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.

The Finalists Are Set for a Major Showdown at Nitro World Games

The finals are set for the 2017 Nitro World Games, with more than 40 of the world’s best action sports athletes in FMX, BMX, skate, and scooter advancing to the main event in Salt Lake City. Click here for all the details on who’s competing in the finals. Watch on NBC at 8 ET / 7 CT / 8 PT. Watch live online at NitroWorldGames.Live. And if you want some more of the backstories, get caught up on the stories below.

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The arrival of the talent. We spent the entire week at Rice-Eccles Stadium watching the Nitro World Games come together. When athletes began arriving for registration, they had their competition photos taken sand run into their first dilemma of the week: devil horns or thumbs up? READ IT

First practice runs done, dusted. The riders faced a day of blazing hot weather as they dialed in their tricks. We were stoked to finally see what they’ve have been cooking up. READ IT

The weather cooled as the competition heated up. It may have been the day before the day before the semis, but the riders put in a full day of practice. As we put away the airbag landers, one thing became clear: The riders were holding nothing back this year. READ IT

TP takes us on a backstage tour. And it’s the platinum tour. Travis shows us the ramps (huge), the athlete lounge (air conditioned), an editing bay (impressive but complicated), and craft services (fill ‘er up). WATCH IT

Todd Richards loves the hurtbikes. Nitro World Games host and Olympic snowboarder comes to watch skate, stays to watch FMX. MORE

And click here for athletes profiles and more!

ISA Championships Teases the Scooter Event at Nitro World Games

Scooter fans are in for a treat, as we get to watch the best of the best compete twice in two major competitions in a week. The International Scooter Association World Championships at Imagin Extreme Barcelona took place last weekend, with five of the top 12 positions going to riders who are set to compete in the Nitro World Games, which will go down in Salt Lake City on June 24, broadcast on NBC, and streaming live at NitroWorldGame.Live. At the ISA finals, NWG runner-up Jordan Clark claimed podium space with another second-place finish, former ISA European Champion Roomet Saalik came in third, three-time ISA World Champion Dakota Schuetz came in fourth, NWG qualifier winner Cody Flom took sixth, and Dylan Morrison came in 12th. The competition was close, upping the ante for the Scooter Best Tricks event. Fans of fantasy sports will want to check out the Nitro World Games Fantasy Competition if they think they know how the competition will shake out on June 24. Will Clark win the top spot this year? Will Schuetz avenge his loss of the ISA Championship title with a win in Salt Lake City? And don’t sleep on the Funk Brothers; last year Jordan Clark was flanked by Capron and Corey Funk, who picked up the first and third. Click here for the full list of 2017 NWG athletes. Check out some highlights from the ISA competition:

Interested in scooter? Check out more scooter news here:

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Just Days Away – Nitro World Games News Round-Up

If you just glance at it, Nitro World Games and Nitro Circus look like nothing but wall-to-wall action. And that’s true, it turns out. But behind that action, there’s a lot more going on. The biggest tricks that anyone’s ever seen are amazing on their own, but they get even better when you start to learn about the actual human beings who have worked their entire lives to be able to do what these athletes do. As we write this, we’re one week away from the 2017 NWG, and we’ve got a lot more stories to tell in the next seven days. Thanks for joining us. We hope you’re ready, because if this ride is a roller coaster, we’re about to crest the top of that first drop. Hang on. The Nitro World Games are Saturday, June 24, in Salt Lake City. Be there in person. Watch on NBC at 8 ET / 7 CT / 8 PT. Watch live online at NitroWorldGames.Live. And get caught up on the stories below.

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Everything you need to know about NWG. Get in the mood for June 24 with this handy guide, which includes how to watch, when to watch, and why to watch. Then check out the next few entries for the who. GET READY

This veteran is always ready to send it. Andy Macdonald has been skating longer than several of his competitors have been alive. Bonus: Check him out riding his skateboard on the BMX Triple Hit setup. MORE ON MACDONALD

His first skateboard had Spider-Man on it. CJ Titus got a Walmart Spider-Man board from his Aunt Tammy as a gift when he was 4. He rides something slightly different these days. MORE ON TITUS

Persistence pays off. Scooter wunderkind Jamie Hull messaged us on Facebook many times asking about qualifiers after the 2016 NWG. Now he’s headed to Salt Lake City. MORE ON HULL

They call him Meticulous Marcus. Or they should. Marcus Christopher has put in the time to have a big showing in BMX Triple Hit next week. MORE ON CHRISTOPHER

We’ve said it before. Beaver Fleming just lives life right — his focus on enjoying every moment could be the secret to a huge showing in Skate Best Tricks this year. MORE ON FLEMING

And click here for a bunch more athletes profiles!

We All Have a Fantasy – WildWeek

Advice of the week: With the 2017 Nitro World Games just around the corner, we thought we should remind you that this isn’t just another Nitro Circus show. It’s a sports competition, and with the world-class field we have for the semifinals in each event, it really is anyone’s to win. So in the spirit of many degenerates before us, we’re excited to bring you the Nitro World Games Fantasy Challenge, which is just what it sounds like: Fantasy Nitro World Games, where you pick your favorites for each event and get points based on how well they do. It’s free to enter and the prizes are rad. So our advice of the week is some basics on how to do well in fantasy sports. First off, be a mathematician. Obviously this advice might be coming too late for most of you, but it’s still pretty good advice if you’re playing the long game. Second, study up! Learn the athletes, their strengths, their weaknesses, who’s on fire, who’s hitting their peak. Last and arguably most important: You aren’t playing fantasy if you don’t take it way too seriously. Yes, it is just for fun, but you know what’s fun? Winning. Just ask this guy:

Travis Pastrana signing jerseys for the winners of the Nitro World Games Fantasy challenge

If you do win, that’s the proof that Travis actually touched your prize. Those are the exact jerseys that will go to the winners for scoring in the Top 10 in the Nitro World Games Fantasy Challenge. We’re not gonna lie, choosing the podium winners before the semifinals is going to be super tough. But there’s no risk, and the rewards are signed by a true legend. ENTER FOR FREE

BMX Freestyle Park has been added to the 2020 Olympics. This is a no-brainer, of course. The only lingering question is whether “BMX Freestyle Park” as a phrase is redundant. Corollary: When will Obsessive Pedantic Overthinking become an Olympic event? READ IT

Jordyn Barrat set to compete at Dew Tour 2017. Up-and-coming skateboarder and 2020 Olympic hopeful Jordyn Barrat was among the 45 athletes selected to compete at the Dew Tour Am Contest in Long Beach, California, the first woman to receive the invite. READ IT

Baller move of the week: R-Willy puts out a best of 2017 compilation … in June. Hey, can you blame him? The rate that he’s going, we may have to convert to dog years. This edit runs the gamut of disciplines R-Willy is riding this year, from scooter to mini-scooter to booter. The good news is, this is only Part 1 in the series. He promises another one within a week or so. ADMIRE IT

Important Update: Bears can open the door to your van. We’re all about bringing insight vital to people who embrace the adventure lifestyle, and this one is a doozy. As a pair of friends discovered in Whistler, B.C., Bears have acquired the manual dexterity to open a van door. The bear sat in the driver’s seat for 12 minutes and honked the horn, which indicates bears may be interested in learning to drive too. Playing dead or fighting back will not likely be effective against a bear and a van, so adjust your tactics accordingly. EDUCATE YOURSELF

>>> NON-NITRO MVCs OF THE WEEK <<<

Jacqueline Taheny

A 43-year-old mother from Darwin will compete at the 2017 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup. We’ll just get started on the movie pitch here: Jaqueline Taheny started out in BMX as a spectator, watching her eldest race BMX at the local club. She thought she’d give it a try. She quickly surpassed her son as a rider (he’s proud of her, folks). Add a bit about how the local townsfolk were scandalized that a woman, let alone one her age, could take on men in supercross. Cap it off with an improbable chance to compete against riders from around the world. Oscar material. GREENLIGHT IT

We didn’t think you could improve on how babies receive nourishment. Mostly because we don’t really understand anything about parenting or motherhood or babies. But the Sirens Women’s Motorcycle Club in New York is working with the New York Milk Bank to deliver breast milk for free to infants in need. It’s an incredibly worthy cause with a delivery system we do understand. Sirens, you are non-Nitro MVCs of the week. BLESS IT

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Riders have been putting their own edits together for quite a while now, and we can see their talent as filmmakers growing. The key word is “growing,” because as this video proves, they’re still a little short of Michael Bay in selling the drama as well as the action. R-Willy’s secret video, shot at Pastranaland, is a short vignette about a bullied scooter rider in one of the steepest and shortest character arcs in movie history:

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It’s pun o’clock: Here’s something Sheeny never tires of doing:

Puppy PSA: As temperatures heat up this summer, don’t leave your dog unattended in your car without opening the windows.

😂😂 👌🏻 funny @kyleayoung

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When you forget your loading ramp: Wherever you are in life, find your balance.

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A sneak peek at next week: WildWeek will take the week off to bring you coverage of a little thing called the Nitro World Games.

Check out the previous WildWeek right here.

Kurtis Downs Drops a Sick Edit From Franklin Farm

Look, as long as riders are giving us awesome videos, we’re going to post them. BMX legend Kurtis Downs’ latest spent a little more time on the vine than they usually do; it was filmed at the legendary Franklin Farm at Jed Mildon’s compound in Tokoroa, New Zealand, back in November. But there’s one thing that never seems to get old with viewers: a highlight reel from a great session. As much as Kurtis is featured in the edit, Franklin Farm itself plays a striking role. One part insane DIY setup, one part Mad Max film set, it would make a fantastic park to serve as backdrop for a BMX video game. You can tell Kurtis had fun shredding there; he broke his toe. Check it out:

Interested in BMX? Check out the latest BMX news here:

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More Highlights Than You Can Handle From Nitro’s Huge Calgary Show

The Calgary show is done and dusted, leaving riders and fans alike with some lasting memories. It was a redemption for us, of sorts. On our last North America tour, the Calgary show was canceled because of bad weather. We can’t tell you how much the Nitro Crew hates having to cancel a show. We can only tell you how much better we feel when we get to return and pull off a show as memorable as this one. We leave it to the riders themselves to tell the story. Hours after the show, an avalanche of sick edits began to appear on riders’ social media, leaving us in little doubt that something memorable had just gone down. To cap it off, Nitro Circus Ringleader Travis Pastrana had a great show, including a prolonged autograph session after. FMX veteran and Nitro stalwart Steve Mini stuck his first-ever frontflip in a show, earning him the MVC on a very stacked night. Check out the social highlights and the gallery below:

POV footage of my self and @jamesfosterbmx from the other day in Calgary 🇨🇦

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Sick show tonight in Calgary, everyone killed it 🤘@nitrocircus #nitrocircus #sundayfunday #teamcookson

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Dying for more show highlights? Check out some of these:

Tons of Highlights From the Central Coast Show (Image Intense)
Highlights From the 2017 Australia Tour Opener
Highlights From the Last Two New Zealand Shows

BMX Freestyle Park Added to 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Another reason to be stoked about the future of BMX: The International Olympic Committee announced BMX Freestyle Park will be added to the official program for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. For BMX riders and fans alike, it’s been a long time coming. The sport is far from new. In fact, it’s viewed within the action sports community as one of the old guard. So it might surprise some that BMX is still fighting for a place in the mainstream. Being an Olympic sport will help legitimize BMX even more, which will hopefully translate into increased investment in BMX facilities and programs. The competition will attract the best BMX riders from around the world, including potentially many riders competing at the upcoming Nitro World Games, like Daniel Sandoval and Colton Walker, who were among the BMX legends pumped about the news:

#BMX freestyle park is confirmed in the @olympics in Tokyo for 2020!!😁🙏

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Interested in BMX? Check out the latest BMX news here:

World’s First BMX at the Great Barrier Reef?
R-Willy Stomps a BMX 720 Frontflip Barspin for His Hometown Crowd
Nitro BMX Stars Lent a Hand After Devastating Australia Flood

World’s First BMX at the Great Barrier Reef?

Hailed as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World, the Great Barrier Reef boasts incredible colors and an amazing variety of animals. The second Nitro Circus boarded the tour ship, we nearly sparked a mutiny. Sure, the snorkeling and diving was amazing, but who knew we’d see a BMX first on this side trip. Co-MC and Nitro regular Catfish has been pushing the #catfishdecademovement, which is an attempt to resurrect a dated flatland trick. He inspires people by performing it all over the world. Check it out:

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He busted one out at the Reef, and we assume it was a World’s First at this particular spot. Sailors, pirates, and oceanographers have been baffled and mesmerized by the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, yet Catfish is surely the first person to pay homage by sending a trick there.

Enjoy the video and know there were microscopic jellyfish burning our faces throughout the video shoot. Cheers!

Want to see more from the Crew on tour?

