sports,” he says. “So I got good at a lot of things, but never professional at anything.”

As a result, he can ride almost anything pretty well and is world-class at several disciplines, particularly mountain bike, which is what he focuses on most in the Nitro show. He has several World Firsts on MTB, including being one of the first (with fellow Godfrey Clan member Gavin Godfrey) to land a triple backflip on a mountain bike. He also has several tricks that he did first on a mountain bike that were adapted from FMX, like the scorpion double backflip and the backflip double grab superman, which he lists as one of his favorite tricks. So we asked him to walk us through that one.

Ethen Roberts - Nitro Circus

“Watching Adam Jones do it night in and night out on a motorcycle is just so impressive to me. It’s by far one of my favorite tricks,” Ethen says. “There’s only a few dudes doing this trick in the world on mountain bikes and motorcycles.” The backflip double grab superman is a fully extended superman backflip, but instead of keeping his hands on the handlebars like a sane person, Ethen lets go and grabs the seat.

He explains: “Coming down the ramp and coming off the lip, you pull, just like a normal backflip, but you keep your head as far forward as you can and you let your feet come off the pedals. You look down, and you have to look at your seat and watch your hands let go of the handlebars, reach down, grab your seat with both hands, and extend the bike above your head as far as you can and, looking back, finishing the rotation of the flip, getting the rest of the inertia for the flip and holding your bike out.” Let’s pause for a video:

“The scariest part for me is getting a hold of the seat. Getting extended is decently easy, but the hardest part of the whole trick is holding yourself out, upside-down, away from your bike, only holding onto your seat long enough,” he adds. “If you come back to your bars too early you’re going to over-rotate your flip, because as you pull back in you really speed up the rotation of the flip. You have to hold it out long enough so that you don’t over-rotate — but not too long to where you under-rotate. And you can’t just adjust that by opening up and closing your rotation as if you were just doing a normal flip. Doing a double grab flip, you have to really judge it by your body being away from the bike.” He clearly knows this trick backward and forward, but only lands it about half the time, he says. It’s a testament to the level of difficulty, where one tiny mistake is the difference between riding away and meeting the lander face to face. He boils it down to this: “Just come off the bike, doing a flip, and looking for your seat. If you miss the seat, you’re screwed. There’s no way of getting back on the bike.”

Being inspired by FMX and BMX is a huge part of what makes Nitro’s mix of athletes so great, Ethen says. It’s responsible for some of his biggest tricks. “I saw that the moto boys all had flip levers on their bikes so that they could extend further away from their bike doing backflip supermans. One of the FMXers had an extra pair, and I put them on my bike. I was able to do a ruler flip, or when I do it it’s different — we named it the scorpion flip, because my back is so arched, my feet are so far away from the bike, that it looks like a little scorpion upside-down.” It was his debut World First. “Once I was able to dial in the double flip, I thought, if I can do one scorpion flip, why not try two? So I was able to get a double scorpion flip, or double tsunami flip, which no one has ever done before or even thought possible. But with the flip levers I’m able to get far enough away from my bike and use that momentum to get two rotations,” he says.

Ethen Roberts - Nitro Circus

“Everyone loves backflips, so if you have that locked in, it’s pretty cool to do tricks that no one’s ever done before with a backflip,” he says. “When FMX first learned backflips, they never thought that they could start doing tricks with backflips, but BMXers had already been doing that for a long time. Then FMX surpassed BMXers and MTBers with doing tricks and backflips, because they had more time in the air. But now that our ramp is bigger, we’re dialing in and honing in on the FMX tricks that no one has ever done on mountain bikes or BMX before. So it’s kind of cool to see the two worlds collide and inspire one another to learn a new trick.”

In that description of the backflip double grab, Ethen revealed a bit about his past. He grew up in Salt Lake City, which is a prime location to get into pretty much any action sport you can think of. Combine the location with a mother who was one injury away from being on the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team and a very close uncle who is an action sports pioneer and was integral in creating Nitro Circus, and what you get is a whole generation of a family practically born backflipping dirtbikes and snowboards. “I was introduced to action sports by Gregg Godfrey, as soon as I was basically born,” Ethen says. He started racing motorcycles when he was 3 years old and eventually got into BMX racing too, but the lure of freestyle won him over in the end. “I loved racing, but I loved jumping more.”

Ethen Roberts - Nitro Circus

In addition to riding, as soon as they were walking they were learning to flip on a trampoline, which was Ethen’s mother’s influence. At age 8 he started training in gymnastics himself and did so for three years, even entering competitions. “It’s hard as a young kid to go to the gym for four or five hours a day,” he says. “But I loved it.” Among other things, gymnastics taught him how to control himself in the air as much as possible and how to commit to a flip. Eventually, though, he set his sights on action sports 100 percent. “I got bored with gymnastics, and that’s when bikes and boards took over my life.”

He still practices on a trampoline, and all those years of gymnastics training definitely helped his progression in action sports. “It just felt natural to be able to flip a bike or a motorcycle or basically anything we could get our hands on,” he says. “We were able to build that air awareness before we started going hard on bikes. Now we’re able to do things on bikes that no one’s ever done before; it’s basically like gymnastics with bikes.” He credits racing and gymnastics together with making him well rounded. Racing helped with bike control, but gymnastics made the freestyle part work, he says.

Ethen Roberts - Nitro Circus

Gregg Godfrey’s influence can’t be overstated. Ethen was there when Gregg started making action sports DVDs, including the first Nitro Circus edits, out of his shed in California. “I watched every movie unfold from behind the scenes — how they did everything, what they were doing. And so, that was just normal to me,” Ethen says. And they did it all. Racing motorcycles, BMX, skateboarding, snowboarding, you name it. Ethen and his family grew up in the epicenter of action sports during a period of insane progression in multiple disciplines. And they started getting involved in front of the camera too. “It got serious when I was 14 — I was the youngest kid in the world to backflip a motorcycle,” Ethen says. It happened during a moto video shoot at Travis Pastrana’s house. That success ignited the fire that was already in him. “I knew that there was something there for me. I was hooked.”

The Nitro Circus TV show started shooting, and Ethen was able to get in on some of that action, but spiritual life called. At age 19, he left for Argentina for two years on a mission for his church. Incredibly, he spent those entire two years away from action sports completely — during an age that is considered prime time in an athlete’s career. He didn’t ride anything at all, just devoted himself to his mission until he was 21. It’s a major commitment and a potentially irreversible sacrifice, one he made without hesitation. During a time when action sports were progressing so rapidly, missing two full years could have been like starting over from scratch, which would spell the end for many aspiring athletes in any discipline. Not Ethen, obviously.

Ethen Roberts - Nitro Circus

“During that time you’re fully zoned in and locked in to helping the church and helping the people down in Argentina,” he says. “I learned so much as just a human and about what is truly important.” And what is important, he discovered, is being with family. For the Godfrey Clan, family time just so happens to be spent pushing the limits of action sports in every conceivable way. So Ethen came back from Argentina with a renewed drive to kill it, despite being two years out of practice. “It’s crazy, because I thought it would be a lot harder to jump back into it and be where I was at,” he says. “To take that much time off, I feel like I was pretty blessed, because I didn’t skip too much of a beat. I came back into it and had to relearn a little bit of the muscle memory, but for the most part I still had a lot of my tricks and the same confidence in myself that I could learn new tricks.”

The Nitro Circus live show had started while he was away, and despite regaining his confidence quickly, he wasn’t sure what his role, if any, would be. But Gregg asked if he’d be interested in joining up. “It’s kind of crazy how it all worked,” Ethen says. Nitro had some open slots for people who could ride bicycles and were willing to risk their necks on some of the show’s craziest ideas: the infamous Nitro contraptions. “I stepped up my game on my mountain bike, and we agreed to do some of the crazy-dumb contraptions that, once again, no one should probably ever do. But we found our niche as the crazy Godfrey family that is willing to do basically anything.”

Ethen Roberts - Nitro Circus

He and his brother proved themselves on contraptions like the side-by-side bike and the trikes, and they eventually got to show their skills on standard bikes. “We just worked really well as a team on things no one else would do, and so it kind of locked in our spot. And then they saw we could ride a bike well and do the tricks that needed to be done on the ramp, so it was kind of a double-hitter, which was awesome for us.” His first Nitro tour was Nitro’s second Australia tour. It was a bit intimidating coming in as a new rider. “I didn’t know anybody at first, and they had already done two tours before that and had a really good relationship with everybody,” he says. “But everybody on tour was so nice and just loving and accepting.” That atmosphere mirrored what Ethen grew up in: a family vibe where encouragement and good-natured competitiveness produce amazing progression.

Ethen was immediately a member of the Crew and has been ever since. And over the years he quietly became world-class on a mountain bike, cementing that status in 2014 when he and Gavin landed the first-ever MTB triple backflips. Gavin stuck it first and Ethen followed immediately. Ethen gives partial credit for this accomplishment to being part of the Nitro Crew: “It really spiked our career as actual mountain bike athletes, but that just comes with riding night in and night out with some of the best BMXers in the world.” Being able to work with world-class athletes from all different disciplines is highly motivating and inspiring, he says.

Ethen’s teammates are equally pumped to work with such a dedicated, down-to-earth athlete. “Ethen is super talented at pretty much anything he touches, whether it’s snowboard, BMX bike, mountain bike, motorbike,” according to BMX superstar Todd Meyn. “Ethen especially just has a super good attitude and is just positive and always cheering you on. … He’s a really good guy on and off the bike.”


“I loved racing, but I loved jumping more.”


Despite becoming lights-out on MTB, Ethen continues to ride anything and everything. “That’s kind of our best friend but worst enemy, is that we are trying to always get our hands on as many things as we can,” he says. “Riding mountain bikes is amazing, it’s what my career is now, but I’m always trying to figure out new things to ride, and I can never stay off a dirtbike or a pitbike or a skateboard or whatever. But that is the spirit of where we came from, and that’s why we’re where we are.” The drive to ride everything everywhere is the reason you’ll often see Ethen out and about. “I love exploring; I love putting myself in situations where it’s probably really sketchy, but that’s where I feel the most comfortable and I learn a lot about myself,” he says. “Whether it’s having to find a way out or being creative and finding a new jump, or anything in that realm, it’s just something I love doing.” Two prime examples recently are an epic backcountry snowboarding excursion and an icy ramp discovery in Norway. He is creating a webseries focused on this type of exploration in Utah, where he’s from. “That’s what I ultimately love doing. I love the shows, but that’s how Nitro got started, doing these trips and being creative with film.” So stay tuned for that.

When it comes to contraptions in Nitro shows, Ethen says he’s willing to try anything. You’ll see him on trikes and, as mentioned, the side-by-side bike with his brother. They’ve taken a bobsled down Giganta. But one of his more infamous stunts is the tall bike, which came about after he saw a photo of two bikes welded together and made a joke about attempting to take that over the big ramp. Next thing he knew, there was a prototype waiting for him at practice. Just like with Dusty Wygle and the land boogie board, you have to watch what you say around practice. “I kinda shot myself in the foot — in a good way, because there’s a new addition to the show,” Ethen says. “Coming up with new ideas, you have to be a little careful, because your nightmares might come true.”