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We’re Coming for You – WildWeek

Advice of the week: We will bring our bikes anywhere. Here are some examples of questions we get daily: “I can’t believe you jerks won’t come to Georgia!””You’re a bunch of jerks for not coming to my city this weekend!” “Do you realize how many fans you have in London? Why don’t you come here, you jerks!” You get the idea. This is, in a way, very flattering. You want to come to our show, and the underlying question here is: When will you be able to do that? We’ve got good news. Over the last couple years we’ve expanded the Nitro Crew so that we have a rotating lineup. That means athletes can take breaks and the show can still go on, so we’re able to do more shows than ever, which in turn means we can bring the show to cities where we’ve never been before. When you add it all up, the net result is that we’ll almost certainly be coming to your city (or a city very close to you) at some point in the future. If you go to our list of upcoming shows and don’t see your city or region, that doesn’t mean we’re never coming. We just haven’t announced a show there at this time. Or we’re huge jerks who hate you. It’s definitely one of those two. Just kidding, we love you all and will be coming your way as soon as possible. So if you don’t see a show near you, sign up to be notified when we announce one. It’s a big ole world out there, and our goal is to eventually do backflips through all of it. See you soon. Oh, and since you’re here, check out this awesome stuff:

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Travis Pastrana and the Dixie Chicks have one thing in common: Their hearts are stuck in second place. But that could all change in a one race. For Travis, at least. The Dixie Chicks are going to have to figure their own stuff out. Travis and co-driver Robbie Durant took second at the STPR behind David Higgins and Craig Drew for the second time in a row. For the third time this year the Subaru Rally Team USA teammates have taken the top two spots, so this is shaping up to be one hell of a rivalry. RACE TO IT

The Nitro Crew held a bike safety clinic for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis. Travis Pastrana is a hometown hero in Annapolis, but it may surprise some that he of all people would be called upon to talk about bike safety, renowned as he his for taking enormous risks on bikes. But if you think about it, it makes total sense: Pro action sports riders have to be safety experts, or they won’t have very long careers. WATCH IT

New Braaaap alert! Kawasaki unveiled its 2018 line of motocross bikes this week and all eyes are on the KX250F. Considered to be the single-most dominant motocross bike of the decade, the latest updates feature improved torque and suspension, with faster lap times on the Kawasaki test track than the 2017 model. It’s the kind of bike you have to unlock before you can ride it in the video game. COVET IT

BMX legend Rick Thorne is back with a new webseries called Pool Seekers. The X Games competitor, reality star, and musician may not be as well known to young BMX riders of today as legends like Mat Hoffman and Dave Mirra, but many credit him with bolstering the popularity of the sport in the ’80s and ’90s. Rick’s new series is all about returning to his roots riding abandoned pools. It’s a great series for riders who miss the bad old days when BMX was “against the rules” and part of the counter-culture. DROP IN

Donate to the family of Steven Lenoir. The moto champion succumbed to injuries sustained from a crash in France during a qualifying runs for the Flanders Motocross Championship. He was the EMX250 Champion in 2010 and won the MX2 title in the Maxxis British Champion in 2015. You can help support Steven Lenoir’s family by donating to his Road2Recovery. DONATE HERE

>>> NON-NITRO MVCs OF THE WEEK <<<

The latest edition of BMX star Pat Casey’s Dream Yard series is fully lit with one of craziest combos we’ve seen in a while: A 180 double whip over spine to fakie 5 to fakie on the quarter. For a trick with a name that could easily double as an ’80s rap lyric, Pat is our Non-Nitro MVC of the Week.

Ropes? Who needs ropes? Celebrated mountain climber Alex Honnold made history with a ropeless ascent of the notorious El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. Widely considered to be the moonshot of solo freeclimbing, the next level in the sport must be found on another planet. Probably the least prestigious accolade he will receive this week, but we’re awarding it all the same. Alex, you’re a Non-Nitro MVC of the Week. BELIEVE IT

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Inline out: This is how R-Willy plans to ramp up his skills as a rollerblader.

So I nearly died…☠️ #neardeath #rollerblades #fail #nitrocircus #FullVideoInBio #NextTimeIGotIt!

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Heading into the weekend like: Who needs a plan?

🤣💦😂😂😂👌🏻@dangerboydeegan @hucksondeegan

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And he looks sharp wearing them: Todd Meyn snaps a frontflip tailwhip with the new Snapchat specs.

Prepare for a pun: Bilko is flush with pride over this sick whip.

#whipitwednesday feat @joe_donaghy taking a dump 💩😂

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A sneak peek at next week: We’ve got one more show ahead of Nitro World Games. Plus more from MC Micah Kranz!

Check out the previous WildWeek right here.

Stories for Days – Nitro World Games News Round-Up

Well, we are exactly two weeks away from the Nitro World Games semifinals, going down the day before the main event at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on June 24, which you can watch in person, watch live on NBC, or stream live online at NitroWorldGames.live. We’re getting pretty good at weaving that info into sentences in a way that seems natural, don’t you think? The anticipation for this year’s competition is building, and today we’re bringing you more profiles to help you get to know the stories behind the world-class athletes that are competing this year. Buckle up!

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Brian Fox won the 2016 Triple Hit qualifier, didn’t get to compete in Salt Lake. The up-and-coming BMX phenom suffered a devastating injury in practice just minutes before the semifinals. Now, he’s got his heart set on redemption. MORE ON FOX

Harry Bink just rolls with it. The last 12 months have been crazy for the FMX prodigy. In 2016 he didn’t even know he’d be riding two NWG events until he got to Salt Lake. This year, he plans to improve on his two fourth-place finishes and make the podium in both FMX events. MORE ON BINK

Evan Doherty can’t drive, but he sure can skate. The 14-year-old is wise beyond his years, particularly when it comes to skateboard IQ. Will he take home a Nitro World Games trophy before he even gets his learner’s permit? MORE ON DOHERTY

Logan Martin is humble and focused. Last year’s second-place finisher in Triple Hit made the podium against a stacked field. This year his approach to the pressures of competition is to realize that anyone can win. The only thing is, he’s one of the few who already has. MORE ON MARTIN

Sneak peek at next week: We take a look at the handful of athletes who are competing in more than one event.

R-Willy, Allegedly Taking It Easy Before Nitro World Games, Has Close Call on Rollerblades

According to many, Ryan “R-Willy” Williams is the man to watch at this year’s Nitro World Games. In the weeks leading up to the June 24th main event, it’s only natural for riders to want to prep for the competition and to take it easy and maybe take fewer risks to avoid an injury that keeps them from competing. R-Willy’s latest edit starts with him acknowledging the big event is around the corner and that his mind is on keeping healthy and fit. Sure, he still had the final show of the Australia tour to perform, but he could hardly be faulted for wanting to stick to the script and send his regular (yet superhuman) tricks. Instead, R-Willy nearly injures his elbow at a local skatepark, and later during practice before the show, he comes dangerously close to dying on Giganta attempting to drop in on rollerblades. Proof that we’re not out of the woods yet? He had the time of his life and will probably try it again. Would someone please wrap him in Nerf until June 24th? Don’t miss the rest of the edit, which features tricks from Andy Buckworth, a Nitro BMX train, and POV shots of some of R-Willy’s biggest tricks. Check it out:

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First Day of Camp at Woodward West With Beaver Fleming

Summer is basically here, and for the lucky riders at Woodward West, summer camp is in session. We have one of the school’s most distinguished alumni ushering it in: Nitro skateboard phenom Beaver Fleming. It’s been a breakneck year so far for Beaver. He made the semifinals at the 2017 Vans Pool Party, he won the Big Air competition at the General Pants Bowl-a-Rama in Bondi Beach, and he’s headed back to the Nitro World Games. We know Beaver the competitor and motivator, but in his latest edit, we get to see him loose and unscripted, hanging out with friends during a session on a couple different Woodward setups. Check it out:

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Travis Pastrana Takes Second at STPR

The rally duel of the summer continues with a second-place finish for Subaru Rally Team USA’s Travis Pastrana and co-driver Robbie Durant, who missed the top spot once again to Subaru teammates David Higgins and co-driver Craig Drew at the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally. Travis was in the top spot going into the second day of the event, ahead of David’s team by over a minute because of mechanical failures early in the day. But David’s team made up the time after Travis’ team went off-piste and blew a tire. Travis has never won at STPR, a challenging course with narrow roads and punishing hair-bend turns. With only two more events this year, Travis has a tough road ahead to the American Rally Association National Championship. He’ll have to be lucky and good to overcome David’s lead in points, but then, being lucky and good is kind of Travis’ thing. Check out some highlights from the weekend here:

One of the few tight corners on the #STPR17 rally yesterday. @srtusa

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Things Are Getting Real – Nitro World Games News Round-Up

Now that the Nitro World Games qualifiers are down and we’re mere weeks away from the main event at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on June 24, it’s time to take a closer look at the athletes themselves and the stories we’re all watching closely as the clock ticks toward the biggest action sports competition of the year. Below you’ll find some analysis, but mostly you’ll get to know a few of the athletes who will be vying for podium spots on June 24.

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Scooter may not be your thing, but it’s still a thing. We talked with scooter veteran Jake Hershey about the evolution of a sport that some people are having trouble getting their minds around. He tells us that that’s OK. READ IT

Brandon Loupos will vie for two podiums. The BMX superstar is in Triple Hit and Best Tricks, and he’s ready to throw down. MORE ON LOUPOS

Trey Wood wants more this year. The Arizona native finished third in Skate Best Tricks last year and is more confident in his game than ever heading into this year’s semifinals. MORE ON WOOD

Jaie Toohey won’t stop. Anyone who can come back from the injuries this BMX phenom has sustained will always be a contender when he drops in. MORE ON TOOHEY

Rony Gomes has his 2017 strategy locked. After feeling a bit disappointed with his results in Skate Best Tricks last year, the veteran rider has a plan of attack for Salt Lake this year. MORE ON GOMES

Brandon Schmidt: From dark horse to athlete to beat. The multi-threat athlete was a surprise qualifier last year, but he ended up making the finals and placing fifth overall. This could be his year. MORE ON SCHMIDT

Sneak peek at next week: More athlete stories, plus a lot more things you need to know about Nitro World Games 2017.

Coming to (North) America and Time to Rally – WildWeek

Advice of the week: Help the Nitro Writers cement a legacy, and you’ll earn good luck forever (probably?). AKA, please tell Zack Warden that we named his trick. A couple weeks ago at Nitro World Games BMX Best Tricks qualifiers, the legendary BMX veteran landed a backflip bikeflip to late tailwhip, a trick that basically no one does, and in our write-up we compared it to an MC Escher sketch, which was admittedly a subtle attempt to get everyone to start calling that trick the Escher or the Escher Flip. Pretty cool name, right? Well, we decided subtlety is for writers of poetry, so now we’re just flat-out asking for your help to make our dream a reality. If you know Zack, tell him about it. If you are Zack, even better. We should all start slipping this into casual conversation like everyone’s been calling it that for years. “Yo Zack, killer Escher Flip at NWG qualifiers, man!” Or, “Zack! My friend! I don’t believe you pulled the Escher out during NWG qualifiers, you sly dog!” Or, in the very specific case that you are Zack, something like, “Yeah, I’ve done the Escher a few times in competition, no big deal.” But before you head off to do any of that, scroll past this enormous image and enjoy some really cool stuff from the last week or so:

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Goodbye Australia. Hello North America. We appreciate your patience in getting through the featured image this week. Usually we go for something with less height, but did you see that thing? We frankly had to use it. Our 2017 Australia tour was a blast, but the North America Tour kicks off this weekend in Ames, Iowa, and continues all summer, so if you’re in the U.S. or Canada, there’s a chance we’ll be near you soon. MORE INFO HERE

Is there room for another sports rivalry this weekend? The Cavaliers and Warriors aren’t the only rivals meeting for the third time this week. Travis Pastrana’s quest for the American Rally Championship continues at the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally. Travis will face Subaru Rally Team USA teammate and rival David Higgins again, after trading positions for the top spot at the Olympus Rally and the Oregon Trail Rally this year. Travis has never won at this rally, and the cost of a small mistake on this course could be huge. SEE IT

The rise of scootering is a cautionary tale for people who adhere too closely to the status quo. Don’t we sound smart this week? Scooter has arrived. It’s no longer the underdog, the Rudy of the action sports world. Scooter has earned a spot among BMX, skateboard, inline, and FMX the old-fashioned way: winning hearts and minds with the boldest, freshest, and craziest tricks. The Nitro World Games is one of the big competitions that has leaned into this new wave of action sports progression. READ IT

Unchained takes home some hardware. This documentary about FMX hits us right in the gut — in a good way. We always feel the FMX love and are pumped that it’s getting recognized more. The fact that this is a documentary on Netflix (so watch it this weekend, why don’t you?) is cool, but the fact that it was good enough to win an Emmy is just plain awesome. Bonus: It’s narrated by former Goonie Josh Brolin. WATCH IT

BMX star Mike Varga stomps a 900 tailwhip and a 1260. It’s a stunning edit shot on an amazing homemade ramp in his backyard outside of Toronto. This is cool in its own right, but we can’t help but point out that the 19-year-old is headed to Salt Lake City to compete in the Nitro World Games this month. Not that you needed any more reasons to watch, but here we are. With tricks like these in his back pocket, the other riders might want to pray for some sort of visa issues at the U.S.-Canada border. ADMIRE IT, EH

BMX doesn’t need fuel to be high-octane. The 2017 FISE: Montpellier Spine Mini Finals were lit to the point we had to check to see we weren’t watching the playback in fast-forward. It drew some of the biggest and best BMX riders in the world, and it’s a good preview of the insanity to come at the Nitro World Games BMX Triple Hit event, as many athletes, like Colton Walker, Logan MartinAlex Coleborn, Irek Rizaev, Brandon Loupos, and Brian Fox, who were at FISE are headed to the NWG next. OK, that was the last time we’ll pump the NWG this week. Maybe. GET STOKED

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The Brazil-based Naffita BMX crew with a nice, old-school street BMX edit. Make sure you stick around to see the huge 360 at the end.

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Pro Tip: Never drive anything up a cliff unless you’re prepared to have it roll on top of you.

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He walked away: Harry Bink stuffs up a rock solid backflip and somehow the only thing broken is his shifter lever.

We don’t recommend this: The backflip to sketchy cushion.

Tirelessly scouring the net: WildWeek is all about fun videos, amazing puns.

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A sneak peek at next week: What happens when you bring a bunch of the best action sports athletes in the world to Iowa for the weekend?

Check out the previous WildWeek right here!

Harry Bink Walks Away From a Rock Solid Backflip Wipeout

FMX legend Harry Bink is one of Nitro’s toughest and most reliable riders, sending it every night while performing some of the show’s biggest tricks. The 2017 Australia tour saw him join the exclusive club of riders who have landed a double backflip on a motorcycle. But on the last night of the tour, Harry attempted his signature rock solid backflip and couldn’t quite keep it on two wheels through the landing. Fans who attended the show have been messaging the Nitro Facebook asking how he’s doing. The answer: There’s nothing broken. He’s just a little banged up. We think we can all agree, Bink’s a freaking beast. Check it out:

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R-Willy Backflips a Booter, the Scooter-BMX hybrid

Ryan “R-Willy” Williams is one of the few athletes with multiple storylines running on his vlog and social media channels. They can essentially be broken down into three categories — what trick will he attempt next, what discipline will he try next, and what action sport will he invent? The first two themes have been the enduring storylines of his career. He’s always chasing the next best trick, and he’s never shied away from crossing into other disciples. R-Willy only recently started showcasing his talents with hybrid disciplines. He created a mini scooter, and he backflipped it. He introduced Heelys into the mix, and landed a Heely-scooter combo. He credits the most recent idea to pro BMX YouTuber Harry Main — a scooter-BMX hybrid R-Willy calls the Booter. The Booter is a BMX frame with a scooter clamp and bars, or a BMX with absurdly high handlebars. It makes you wonder what it would look like if a horseback rider substituted a horse for a giraffe. Yet R-Willy still somehow manages to tame it, looking perfectly at home after an initial rough start. He lands a barspin, an implausible 360, and what amounts to a tailwhip to surfer landing (which he describes as being easier than a standard tailwhip on this setup). By the end, he even backflips it. Check it out:

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Wildcards and Be Like Beaver – WildWeek

Advice of the week: Be like Beaver. Skateboarding Positivity Beacon Beaver Fleming is really, really good at what he does. Skateboarding, sure, but also his laser focus on staying in the moment and enjoying his life, regardless of what comes his way. Kids, if you take only one piece of inspiration from all that we bombard you with, make it this one: Winning is awesome, but enjoying life is everything. We’ve got a feature down below about Beaver’s crazy spring, and if you check out the Nitro YouTube page this weekend you’ll see him hosting the 10 best moments from Nitro World Games qualifiers last week. (He’s also good at hosting, to no one’s surprise.) Oh, and he’s down below in Best of the Rest. Basically, this week we’re all about Mr. Fleming, because if we phrased it that way and used his first name, you might miss the point entirely. There’s plenty of other awesomeness too, so prepare yourselves.

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The Nitro World Games Wildcards lead this WildWeek. Meta? On Wednesday we hit the one-month countdown to the 2017 Nitro World Games, which will happen on June 24. Good timing, because now the Wildcard picks are in, so the fields are officially set, which means you can stop guessing and start really rooting for your favorite riders. The lineup is stacked, and we cannot wait to see what’s going to happen this year. READ IT

Scooter legend Jordan Clark has a lot of titles for someone his age. Jordan Clark’s path to becoming the ISA World Champion, the two-time European Champion, and Nitro World Games Scooter Best Tricks runner-up is a strange one for action sports. With riders from so many disciplines making the move to BMX, Jordan went the other way, switching his bike for a scooter five years ago. Jordan is one of the reasons the sport is being taken more seriously. We caught up with the scooter phenom as he preps for ISA Word Finals and his next bid for glory at the Nitro World Games. READ IT

Beaver Fleming is the Andrew WK of skateboarding: He loves to party but always keeps it positive. In fact, we’re pretty sure he’d be down for any pool party he was invited to. Good thing he brought his board to this one: Beaver put down some of his finest skating at the Vans Pool Party in Orange, California, one of the world’s biggest bowl events. With very little lead time to the event, he still managed to make the semis. But you have to check out the gnarly save at 1:18. BELIEVE IT

It was only a matter of time. Action sports photographers and videographers have embraced drones with dangerously open arms. It seems inevitable that someone would try to ride one, and shortly after, parachute off of one. Well, drone company Aerones and skydiver Ingus Augstkalns did just that. It’s tough when someone other than you gets the idea first, but that’s just a way of expressing our admiration for a fellow-traveler out there, misusing vehicles. But we should point out, a drone is unmanned by definition. It’s probably more accurate to call it a manicopter™. WATCH IT

If the Nitro Circus Live show was a giant campfire, Micah Kranz’s wiener would be cooked first. [Editor’s note: I have no idea what that means, but for some reason it feels right, so I’m leaving it.] Micah Kranz the Live show MC, crazy-ville’s tour guide, overall action sports authority, and one of the closest people to the show other than the riders themselves. It’s his job to explain what’s going on to the crowd amid a swarm of braapp, Giganta World Firsts, and contraptions. It’s a really difficult job that Micah has a ton of fun doing. We’re excited to welcome Micah to the Nitro Writers pool. READ IT

Clinton Moore is one of the Nitro Circus OGs. He’s actually only 29 but he’s been doing this long enough that he remembers practicing FMX backflips on sand. You know, a time before foam (henceforth, BF). In a feature in a local Australian newspaper, Clinton Moore talks about his storied career and his desire to continue progressing despite being considered a veteran in the sport. FMX tricks are awesome no matter what, and you can spend the rest of your life touring the classics, like Paul McCartney. But Clinton is determined to bring new, gnarlier tricks to the live show. It’s that attitude that makes him one of the most valuable and long-serving members of the live show. RESPECT IT

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And a close runner-up:

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Battle of the rage-quits. At this year’s Manila Masters, a video game tournament based on the online multiplayer Dota 2, organizers held a special event to celebrate the tendency for players to quit the game in elaborate displays of rage. Players were invited to perform rage-quits onstage with real judges. This might be the most inside-baseball competition ever, but we feel it belongs in this week’s Right Turn. We prefer the silent, slow, boiling rage, but that’s just us. SAVOR IT

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Are … are those headlights?: Josh Sheehan sends off National Bike Month in true Nitro style:

Like Lyft Line but for BMX: Cade Brock, Garrett Kreiner, and Beaver Fleming just wanted to ride in the carpool lane.

All out of runway: Kurtis Downs and the art of oversending it.

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A sneak peek at next week: Our 2017 North America tour is about to go off! Do you have your tickets?

Check out last week’s WildWeek right here!

Jacko Strong’s Latest FMX Edit Is a Thing of Beauty

Action sports edits fall into any number of categories. This world tends to attract some athletes of a certain type — the clowns — so often they’re funny. A sick trick doesn’t really need to be ornamented, so often enough they’re allowed to live as just that. Thanks to smartphones, there’s an endless supply of edits of that type, for which we are forever grateful. A few athletes take the time to make edits look, well, beautiful. FMX rider Jackson “Jacko” Strong just dropped an edit that falls into that category. And why not? A perfectly executed trick in FMX is a thing of beauty, and pictured in silhouette against incredible sunsets, it becomes a work of art. The edit is a clip from Headstrong 2, an FMX video Jacko put together with director Ben Heidrich, and it also features FMX legend Rob Adelberg. You can find it on iTunes here. But first, check this out:

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Javier Villegas Lands an FMX Frontflip to Dirt

Javier Villegas was looking to put a rather sizable notch in his belt in time for the Nitro World Games semifinals after leading the field in the FMX qualifier. The FMX frontflip is one of those tricks that’s been around a long time, but not very many riders have landed it. With the mechanical kickers, it’s more doable now, but it still requires a ton of air bag or foam pit attempts to get the timing right, and even then it’s super difficult to dial in. As Javier points out, one successful run isn’t quite enough to call it part of your trick arsenal, but after landing it to dirt he joins a very exclusive club, and based on how comfortable he looked sticking it, we expect to see many more from him in the future. Do it, Javier:

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Beaver Fleming and the 2017 Vans Pool Party: The Power of Positivity

Nitro skateboard superstar Beaver Fleming put down some of his finest skating at this year’s Vans Pool Party in Orange, California, the biggest bowl contest of the year. Despite being relatively new to this competition — he’d skated the amateur division at this event in 2013, which was also the last time he rode a bowl in competition — he had some amazing runs with one astonishing save to make the semifinals. Even more impressive: He didn’t find out he’d be skating the Vans Pool Party until about a month before, so his practice time was super limited. Check out his edit from the competition:

That kicked off a pretty intense several weeks for Beaver, who we caught up with at Nitro World Games qualifying last week. “We had the Pool Party, now we have Nitro qualifying, and then we have X Games qualifying on Saturday — so three completely different disciplines. We have pool, mega, vert,” he says. Beaver credits his success at such different disciplines to being disciplined himself. “Time management has obviously been a big factor in trying to get all of this done,” he says. A rigid training regimen is part of it, but to any outside observer it’s obvious his attitude is an equally important part of how well he does. He says he couldn’t possibly choose his favorite of those skate disciplines, because if he had a favorite he probably wouldn’t do all three. Instead, he focuses on enjoying every moment no matter where he’s riding or what he’s riding. “I just look at it for the simplicity of when I was 12 if you told me I would be on TV skateboarding in front of thousands of people, I would never believe you,” he says. “If I get to ride my skateboard in front of all these people, it’s a beautiful moment, and I don’t want to be angry or bitter at any point in that, even if I’m not landing my stuff or even if I’m judged the worst. I just want to go out there and be like, any day on a skateboard’s a good day.”

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Inside the Nitro Circus Live Show With MC Micah Kranz

From the Editor: We’re very lucky to welcome to the Nitro Writers a man who really needs no introduction: Live show MC Micah Kranz! Micah is on the road with the Crew all over the world, so we asked him to drop in and write some posts for us whenever he feels inspired. Keep an eye out for more from him in the future!

Overall, the 2017 Regional Rampage Tour of Australia has produced tens of thousands of thrilled spectators, making it one of the most successful action sports tours in terms of happy audiences, but also in terms of the fun the Crew has had. And as good as every show has been this year, the banger show so far was the Sunshine Coast stop on May 6. This date has some very strange history. It falls during the week where, two years earlier, Jed Mildon pulled the first-ever BMX quadruple backflip. It’s seven years to the day that FMX legend Cam Sinclair landed his first double backflip after his horrific accident. And four years prior on the same tour stop, Ryan Williams, who claims Sunshine Coast as his hometown venue, took a harsh crash during practice and was taken to the hospital. Legend has it he came back just in time for the final train and climbed back on top of Giganta. Alas, out of precaution, the managers insisted he take the night off, so he had to miss performing in a show for his hometown crowd, a moment he has been thinking about ever since.

This tour, though, R-Willy was in fine form, and what he did in front of the enormous and amazing Sunshine Coast crowd will be talked about for years. Calling it his “redemption show,” he did what he does best: thrive under pressure. He pulled a frontflip on the mini scooter for the first time, then triple tailwhip cashrolled its regular-sized counterpart. He then went on to pull the World’s First 720 frontflip barspin on a BMX bike. He pulled the forward bike flip and attempted a World’s First frontflip inward to no-hander but couldn’t quite get his hands off. Still, it was a mind-blowing night for an incredible athlete and his thousands of fans.

It’s to the point where every single show these days is a vaudevillian display of maneuvers never before attempted. As the riders prepare in the dressing room, rumors of new tricks and World’s Firsts are always part of the discussion, and because these are athletes capable of impossible feats, it’s more than just big talk. As the announcer of the greatest live event on the planet, I have a unique view and stories I would like to share from the road with the realest Nitro Circus fans out there.

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The first thing you need to know: The tour is REAL. From riding kayaks down Giganta to backflipping a horse and everything in between, the smoke and mirrors have been reserved for other, marginal entertainment. Nothing represents this spirit better than FMX legend Bruce Cook. He is a show-stopper, but just like with everything we do, nothing is guaranteed in any given show. In Rockhampton, all of the elements were against him. The wind was blowing across the ramp, the sun was directly in his eyes, and when he took off the lip he shot sideways, causing him to be thrown toward the edge of the ramp as he landed. Luckily, mechanic Billy Van Vugt had the wherewithal to grab the motorcycle bar and keep Bruce from falling off the 15-foot lander. Bruce has since stuck every flip attempt on tour, and Billy landed himself the MVC for that quick save.

While each rider brings a unique flavor of madness to the recipe, the power that yanks us all together is the adoration of action sports. We take every opportunity to visit as many skateparks, trails, and local spots as possible. It’s one of the most amazing experiences to show up to a small Australia town and find some incredible structure to ride. If you’re a local in one of these towns, the chance that R-Willy, Todd Meyn, and Andy Buckworth will show up at your neighborhood park to ride at some point is near 100 percent. Sessions are going down sometimes more than once a day, and these guys are always trying to find lines never ridden before. These sessions are always intense but loose and awesome to watch. It’d be like Michael Jordan showing up and shooting hoops at your local court. That’s not going to happen. But if Nitro is in town, chances are good we are at your spot.