Ethen Roberts - Nitro Circus

Another of Ethen’s accidental inventions was Nitro Golf. That happened after he told the athlete manager that he wanted to jump through a hoop. “So we showed up in New Zealand and they had a Zorb. I didn’t even know what a Zorb was.” For those who don’t know what it is: Ethen describes it as basically a big hamster ball. It’s a giant inflatable bubble with a small opening you can climb inside and roll around in. Like a hamster. For Nitro’s purposes, athletes launch off the big ramp and try to land in the tiny opening of the Zorb. It’s, in a word, crazy. Ethen says: “You jump 40 feet through the air and try to land in this three-foot-by-three-foot hole.” Almost every show, someone takes a pretty bad spill during the Nitro Golf segment, he says, because it’s super difficult and has very little room for error. “We have all had our fair share of slams on that thing.” So, naturally, we want to know what goes through an athlete’s head when attempting a Nitro Golf hole in one.

“The strategy for getting into the Zorb is you have to go a little bit slower than you normally would to just jump the jump. So that’s the hardest part: gauging how much speed you need to get into the hole. If you brake too much down the run-in or not enough, you’re going to either overshoot it or undershoot it,” he says. “If you jump off the lip too high you’re going to over-clear the Zorb, flip over, and land 15 feet to the bottom. … You come off that lip and all you see is that hole, and all you’re zoned in on is that hole, getting into that hole, because that’s the only safe place to be landing on that Zorb. So as soon as you’re in the air all you can think about is getting into that hole, and then as soon as you do, it’s just a weight lifted off your shoulders that you made it in. … It’s way better than hitting the side of it and then going who knows where off the side of the landing. It’s an intense part of the show for the ones jumping.” Here’s a shot of Preston Godfrey, another member of the Godfrey Clan, attempting it:

Nitro Golf - Nitro Circus

Ethen is a well-rounded athlete pushing progression in multiple disciplines after taking a two-year hiatus during a pivotal time in his career, and yet he’s having tons of fun and humbly credits his success to the positive competitive spirit of the people around him. That’s also what makes Nitro Circus such a unique place to progress as an action sports athlete, he says. “We’re always encouraging each other to learn new tricks and progress and build the show as a whole rather than as individuals. It’s a weird concept in sport, but as a show, if one person has a really good night, then everyone has a good night, and everyone who came to see the show leaves happy. And that is our job — to make sure everyone rides good and is progressing.”

Come see Ethen Roberts and the rest of the Nitro Circus Crew live! We’re headed to Australia and North America, and then back to Europe this summer — and don’t forget the inaugural Nitro World Games in Salt Lake City this July. Hit those links for more details, and come see this insanity live!

Cam’s the Man, Tommy’s Mark, and Haffey’s Back | WildWeek

We just put away another crazy week, and our next tour is so close you can almost hear it coming. So look out,  U.S. and Canada, we’re drawing lines all over the map to bring the Circus straight to you. We’re also about to kick off our 10th anniversary tour of Australia, which is going to be the party of the decade. Then it’s on to the UK, France and Ireland! Lots to look forward to, but first, you’re gonna want to see what we’ve been up to this week:

Cam Sinclair, Comeback King -- Nitro Circus

Meet Cam Sinclair, FMX Legend and Comeback King
Cam Sinclair is one of five FMXers to have ever landed a double backflip, and the only one who has had to learn to walk twice. He came back from an injury that should’ve ended his career — and maybe his life — to be one of Nitro’s most exciting riders. (Check it out here)

Streetbike Tommy Jumps a Streetbike into Foam -- Nitro Circus

Watch Oh Sh*t Moments With Erik Roner: TOMMY’S MARK
Ever wonder how Streetbike Tommy earned his nickname? Or earned his place as one of the most popular “athletes” on the Nitro tour? His ill-conceived attempt to jump a streetbike into a foam pit left a mark on the pavement and in Nitro’s history books. (Watch it here)

Chris Haffey's Double Backflip -- Nitro Circus

Watch the Clip of the Week: HAFFEY’S BACK
You have to be a little crazy to brave a trip down the Giganta ramp facing forward. Inline skate phenom Chris Haffey does it forward and backward. Watch Nitro’s own Bonecrusher stick a huge trick at London’s O2 Arena. (Watch it here)

Travis Pastrana Tests a New Ramp for the Nitro World Games -- Nitro Circus

See Travis Pastrana Test a New Ramp for the Nitro World Games
Travis Pastrana and the Nitro crew have been testing new ramps for this summer’s Nitro World Games in Salt Lake City. If the final competition jumps end up being as badass as this (and they will), you’re not going to want to miss it. (Watch it here)

One of the Craziest Tricks in Nitro History -- Nitro Circus

Watch One of Our All-Time Favorites, the WhyattRiot
It is still one of the craziest combo tricks ever performed on a Nitro ramp. BMX superstar Matt Whyatt is in the history books for sticking the World’s First backflip tailwhip to late 360 — a trick so sick, we call it the Whyattriot. (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!

Cam Sinclair Is the Comeback King | Featured Rider

You can count on one hand the number of FMX athletes who have officially landed a double backflip — it’s exactly five. And you could lose a couple fingers and still count on one hand the number of riders who have landed the double consistently throughout their career. FMX legend Cam Sinclair is in that smaller group, and getting there was every bit as hard as it sounds — in fact, it almost cost him everything. But despite that, or maybe because of it, Cam continues to be one of the most exciting riders in the Nitro Crew.

Nitro Circus Moto Mayhem - Budapest 2015

I caught up with Cam at his home in Melbourne, where he lives with his wife and 3-year-old daughter. He talks about his FMX accomplishments very nonchalantly for how huge they really are, particularly the double backflip. Let’s put it this way: More people have walked on the moon than have landed a double backflip on a motorcycle. “When Travis did it, we thought it would never happen again,” Cam says. At the time, he was touring with Crusty Demons, and Scott Murray, who back then wasn’t as experienced in FMX, figured out how to do a double backflip for the Crusty tour. Murray didn’t have a high success rate with landing it, but the fact that he could gave Cam the confidence to try it himself. “I thought, if he can ride away from a double backflip but can’t even jump 75 feet on a dirtbike, maybe it’s possible.” Jackson Strong had a foam pit, so Cam went to his place to work on the double. He was able to get it around after three tries into foam, he says, and he let the Crusty producers know he wanted to try it in a show.

Cam Sinclair - Nitro Circus

The first opportunity he had to give it a go for real, at an exhibition in Spain, he landed it on his first attempt. “The double backflip is so scary, but when you land it, it’s such an amazing feeling,” he says. He took it on tour with Crusty, landing his first 10 with only one minor crash, and his confidence for the trick grew quickly. I asked him to walk us through the double backflip from his perspective — he makes it sound easy, but it’s obviously far from it:

“Leading up to it is the hardest part, you know — the night before the show and five minutes prior to it — but once you’ve got your helmet on and you’ve got your mind set and there’s a stadium with a sold-out crowd there to see one thing, there’s no backing out of it. So it pushes you to switch your mind off the negative parts of it and just pretend it’s the foam pit at home,” he says. “As you approach that ramp and get in the right gear, the sound of my motorbike is at the right revs, and then it sort of all comes back to me. Once you approach that ramp it sort of becomes easy, then. It’s just the build-up that is the hard part.” For him, the correct speed is one of the biggest factors. “As long as you can get the revs right and make sure you’re going the right speed … then it all comes naturally, sort of. Right when you leave the ramp, you’ve just got to crouch down — it’s completely different from doing a single backflip — to do a double backflip you just sort of crouch into a little ball once you leave the ramp and tuck in and get it around. As soon as you leave the ramp you know if it’s going to be right or wrong. Just get the revs off the ramp the right way, then you know you’re in for a good ride, but sometimes when you pull wrong and it doesn’t spin right off the lip, you just have to hold on for a scary ride.”

Nitro Circus Moto Mayhem - Budapest 2015

He landed the double backflip over a dozen more times without crashing, he says. So with only one stack in about two dozen attempts, he was feeling good. Unfortunately, his streak wouldn’t last. In 2009 in Spain, where his double backflip run started, he was competing at X-Fighters, and while attempting a double backflip he suffered the type of crash every FMX rider — and every FMX rider’s family and friends — fears. “I guess I was getting overconfident with it,” he says. He had already landed two in qualifying but didn’t quite hit this one right. “I guess I wasn’t switched on enough, and it just caught me off guard. I landed on my head, pretty much, and I had a bit of a snooze for eight days.” It was a terrible eight days for those who are close to him, as the doctors weren’t confident he would ever wake up.

“It was a scary moment for my family, but for me, I just didn’t really know what was going on, so my side of it seemed like it was the easy side of it.” His family and friends, he says, had the worst of it. His injury list was extensive: He “broke a lot of bones” and had a lacerated liver and internal bleeding, in addition to being in a coma for eight days. When he did finally regain consciousness, the prognosis still wasn’t good. The doctors told him his career was over. “They said that straight away: ‘You’ll never be able to ride a bike again.’ But when doctors tell you that — I’ve been told that a lot of times in my career from having a lot of crashes and a few head injuries, so when the doctors tell you that, it motivates you to push harder and try to prove them wrong.”

Cam Sinclair - Nitro Circus

And did he ever. He went into rehab with the intention of getting back on his bike as soon as possible. It took six months of intense work, which sounds like a long time, but remember: They said he would never ride again, and he first had to learn to walk and talk and function in a basic way. Six months is nothing compared to what he was told to expect. His recovery was so complete that not only did he ride again, he’s landed more double backflips since that crash than he did before it — he estimates about 34 since he got back on the bike. Including this World First side-by-side double backflip with Travis Pastrana:

Cam was born in Melbourne and has been riding motorbikes since he was 5 years old. He grew up in a motorbike family — his dad, grandfather, and brother all rode. He started racing straight away. At around age 12, he met Nitro’s Blake “Bilko” Williams on the racing circuit, and the two became close friends, eventually encouraging each other to start trying tricks on their dirtbikes. “Me and Bilko started doing freestyle together just for fun, just at home,” Cam says. “He had a supercross track at his house, and we built a ramp and just sort of had a bit of fun with it. We had no intentions to set our careers up with freestyle.” But the races they were competing in started asking for freestyle demos for halftime entertainment. “They had us bring a ramp and do some shows at halftime, and that’s where it sort of kicked off,” Cam says. “We just had the one bike — we used to race on that same bike and do tricks on the same bike.”