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At some point the group landed in Gosford, New South Wales, the hometown of the late BMX legend Dane Searls. Dane’s legacy of leaping the largest dirt jumps still breaths in the valleys of what might as well have been a rainforest. Jed has spent plenty of time in the area and offered to take a few of the Crew to see one of the hidden gems in Dane’s arsenal. After trekking down a path that didn’t seem wide enough for a wheelbarrow and hurdling huge boulders, we discovered the largest hand-built dirt jump in the world. We marveled and said positive words in Dane’s memory as we stood next to enormous dirt accumulations that were only ever jumped one time. Built by hand, these mammoth structures have been visited by limited people.

The Crew likes to visit local schools and put on educational performances as often as they can. This includes a unique demonstration of some tricks, a bicycle safety section, and the always-entertaining Q&A. My fellow announcer, Zach “Catfish” Yankush, has taken the fun a step further. Every time someone asks him for his autograph, he asks that person to sign his bicycle. It’s already looking very cool, so if you see him at your school, make sure you ask him for a texter. Maybe bring up the emcee battles he has been winning all over as well. What a character.

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Nitro Circus in Australia
Nitro Circus in Australia

There are too many astonishing performance highlights to name them all, but here are a few. Cam Sinclair stuck a four-person backflip in the rain. Matt Whyatt, aka the Wyatt Riot has been doing his namesake stunt as well as a frontflip whip catch whip. Andrew “Mini” Ahumada is also executing the frontflip windshield wiper regularly. Then there are the stunts with tons of coverage, such as Harry Bink’s first double backflip, Jaie Toohey’s triple flip dominance, and of course everything R-Willy does. See it all right here:

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The Nitro Crew Is Stoked to Be Back Down Under
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Toohey and Buckworth Put on a Show for Fans in Griffith

All About the Qualifiers – Nitro World Games News Round-Up

The first official competition runs of the 2017 Nitro World Games have been landed, and after an awesome week of qualifying action we’ve got all but a few semifinal slots filled with world-class athletes in FMX, BMX, skate, and scooter. Based on what went down this week, the 2017 NWG is bound to be truly something special. The finals will be broadcast live from Salt Lake City on June 24. Now, here’s a round-up of NWG qualifier news from this week:

Scooter Best Tricks qualifying was intense. The Scooter Best Tricks qualifier turned out to be one of the most intensely fought battles of the week, with 16 competitors sending it for a chance to move on to the semis. Since this story came out, it was announced that Jai Walker and Nolan Shoemaker have been given the two wildcard slots. WATCH IT

Freestyle Motocross semifinalists are set. Eight FMX riders also earned their slots in the semifinals. This year’s FMX event requires riders to land eight tricks in specific categories to demonstrate their range. WATCH IT

BMX Triple Hit was the hottest ticket in town. Nearly 30 BMX athletes came out to qualify for eight available semifinal slots in BMX Triple Hit, which means the action was fast and intense from the first run. WATCH IT

BMX Best Tricks semifinals added eight. The BMX Best Tricks field is shaping up for an awesome competition in the event that was the highlight of last year’s NWG for many fans. Qualifiers were intense this week, and the riders absolutely sent it. WATCH IT

Skate Best Tricks semifinalists are also confirmed. A baker’s dozen of the best skateboarders in the world are bound for Salt Lake City as well. The ramps have been adjusted based on rider feedback, ensuring an even better competition t his year. WATCH IT

This is also happening (stay tuned for more details):

Sneak peek at next week: Now that the field is set, it’s time to get to know the competitors of the 2017 Nitro World Games.

Qualifying Bids and Rally Kids – WildWeek

Advice of the week: Hang on for that scooter ride. This week in Southern California, the 2017 Nitro World Games qualifiers swooped in with something for everyone, but it was the Scooter Best Tricks qualifier that had everyone talking. Not because that event was necessarily the most exciting. It was the athletes themselves, the sheer number of them, and the the pure dedication to practicing for the competition. They’re some of the hardest-working athletes we’ve met. We work on the internet, so we hear the small but vocal contingent of haters who claim scooter isn’t a real sport and that it’s lame or just for kids. But let’s put that to bed for good right here. These kids absolutely send it, landing combos with names that would win a Scrabble match, like a frontflip triple whip rewind to kickless double whip. They’re also landing triple backs, triple fronts, and barspin and tailwhip combos that would make your BMX boyfriend blush. There’s no denying it: Scoot is for real, and it’s become a legit action sport despite the haters. The only remaining question is how big it’s going to get. Watching it grow and evolve is going to be one of the most exciting action sports stories of this generation. Get ready for the ride! Also, check out this stuff:

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Nitro World Games qualifiers went off. This week in Lake Perris, California, where the dry winds turn lips chapped instantly and the restaurant selection tends toward the “Well, we’ve got to eat somewhere,” four days of epic action sports competition played out like several awesome movies. Check out all the details, highlights, and athletes who are headed to Salt Lake City next month. SEE IT

Travis Pastrana and David Higgins are rally kings, with another 1-2 win. Competition is heating up in Round 3 of the 2016 American Rally Association championship with David Higgins picking up the win and Travis Pastrana just edged out in second place at the Olympus Rally. This was the second rally in the last couple months where they took the top two podium, with Travis placing first and David second at the Oregon Trail Rally. They’ll meet again at the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania on June 2. READ IT

Collect ’em all. May is National Bike Month, something we celebrate all year round, because bikes are kind of a big deal here. We ride all kinds on our ramps. BMX bikes are the most common, but we also feature MTB and several that are too unusual to classify, because we’ll ride anything. Here’s something for the Giganta Ramp suggestion box: Our friends at Team USA put out an article this week featuring the types of Olympic Bikes. We can’t tell if backflipping a track cycling bike is a good idea or a great idea, so we might just have to find out. READ IT

The best #TBT of the week is Josh Sheehan’s Treeflippin’ Instagram post. We love it when Nitro riders post #TBT edits of old tricks. Not only are they always awesome, but it saves us the YouTube deep-dive to find them, so writer-rider fist bump. Josh Sheehan posted a clip this week of one of the good old days at Pastranaland, where bad ideas come to warm their feet in the fire. Or as Nitro Producer Madi Christensen says in the comments of this post:  “Was a good trip, spent hours in the hospital that week.” WATCH IT

Brandon Schmidt doubles down on BMX star status with a new pro edit. It’s another career milestone for the newly christened BMX star, something akin to being a “made guy” in the sport. Remember, Brandon Schmidt also released a pro model snowboard late last year. This edit is sick and features his growing arsenal of tricks. It also clearly shows how much of a threat he could be at the Nitro World Games this year. Brandon, you may be too young for this reference, but you could be in Nancy Kerrigan territory here. ADMIRE IT

Action sports’ warrior monks take us freeriding in Idaho. The Roadside Warriorz dropped their first episode with a mission statement to seek adventure, spread good, and create memories. In the short but bloody history of drone technology, this project is a high point. They make good use of it to get shots that would have blown the budget on a Hollywood film 20 years ago. The Roadside Warriorz are Gavin Godfrey, Preston Godfrey, and Kurtis Downs, riders you know and love, so check it out. WATCH IT

No tramp-shamers allowed either: R-Willy takes his first drone selfie:

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You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here. Two women were spotted doing donuts with small kids in the backseat at the Sunshine Coast Stadium after our show there. No one was hurt, thankfully, but some legal trouble may be headed their way. Just a friendly reminder to stay safe out there even if you’re pumped up on adrenaline from watching a Nitro show. We understand more than anyone that you need to do something with the desire for some daredevil antics, but that’s what video games are for. READ IT

From the “Whuuuuuuut?” files at NWG qualifiers: There are no walls in life when you can drive up them. You haven’t seen the last of this moto quarterpipe.

This is so crazy. #nitrocircus

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Come for the cute, stay for the questionable geotag: For Andy Buckworth, it’s just an honor to be among the GOAT.

Why have a puppy when you can have a pet mini goat 😍😍😍

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Resi still hurts, people: As Cade “Chicken Joe” Brock knows only too well, you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.

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A sneak peek at next week: We’ve got an inside look at Nitro Circus Live written by one of the MCs of the show, plus lots more Nitro World Games athlete spotlights.

Check out last week’s WildWeek right here!

R-Willy Stomps a BMX 720 Frontflip Barspin for His Hometown Crowd

There’s nothing like coming through in a clutch moment in front of a huge crowd. The stakes had never been higher, or more personal, for scooter and BMX icon Ryan “R-Willy” Williams, than when he performed for his hometown crowd at the Sunshine Coast, Australia. At the last Sunshine Coast show, four years ago, R-Willy was knocked out with a concussion during one of his practice runs, and he was unable to perform. In the week leading up to the show, he talked on his social media channels of his desire for redemption in this performance, so we knew he had something huge in store. And he didn’t disappoint. Among many other huge moments, he stuck a 720 frontflip barspin. Check it out:

MORE 2017 AUSTRALIA TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Tons of Highlights From the Central Coast Show (Image Intense)
The Nitro Crew Is Stoked to Be Back Down Under
Highlights From the 2017 Australia Tour Opener
Toohey and Buckworth Put on a Show for Fans in Griffith

Spend a Minute Inside Josh Sheehan’s Head During a Show

What is it really like to be a Nitro Circus rider? It’s what we’re all wondering, isn’t it? It turns out the answer has been here all along. The BMX, scooter, and skateboard riders have dropped edit after edit of unscripted, loose skatepark sessions throughout the tour. They’ve given us special access to the life of the touring rider, whether it’s kicking it between shows, or hanging out ramp-side watching each other send it. The FMX squad has been honing the art of the POV clip, a different type of immersive experience to be sure, but one that brings us closer to answering the question: What’s it actually like? Who better than FMX Unicorn Josh Sheehan himself to show us? In his latest edit, Sheeny shares a full minute riding a Nitro show from his POV that looks like a cool blend of an EA Sports video game and a first-person shooter. Watch it:

MORE 2017 AUSTRALIA TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Tons of Highlights From the Central Coast Show (Image Intense)
The Nitro Crew Is Stoked to Be Back Down Under
Highlights From the 2017 Australia Tour Opener
Toohey and Buckworth Put on a Show for Fans in Griffith

R-Willy Breaks Out the Heelys, and Naturally Scooter Combos Follow

Ryan “R-Willy” Williams is known as a multi-threat athlete in scooter and BMX, and lately he’s also getting the reputation of being game to try anything with wheels. For example, we’ve seen him perform a backflip on a mini-scooter of his own creation. He even took it on the Giganta ramp. It seems that, however silly the contraption, he’ll eventually try to incorporate it in a serious trick. In his latest edit, it’s a pair of Heelys — the roller shoes. Yes, the ones that are rarely worn by adults. While we’re unsure of the future for the roller shoe as an action sport, R-Willy somehow manages to put a few tricks together, including some crazy scooter combos. Check it out:

FOLLOW R-WILLY? CHECK OUT HIS LATEST NEWS HERE:

New R-Willy Video Has POV Tricks, Contraptions and More
R-Willy, Schmidty, and Bilko Ride a Trampoline Park
R-Willy’s New Bike is Magical (or Maybe It’s Just Him)

Qualifier Kick-Off and South Africa Bound – WildWeek

Advice of the week: Many of you look at the Nitro Crew and wonder how you can be them. Some of you message us on Facebook or send us emails and literally just ask: How do I be you? Well, we’re the Nitro Writers, as opposed to the Nitro Riders (but it sounds the same when you say it fast, which has helped out our social lives quite a bit), so we can’t really help you become a world-class action sports athlete. But if you want to live like a Nitro Writer, you should mainly concern yourself with being on the internet a lot and being concerned about words and punctuation. Glamorous! The other cool thing is that we get to spend time covering the Nitro Crew, and when Nitro World Games rolls around, a ton of other legendary action sports athletes as well. Speaking of, we’ll be covering the NWG qualifiers live from Southern California next week, so stay tuned to our social channels and right here (links all the way at the bottom). Now, on to this week’s list of fame and shame:

Top of the drop - Nitro World Games

Nitro World Games qualifiers are going to be legit. There’s no way around it. Qualifiers for this year’s Nitro World Games are about to go down, and it’s going to rival last year for sure. Practice alone has been some of the most intense riding we’ve ever seen, and we have seen a bit of riding in our day. Get a look at some highlights from practice (including some World Firsts, of course) as an appetizer for live coverage on our social channels next week. SEE THEM

Nitro stars lend a helping hand to flood victims. When Nitro Circus stopped by Lismore, New South Wales, Todd Meyn, Jed Mildon, and Andy Buckworth saw first-hand the effects of the recent floods and decided to chip in with the relief effort. Jed even discovered a new way to dispose of living room furniture. You know, other than riding it down the Giganta ramp. READ IT

Travis Pastrana is officially NASTrucking. Travis Pastrana is heading to Las Vegas to compete in the Camping World Truck Series. To thank his sponsors and fans, he dropped a magnificent edit with something for almost everyone with guns, coffee, BASE jumping, and donuts. USA! USA! USA! WATCH IT

We’re wheelie excited about National Bike Month. May is National Bike Month, which is something we can get behind, even though technically every month is bike month at Nitro. We’ll take any excuse to celebrate this beautiful innovation of transportation, exercise, and freestyle artistry. And the fact that there are about as many ways to ride a bike as there are reasons. It’s fun and almost always healthy, unless you’re planning to backflip quad whip it over a 40-foot gap, of course. CELEBRATE IT

South Africa is amazing. And we are headed back there this year. The first time we visited this awesome country it left such an impression on the Crew that many of them still list it as their favorite tour. The biggest show we’ve ever done went down in Johannesburg. Hit this link for the cities and dates, and come reminisce about the last time we were there. FLASHBACK TO IT

“You said there’d be Sunshine Coast Hometown Hero Highlights from R-Willy.” Yes we did:

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When paddleboarding turns extreme. You know that moment when your sense of balance becomes tied directly to your chances of being eaten? An Orange County Coast Guard helicopter had to warn paddleboaders off the coast of Southern California that they were surrounded by 15 great white sharks. The presence of the apex predators isn’t usually considered a sufficient threat to close the beaches, but the pilot wisely invoked the “15 freaking sharks” rule and advised the paddleboarders to make their way to shore. SEE IT

Wish we’d thought of it: Brad O’Neal demonstrates once and for all that two wrongs can make a right.