Eventually, he and Bilko both were drawn fully to the freestyle side. “Racing got hard, so I switched over from racing to freestyle,” Cam says. “I was making more money doing freestyle than I was winning races, so it made more sense to switch over to freestyle full-time.” With freestyle he got more attention, which in turn made his sponsors happy. He found freestyle much easier and more rewarding, he says. His career took off in that direction. He was picked up on the Crusty Demons tour, which is what eventually led him to Nitro Circus.


“The double backflip is so scary, but when you land it, it’s such an amazing feeling.”


Bilko gives Cam credit for the idea to build ramps, but they both decided to try a backflip at around the same time. Cam says: “His dad was against it, I think. … He had to keep it quiet from his dad that he was going to do a backflip. He couldn’t even use his own bike; he had to borrow my bike to do a backflip because he was too scared he was going to wreck his bike.” He says he and Bilko were among the first five Australian riders to land a backflip — which when they were first getting into freestyle was still a new aspect of the sport. The backflip back then was a dangerous and sketchy trick.

Cam was the first of the two to attempt a backflip. He tried it five times before he got hurt and had to give up for the session. A few months later, he and Bilko were back at it. “He crashed three times and landed his fourth, I think it was — that was on my bike — and then straight after that I jumped on it and pulled one around clean first go, and then we packed it up and went to a party,” he says.

Nitro Circus Live - Auckland

Again, he makes it sound easy, and maybe it was for him. “Once I sort of got my mind onto it, where I wanted to do it and knew I could, that’s when I believed in myself and hucked it. Back in those days I was young and used to bounce and not break as much as I do now. I was a lot more confident back then. But it was amazing. It was an amazing feeling to get it around, especially when there’s no foam pits. You just had to huck it and hope for the best back in those days.” Oh yeah, he and Bilko attempted their first backflips to dirt, but don’t worry — they added some protection to the lander: “We broke up a couple hay bales to make it a bit soft for us.”

From those early days, the two have essentially worked together ever since, and their career paths are virtually identical. They now ride together for Nitro. “He’s a smooth, consistent rider,” Bilko says. “He’s definitely killing it still, and he’s a lot of fun to travel with. We love him. He’s a sweet guy.”

Cam no longer does double backflips in shows, but he does practice them into the foam pit and isn’t opposed to attempting them again if he’s called on to do it. He’s one of the only athletes in the world who even can, which is a position he doesn’t take lightly. But he’s happy to let Josh Sheehan have the job for Nitro Circus shows, now that Cam has a bigger family to think about. “I try not to let that change too much with my riding, but it does, no matter what. It’s always in the back of your mind. It makes it a bit harder, but it’s just part of growing up and getting older.” The hidden bonus to passing the double backflip torch, he says, is that he has a lot more fun during shows than he used to. “Back in the day when I was doing the double backflip and three-person backflip in the same show, it was very stressful. It was hard to enjoy myself and enjoy the show, where night in and night out I’d have to be so worried about hurting myself.”

The three-person backflip has now evolved into the four-person backflip, which is a career highlight for Cam, who is the first and only rider to ever land it. For those who don’t know, it’s exactly what it sounds like: four riders (Cam plus three brave volunteers) on one motorbike doing a backflip off a big ramp. This is a regular part of the Nitro show that was a huge World First when Cam landed it back in summer of 2014. As Travis says, it’s one of the worst ideas Nitro has ever had. But Cam enjoys the camaraderie and it doesn’t make him as anxious as the double used to. “It’s a lot of fun because it’s not just me I can celebrate with; I’ve got three other people on my bike to celebrate with.”

Nitro Circus - London, UK 2016

He walks us through the particulars, and it becomes clear what it has in common with the double backflip. “Once I figured it out, it was good, but I still have a few crashes here and there,” he says. “There’s so much weight on that bike, and hitting a super kicker, which is really steep, it’s just like hitting a wall.” Like with the double backflip, it’s all about getting the right speed to ensure enough power for the amount of rotation you need. “Once you get the speed right you just pull back, and the guy on the back, I tell him to pull back with me. And as long as we can all do the right thing, then we can pull it around.” Now that the four-person flip has become reasonably consistent (he estimates he’s landed the last nine attempts), you can bet he’s got his eye on the next step. What that will be, exactly, you’ll have to wait to find out.

Cam Sinclair can look at the two parts of his career — before The Wreck and after — and be proud of all of it. But what he’s been able to accomplish since having to teach himself to walk again is really incredible. The way he talks about it, what he did was the only way forward, but other athletes would have at the very least quit doing double backflips immediately. Cam continued to do them as well as other huge tricks with a high degree of difficulty. Along the way, he’s had a good time and been able to work with his best friends and his idols. “Travis has always been an inspiration to me. I’ve always looked up to him, even throughout his whole racing career. He’s a father and he’s still riding really well. Me and Travis are only a few months apart in age and so he’s a guy I look up to,” he says. “Pretty much everyone on our tours, I look up to. That’s why we have an amazing show, because everyone’s crazy and they do their own thing — from all the BMX riders to the motocross guys, they’re all inspiring to be around.” It takes one to know one, Cam.

Come see Cam Sinclair and the rest of the Nitro Circus Crew live! We’re headed to Australia and North America, and then back to Europe this summer — and don’t forget the inaugural Nitro World Games in Salt Lake City this July. Hit those links for more details, and come see this insanity live!

Meyn’s World, Blob’s Back, and Wicked Jump | WildWeek

Another crazy week for the Nitro Crew! And we’re only weeks away from the start of our next tour. We’ve got massive shows planned for the U.S. and Canada. We’re bringing the party of the decade Down Under for our 10th anniversary tour of Australia. And then we’re headed back to Europe. We’re putting pins all over the map this year, so make sure you check those links to see when we’re coming to your town. And this summer, you’re invited to Salt Lake City, our hometown, where we are unleashing the first-ever Nitro World Games! First things first, though, check out all the lunacy from this past week:

Todd Meyn, BMX Madman -- Nitro Circus

Meet Todd Meyn, One of Nitro’s BMX Superstars
BMX phenom Todd Meyn has had a pretty intense journey — from the skateparks of Perth to North Carolina to Nitro’s ramps. Find out how he does some of his signature tricks and how he stays focused and fit for tour. (Find out here)

World Height Record Attempt on the Big Blob -- Nitro Circus

Watch Ethen Roberts Take Another Big Bounce
It’s the return of the blob! Ethen Roberts headed back to Melbourne to attempt to break a world height record catapulting off a massive blob, with a couple Australian Football League legends as the dead weight. (Watch it here)

Oh Sh*t Moments With Erik Roner -- Nitro Circus

Watch Oh Sh*t Moments With Erik Roner: NOSE JOB
We stopped in Holland last year to try one of the oldest action sports. Of course, everyone wanted to nail it on the first go. But as they say, sometimes you eat the bar, sometimes it eats you — for Special Greg, it was a little of both. (Watch it here)

Kurtis Downs Jumping a Whiskey Barrel -- Nitro Circus

Check Out One of Nitro’s Newest Contraptions
Nitro athletes will ride anything on wheels down the Giganta Ramp. Kurtis Downs demos the latest thing we rigged up: a whiskey barrel. If Kurtis survives the jump, we believe he owes Contraption Manager Billy Van Vugt a shot. (Watch it here)

Trevor Jacob Goes from Board to Bike -- Nitro Circus

Watch the Clip of the Week: TREVOR’S CHOICE
Trevor Jacob is one of the most versatile athletes in the Nitro Circus Crew. He is able to effortlessly go from board to bike to trike and throw down something sick each time. But to really drive the point home, he gives us this trick. (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!

Todd Meyn’s Focused and Fit for BMX | Featured Rider

When it comes to the best action sports athletes in the world, the part you get to see as the audience is the fun stuff — huge tricks, world travel, and competition medals. But achieving those things takes a ton of work, dedication, and self-discipline. It also takes an amount of focus that mortal humans often aren’t capable of. But Nitro BMX star Todd Meyn is a prime of example of all those attributes coming together and leading to greatness.

Todd Meyn - Nitro Circus

We tracked down Todd between tours at his home base in Holly Springs, North Carolina, where he spends most of his time practicing and keeping fit to ensure he’s always riding at his best. That training pays off. Todd has become one of Nitro’s BMX standouts, amassing an impressive array of tricks, of which his favorites are the double frontflip no-hander and the corked 720 no-hander. As usual, right off the bat: Let’s talk about those tricks.

First, Todd walks us through that double frontflip. “As I go up the ramp, funny enough, you wouldn’t believe, but I actually pull back, and as I get to the top of the ramp, as I’m pulling back I hit the back brake and lean forward, which kind of catapults you forward and starts spinning you around,” he says. “And then I put the handlebars into my lap, and as I get to about three-quarters of the way through the first one, I take my hands off and I hold them off for about a second until I’m about upside-down on the second frontflip, and then I put my hands back on and tuck back in.” At that point, he’s able to peek at the lander to see where he’s at. “As you’re coming in, you open up your arms and look at the landing — and hopefully land.” Here’s video:

Todd says the double frontflip is a relatively new trick he’s just started doing in the last three years, since he started riding Nitro’s Giganta Ramp. “It’s such a big ramp, and for a double frontflip you need a big ramp.” He says he doesn’t yet have a 100 percent success rate with this trick — more like 80 percent. “Which I am very happy with, considering it’s taken me a long time to kind of figure out.”

The corked 720 is a trick he’s been doing a much longer time. “It’s kind of the same thing, because you’re spinning around twice, but what I do is instead of spinning on a normal axis — instead of just spinning straight to the left — I drop my left shoulder and lean back, and that sends me into kind of a weird flip-spin,” he says. “So, same deal: As I take off and drop my left shoulder, I’m in a spin and I put the handlebars into my lap, I take my hands off, I look at where I am, and how high up I am, and how much time I have left. As I’m coming back around on the final 360, I put my hands back on and spot the landing and roll away.” Click here for video of that.

Him being very happy with that 80 percent success rate on the double front might sound weird to the uninitiated, but considering how difficult the trick is, that success rate is one of the things that shows Todd’s immense dedication to his craft. And he’s come a long way to be as good as he is. He was born in Perth, on the far-removed West Coast of Australia, and was drawn to street riding as a kid. “I used to skateboard, and I wasn’t very good at it,” he says. He started riding BMX and took to it quickly.

Nitro Circus Moto Mayhem - Budapest 2015

As he became more and more serious about riding, the size and isolation of Perth began to be a factor. “It’s a long way from everything, that’s for sure,” he says. “We don’t really have foam pits or resi ramps to ride and progress. That’s all either on the East Coast [of Australia] or in America.” So at age 15, he took a trip to the U.S., where he spent six weeks riding with the best at Woodward in Pennsylvania. After that, BMX legend and fellow Aussie Colin Mackay invited Todd to stay with him for a bit in Greenville, North Carolina, which had become a major hub for the sport.

Needless to say: Things went well. In his first professional competition after his U.S. trip, he got second place. Next came sponsors and real opportunity. In Australia you can finish high school after 10th grade, so Todd made the decision to pursue BMX as a career, and immediately committed fully. His experience in the U.S. confirmed what he already knew: If he wanted to continue to progress, Perth was not the place to be. “I had to move somewhere, so why not move to America, where everything’s bigger and better?” he says. “Just so many more opportunities.” Less than a year after his U.S. trip, he relocated to Greenville. He was 16.

Despite having to leave for his career, he still considers Perth his home stadium and his favorite place to perform with Nitro. “I will definitely end up in Perth one day. It definitely is my favorite city out of anywhere I’ve been,” he says. Before he joined up with Nitro, his plan was to take all of his BMX experience back to Perth and elevate the local game. One day, he will.

Nitro Circus Moto Mayhem - Vienna 2015

But how did he end up with Nitro? BMX triple backflip pioneer and Nitro Crew member James Foster recommended him — he and Todd met and became friends in Greenville. Nitro needed a BMX rider to fill in during an Australia tour about three years ago. “James said really good things about me, and I was lucky enough that I got the opportunity to go out and ride the show,” Todd says. He got the offer to stay on permanently. “It’s the dream of anyone who rides a bike or a skateboard or whatever crazy thing they’re doing. So of course I said yes.”

He made the transition from strict competition rider to performer easily. He says there are a lot of similarities but also some big differences. “For contests, you’re there with all your friends, but you’re riding and competing against each other. There’s stress and the whole mental game comes into it. But with Nitro, you’re just on top of the ramp, you’re riding in front of thousands of people, you’re doing stupid things, and you’re just there with your friends cheering each other on. No matter what happens, how you land, if you fall off, the crowd’s going to love it and you’re going to get up with a smile on your face. Depending that you don’t have a broken bone or something wrong with you,” he says, laughing. “Traveling the world with 20 of your best friends, going country to country, and riding your bike — it’s pretty much a dream.”

Todd Meyn - Nitro Circus

He’s stoked on being part of this crazy Circus: “At the end of the day, everyone’s got the same mind and everyone’s crazy and everyone just sends it — that’s why everyone gets along. Everyone’s there because everyone has the love for the sport that they do, and everyone, night after night, just sends it.”

Todd still enters competitions when he gets a chance, but lately the Nitro schedule has kept him out of competition for the longest time since he turned pro — just over a year. He’s fine with that, though. “I’d choose Nitro over anything any day,” he says. Still, he’s looking forward to one competition this year: The first-ever Nitro World Games in July 2016. “Travis Pastrana is obviously the king of action sports, and any contest that he’s putting on you know is going to be insane and blow people’s minds, so I’m very excited for that.”


“IT’S PRETTY MUCH A DREAM.”


All of this comes from pure focus, commitment, and dedication. Todd spends six hours every day riding and training at the gym. He’s big on CrossFit, and he focuses on workouts that affect his riding, not just bulking up. It has helped for sure, both mentally and physically, he says. “When you eat healthy and you work out all the time, you feel invincible. You feel like an athlete. … When you hit the ground and have crashes, your body can take it a lot better.” He focuses a lot on cardio because of Nitro, which is somewhat surprising, until he explains: “We’ve got to run up those stairs during the show, like, flat-out,” he says, referencing the only way to the top of Giganta. “There’s a fair few stairs there, so it tires you out. You don’t want to get to the top of the ramp, be tired, roll down, and then go to do your trick, because then you might mess up your trick.”

Todd Meyn - Nitro Circus

So his dedication to being in great shape gives him one less thing to worry about; he’s spent his career removing every obstacle he can between him and being the best rider he can be. It allows him to keep his eye on the thing that he’s been committed to since the moment he left Perth to pursue his dreams. “I’m not stressing about the trick because I’m tired — I’m thinking about the trick, and that’s all I’m thinking about,” he says.

Come see Todd Meyn and the rest of the Nitro Circus Crew live! We’re headed to Australia and North America, and then back to Europe this summer — and don’t forget the inaugural Nitro World Games in Salt Lake City this July. Hit those links for more details, and come see this insanity live!

DIY Ramp, One and Done, Three’s a Crowd | WildWeek

That’s a wrap on another crazy week! The next tour is just around the corner, and we’ll be throwing down in the U.S., Canada, and Australia, followed by more shows in Europe. We’re hitting a lot of cities this year, so make sure you check out the links to see when the Circus is coming to your town. Of course, then we’ve got the biggest summer in the history of action sports coming up with the first-ever Nitro World Games in Salt Lake City! There’s no rest for the crazy — check out this week’s insanity:

Mark Watson, action photographer - Nitro Circus

Get to Know Mark Watson, Nitro’s Eagle-Eyed Photographer
This week we got a chance to sit down with the genius on the other side of the camera: Photographer Mark Watson is responsible for so many of the most memorable shots we’ve shared with you. Now, find out what gets him pumped. (Check it out here)

Beaver Fleming's Dual World Firsts -- Nitro Circus

Check Out Beaver Fleming’s Dual World Firsts
Beaver Fleming has quite a few World Firsts to his name. No, really — he has two World Firsts named after him — the Fleming Flip and the Fleming Flip Squared. We caught up with the skateboard innovator and talked through how he came up with the tricks. (Check it out here)

James Foster on his DIY backyard Half-Pipe -- Nitro Circus

Watch On the Road With Nitro Circus: DIY RAMP
What do James Foster and Andy Buckworth get up to on their days off? More BMX. Whether it is a mind-boggling trick or constructing a DIY halfpipe in his backyard, Foster makes it look easy. (Watch it here)

Oh Sh*t Moments With Erik Roner -- Nitro Circus

Watch Oh Sh*t Moments With Erik Roner: ONE AND DONE
It was our first trip to New Zealand with the Giganta Ramp. We let pro snowboarder and new Nitro Crew member Quentin Robbins take it for a spin. This is the story of one of the shortest stints in Nitro Circus history. (Watch it here)

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Watch the Clip of the Week: THREE’S A CROWD
Sometimes you have to learn the hard way that more isn’t always merrier, three’s a crowd, and four is just way, way too many. Watch the Crew attempt a three-person and four-person backflip — with “attempt” being the important word there. (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!

Top 12 Nitro Photos From the Photographer Himself | Backstage With Mark Watson

Nitro Circus Live has to be seen to be believed, and the images and videos we share with you every day are the best way we have to show you what we’re all about. If you’re here, then you most likely enjoy all of this amazing and crazy content without stopping to think about how it exists in the first place. Nitro Staff Photographer Mark Watson would say he’s just fine with that. He wants fans to see a story in every photo, not the artist behind the camera. But we’d be nothing without the images we share on our social channels, in articles like this one, and in media all over. So today we’re pulling back the curtain and talking to our photographer about what it takes to travel the world and capture images of some of the best action sports athletes in the world.

Travis Pastrana and Beau Bamburg - Nitro Circus photo by Mark Watson - inciteimages.com

Travis Pastrana and Beau Bamburg

The photos in this article (and, really, almost every photo we share these days) were all taken by Mark — better known as Watto by the people he works with. Shots like this one of Travis Pastrana and Beau Bamburg that are technically difficult and uber-precise are what get him excited. The Aussie native has become one of the world’s leading action-adventure sports photographers, so when he’s not traveling with us, he’s out shooting big-mountain skiers or cliff divers or adventurers trekking through the wilderness of Papua New Guinea or Patagonia. “Before this tour, I was seakayaking in Northern Australia, I was canyoneering in Utah, I was over at the Banff Mountain Film Festival — so I’m doing a lot of projects,” he says.

His favorite subject to shoot? “Anything that’s a challenge and maybe hasn’t been done before or hasn’t been done a particular way before.” You might recognize that as the exact answer almost every action sports athlete would give when asked what drives them in their sport. It’s tempting to think that’s a mindset that rubbed off on him from years spent with professional athletes, but it’s more likely that Watto arrived to the job already conditioned to think that way.

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Adam Jones

Growing up in Bells Beach, Australia, he was exposed to action sports from a young age and has been an enthusiast all his life: camping, surfing, mountain biking, snowboarding, and more. These days he still surfs, mountain bikes, and has recently gotten into canyoneering — but he’s quick to point out that working with the best athletes in the world can be quite humbling. “That’s one thing I always have to keep in check. I’m not as good as those guys, so don’t try to jump off the same cliff,” he says. “I’m certainly pushed well outside my comfort zone, but that’s what makes the job interesting.”

Some of his favorite shoots are snowsports in the backcountry: “Not only are you playing with an adventure sport, you’re playing with a pretty gnarly but crazily impressive backdrop. To be honest, if you get a bluebird day in big mountains and someone who knows what they’re doing, it’s hard to take a bad photo. So maybe it’s because it’s easy that I love it,” he says, laughing. “But also, I mean, who’s going to argue when a helicopter drops you on top of a mountain and you’ve got epic untracked powder below you? That’s not a bad job to have.”

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Big-mountain skiing on Mt. Cook in New Zealand

Lately he’s been pursuing canyoneering more, because he loves the challenge of that too. He also just started dabbling in underwater photography and scuba. “Anything that’s a challenge,” he says often. Him getting stoked on the technical aspects of his job isn’t surprising when you find out that Watto’s background is actually in scientific and biomedical photography, a degree he pursued immediately after high school. He says he was into science and photography already, so when he found a degree program that combined the two, it seemed like a perfect match.

“So, yeah, I actually have a piece of paper that says I officially know what I’m doing,” he says. “Really, I should be working in some CSI lab.” After completing the degree, though, he wasn’t quite ready to commit to that path. “At the end of that, I went, ‘Bugger this photography gig, I’m gonna take off and chill out for a little bit,'” he says. “I certainly didn’t want to pursue working in a hospital.” So he worked a couple snow seasons, where he began photographing skiers and snowboarders — and it took off from there. “I followed my passion for photographing cool people in cool places doing cool things,” he says.

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Nitro Circus in Madrid, Spain

Nitro is actually one of his tamer gigs, since it takes place in a relatively controlled environment. He’s been photographing almost all of our shows for the last three or four years, having been referred to us by someone who knows him from his work with Red Bull, where he’s been a photographer for a long time. That Red Bull gig is where he honed his skills photographing FMX. He recalls testing out different setups with Robbie Maddison back in the early days: “We did some pretty cool stuff where I was gaffer-taping a camera to his handlebars, and it kind of went viral for those days, which means a hundred people saw it rather than 10,” he says, laughing.

His work with Nitro started with a small misunderstanding. He’d missed the initial email, which was a straight-up job offer, because he was off on an assignment — “Chile or somewhere,” he says. And so when Nitro followed up, he thought that was the first contact. He lives near where Nitro was based at that time, and that follow-up email was an invite to catch up over coffee. He thought they would have a chat and get to know each other, again, not realizing the job had been offered and Nitro was awaiting his answer about whether he was willing to take on a month-long European tour that started in a week or two. “They basically said, ‘So, are you good to go?’ And I’m kinda like, ‘What do you mean good to go? I thought we were just having a coffee,'” he says. They realized the miscommunication and it was all good, but it meant he had to hustle to get ready. “I pretty much dropped everything and bought a whole line of gear that was required, got on a plane, and flew into Stockholm, I think, two weeks later.”