@braddders2 you have a screw loose mate!!! Don't try this at home kids!!!

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It’s a repost bonanza: The Mad Hueys were up for a surf but ended up getting turfed.

"Come fishing with us, it will be fun" Good times boys @themadhueys 😂😂😂😂 #ShitCaption ⚓️

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A sneak peek at next week: The Nitro World Games qualifiers are Monday through Thursday, so keep an eye on the Nitro Facebook and Instagram, as well as the NWG Facebook and Instagram and NitroWorldGames.com for live coverage!

Nitro Circus ’47 Hats Coming to a Lids Near You

We are pumped to announce that the Nitro Circus line of ’47 headwear will be available at Lids stores around the U.S. and Canada and online starting today. The list of cities where you can swing by a Lids location and check out the hats is below. Since Day 1 of our partnership with ’47, Nitro athletes and fans alike have been rocking these hats and loving them. In a lot of ways, the partnership couldn’t be more perfect. “Encouraging authentic self-expression through sport and style is in ’47’s DNA, and the guys from Nitro Circus are some of the most fearlessly expressive guys out there,” Steven D’Angelo, Co-Owner of ’47, said. Now you can see them for yourself in person at a Lids near you. Check out some of these hats in the wild, and take a look below to see where you can get yours offline. For online orders, hit up Lids.com in the U.S. or Lids.ca in Canada.

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Lids locations where you can find ’47 Nitro headwear:

UNITED STATES:
Springfield IL
Madison WI
Grandville MI
Medford OR
Mcallen TX
San Diego CA
Charleston WV
Palm Desert CA
Springfield MO
Modesto CA
Albuquerque NM
Colorado Springs CO
Eugene OR
Asheville NC
Fresno CA
Bakersfield CA
Amarillo TX
El Paso TX
Horseheads NY
Grand Forks ND
Lakewood CO
Grand Junction CO
El Centro CA
Murray UT
Kennewick WA
Oklahoma City OK
San Diego CA
Calexico CA

CANADA:
Calgary AB
Hamilton ON
Windsor ON
Kelowna BC
Winnipeg MB
Winnipeg MB
Kamloops BC
Vernon BC

Nitro BMX Stars Lent a Hand After Devastating Australia Flood

BMX veterans Todd Meyn, Jed Mildon, and Andy Buckworth turned out to help victims affected by a devastating flood in New South Wales, Australia, when Nitro Circus stopped for a show in Lismore on April 25. The flood hit at the end of March around Northern NSW. Less than a month later, the area was thankfully on the mend, but there is still a long road back to pre-flood conditions. So Todd, Jed, and Andy went out to Lismore a few days early to see if they could assist the relief effort. “It was pretty devastating to see the damage that it had caused to the town, to see people’s houses completely destroyed and possessions ruined,” Todd says. The people of Lismore eagerly accepted the extra hands, and the Nitro athletes spent the day helping out wherever possible.

Nitro Circus Crew helps with Lismore flood relief
Nitro Circus Crew helps with Lismore flood relief

The three BMX stalwarts also got a chance to swing by a local skatepark. “We had one of our biggest skatepark crowds ever,” Todd says. “We rode and put on a little show for them, which they seemed very grateful for.”

Nitro Circus Crew helps with Lismore flood relief
Nitro Circus Crew helps with Lismore flood relief

“I love being a part of Nitro Circus,” Todd says. “We not only get to travel the world doing what we love progressing action sports — but getting the opportunity to do these kind of activities, giving back to the people and making people smile. There is nothing more rewarding.”

MORE 2017 AUSTRALIA TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Tons of Highlights From the Central Coast Show (Image Intense)
The Nitro Crew Is Stoked to Be Back Down Under
Highlights From the 2017 Australia Tour Opener
Toohey and Buckworth Put on a Show for Fans in Griffith

Qualifiers Are Here | Nitro World Games News Fest

Qualifiers for the 2017 Nitro World Games are this week, and to celebrate we’re bringing you a round-up of all things NWG. Some of the finalists and semifinalists are already set, so this week’s qualifiers will select the rest of the semifinalists for this year’s competition. The qualifiers are closed to the public, but luckily we’ll be covering the events live on the Nitro Facebook and Instagram, as well as NitroWorldGames.com and the NWG Facebook and Instagram. If you don’t follow us there, there’s no better time to start. The finals are just over a month away, set to be broadcast live from Salt Lake City on June 24. Now, time to catch up on NWG news:

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Qualifiers are about to go off. Get ready for the first official competition runs of the 2017 NWG with a bunch of highlights from practice, including World Firsts. Based on the progression we’ve already seen before the a single official run, this year’s NWG is going to be simply incredible. SEE IT

Travis talks open qualifying. One of the items on the top of Travis Pastrana’s must-have list in the very early stages of creating the NWG was open qualifying. Now, years later and into the second-annual competition, Travis discusses what made that a mandatory addition. WATCH IT

Marvel at the Lake Perris training grounds. If you’ve been following us or any of the athletes practicing at the compound, you’ll have seen how amazing this setup is. Now take a full-on tour of the practice facility that will also be the qualifying setup and eventually the ramps the champions will ride before being be crowned in Salt Lake City. WATCH IT

Check out the athletes who are pre-qualified. Last year’s podium finishers all received invites back to defend their titles — with the first-place winners from each event advancing directly to the finals and the second- and third-place winners to the semifinals. An independent committee voted on a handful of other pre-qualifiers. Check out who’s already destined for Salt Lake. KNOW THEIR NAMES

NitroWorldGames.com is new and improved. The NWG website is all new and improved, with all the good stuff you’ve come to expect plus a whole lot more. It’s also a whole lot prettier, if you’re into that sort of thing.  CHECK IT OUT

Sneak peek at next week: We’ll be reporting live from qualifiers all next week, so make sure you keep an eye on the NWG Facebook, InstagramNitroWorldGames.com, and right here at NitroCircus.com!

Chris Haffey’s Ode to the Rail Grind

We normally see inline skate legend Chris Haffey on our Giganta ramp, sending huge tricks across a 40-foot gap, though “normal” probably isn’t the optimal word to describe that. But it’s important not to forget how dominant Haffey is when he’s skating street, where his discipline is elevated to a form of high-octane performance art. This edit was put together with cinematographer Dom West for Chapter II and F33t in 2014 and 2015, and it features Haffey’s versatility with rail grinds. Check it out:

WANT TO SEE MORE CHRIS HAFFEY?

INLINE REPRESENTS AT THE NITRO CIRCUS TOKYO SHOWS

Sick Ramp-Side Views in Bruce Cook’s Highlight Reel

FMX superstar Bruce Cook is the latest member of the Nitro Crew to get in touch with his inner Michael Bay with a cinematic masterpiece documenting a Nitro show. The best thing about athlete-made edits is how they change from rider to rider. Bruce’s clip is unmistakably a love letter to that ramp-side life. On the one hand, you’ll be glad to have another great clip of a Nitro show from the riders’ point of view. On the other, it makes it that much harder to wait until the tour rolls into your city. Check it out:

MORE 2017 AUSTRALIA TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Tons of Highlights From the Central Coast Show (Image Intense)
The Nitro Crew Is Stoked to Be Back Down Under
Highlights From the 2017 Australia Tour Opener
Toohey and Buckworth Put on a Show for Fans in Griffith

Backflip Haters and Kentucky Skaters – WildWeek

We’re ushering in the spring with a new weekly roundup of everything awesome we could fit in one post. Yes, we know spring is almost over, but we’ve been busy. At any given time, Nitro Circus athletes are on tour, landing World Firsts, dropping edits of their latest side trips, or competing in the biggest events in action sports. We want to share the things we’re doing, the cool stuff we’re reading about, things that make us laugh, and some things that defy categorization. Think of it as a Nitro show in text form. Now, on to the goods.

Harry Bink Double Backflip

Call us when you double backflip a dump truck. A handful of vocal internet commenters seemed a bit underwhelmed last week when Harry Bink joined the exclusive FMX double backflip club (the photo you were just staring at, above), becoming the seventh rider to land the trick since Travis Pastrana did it first back in 2006, the year most vocal internet commenters were born. SEE IT

X Games Minneapolis competitors are hot hot hot. It looks like there’s going to be a lot of familiar faces competing at X Games this summer. The growing list already includes a bunch of Nitro veterans, including James Foster, Josh Sheehan, Beau BamburgJarryd McNeil, and many more. It’s going to be hard to choose who to root for, so let’s just hope everyone wins something. To see the current complete list, PRESS HERE

There’s no such thing as practice; you’re riding or you’re not. You have to admit, sticking a World First on the Nitro World Games practice setup more than two weeks before qualifiers is a pretty good way to let everyone know you’re planning on going big at the actual competition. We just hope Beaver Fleming didn’t plan to have a fellow Skate Best Tricks competitor pick him up from the airport in Salt Lake City, because he probably just lost his ride. SEE IT

Travis and Wheelz rule, the sky is blue, water is wet, etc. Two of Nitro’s most-recognized athletes won competitions last week: Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham took home the top prize at the WCMX World Championships, while Travis Pastrana finished first in the Oregon Trail Rally. Not to be confused with Oregon Trail the video game, which is much slower and less fun to watch. MORE ON WHEELZ and MORE ON TRAVIS

Northern Kentucky has a skate scene. Just across the river from Cincinnati, a group of skateboarders are doing their thing with backing from the mayor and the community. Yes, that says “backing” not “backlash.” Check out their awesome story. READ IT

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Tony Hawk witnesses car fire caused by rats. Action sports stars: They’re just like us. Even legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk is not immune from stumbling upon a scene of utter WTF, as he did this week in NYC when he witnessed some guy’s car catch on fire because it was infested with rats. Another Tony Hawk World First! ENJOY IT

Make the call: Did Jed Mildon just attempt a lazy boy backflip on an actual La-Z-Boy?

Little back end heavy 😂🤣😂🤣#winsomeloosesome #sendit

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We flashed back too far: R-Willy looking … not much different, actually.

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Sneak peek at next week: The Crew is headed to Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, this weekend to do a show in front of Ryan “R-Willy” Williams’ hometown crowd, so you can bet he’s planning something huge. See you then!

A Bunch of Animals: The Nitro Crew Visits Australia Zoo

Between stops on the current tour of Australia, some of the Nitro Crew spent a day at Australia Zoo to get up close and personal with animals from all over the world. Which coincidentally is not unlike the VIP experience for audience members at a live Nitro show. Australia Zoo was founded by the parents of Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin. He grew up there, which is where he got all his experience with animals. It’s common knowledge that Australia is full of wildlife that is hellbent on ending you — just last week on the current tour one of the behind-the-scenes crew was the victim of a nasty spider bite that required medical attention. So Jed Mildon, Ryan Williams, Bruce Cook, Brandon Schmidt, and a few others were excited to get closer to some cuddlier creatures. OK, they weren’t all soft and nice animals, but hugging a koala and kissing a giraffe fall way down on the carefree end of the animal encounter spectrum. Check out the highlights here and a few photos below:

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MORE 2017 AUSTRALIA TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Tons of Highlights From the Central Coast Show (Image Intense)
The Nitro Crew Is Stoked to Be Back Down Under
Highlights From the 2017 Australia Tour Opener
Toohey and Buckworth Put on a Show for Fans in Griffith

Jaie Toohey Is Landing Triple Backflips All Over Australia

Last year was the year of the Giganta triple flip, with many riders vying to be the next to perform the notoriously difficult and elusive trick. This year, another rider has stepped up and met the triple challenge. Jaie Toohey, who recently secured a spot in the upcoming Nitro World Games, is landing them like clockwork on Nitro’s current tour of Australia. And these aren’t just any triple backflips. It’s one of the most popular moments in the show, because they’re Jurassic-level huge and so smooth. He makes it look way too easy, even though we all know it’s not. Check out some photos and Toohey’s latest edit:

WANT TO HEAR MORE FROM JAIE?

JAIE TOOHEY IS THROWING DOWN IN NEW ZEALAND
TOOHEY AND BUCKWORTH PUT ON A SHOW FOR FANS IN GRIFFITH
JAIE TOOHEY’S BMX BACKFLIP TRIPLE TAILWHIP

 

Beaver Fleming Sticks Another Skateboard World First

Nitro skateboard superstar Beaver Fleming laid down a World First Cork 720 Christ Air this week during practice for the upcoming Nitro World Games. It’s a trick that takes about the same amount of time to say as Beaver needs to spin the full two rotations. As with most World Firsts, this one didn’t necessarily come easily, but we’re pretty excited that even practice for the upcoming NWG is yielding World Firsts. Beaver had to hone this one in the foam pit, and it took the right type of ramp setup to pull it off, but he has a knack for achieving the goals he sets for himself. In his latest edit, he takes us through the story of how the trick evolved from foam to ramp. With this in the books, we can only imagine what Beaver will try next. Check it out:

Can’t Get Enough of Beaver?

BEAVER IS A ONE-MAN VARIETY SHOW
BEAVER FLEMING GOES BIG AT BOWL-A-RAMA
BEAVER WINS BEST TRICK AT SIMPLE SESSION WITH A WORLD FIRST

Todd Meyn Rides Three Skateparks in Three Days

Since the first leg of the tour this year, Todd Meyn has been on a tear of local skateparks throughout New Zealand, Japan, and Australia. In fact, you could argue he’s been running a shadow tour averaging two or more skateparks per show. The BMX superstar clearly had no plans to stop, let alone slow down, when he hit three skateparks in three days across Australia. His edits are a remarkable blend of tour diary and personal journal documenting his progression. It’s inspiring to see local riders enjoying unparalleled access to one of the sport’s greats. Check it out:

A clip from just now .

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Such a good ride today at the local. Here is a little run from this morning.

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Fun little ride here in Rockhampton today.

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MORE EXCELLENCE FROM TODD:

TODD MEYN’S FOCUSED AND FIT FOR BMX
TODD MEYN ON HIS WORLD FIRST BMX DOUBLE FRONTFLIP TAILWHIP
TODD MEYN IS ON FIRE IN NEW ZEALAND
WILL TODD MEYN BE THE NEXT TO STICK THE NOTHING FRONT BIKE FLIP?

On the Anniversary of the FMX Triple Backflip, Landing a Double Is Still Huge

Two years ago today, on April 28, 2015, FMX legend Josh Sheehan landed the World First triple backflip on a motorcycle at Pastranaland in Maryland, cementing his place in action sports history alongside backflipping pioneers like Travis Pastrana. Travis, as you likely know, was the first to land the double backflip, at the X Games in 2006. Those two amazing accomplishments have led some fans to wonder what was so exciting last week when Harry Bink landed a double backflip at a Nitro show in Australia. “But that’s been done,” they said, questioning why the Nitro Crew appeared to get so excited when he rode away. Here’s the video:

It’s a fair question: Why, more than a decade after the first double backflip and two years after the first triple, are people getting pumped to see a young rider stick a double? We caught up with Sheeny between tour stops in Australia to get his take. The only man to ever land a triple backflip didn’t mince words: “It’s huge for him.” That’s because, he says, only seven riders have ever landed it: Travis, Cam Sinclair, Scott Murray, Sheeny, Jacko Strong, Tom Pages, and now Harry. We’ve said it before: More people have walked on the moon than have landed a double backflip on a motorcycle. And Sheeny is the only rider landing it consistently in shows and competitions, so he speaks from direct experience. Harry joined a very, very exclusive club last week, and with that moment FMX progression ticked a notch higher overall.

Sheeny coached Harry a bit on the double, but he gives all the credit to Harry. “I helped him with timing and to fine-tune his technique when he was trying them into the foam pit. He worked a lot of it out himself,” he says. There’s a reason so few people have landed it and only one rider attempts it consistently a decade later. “On the ramps that we use (American super kicker) it is so difficult to get the rotation,” Sheeny says. “Plus you go higher, and our landings aren’t usually very steep, so you land quite hard. If you crash from that height on a hard landing you can be badly hurt.” He mentions Cam Sinclair’s huge crash in 2009 as an example of the dangers involved. Cam was the only rider performing consistent double backs at that time, but he had a crash on one attempt that put him in a coma for eight days and would have ended his career if he wasn’t as tough as he is driven. But that’s what can happen to a rider who had landed it more than a dozen times, meaning that the trick doesn’t get any less dangerous no matter how many times you’ve done it. “It’s never easy and always scares the crap out of me,” Sheeny says.

As for whether this is a one and done situation for Harry, that remains to be seen. Sheeny says that if Harry decides to make the double a permanent part of his arsenal, it could lead to big things. “He is a very driven guy, and to have one of the tougher tricks it will make him very competitive in the big competitions.”

UPDATE: We talked to Harry, who’s also in Australia right now, and he told us he’s definitely planning to try more double backflips. His confidence is high, and rightly so. He sounds grounded and in a solid place with his achievements at such a young age. “A big thing Josh Sheehan taught me is anything is possible with the right amount of training,” he says. “So long as you never skip training sessions, the possibilities are endless.” He doesn’t remember a time when he didn’t want to try a double backflip. “I had always wanted to do this trick! I never 100 percent knew if I could stick it or not, but I 100 percent knew I always wanted to try it,” he says. The first one didn’t quite go as planned. In the video, it’s clear the landing is a little off, but Harry explains, he thought it was going to be much, much worse. “Well, soon as I left the up ramp, I thought I was dead,” he says. “My foot slipped out of my foot hook, and my feet were no longer attached to the bike. It was just my arms hanging on, hoping I’d stay with the bike! So it scared the crap out of me.” And then, intentionally or not, he leaves us with a mantra for success in almost anything in life: “I just hung on and hoped for the best!”

EXPERIENCE MORE:

THE MOTORCYCLE TRIPLE BACKFLIP
CAM SINCLAIR IS THE COMEBACK KING
WHAT’S IN A BACKFLIP?

A Day in the Life of Bilko, Nitro Circus Clown

Over the many years we’ve toured with Blake “Bilko” Williams, we’ve had plenty of opportunities to gain insight into the FMX star. We’ve seen him send tricks from his POV. We’ve even mic’d up his helmet to hear the mischief he gets up to during shows. We’re pretty sure we have him pegged by now: He’s a clown who’s really, really good at FMX. Bilko’s latest edit takes us even deeper inside the mind of Nitro’s funniest Crew member. It’s a day in the life of Bilko, according to Bilko. One thing is clear, he is never more anchored than when he’s flipping a motorbike over a big gap. If you feel your life is light on shenanigans these days, check this out:

MORE 2017 AUSTRALIA TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Crazy Tricks From Sheeny and Bilko’s POV
Cam Sinclair Sticks the Four-Person Backflip in the Rain
Tons of Highlights From the Central Coast Show (Image Intense)
Highlights From the 2017 Australia Tour Opener
Toohey and Buckworth Put on a Show for Fans in Griffith

Dusty Wygle’s Video From Black Sage Makes Us Want to MTB

Black Sage was the second stop on the Fest Series, a unique set of MTB events that are designed by freeriders, for freeriders, and judged by freeriders. Nitro’s own Dusty Wygle rode the event last weekend in Bend, Oregon, so we caught up with him to chat about how it all went down. “The concept is simple,” he says. “By the riders, for the riders. Big jumps, big bikes, big tricks, and send it as hard as you can.” He describes the Fest Series as one part exhibition, one part competition. The events last about 10 days, during which invited riders hit the course (which is designed by other riders for each stop). They ride hard and film everything, and at the end of the event, all the riders vote for winners in set categories like Best Trick, Best Overall Line, Style, and so on. “To get a vote from your peers, being the best freeriders in the world, carries a lot more weight than a judge who has never even ridden something like that,” Dusty says.

Quick reminder: Dusty is a superhumanly versatile athlete who rides everything from rocking horses to pitbikes in the live show. He also hits Giganta on his mountain bike, of course, but freeride MTB is a different animal. So, another point for his versatility. He got involved in Black Sage through some of the organizers of the Fest Series that he knows. “The courses and jumps were massive. They looked like they were having the best time ever riding their bikes. So I asked if I could ride in one of the events while I had some time off from the Nitro live shows,” he says. “After that I was hooked!” Black Sage was hosted by Kyle Jameson and Carson Storch, two heavy-hitters of the sport. “Each stop of the Fest is hosted by a rider. That rider is responsible for building the course, arranging housing and logistics for the invited competitors, and pulling sponsors to fund their event. I was really impressed with Kyle and Carson and the way they put the Black Sage Fest together,” Dusty says.

“The Black Sage course was amazing,” he says. “It is by far the longest and most technical course out of any Fest event I have seen so far.” Unfortunately, weather was a setback leading up to the event, but the spirit of the Fest ensures that there are always plenty of experienced and willing hands to get the course back in shape if rain washes parts of it out, Dusty says. “It’s a massive undertaking with how big the course is. The cool thing is all the riders get involved to make it happen. We all want to ride and are willing to get in there and get things running.”

As for what’s next with Dusty and MTB, he humbly categorizes freeriding as a passion, rather than a step in his career. “I’ve found that pursuing things you’re passionate about can lead to great things,” he says. “I now live in Oregon and have been dedicating a lot of my free time to riding bikes and learning more. I have a great crew of friends here that do the same thing. We’ll see where that road leads. Most likely to a lot more fun!” He definitely hopes to be back out there at more MTB events in the future. “We have a really full schedule for the Nitro Circus Live shows this summer and I am really looking forward to getting on the road with the Crew. But I would jump at any chance to ride another Fest event.”

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Wheelz Wins Third WCMX World Championship

Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham achieved another major milestone in his storied career last weekend when he became the three-time WCMX World Champion. The two-day Texas event hosted by RISE Adaptive Sports and Action Park Alliance featured men and women WCMX athletes competing in four divisions. Coming into the competition as one of the sport’s most recognized stars, with two championship wins, World Firsts, and an ESPY nomination, he was a clear podium favorite. He often speaks of his desire to inspire young athletes to try adaptive sports like WCMX and adaptive skate. This year’s WCMX WC proved that the sport is growing fast. Favorite or not, Wheelz faced tough competition and certainly had to earn his win in a weekend he described on his social media as the most intense in his life. Check out some highlights:

A few clips from the most intense weekend of my life! #wcmx #wcmxwc2017 #riseadaptivesports #sentit

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New R-Willy Video Has POV tricks, Contraptions, and More

Ryan Williams’ latest edit truly has it all. We never tire of his unscripted trips to local skateparks, but this edit is so much more. The scooter and BMX icon takes us 50 feet up to the top of the Giganta ramp to watch the Nitro Crew drop in. We share so many photos and clips of crazy BMX or FMX tricks; it is easy to forget all the other assorted contraptions we send down the ramp. Athletes like Jed Mildon look supremely confident on BMX, vehicles they trust, but they’re actually at their most courageous when they’re on a hospital gurney, a lounge chair, or a kayak. With more POV footage from the show, it’s truly the next best thing to being in the crowd watching the show in person. Or, better yet, hanging out with the man himself. For those who feel the next Nitro Circus tour can’t come quite soon enough, check out this clip:

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Travis Pastrana Wins 2017 Oregon Trail Rally

Travis Pastrana won the 2017 Oregon Trail Rally after leading for almost the entire three-day race. The Nitro Ringleader and his co-driver, Robbie Durant, made a decisive gamble with their tire allotment late in the race, but it was a gamble that obviously ended up paying off. Travis and Robbie placed second in this race last year behind Subaru teammate and perennial favorite David Higgins, who had won the Oregon Trail Rally the previous six years but had to settle for second this time around. Check out how it all unfolded in photos and video right here:

Thanks to everyone that came out to support us. Hoping to hold the lead through the longer stages today! @srtusa

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Dropping the hammer Harry.. still leading. Big jumps, high speeds, good times. @srtusa

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VIDEO: Travis Pastrana at Oregon Trail Rally This Weekend

The Oregon Trail Rally is on, and Nitro Ringleader Travis Pastrana and co-driver Robbie Durant are in the thick of it, driving for Team Subaru. The three-day rally goes through April 23, and you can follow along live right here. Travis finished second in this event in 2016 and is obviously looking to top that this year. Check out a few of his posts leading up to the start of the race (including some in-car footage from his test drive), and check back for results!

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Crazy FMX Tricks From Sheeny and Bilko’s POV

FMX legend Josh Sheehan regularly performs one of the most challenging and dangerous tricks in FMX in our live shows: the double backflip. It’s a trick that few athletes have ever done, and no one else lands it regularly. As amazing as that is, there’s nothing like witnessing the real thing from his POV. Sheeny and Blake “Bilko” Williams shared some POV edits this week so we could all experience what they see as they’re sending it. It’s disorienting and truly amazing that they find the lander at all. Check out Sheeny’s signature trick and spend the briefest of moments in Bilko’s head:

#whipitwednesday #gopro #goodthanks #panicrev #limiter #lovesit

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Todd Meyn Can Flair Whip Anything

We have a long history of appreciating everything about BMX superstar Todd Meyn’s riding, but one aspect we haven’t specifically singled out is his ability to backflip, frontflip, and flair just about any little bump he can find. Once you notice it, you’ll start to pay attention to how often you see it every time you watch one of his clips. Go a little deeper and you’ll notice that he makes flair whips look so easy that you start to think maybe you could do one (you probably can’t). Check it out in slow motion:

Fun day riding yesterday at the local . Couple of slow mo clips. 🎥 @shraps1

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R-Willy, Schmidty, and Bilko Ride a Trampoline Park

Shocker, in addition to scooter and BMX, Ryan Williams is an adept trampolinist too. He is a familiar face at Australia’s Bounce trampoline parks, or on his backyard setup, where he dials in his newest tricks. Bounce let R-Willy and fellow Nitro legends Brandon Schmidt and Blake “Bilko” Williams be the first to bring bikes on their trampolines. The result, as usual, is crazy. There are nasty scrapes, near-misses, Bilko being Bilko, and because we’re talking about R-Willy, a new trick. Looks like we’ll be Googling trampoline tricks now. Check out R-Willy’s latest video and his very first Double Cody, or bellyflop double backflip:

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Let’s Celebrate Loupos’ 2017 Giganta Debut With Two Sick Park Edits

The Nitro Crew recently welcomed back another hometown hero to the roster at our Adelaide show, Aussie BMX star Brandon Loupos. By all reports the cashroll tailwhip king hit the ramp like he’s been riding it all year. Like so many of the BMX legends we have on tour, Brandon is a daily rider and prolific dropper of edits on his social media. To celebrate his return to our ramps, and to give you a taste of the craziness he brings to our show, we’re featuring some of his latest clips. Welcome back, Brandon!