Jaie Toohey - Nitro Circus photo by Mark Watson - inciteimages.com

Jaie Toohey

He already knew some of the Nitro Crew, like FMX legends Josh Sheehan and Steve Mini. “When I stepped in I thought, ‘I know a couple of these guys; I know what it’s all about.’ But then I really did just get thrown into the thick of things, into tour life … lights and smoke and pyro, and then pack up and two days later you’re in another country doing it again. It was a fair bloody initiation, I can certainly tell you that,” he says. “Here’s the whole Crew, here’s the Nitro family, you’re part of it now. You’re on a bus living with us, breathing, eating, and shooting. But, you know, I must have liked it — I’m still here.”

That ability to adapt quickly to fluctuating circumstances is one of the things that makes Watto a perfect fit for this job, because despite Nitro being one of his tamer gigs, he has to be prepared for anything to ensure he gets the shots the fans want to see. “There’s a lot going in the show, and from a stills photography standpoint, you’re shooting in very low light and you have to shoot very fast shutter speeds, and that brings its own challenges,” he says. “Now cameras are very, very good, so in theory you can just ramp up the ISO and pull off some pretty good shots — and in some arenas that’s what I do.”

Nitro Circus photo by Mark Watson - inciteimages.com

Full arena in Munich, Germany

He points to Prague on our most recent tour as an example of an arena where the flashes wouldn’t work for some reason — they worked before and they worked after, but there they didn’t. “So you just have to work with the show lights and ramp up the ISO.” He elaborates: “You can shoot sequences, then; you can shoot 10 frames a second to get that perfect moment. It’s actually a little bit easier, but you end up with a whole lot of shots you don’t want,” he says. “Ideally, what you want to do is get some good lighting going, and that’s a challenge.”


“I followed my passion for photographing cool people in cool places doing cool things.”


It could be that scientific side of him coming through, he says, but those are the sorts of challenges he’s talking about that he lives for, and it’s clear that the technology he gets to employ is part of what makes it so exciting for him. “We used some new gear on the last tour that I was psyched with,” he says. “What we’re doing at Nitro is reasonably cutting edge, because we’re using big studio strobes and we’re hyper-syncing them to 4,000th of a second. It wasn’t many years ago when that wasn’t possible.” On this last tour he used Elinchrom’s Skyport system, which was just released before the tour started. “The guys from Elinchrom, who happen to be based in Switzerland, hand-delivered some of the units to us in Norway,” Watto says. He describes how flashes can make the lighting perfect, but the margin for error is much tighter — you have to time the shot exactly right or you’ve missed, because flashes can’t reset fast enough to shoot multiple frames per second like you can with ambient lighting and a ramped-up ISO. 

It’s pretty technical, so let’s take a look at the results. On the left is a shot from Oslo, where they had the hyper-syncing technology from Elinchrom, and on the right is a shot from Prague, where Watto was using the tried-and-true ramped-up ISO method. Check it out (click the image for a bigger shot):

 NItro circus photos by Mark Watson inciteimages.com

Both photos are awesome in their own way, but the difference is clear. The Oslo shots with the new technology almost look fake. “They’re a bit too perfect,” Watto says, laughing. We asked him which photo style he prefers. “I like the challenge of getting that perfect shot that maybe we got in Oslo, but part of the great thing about Nitro is you have to adapt. You’re going to be out of the game in photography pretty quick if you turn up to, you know, to Prague, and the flashes don’t work and you go, ‘Aw shit, we can’t shoot.’ So what’s rad about shooting with Nitro and action-adventure sports in particular is there’s always a variable,” he says. “My job is to tell a story. What Prague did was forced me to go, ‘Well, I’m not going to get those perfect shots this time; I’m gonna step back a little bit and try to tell a bit more of the story.'”

Either way, getting the timing down is super tough, because any given trick has a split-second where it’s exactly right — too soon or too late and you capture the wrong moment. You have to use instinct, developed over years of watching these athletes through a lens, because things happen so fast you can’t rely on your own eyes. “You don’t see it in the camera. You might get a run in with an FMX guy, and you kinda go, all right, they’re going into their trick, and you time it in your head, and you go, ‘Bang! That’s when they’re gonna kick with their leg.’ And you know, without having seen the flashes go off or anything, you know: ‘Yeah, I got that.’ Or you know if you missed it.”

Dusty Wygle - Nitro Circus photo by Mark Watson - inciteimages.com

Dusty Wygle

And misses do happen, even after years of experience. “It’s funny, if you were up there in the crowd with me you’d hear me swear a lot. I’ll know I missed it without even looking at the camera.” And the riders aren’t shy about letting him know later when a shot is off. “Especially in my early days, I’d be all psyched, ‘Check that out: Sun’s behind you, the light’s epic. Look at the dust coming off the kicker.’ And they’ll be like, ‘Yeah, that’s all pretty, mate, but my trick’s not there’ … They’ll be like, ‘Yeah, look at my left hand; it’s not back on the bar,’ or something like that,” he says. “So the challenge is the timing; that’s key, and that’s key for anyone shooting action-adventure sports — to get that bloody moment, and I think as you shoot athletes they’ll teach you and give you a hard time if you keep missing it. If you keep missing it, you won’t be shooting action sports for long,” he adds, laughing.

But Watto makes more than he misses these days, and that’s one of the reasons the Crew loves to have him on tour. His experience shooting for Nitro has given him the insight into the timing of shots, the types of things these athletes want to see, and he’s great about getting them images as soon as possible so they can share them on their social media. Nitro FMX veteran Steve Mini, who we know is specifically interested in everyone on tour getting along really well, gives Watto the thumbs-up both professionally and personally: “Watto’s a legend. Best photographer in the business, and a real good guy to hang with.” And Nitro’s Josh Sheehan says, “Watto is great to have around. He’s always capturing brilliant shots at the right time. But you have to be careful, because he also gets shots of you when you aren’t expecting it.”

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Josh Sheehan

Watto also has only positive things to say about the Nitro family. “You’re shooting the best guys in the world. Anyone that’s involved in adventure or action sports and someone says, ‘Do you want to shoot Travis Pastrana?’ — you don’t turn down that opportunity,” he says. “The opportunity to shoot with these guys is sort of key to what drives me. … It’s been a pretty rad ride.”

He enjoys the bread and butter of shooting for Nitro — the shows — but he also loves to document behind the scenes and the side trips we always head out on when we’re on tour. “A lot of what’s cool about Nitro is what’s going on before and after,” he says. “We went out to that park in Zurich, and those were some of my favorite shots.” (If you check out that link, scroll down to the Zurich section for Watto’s work.) “When Roner BASE jumped into Durban, that was epic.”

Erik ROner stadium BASE jump - Nitro Circus photo by Mark Watson - inciteimages.com

Erik Roner

The side trip he took with a group of Nitro BMX riders in Soweto, South Africa, was one of his favorites. “They rode the dodgiest ramp that pretty much moved every time one of the boys hit it, but they had a ball, and the local kids were frothing,” he says. The buses that were supposed to pick them up couldn’t get to them. “So the fellas just rode through the shantytown and just started doing street tricks.” It was one the greatest moments he’s had on tour, and it’s one of the reasons he hopes to spend even more time with the Crew outside of the arena. “Aside from the fireworks and the big tricks of the tour, some of the good stuff is in between,” he says.

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The Nitro BMX boys in Soweto, South Africa

We wonder if he has any fun stories from his adventures on the road with Nitro, and he laughs: “That I’m allowed to tell?” Unfortunately, yes, that’s what we’re looking for this time. And he does. He tells a story about one of the Crew getting seasick and having “a full spew” while four or five of them were in a shark cage surrounded by giant great whites. He tells another story about what sounds like an epic scooter pile-up in the French Riviera en route to Monaco. But the story that seems to get him the most, and the one we like the best, is about hollandaise sauce.


“MY JOB IS TO TELL A STORY.”


It was the first or second tour he was on, and he believes they were in New Zealand, maybe Christchurch. “When you’re on tour and you’re stuck in the buses, you’re basically a big family, which is part of the best thing about Nitro,” he says. “There certainly is this comfortable family feel, but on the flip-side of that, you’re living in each other’s pockets.” Because of that, it’s not uncommon for people on tour to take a break on their own, go grab a meal or see some sights. Watto decided he was going to skip the group breakfast and go grab a bite on his own, so he went down the road to a little cafe.

“I was sitting in this sort of trendy cafe, and I ordered eggs benedict — and that does come into the story, which is why I told you that,” he says, laughing. “Clinton Moore walks in to this little trendy cafe. And for those who do or don’t know Clinton, he’s one of the funniest blokes, good bloke, but a rural, country Australia freestyle motocross rider, tattooed all over — looks like you don’t want to get in a fight with him. … And he sits down and says, ‘What’d you order?’ And I told him eggs benedict. And believe it or not, Clinton Moore is a bit of a guru on how to cook eggs benedict. We had a full one-hour conversation and he’s like, ‘Oh yeah, I hate bad eggs benedict. You gotta stir it, you gotta keep stirring it, and you gotta add the vinegar at the right time.’ And I just remember this weirdest moment of sitting in this little trendy cafe … and Clinton Moore, this tattooed FMX rider sitting there giving me a lesson on how to cook the perfect eggs benedict for breakfast,” he says. “There’s all these weird little moments that stick in your head.” He’s chuckling at the memory.

Nice to be back in #oz.

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For someone with a career like Watto’s, capturing images of amazing people in amazing places doing crazy things, it might seem surprising that a story like that is memorable at all. But his job is to see the unexpected things in life and make lasting moments from them, and when you consider it that way, Clint Moore’s eggs benedict rant fits the definition perfectly. What we do as action sports innovators is only as meaningful as what we can show our audience, and so we need a photographer like Watto, a technician and a storyteller who has the eye to spot the right moments and understand why they’re interesting and important, no matter how big or small.

See more from Mark Watson and find out how to hire him to shoot for you at inciteimages.com.

Come see what Watto sees live! We’re headed to Australia and North America, and then back to Europe this summer — and don’t forget the inaugural Nitro World Games in Salt Lake City this July. Hit those links for more details, and come see this insanity live!

Beaver Fleming and the Fleming Flips | World Firsts

For most of us, a trip down the Giganta Ramp would be a defining moment in our life, if not the end of it. But for Nitro skateboarder Beaver Fleming, throwing backflips over a 40-foot gap in front of a roaring crowd started to become too easy by 2012. “I got bored,” he says. “I wanted to take it further.” Spoken like a true Nitro athlete.