Some fun Slomo clips spinning around on the @monsterskatepark spine mini the other day! 🎥 – @alexloupos

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Travis Pastrana Wins PTTOW! Icon Award

Nitro Co-Founder and Ringleader Travis Pastrana was honored this week with the Icon Award at the PTTOW! Summit, a gathering of influential leaders in the worlds of tech, sports, and the arts. As part of the gathering, Travis had Nitro athletes perform an FMX demo for the assembled crowd of honored guests. Travis joins amazing company in being honored with this award; check out how intense the list of some previous recipients is: Tony Hawk, Sarah Jessica Parker, Quincy Jones, Shaun White, and the Dalai Lama.

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World Surf League co-owner and PTTOW! co-founder Terry Hardy introduced Travis and presented him the award. Travis gave an awesome speech (Getty Images photo, above) about his career and the dedication and persistent it takes to become an icon in any field. Legendary Musician Usher also received an Icon Award this week. Check out this video he took of the event, queued to the FMX demo, which starts around 12:35:

R-Willy’s New Bike Is Magical (or Maybe It’s Just Him)

The best way to describe Ryan Williams’ latest edit is that it’s the gnarliest unboxing video in YouTube history. OK, so there’s no actual unboxing, but you can imagine that part while R-Willy gets to the important stuff: He hit his local skatepark to try out a new bike for the first time, and he obviously rides it like he was born on it. The result is a slick clip featuring the scooter and BMX icon riding for the pure joy of it. It’s clear the bike is made to suit his riding style completely, which makes us all the more excited to see where it’s going to take him this year. There’s something in here for scooter fans as well. Check it out:

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Harry Bink’s Biggest Tricks From His Perspective

The Nitro Circus FMX squad is so stacked with legendary moto veterans that you’d think it would be hard for a relative newcomer like Harry Bink to stand out. But he’s a new member of the Nitro Crew for a reason. Renowned for his high-octane, adrenaline-fueled performances and his willingness to take calculated risks to send it all day long, Harry is an absolute assassin to have on tour, an athlete and performer who can reliably kill it. Night after night he sticks some of the most technically difficult tricks that exist today. And in a few recent edits, we get to experience what some of those tricks look like from his POV. Check them out:

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Cam Sinclair Sticks the Four-Person Backflip in the Rain

Nitro veteran Cam Sinclair has had a legendary career, and there’s a reason for that: The man cannot be discouraged. Every show he rides, he gives it his all, even when conditions are somewhat sketchy. Case in point: At a recent show on the Australia tour, wet conditions made for a slick lander, which is tough no matter what trick you’re trying to land. But Cam is responsible for one of the gnarliest tricks in the show: the four-person backflip. That’s him and three lucky (?) volunteers on one bike. The results are never certain even when it’s perfectly dry. But Cam managed to nail it in the rain, and as a testament to how hard that is, he took home the MVC for the night as a result. Nice work, Cam! Check it out:

4 man somersault in the rain yesterday #nitrocircus @nitrocircus ☔️👬👬

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@spmx1 suspension is doing its job on the 4 person flip bike @nitrocircus @foxheadaustralia #nitrocircus 👌

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Nitro Circus Partners With FIST Handwear

Nitro Circus has slowly but surely been selectively building partnerships with top gear brands that have been vetted and approved by our stable of serious athletes. It makes perfect sense: Amazing gear is half the fun when you’re an action sports junkie, and that’s true whether you’re a top pro or a weekend warrior. In that spirit, we’re pumped to announce a new partnership with FIST Handwear, makers of fine gloves for FMX, BMX, and MTB. As part of the deal, FIST has created a line of Nitro Circus gloves set for wide release.

If you’re the observant type, you’ve probably already noticed many of our athletes wearing FIST over the years, so we’re excited to make a partnership with this innovative company official. The best part is, Nitro fans will be able to rock Nitro-branded FIST gloves as well. They’re rolling out now in Australia, so Aussies can head to FISThandwear.com and snag a pair. More details on wider release will be coming soon. In the meantime, here are a few shots of FIST’s new Nitro Circus gloves in action:

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Tons of Highlights From the Central Coast Show (Image Intense)

The 2017 tour of Australia has been truly epic, and from the looks of all the highlights we’re seeing, the Central Coast show has been one of the best of the best, one for the ages. The whole Crew was in top form, and every moment was better than the last. It’s tough to pick out the best moments, but FMX star Harry Bink performed his now-signature frontflip no-hander, and Josh Sheehan landed his double backflip. Jaie Toohey, performing for his hometown crowd, stuck a clutch triple backflip, winning the MVC for the night. Here’s video of all that, and keep scrolling for more highlights:

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Now We Can Shred the Park Without Shredding Our Pants

BMX superstar Colton Satterfield clearly doesn’t do anything halfway, and so when he set his mind to creating a pair of pants that were overbuilt for riding but also beautifully designed for everyday wear, it turned into more than just a personal passion project. Now his denim-focused lifestyle company, Love. And. Rebel, is blowing up in the action sports community, thanks in no small part to Colton’s extreme focus and a lot of hard work.

We caught up with the Salt Lake City native over email to find out what it takes to go from decorated BMX pro to burgeoning denim kingpin. “I wouldn’t consider myself too conventional in the first place,” he says. “I try not to be — it’s the only way to get anywhere.” The X Games gold medalist is obviously no stranger to long, tough riding sessions, and over the course of his epic career he started to notice that there was a literal hole in the clothing world when it comes to what he does. “I have never found good denim for us to ride in ever, and tried everything for so long,” he says.

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His solution was to design a pair of pants with action sports in mind, and that’s what he set out to do. He took the task deadly serious, and the more he learned about denim and the pants-making process, the more he realized he could do better. Through more than a year and a half of creating and testing and refining, he moved L&R to the point where he was ready to bring these pants to the world. “Our goal is this. Be the best all around pant, specific to going hard, i.e. BMX, skate, outdoor lifestyles. To do this we focused on these five areas,” he says. Those areas are durability, stretch, breathability, comfort, and fit.

Nitro BMX legend Jed Mildon has been riding in L&R denim for a while and is super pleased with the results. He tells us, “Colton’s jeans are like no other. They are, as the title says, the most durable, most comfortable, most breathable, most stretch, best fit.” Full disclosure: Athletes were given pants to test, but these reviews aren’t coerced. In fact, feedback of all types is the whole point. Colton’s strategy has been to give top riders the pants not for promotional purposes (well, at least not solely for promotional purposes) but for R&D purposes. Real-world testing and the design changes Colton has made as a result of that have led to rave reviews from the action sports community. Kurtis Downs, another longtime member of the Nitro Crew who’s been riding in L&R jeans, landed the World First BMX stripper flip in them. He gives a great video testimony over on L&R’s YouTube, but maybe the best review he could give is this one:

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Nitro World Games trophy winner Logan Martin is another top athlete who says he’ll never ride in another pair of jeans. We didn’t talk to Logan, but we didn’t need to. The Love. And. Rebel. Insta account has screengrabs of texts from athletes genuinely excited by L&R jeans. “People are loving them and that makes me stoked,” Colton says. “Everyone is wearing them and riding in them now. It’s cool to see a first trick or wild Insta vid and see dudes rocking and loving them. … A lot of time and effort being rewarded is awesome.”

Another line in the mini ramp at Beenleigh. I have been really loving this ramp lately, stoked on this line from today!!

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It’s clear that these pants aren’t just a gimmick. Colton considers L&R a pioneer in a new category: quality casual. He says he wants to invent clothing you can wear on a date right before you get blown up on a massive dirt landing, and if that juxtaposition sounds like it’s intentionally symbolic, well, that wouldn’t surprise us. Colton describes himself as a “deep thinker” when he talks about how he came up with the name of his burgeoning lifestyle brand. “Basically, in this world, love is rebellion. This world is run by duality in all things throughout history — it’s the nature of reality. I liked how ‘Love’ and ‘Rebel’ could be spoken as two verbs that seem opposite or a verb and a noun. There are so many ways to take it, and to me they are all deep,” he says.

Over at LVRBL.com they’ve also got hats, and we wouldn’t be surprised if you see the variety of offerings grow. Keep an eye on this brand, because the quality casual category is what action sports has always needed, even if we didn’t realize it until now, and if this is the start of a trend, we are fully on board for the ride.

Even Wheelz Bends His Wheels

Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham doesn’t get bent out of shape with every wheel he literally bends out of shape. Despite his nickname, the WCMX pioneer doesn’t have a superpower that grants him invulnerable wheels. And with all the time he puts in at the skatepark, it’s to be expected. Even a chair designed to withstand hours at a park and many trips over the Giganta ramp is going to accumulate some wear and tear and eventually need parts replaced. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Scratches and dents are earned. They give your ride personality. A new wheel is a badge of honor in the park. Check out the tire carnage here:

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Todd Meyn Riding Smooth Back in Perth

In the midst of an epic series of shows across Australia, Todd Meyn found the time to make a stop at Belmont skatepark, in his hometown of Perth, Australia. He has been riding tons of parks lately, from humble local spots to action sports complexes that are home to world champions. But there’s something different about riding your hometown park with your friends. Some of your best sessions happen there, regardless of the size of the crowd or if anyone is there to record the event at all. Todd is in absolutely peak form this year, and we’re glad his hometown crowd got the chance to see it (and film it). His riding is so sick, you could shoot it on a flip phone and it would still be the best thing you watch all day. Check it out:

Fun ride this morning/afternoon at the local with @davidpinelli .

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R-Willy Builds and Backflips the World’s Smallest Scooter

Multi-threat Nitro Circus star Ryan Williams, not content with just the huge tricks he’s sticking on anything and everything he tries, has taken to building new contraptions of his own: a mini scooter to rule all mini scooters. His invention is designed to look identical to the scooter he takes on tour — but on a scale so small, he’s barely able to put both feet on the deck. The rule here is, if you build it, you have to flip it. Surprising no one, he manages to stick a couple advanced tricks — possibly the strangest World Firsts he’s ever done. Watch the man who can land anything on anything put his new mini scooter through its paces at his home skatepark in Caloundra, Sunshine Coast. And for those curious how he built it, scroll down to the second video for the complete DIY:

Check out his DIY here:

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Andrew ‘Mini’ Ahumada’s Back on Tour and Throwing Down

We’re pumped that BMX veteran Andrew “Mini” Ahumada is back on tour after a brief break. We mix up the starting lineup for shows frequently, as it gives riders much needed breaks and allows us to do more shows per season (and also allows them to go do competitions and other non-Nitro gigs), all of which is a good thing. The downside is extended breaks can lead to a bit of rustiness, especially for the Giganta side, as there are very few places with a similar setup for athletes to stay sharp. But pros like Mini volunteer for everything and throw down twice as hard despite being away for a while. He’s back on tour and hasn’t missed a beat. Check out some highlights, and come see Mini at one of our next shows:

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5 Video Clips From a Wet Show in Tasmania

Launceston, Tasmania, is full of our favorite type of fans — despite the rain, those who came out and braved the wet ended up being one of our loudest crowds on this tour. As you can imagine, rain and wind are not our friends when it comes to the high-flying stunts that our athletes perform. It’s hard enough to stick, say, a BMX triple backflip on a dry lander, but once you add water to the mix, it becomes twice as hard and twice as dangerous. But the rain let up enough for us to throw down, and we have five clips to give you a taste of the party. Check it out:

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R-Willy Talks Upcoming Nitro Circus Video Game

Nitro Circus and Saber Interactive are partnering to produce the first official Nitro Circus video game, set for a 2018 release. Fans have been asking us about a video game for a long time, and for good reason. What the Crew does on a daily basis is practically a video game come to life. So why have we waited until now? Well, frankly, as much fun as we have, we take action sports very, very seriously, and so we wanted to hold out to ensure we partnered with the right developers to create a Nitro game worthy of our passion for what we do. We believe we’ve found that in Saber Interactive, and we can’t wait to bring you the Nitro video game. This game is destined to be a pure Nitro Circus experience, as members of the Crew like Travis Pastrana and scooter and BMX phenom Ryan Williams have been involved in its development from Day 1.