Beaver Fleming - Nitro Circus

The drive to progress is something the whole Crew shares — in fact, it’s one of the main things that brings someone like Beaver to join Nitro in the first place. It’s also the reason so many crazy World Firsts happen on our ramps. And since Beaver’s inventing tricks out of thin air, he gets to name them: Let’s have a look at the Fleming Flip and the Fleming Flip Squared.

Beaver picked up his first skateboard when he was 10 and has been hooked ever since. Now he’s dropping innovative tricks and pushing the limits of the sport. “When I was younger I would lay in bed and do finger flips and flip the board over my head. It made me think I could do a backflip finger flip,” he says. That backflip finger flip would eventually become the Fleming Flip.

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He describes the basics like this: “As I am doing the backflip, I pull the board away and flip it with my hand, grab it back, and put it back down.” It sounds deceptively simple, but the trick has a lot of moving parts. “The hardest part is keeping the board close with the finger flip,” he says. “It has a tendency to want to fly away, so you have to flip it faster. The biggest danger is missing the flip and the board attacking you, or missing the snap of the backflip and under-rotating.” Or, in other words, flying through the air with only yourself to break your fall, which is why we practice tricks to foam first. “I started trying it in the foam pit, and got it pretty dialed in by the time I got to the Giganta ramp.” Which looked like this:

Once the Fleming Flip was under his belt, Beaver was soon looking for ways to build on the trick. What if he could do a backflip double finger flip or, as he calls it, a Fleming Flip Squared. The challenge is similar to the regular Fleming Flip; you have to flip the board and make sure it doesn’t fly away, but, this time, you have to flip it twice as fast, and time is of the essence. “By the time the board gets around I am two feet away from landing, so as soon as the flip comes around, there is hardly any time to put it down. I never know if I am going to make it until I am already riding down the lander.” Check it out:

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Somehow, he managed to stick it on his first attempt, but he doesn’t manage to land it nearly as consistently as he does with the Fleming Flip. Which means it’s still a big treat if you see him land it live. And Beaver is always working on something new. So, who knows — you may catch him doing an entirely new World First live. What do you think he’ll name the next one?

Come see the rest of the Crew live! We’re headed to Australia and North America, and then back to Europe this summer — and don’t forget the inaugural Nitro World Games in Salt Lake City this July. Hit those links for more details, and come see this insanity live!

Bilko’s the Funny Man With Serious Skills | Featured Rider

When you start to get to know the Nitro Circus Crew, it becomes clear that it’s just like any tight-knit group of friends. There’s a natural leader, a thoughtful quiet one, and (at least) one who always happens to have a guitar — but no crew would be complete without the funny guy. It’s universally known that Nitro’s funny guy is Blake “Bilko” Williams.

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But his hilarious antics are just one facet of Bilko, an FMX legend who was Transworld’s rider of the year in 2009, when he took home two X Games medals — the first non-American to win gold in moto freestyle. Nitro’s Steve Mini told us that this group’s comic relief is one of the most focused and organized athletes he works with. Oh, and Bilko’s also a qualified fitter and turner, which means he is certified in manufacturing and assembling complex machine parts. Once you add it all up, it becomes even more impressive that some of his most recognizable FMX tricks involve all kinds of humping. That is not a typo.

We wanted to talk to Bilko about how that fits into his larger career. We caught up with him in Southern California, fresh off what he called a hectic but awesome European tour, and asked him to talk about some of the tricks he’s become known for that, uh, no other riders do …

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“Yeah, the humping ones,” he says. “I just started trying to do it to be funny and just messing around, and then they wrote it into the show plan.” It’s not hard to figure out why the Nitro producers chose to make that a part of the opening FMX segment in the live show. For audiences, especially fans new to our shows, the beginning of Nitro Circus Live can be a little overwhelming. There’s a lot of craziness going on, stuff many people have never seen before. Bilko says: “The first segment you see probably 50 regular freestyle tricks, and to the untrained eye, they don’t really know the difference. ‘That one was cool, he kind of went a bit sideways and his legs went that way.’ And then all of a sudden someone flies through the air and starts humping.”

When it happens, it’s surprising, hilarious, and it reminds the audience that even though what they’re seeing is dangerous and insane, we’re all there to have a good time. The first segment has to set the tone for the whole show, and Bilko’s signature comedic moves are an important part of that. Still, he’s not claiming these are groundbreaking FMX tricks: “Honestly, it’s not that hard, and I’m sure if any other rider wanted to learn it they could probably learn it within one day — it’s solely for show, and I’m the one that does it.” Despite the level of difficulty, the fact that it makes the audience happy is the most important thing; if the crowd’s having fun, Bilko’s having fun. “It’s the circus, and every circus needs a clown,” he says.

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And it’s that mentality that separates Bilko from your run-of-the-mill “funny guy” — he’s a professional who understands the difference between hamming it up and putting on a show. It’s evident in his philosophy about his riding and how much thought he puts into even tricks that are designed as a gag. For example: “A humper is basically like the cliffhanger, so the bike is upright and your feet are hooked on to the bars, but instead of stretching your hands up to the sky and standing up straight like a regular cliffhanger, that’s when I pull my hands backwards and forwards and do the humping motion,” he says. “It’s kind of just a variation on a cliffhanger … I call it a cliffhumper.”

He’s got another cliffhanger variation that’s less funny and more badass: The cliffhanger backflip is a huge trick with a high degree of difficulty. He doesn’t perform it anymore after a couple bad crashes, but it’s the biggest trick he’s known for: “It’s the same position as the upright humper, with your feet hooked on to the bars,” he says, completely deadpan. “You do a backflip, and as you leave the ramp, you kind of jump off the bike like you’re almost bailing, and you lift your feet up to the handlebars and put them beside the number plate, point your toes inward so you’re clamping the top of the fork and your boots are under the bars. And then let go with your hands and stretch out and reach towards the ground. So, basically, halfway through the flip, the bike’s completely upside-down, your feet are under the handlebars squeezing the top of the forks, and you’re fully stretched out with your hands pointing to the ground. After that you’ve got to bend your knees and pull your whole body back down, catch the handlebars with your hands, and then get your feet back to the pegs.”

You can see him do it (3:11) in this video, which will also give you a taste of his sense of humor, another look at the infamous cliffhumper (1:27), and a feel for just how much the rest of the Crew loves to have him around:

Like many of Nitro’s FMX athletes, Bilko grew up in Australia — in Baxter, about a 40-minute drive from Melbourne. It’s no coincidence so many great moto guys come from rural Australia. “We have the space to go and ride, properties and all that,” he says. He grew up racing BMX and riding dirtbikes around the farm. At age 12 he started racing dirtbikes and did that for years, and even though he was good at it, racing is way more competitive in Australia due to the smaller stadium sizes. But at some point Cam Sinclair suggested they build some jumps.

“We kind of honed our skills, decided to build some jumps,” Bilko says. “I started practicing a few more tricks in the limited time that I had when I was working, and I just kind of had a knack for it.” He kept racing, but the races started having freestyle demonstrations during halftime, and riders would get paid to participate in them. Through that, he and his friends really started getting into freestyle, and eventually it was paying them more than they’d make if they were able to get into a race final. Bilko was still working full-time, but he got on the Crusty Demons tour, and in that first year he was flying home during the week to finish his apprenticeship. But things moved fast. “I went from full-time employee to X Games medalist in about seven months,” he says.

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(Side note: He hasn’t ever tried his humping tricks during a competition run, but he has done them after a run when he was being waved off the track. The crowd loved it there, too. Maybe every show needs a clown regardless of whether it’s a circus or not.)

The apprenticeship, as we mentioned, was for him to become a qualified fitter and turner, and so the education was focused on pneumatics, hydraulics, high-pressure pumps, and other complex machinery. His dad has a manufacturing company that builds high-pressure drain- and sewer-cleaning trucks from brand-new chassis, and Bilko worked with him all his life; even at a very young age he would go straight to the shop after school. The training for this job is extensive — it requires three years of schooling and a year of on-the-job experience, generally, but Bilko got signed off early. “Everyone thinks it was because of my dad that I got signed off early, but trust me, it wasn’t,” he says. “He’d never sign me off if I wasn’t ready — he was a hard-ass.”

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Even as his FMX career began to take off, he stuck with that work: “I actually liked working, but it got to a point where all I was thinking about was riding and wanting to go practice and thinking about tricks. I’d just be sitting there with a welding mask on, daydreaming,” he says. He also owes his success in FMX partially to his dad. “He wanted me to finish my schooling, and he bought my dirtbikes and everything for me when I was growing up.” Neither thought initially that he would end up riding FMX as a career, but having his father’s blessing was huge. “We both kind of thought, ‘Oh, that dirtbike, you’re not going to make a living out of that.’ In the end he was just like, ‘I think you can. You’ve got a good opportunity here, and I know you don’t want to work anymore.'”


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He finished trade school even though he had to miss many days to go perform in Crusty shows — and remember, he got signed off early despite missing those days. Part of it was his prior experience thanks to his dad’s business; he finished the first year in about three months because he already had so much practical experience at his dad’s shop, he says. But it’s undeniable that he’s also a not-so-secret genius. Not just anyone could finish such a technically intense training program while moonlighting as an FMX hero — all while becoming known as the wittiest guy around in both worlds.

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Someone wise once said that the funniest people are also the smartest people. Bilko probably wouldn’t phrase it that way, at least not in reference to himself, but he explains what it all has in common — being an FMX pro, being officially certified in a very technical field, and being genuinely funny — this way: “You’ve got to be quick-witted and have a clue about what’s going on.” It’s as simple as that, truly, but only so many people have that ability. Bilko is definitely one of them. “My brain never rests,” he says. “If you’re thinking about stuff you’re more alert, you pay attention to detail.” That his brain never rests is evident in the above video — both in his actions and more directly in the way his teammates describe him.

He ended up as an original member of the FMX side when Nitro first started the live tour about 10 years ago. “I did the Crusty tour for years, but at the same time I was coming to America and doing some contests in 2006, and Mad Mike Jones actually took me to Travis’ house — he wasn’t home at the time, but I got to jump in his home pit. He heard about what tricks I was doing, so he invited me back the next time,” he says. “They were filming for one of their Nitro Circus DVDs, and it kind of led from there.” He did a few shoots and crossed paths with Travis at competitions. This all led to his eventual permanent roster spot.

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Nitro’s Josh Sheehan told us, “Bilko is an absolute crack-up, on and off the bike. … He’s a good value to have around.” Steve Mini added, “I’ve spent a lot of time with him, had a lot of funny times. I could tell you some stories, but you wouldn’t be able to print them, I don’t think.”

These days Bilko’s on the road constantly, but when he’s not, he splits his time between his childhood home in Baxter and Temecula, California, a town about 90 miles from Los Angeles that’s known for its wineries and a nearby casino. “I like to relax when we’re off tour, because we carry on a bit when we’re on tour, and when you get home you just want to chill,” he says. That mostly involves going for a ride at a local spot, going for a swim, watching a movie. He’s all about keeping it low-key at home. “The last thing I want to do is go down to Pechanga Casino and rage,” he says. He spent his last extended stretch of downtime racing go-karts, and he wants to do more of that this year. He’s thinking ahead to a time when he might want to transition out of FMX. “It’s just another thing I want to try out; if it works out, it works out. If not, all good.” No word yet on how he’ll incorporate a humping move while go-karting, but we’re confident he’ll find a way.

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For now, he’ll keep entertaining audiences and is very thankful to everyone who’s given him the opportunity to do what he does. “Monster Energy, Shift Racing, Fox, Nitro Circus — Mike [Porra, Nitro CEO and creative director] and his team, everyone at the office that I’ve known for so many years of touring, and all the TV crew. They just make it fun, make the job what it is, and if you’re surrounded by a group of great employees plus all the other riders, it makes the dream job even easier. I get paid to jump my dirtbike around the world; not only that, I do it with a great bunch of friends and a great staff, all a tight-knit family. Just LTD — living the dream.”

Come see Bilko and the rest of the Crew live! We’re headed to Australia and North America, and then back to Europe this summer — and don’t forget the inaugural Nitro World Games in Salt Lake City this July. Hit those links for more details, and come see this insanity live!

Circus Clown, Euro Skate Parks, and Pitbike Fail | WildWeek

Another crazy week done and dusted, but we’re already missing that road life! Luckily we’re only about six weeks out from our next tour: putting up big shows in the U.S., Canada, and Australia, followed by more shows in Europe. This summer is going to be enormous, and we can’t wait. Somehow we’re going to find time to fit in the inaugural Nitro World Games in Salt Lake City too! But before you hit those links to find out when we’ll be in your city, check out this last week’s crop of awesomeness:

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Get to Know Bilko, Nitro’s Clown Genius
Our resident funnyman is Blake “Bilko” Williams, as you probably know, but we got a chance to dive deep into the genius behind the comedian. He also walked us through some of his signature tricks, including, yes, the humping ones. (Check it out here)

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Check Out Two Amazing European Skate Parks
On the road, we try to find great local spots anywhere we can. On the last tour, we stopped by one of Europe’s largest indoor skateparks in Liverpool, as well as an insane outdoor track in Zurich, where a whole lot of rain didn’t slow the Crew down at all. (Check it out here)

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Watch Oh Sh*t Moments With Erik Roner: PITBIKE FAIL
Dusty Wygle does it all, and he does it all extremely well, but that doesn’t mean he’s always flawless. In this edit, Dusty attempts one of the longest pitbike jumps ever, and “attempts” is the keyword there. (Watch it here)

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Watch the Clip of the Week:  MATTY MAC’S VIEW
When you’re getting tickets to a Nitro show, picking your seat can be a real dilemma. Do you want to be down by the FMX lander, over by the Giganta lander, or up high so you can see it all equally? Every option is good, but no view of the action is better than this one. (Watch it here)

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Watch On the Road With Nitro Circus: BONUS BILKO
Just in case you didn’t get enough in the article linked above, we bring you this episode of On the Road With Nitro Circus, which shows you a day in the life of Bilko and friends. Come for the FMX trains, stay to see how many iced coffees Bilko tries to get in one order. (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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Checking Out Skate Parks Across Europe | Tour Detour

The first leg of our 2016 European tour was awesome, with some amazing crowds and big shows, and we’re pumped to be coming back this summer. We also had a great time on a few little side trips between shows. Today we wanted to show you some footage and photos from two of the coolest places we stopped in Europe. First up, we got a chance to hit Rampworx in Liverpool, England. We loaded up a van with Ryan Williams, Jaie Toohey, James Foster, and Kurtis Downs.

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Rampworx is one of the biggest indoor parks in Europe, and the staff at the park were amazing, so shout out to them.

They’ve got every type of feature you’d want to ride, so stop by if you’re in the neighborhood, because you won’t be disappointed.

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Later in the tour, we got a chance — just a brief chance — to ride a bit at Bikepark Zurich, an insane outdoor park about 30 minutes from the city. We took Ethen Roberts, Matty Whyatt, Brandon Schmidt, R-Willy, and Kurtis. Check this place out:

That was the good news. The bad news was that it started pouring down rain soon after, and so we didn’t have much time to do our thing. Luckily the guys don’t shy away easily, so they got in some serious laps before the rain made it too gnarly to continue, and photo phenom Mark Watson was along for the ride to grab some great shots.

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The boys rode hard despite the weather, and Schmidt even got a chance to stick one of his patented mini flips. Video below, but watch out for the river!

We love our job so much — we have the best fans, and being able to check out some amazing local spots along the way is just icing on the cake. Be sure to let us know the places we should hit when we’re in your city!

Speaking of cities we’re going to be in: Come see us live! We’re headed to Australia and North America, and then back to Europe this summer — and don’t forget the inaugural Nitro World Games in Salt Lake City this July. Hit those links for more details, and come see this insanity live!

Steve Mini, R-Willy, and Backcountry | WildWeek

Europe, we love you! This week we wrapped the first leg of our 2016 tour there (don’t worry, we’ll be back in a few months), and now we’ve got our sights set on Australia and North America, coming up quick! The Crew is also getting amped for the inaugural Nitro World Games this summer. This year is shaping up to be killer, but do you know what else is killer? This last week! So before you hit those links and get all the info about when we’ll be coming to your city, check out what we got up to in the last seven days or so:

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Get to Know Steve Mini, Nitro’s De Facto FMX Leader
Travis Pastrana is Nitro’s ringleader, but every good leader delegates some of the responsibility. For Nitro FMX, the honor goes to Steve Mini, who leads by example, with some huge riding and great wisdom about picking new athletes. (More here)

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Watch Some Hot BMX Action Out in the Cold From Oslo, Norway
On the road, we try to find great local spots anywhere we can. This last tour, we were in Oslo, Norway, where Ethen Roberts and Kurtis Downs found this little ramp near the venue. Sure, it was covered in slush, but that just made it all the better once it was clear. (Check it out here)

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Watch Ryan Williams Add to His Long List of World Firsts
Ryan Williams proves, once again, that he’s more than a scooter kid. We took a look back at Ryan Williams landing the World First BMX triple frontflip. In this video, R-Willy talks us through what it’s like to bag a historic trick. (Watch it here)

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Check Out What Backcountry Snowboarding Is Supposed to Look Like
There’s nothing better than leaving the resort and finding a beautiful spot to make fresh tracks. At least that’s what we thought until we saw how Ethen Roberts does it. Now we have something to really aspire to. (Watch it here)

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Watch Oh Sh*t Moments With Erik Roner: CRUM CRASH
This week, we released the first episode of a never-before-seen series starring the late Erik Roner. He put his heart into making these videos so we hope you enjoy watching them as much as he enjoyed making them. (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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Flying Bikes & Floating Ice | Tour Detour in Norway

We are fresh off a killer first leg of our 2016 European tour, and just like any world traveler, we like to go back through some of the memories from our trip. The shows were enormous and the Crew threw down, which is all well documented on social media, so go check that out! What we’re here to show you today is footage of some of the amazing stuff we got up to between shows.

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After kicking off our first show in Stockholm, Sweden, we headed over to Oslo, Norway for our second live show of the New Year.

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When you visit Scandinavia in the winter, snowboarding is an obvious first choice for an outdoor adventure. Norway in winter, however, is probably not on the list of the top 5 places you’d like to ride your bike outside. That didn’t stop Kurtis Downs and Ethen Roberts who decided to shovel the snow off this ramp and put in a warm-up out in the cold.

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This was just down the road from the venue where we were performing, right next to a marina full of boats packed into icy water. Even though it was covered with slush, we decided that you only live once — let’s ride this thing.

It ended up being a beautiful day, and the elbow grease it took to clear the snow out was more than offset by us getting the place to ourselves and the amazing scenery.

Woke up to a busy #frozen morning here in #Oslo! Perfect way to start the day off snowboarding! #morning #timelaps

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Totally worth it!

Oslo, Norway | Nitro Circus Live 2016

What a great tour full of amazing stops. We wish we had more time to check out all the cool places in every city we’re in. Be sure to let us know the places we should hit when we’re in your city!

Speaking of cities we’re going to be in: Come see us live! We’re headed to Australia and North America, and then back to Europe this summer — and don’t forget the inaugural Nitro World Games in Salt Lake City this July. Hit those links for more details, and come see this insanity live!

Steve Mini: Fearless Leader | Featured Rider

When you ask Nitro Circus FMX veteran Steve Mini to list some of his favorite tour stops, he doesn’t hesitate: South Africa was one of the best. Those shows were a favorite for a lot of the Crew, it turns out, as South Africa had huge crazy crowds and was a beautiful place to visit. Mini’s been on tour with Nitro since the beginning, more than 170 shows, he estimates, so he has some basis for comparison. But as the de facto FMX leader and one of the Nitro athletes who also helps vet new talent, he has another perspective on what makes for a good tour. “We’re with a good crew of people, so we always have a lot of fun no matter where we go,” he says.

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As we said, Mini’s been with Nitro since the beginning, but he keeps a somewhat low profile, so there’s a chance you haven’t heard about him much. But if you ever watch our videos, browse our photos, or if you’ve been to a Nitro show, you’ve definitely enjoyed his work, and from the live show you’ll certainly remember his signature trick, which is one of the craziest combo flips consistently performed today: the backflip heel-clicker superman no-hander landing. We caught up with him during some downtime just before this week’s show in Paris and asked him to tell us about that combo flip. Even though he performs it at almost every show, he says, it doesn’t always go perfectly.

“It’s a really hard trick to do because it’s four tricks in one.” He explains that the flip has to be just right so he has enough time to hit every element. “You’ve got to be a fast thinker and know exactly where you are in the air,” he says. Plus it’s a no-hander landing, which means if he’s not in the perfect position with both wheels hitting at the same time, he’s got a problem. That happened on the last North American tour: At the opening show in D.C., Steve’s timing was just slightly off during this trick and he wiped out on the landing. He jumped up and wanted to immediately try again. Check it out:

“Another thing that always makes it hard with these shows is it’s small arenas, so once you take your hands off and land you’re always going flat-out straight into a wall, so I hit the wall a fair few times,” he adds. You’ll also see that in the above clip, on his second, more successful attempt at the crazy combo. “It’s my favorite trick after I’ve landed it, but the minute leading up to it I hate doing it, I wish I never learned it. But as soon as I land it, I’m happy, it becomes my favorite trick then,” Mini says.

Mini grew up on a farm in Mudgee, a small town in Australia a few hours from Sydney. This is a familiar story, particularly for our Australian members of the Nitro Crew. Take note: If you want to go pro in FMX, it can’t hurt to spend a lot of time in rural Australia. That’s Steve’s story: “I got into it just by growing up on a farm. Just riding bikes around the farm with my brother, doing little jumps, taking a hand off here and there and watching the guys on TV do it, and then as time went on the bikes got bigger and the tricks got bigger and I guess I got pretty good at it.” He started entering competitions, but he really wanted to focus on shows, which is how he got hooked up with Crusty. “I was never really into competition that much, just enjoyed doing shows, so [Nitro] was just a natural transition from Crusty — Crusty finished and Nitro came up and we were lucky enough to get a spot on it.”

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We asked him about that stack in D.C. Why didn’t he just move on to the next thing? “If you know that you can do something better, and you didn’t do it the way that you should have done it, then you’ve just got to go back and do it again or else you kind of feel like you let yourself down a little bit,” he says. If that sounds like what a great leader would say, that’s not a coincidence. We mentioned before that Mini helps vet new talent for the FMX side. He’s also the spokesperson and de facto “boss” for that half of the Crew as well. “I’m the middleman, I guess, between the management and the riders,” he says.

Josh Sheehan confirms that, but from him we get a sense that Mini’s job is a little more involved than just translating management-speak into FMXese. “The rest of us, we can just rock up and do what the board says, but Mini at least has to think about what everyone has to do, so he organizes and plans,” Sheeny says. (By the way, “rock up” is slang for “show up” elsewhere in the world, and we think it’s way better, so let’s try to get that going in the U.S.) Blake “Bilko” Williams elaborates on Mini’s role: “He’s in charge of all the segments for all FMX on tour, so he has a lot on his plate.”


“If you know that you can do something better … then you’ve just got to go back and do it again.”


Having been one of the original members of the Crew, Mini was already starting to become that de facto leader, and then he had to miss a couple shows due to a shoulder injury. Because he was out injured, management asked him to run practice, since he was already sort of doing that even when he was healthy. That’s when his role became more official. “I just sort of stuck with it,” he says.

“We all rely on him to have everything set up,” Sheeny says. “He knows what we can all do, and we can trust him.” In the world of Nitro, that kind of trust is key, and it has to be earned. This is a dangerous sport full of big personalities, so taking on leadership responsibility is tough and important. And speaking of those big personalities, is there anyone (*cough Bilko*) who gives him extra hassle (*cough Bilko*) when he’s trying to organize things? Like any good leader would, he says no, the Nitro FMX athletes are almost always focused and easy to get along with. So we get a little more direct and ask about Bilko, Nitro’s resident class clown who is known for his, uh, antics.

Steve Mini - Nitro Circus

“Bilko’s probably the one who helps out the most when it comes to that sort of stuff,” he says. “When it comes to needing a bit of help [getting everyone organized], he’s always the first one that I call on.” Despite being a “bit of a clown,” Bilko’s one of the Nitro veterans who helps keep the team working well together. Mini adds that he and Bilko, along with Cam Sinclair, have really come up together in FMX, starting more than a decade ago with Crusty Demons.

We mentioned before that part of his duties include deciding on new athletes to bring on board. He also helps initiate them to this world. “I make sure when a new guy comes in they know what they’ve got to do for the show, teaching them the show, and making sure the guys practice the things that we need to practice,” he says.

We also mentioned before that Mini is big on the group dynamic — in fact, he feels it’s one of the most important aspects of the show. He takes a lot of pride in how well everyone gets along, because, he says, having compatible personalities is one of the biggest things he looks for in a new Nitro Circus athlete, even ahead of being able to throw down with the best in the world. “It’s got to be the right personality. To me, the personality comes before the riding skill — if they’re a really really good rider but they’re not really going to fit in and be able to tour and get along with everyone, I wouldn’t really pick them. But if they’re really cool and get along with the group well and ride well, then they’re the perfect fit for us,” he says. “You spend a lot of time together; you tour and are pretty much living in each other’s pockets for months on end, so you need to have people around you that are positive people and cool people to hang with.”

And with all of this talk about his leadership, let’s not forget that he knows how to ride. “Steve is definitely an all-rounder; he has a huge turndown, lots of big tricks, and also huge upright and backflip combos,” Bilko says. And to think, FMX was Mini’s second choice. He started out in BMX, but after entering a few competitions as an amateur in his teens, he moved to dirtbikes. He claims he was never really good at BMX, but he found his groove when there was an engine involved. “Once I got on the motorbikes and started trying the same tricks, I picked it up really quickly.” Because of that history, he still takes a lot of inspiration from BMX, especially being able to work closely with some of the best BMX riders. There’s another trait of a good leader — finding inspiration in interesting places.

Steve Mini - Nitro Circus

Perhaps the most important aspect of a good leader is that he doesn’t see himself as any different from the rest of the Crew. He’s proud of the work they all do, and he knows that everyone in the Crew is there to do their best. “That’s why the guys on tour are here, because they’re all the same; they’re all here to give it their all and put on the best show that they can for all the people,” Mini says.

Come see Steve Mini and the rest of the Crew live! We’re headed to Australia and North America, and then back to Europe this summer — and don’t forget the inaugural Nitro World Games in Salt Lake City this July. Hit those links for more details, and come see this insanity live!

A bit of sightseeing around Munich today with the boys #nitrocircus #munich #germany

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‘Road to the Unthinkable’ Now Available With Exclusive Bonus Features

The NBC documentary Road to the Unthinkable tells the story of Josh Sheehan’s historic journey to become the first human ever to land a triple backflip on a motorcycle. It has never aired outside of the U.S., but it’s now available for download worldwide on iTunes, Google Play, or Amazon Instant Video. Directed by our very own Trip Taylor, executive producer of the Jackass series and films, and narrated by Johnny Knoxville himself, this special alone is awesome enough, but we’ve also thrown in a ton of bonus features worthy of their own individual digital releases. They’re so good, in fact, that we tend to go full infomercial when we start to talk about them, so please forgive us while we get into it.

The Biggest Week in Action Sports

In 2015, the Nitro Crew racked up an unprecedented number of World First tricks. Not only that, a couple of them were considered impossible by many. Little-known fact: Just one week after Sheeny landed the triple, Jed Mildon made history with the World First BMX quadruple backflip. The FMX triple and BMX quadruple were two of the reigning Big Ones, stunts many thought couldn’t be done, yet Sheeny and The Warrior hit them just days apart. That crazy week is documented in another one of our NBC specials: Biggest Week in Action Sports, a one-hour look at the seven days that changed action sports forever. The best news? Biggest Week in Action Sports is included free when you pick up Road to the Unthinkable. That’s right, you’re getting two huge specials for the price of one.

The Best of Nitro Circus Online: AmBADASSador, Tommy & Crum, and More World Firsts

But wait, there’s more! No bundle of incredible World Firsts would be complete without something from Ryan Williams, who had another banner year in 2015, sticking one-of-a-kind tricks on scooter and BMX and cementing his place as one of the most versatile action sports pioneers riding today. In addition to the two NBC documentary features, we’ve included selected clips of R-Willy’s biggest World Firsts.

Jed Mildon and the first quadruple backflip on a BMX - Nitro Circus

On top of that, we’re also giving you the best episodes of AmBADASSador and Tommy & Crum. Nitro’s AmBADASSador, Coby Toland, brings you backstage for all the wacky hijinks the Crew get up to when they’re not throwing huge tricks in front of live audiences. Meanwhile, Streetbike Tommy and Crum do what they do best: Get themselves into trouble all over the world. What is their job, anyway? Maybe the free episodes of their series that come with Road to the Unthinkable will help us figure it out.

So, let’s recap: You get the FMX triple backflip special, the BMX quadruple backflip special, selected R-Willy World First videos, and several episodes of AmBADASSador and Tommy & Crum. That’s hours of video of Nitro Circus athletes doing what they do best, and it’s all just a click away. And if you act now (or soon, or whenever, really) you’ll also get exclusive music and behind-the-scenes photos to complement your multimedia experience, all for the price of one awesome special. Click here for more details and to pick up the big ol’ bundle from iTunes, Google Play, or Amazon Instant Video!

Aussie Roll, ‘Road’ Rules, and Trav All In | WildWeek

Just when we thought a week couldn’t get any crazier! And get this: The week might be over, but the year is just barely getting started. Right now we’re doing all this nutty stuff in Europe (and we’ll be back again in a few months). After this we’re headed to Australia and North America, which are always a good time. And then there’s the Nitro World Games coming up after that. When will the craziness stop? Never, if we can help it. In fact, you should check out some of the best things we got up to just this last week:

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Watch the World First Aussie Roll on a Mountain Bike
Travis Pastrana and Dusty Wygle have both been working on the Aussie roll for years. So they gathered the Crew for a huck session, determined to conquer this beast. Dusty was confident, but Travis is Travis. Wagers were made, and the record fell.  (See it here)

The Road to the Unthinkable bonus features are amazing

Check Out the Road to the Unthinkable Bonus Features
The documentary that follows Josh Sheehan on his journey to land the first-ever FMX triple backflip is absolutely stacked with extras, and the special by itself is worth the price of the download. Check out the full list and get yours today!  (Check them out here)

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

Watch Travis Announce That He’s All About That Circus
As a co-founder of Nitro Circus, Travis Pastrana has been integral in growing our show from Day 1, and we’ve always been just a little jealous (though understanding) that he’s spent the last decade splitting his time. But finally we don’t have to share him at all. (Watch it here)

Brandon Schmidt World First triple backflip on a rollerboard

Watch the World First Triple Backflip on a Rollerboard
Backflipping a snowboard on the snow is no easy feat. So when Brandon Schmidt modifies a snowboard to ride Giganta and then sticks not one, not two, but three backflips in one jump, well, that’s a freaking miracle.  (Watch it here)

The Godfrey Clan in Salt Lake City

Watch On the Road With Nitro Circus: THE LAKE
If you’re in Utah and the Godfrey Clan invites you to the lake, make sure you ask a couple follow-up questions. Not because you might want to skip it. No, you need to know which lake, exactly, so you know whether you need your trunks or your helmet. Or both. (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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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.

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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.

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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.”

Josh Sheehan - Nitro Circus

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.

Josh Sheehan - Nitro Circus

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.”

Josh Sheehan - Nitro Circus

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)

Come see Nitro Circus live in Europe!

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.

Jolene Van Vugt - Nitro Circus

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)

Erik Roner gets tranquilized

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)

On the Road With Nitro Circus in Colorado

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)

Crum tries out naked Tuesday - Nitro Circus

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

Travis Pastrana - Nitro Circus

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)

Jolene, Roner, and Crum versus the black mamba

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)

On the Road With Nitro Circus

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.

Ryan Williams - Nitro Circus

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)

Travis Pastrana's New Year's Resolution - Nitro Circus

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)

Jed Mildon Warrior Training - Nitro Circus

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.

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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!

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“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!

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“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.

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“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!

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“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

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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:

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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)

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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 the 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!

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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)

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.”

Nitro Circus Live - Auckland

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.

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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)

WHAAAAAT?

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!