Saber Interactive recently released MX Nitro, a freestyle motocross game that looks like tons of fun, though it’s not affiliated with us. So R-Willy, who somehow makes time to be a serious gamer when he’s not landing World Firsts, sat down and played MX Nitro. In the video below, he gives us a look at that game and talks a lot about the input he’s adding to the development of the upcoming Nitro Circus game. Check it out:

Bilko and the FMX Crew Are Always Ready to Bring the Braaap

Blake “Bilko” Williams is the unintentional poet laureate of Nitro Circus. More than anyone else in the Crew, he can get to the heart of what it means to be an FMX athlete, and he does it with as few intelligible words as possible. His latest edit is a case in point. It’s essentially the John Wick of self-made action-sports edits. The action is the plot, and if you’ve read the reviews for the Keanu Reeves’ latest, there’s actually nothing wrong with that. It is raw, pure braaap and a much better preview of what fans are going to see at the next show. Check it out:

#iphone edit 😝😝😝

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And you can be sure we’ll have plenty of red meat to serve for FMX fans. Here’s Bilko leading a train in his trademark way:

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Toohey and Buckworth Put on a Show for Fans in Griffith

A Whole Lot of Australia Show Photos Are Here (IMAGE INTENSE)

The Crew is rolling through Australia so fast that we can barely keep up with all the highlights that are pouring in. The second and third shows of this leg of our 2017 world tour went down in Griffith and Shepparton. We love these smaller Aussie venues because the crowds are just as intense, if not more, as they are in the bigger cities. Too many highlights to call out individually, but one thing stands out in this set: Big shoutout to Andy Buckworth for volunteering for tall bike duty in Shepparton! This guy keeps surprising us with hidden talents, and the tall bike is one of the sketchiest moments of the show. But enough chat, let’s get to the photo dump!

Nitro Circus - Griffith and Shepparton
Nitro Circus - Griffith and Shepparton
Nitro Circus - Griffith and Shepparton
Nitro Circus - Griffith and Shepparton
Nitro Circus - Griffith and Shepparton
NNitro Circus - Griffith and Shepparton
Nitro Circus - Griffith and Shepparton
Nitro Circus - Griffith and Shepparton
Nitro Circus - Griffith and Shepparton
Nitro Circus - Griffith and Shepparton
Nitro Circus - Griffith and Shepparton
Nitro Circus - Griffith and Shepparton
Nitro Circus - Griffith and Shepparton

MORE 2017 AUSTRALIA TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

The Nitro Crew Is Stoked to Be Back Down Under
Highlights From the 2017 Australia Tour Opener
Toohey and Buckworth Put on a Show for Fans in Griffith

Toohey and Buckworth Put on a Show for Fans in Griffith

When you get the chance to tour the world doing what you love, you’d do anything for the fans who make it all possible. So when Jaie Toohey and Andy Buckworth touched down in Griffith, Australia, they went straight from the airport to the local Police-Citizens Youth Club skatepark for a session for fans before the show, despite being exhausted from travel. Check out the video and photo highlights below:

Made it to Griffith and first things first put my bike together and hit the local skate park #nitrocircus @nitrocircus

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Yes, we’re back in Australia, and then we’re headed to North America for tons of shows. Click here to find out where we’ll be next!

VIDEO: Travis Pastrana Takes Us With Him for Shenanigans Week

It happens to everyone at least once in their lives. Several awesome events align to create a series of days that feel like constant fun from one minute to the next. Sometimes it’s just a couple days in a row. Sometimes it’s more, but whatever the case, the goal is always to make that fun last as long as possible. Travis Pastrana recently saw one such week of events aligning and decided it needed to be documented. What we ended up with was a four-part series we’re calling Shenanigans Week, and you’re about to find out why.

In the first video, Travis and a group of legendary ramp builders set up an obstacle course for the Impractical Jokers. Obviously, this is fun in its own right, but these guys take it to the next level:

Next, we get to see the results of the extensive work that went into the Impractical Jokers obstacle course. Yes, there is a mashed-potato pit:

After the Impractical Jokers show, Travis was off to Austin, Texas, for the Big Buck Hunter World Championships. This isn’t your average bar game — to be invited to this event you have to qualify. And tens of thousands of people try. We know Travis is good at everything he puts his mind to, but this one is something of an outlier. See how he fared among the best of the best:

After all of that, Travis ended up in Florida, which can happen. He was set to head back home to Annapolis, but he couldn’t resist getting into just a little bit more trouble before hopping on his flight:

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Beaver Fleming Is a One-Man Variety Show

Nitro Circus skateboard star Beaver Fleming is certainly at the top of his game. He isn’t just talented; he’s Swiss Army talented, with a vast array of tricks tucked away, many of which defy definition in traditional skateboard terms. It makes him explosively entertaining to watch and a difficult athlete to match in competition. He’s had an incredible year, picking up accolades at Simple Session and at Bondi’s Bowl-a-Rama. But it’s just as great to watch him skate outside of competition. The sheer variety of the tricks he’s putting down is genuinely impressive, as is his trick selection. Let’s let the video do the rest of the talking. Check it out:

Yes, we’re back in Australia and then we’re headed to North America for tons of shows! Click here to find out where we’ll be next!

Andy Buckworth Is an Artist in the Skatepark

Nitro’s BMX squad is bursting at the seams with talent and passion for progression. In many ways, we see in athletes like Ryan Williams and Todd Meyn what we saw in Andy Buckworth when he started at Nitro. He’s been with us since the beginning, and he got the gig because of his razor-sharp skills and supreme confidence. Nothing has changed. He’s still scary good and always one to watch. Because of athletes like him, BMX’s ranks have swollen over the years with dangerous up-and-comers, but Andy still brings something very unique to the show. He’s an executor. While we’ve featured clips from R-Willy, with his special brand of magic and fun, Andy’s latest edit puts focus on the serene beauty of a simple nighttime session in his local skatepark in his adoptive home in California. He’s come a long way since growing up in Australia, and we bet he’s glad to be back touring his home country right now. Check out the video:

Yes, we’re back in Australia and then we’re headed to North America for tons of shows! Click here to find out where we’ll be next!

Todd Meyn’s Modified Game of BMX

Todd Meyn, fresh off of huge shows in New Zealand and Japan, stopped by his home in North Carolina for a few days before heading back out on the road to Australia, and we’ve got a new clip from him that shows us how he keeps his practice sessions fun between tours. Todd and his friend Josh Perry played a modified game of BIKE (which they eventually decided to shorten to BMX because they’re so good that it was taking too long). “We played a game of BMX but changed it up a little bit to make it a little more interesting,” Todd says. For those wondering about the location, he tells us it’s another friend’s skatepark: Daniel Dhers Action Sports Complex, or DDASC if you’re in a hurry. You’ll often see clips of Todd riding there, as it’s one of the places he rides most — when he’s not on the road with Nitro, obviously. As for this clip: “It was the last ride I had before coming here to Aussie for this tour,” Todd says. Check out the video:

Speaking of the tour, click here to find out where we’re headed next!

Highlights From the 2017 Australia Tour Opener

With the first two legs of our 2017 world tour in the rearview mirror, the Nitro Crew arrived in Australia firing on cylinders and ready to throw down. Despite the hot weather, the Dubbo show kicked off what is destined to be a tour for the books. Everyone had an awesome show, including FMX veteran and unofficial team captain Steve Mini, who got a chance to stick his signature backflip heel-clicker superman no-hander landing in front of his hometown crowd. Check out the massive combo in this highlights clip:

You’ll also see Ryan Williams sending a super clean nothing front bikeflip in that video. He stuck 15 out of 16 jumps in Dubbo, a massive number of attempts with an inhuman success rate for a single show. But the MVC in Dubbo went to inline phenom CJ Wellsmore, who hadn’t ridden a Nitro show but came out swinging, sticking even the unusual stuff we like to throw at new riders, like the shopping cart jump and the Nitro Golf segment, where he made it into the Zorb on his first attempt.

And check out these shots (including a sick POV from Andy Buckworth looking down the Giganta Ramp during practice) from around Dubbo and the day of the show:

Nitro Circus - Dubbo
Nitro Circus - Dubbo
Andy Buckworth - Nitro Circus - Dubbo
Nitro Circus - Dubbo
Nitro Circus - Dubbo
Nitro Circus - Dubbo

We’re touring the world! Check this link for more Australia dates and for details on our upcoming shows in the U.S. and Canada!

Ryan Williams Rode With the Yasutoko Brothers in Japan

On a side trip during our recent tour of Japan, Ryan Williams got his chance to meet and ride with two legends at their home skatepark: brothers Takeshi and Eito Yasutoko. Takeshi and Eito have dominated the aggressive inline skating world for almost 20 years, with as many as 20 gold medals between them. R-Willy, clearly a little starstruck, wanted to throw a huge trick to impress them. But Eito preferred to see R-Willy strap on some rollerblades. Surprising no one, but potentially unnerving inline pros everywhere, R-Willy is not half bad in boots. He stuck his first-ever inline fakie frontflip in two tries, proving once and for all that no action sport is safe. Check out the full edit:

Check out  more awesomeness from Japan:

All the Osaka Highlights You Can Handle (Image Intense)
The Nitro Crew Out and About in Tokyo
Todd Meyn on His World First BMX Double Frontflip Tailwhip
Inline Represents at the Nitro Circus Tokyo Shows
FMX and BMX Went Off in Tokyo (Image Intense)
The Nitro Crew Sends It at a Legendary Skatepark in Japan

All the details for our tour of Australia, the U.S., and Canada are available right here!

The Nitro Crew Is Stoked to Be Back Down Under

If you do what you love, you’ll never work again, they say. And if that’s true, the Nitro Crew are set to continue their unbroken streak of unemployment on the Regional Rampage Tour of Australia, kicking off in Dubbo, New South Wales. The Nitro Circus tour started in Australia over a decade ago, and we’ve been coming back every year since. It’s an amazing country with the most awesome, devoted fans in the action sports world, which makes performing for them that much better. A good number of Nitro athletes and crew are Australian, so for many of us this is a homecoming. To the rest, we’ve been back so often, it’s a home away from home. How excited are we to be back? Check out some of the athletes’ recent posts:

We just finished in New Zealand and Japan, and now we’re headed to Australia. Check out some more awesomeness from Japan:

All the Osaka Highlights You Can Handle (Image Intense)
The Nitro Crew Out and About in Tokyo
Todd Meyn on His World First BMX Double Frontflip Tailwhip
Inline Represents at the Nitro Circus Tokyo Shows
FMX and BMX Went Off in Tokyo (Image Intense)
The Nitro Crew Sends It at a Legendary Skatepark in Japan

All the details for our upcoming tours of Australia, the U.S., and Canada are available right here!

Check Out These Great Gear Auctions to Benefit Colten Moore

It’s been a month since the news that a Road 2 Recovery page had launched for Colten Moore after a huge wreck at X Games Aspen resulted in a serious spinal injury. The crash happened when Colten was attempting a competition-first snowmobile double backflip and over-rotated. Now Road 2 Recovery has launched a series of eBay auctions featuring some awesome items, including a Zach Osborne autographed jersey, snowboards, guitars, skateboards, and all sorts of other great gear for a great cause. The auctions are available right here, so click through and check out what’s on sale before they run out.

And the Nitro Crew wanted to wish Colten a speedy recovery, so Travis Pastrana, Dusty Wygle, Harry Bink, and more put together this video for him. Get well soon, brother — we can’t wait to see you back out there tearing it up!

Todd Meyn’s in Fighting Shape for the Australia Tour

Everyone who aspires to BMX greatness should watch Todd Meyn this year. Anyone who follows him knows that he’s been putting on a master class for aspiring champions. His drive for progression was on full display during practice before the final show of the New Zealand tour, when he stuck a frontflip tailwhip catch tailwhip. Whether he’s at a show or shredding a local skatepark, he’s putting his body on the line to progress, which is what led to him dislocating his shoulder in Osaka. A tape ‘n’ Tylenol later, Todd was back on his bike. A short two weeks later, he’s back in fighting shape. Here’s Todd on the mend and getting ready to send it on our first stop in Dubbo on the Australia tour:

Frontflip tailwhip to no hander ! Off to Dubbo for the first stop of the @nitrocircus Australian Tour.

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Fun week back in the States . Off to Aussie for the @nitrocircus tour🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺

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We just finished in New Zealand and Japan, and now we’re headed to Australia. Check out some more awesomeness from Japan:

All the Osaka Highlights You Can Handle (Image Intense)
The Nitro Crew Out and About in Tokyo
Todd Meyn on His World First BMX Double Frontflip Tailwhip
Inline Represents at the Nitro Circus Tokyo Shows
FMX and BMX Went Off in Tokyo (Image Intense)
The Nitro Crew Sends It at a Legendary Skatepark in Japan

All the details for our upcoming tours of Australia, the U.S., and Canada are available right here!

Wheelz Hangs Out With a Young Fan Thanks to Schmidty

A huge part of why Nitro athletes love what they do is that they get to spread the joy — many would say that the best part of their job is all the opportunities they get to make other people happy. It leads to things like this: When Rod Schmidt — father of Nitro rollerboarder and BMX phenom Brandon Schmidt — heard about Levi, a kid with spina bifida who’s also from their New Jersey hometown of Roxbury, he had an idea. Rod knew that his son was friends and teammates with someone who also has spina bifida: Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham. Brandon asked Wheelz if he would swing by Woodward East and hang with Levi for a day of riding the park on their chairs, and of course Wheelz was all in.

Check out more info and photos from the day right here. And to learn more about Levi and his fundraising efforts, go here. The whole day was also filmed for an episode of NBC’s George to the Rescue, so check your local listings on that. Huge props to Levi and his family and to the Schmidts and Wheelz for making this happen!

Nothing Can Stop Kurtis Downs From Going Big in 2017

BMX superstar Kurtis Downs is one of those athletes who prefers to let his actions do the talking. And those actions had a lot to say during the first two legs of our 2017 tour. Kurtis had an incredible series of shows all over New Zealand and Japan to kick off 2017, despite a foot injury that happened a couple shows into the first leg of the tour. One of the the highlights was this World First BMX stripper flip in Invercargill, New Zealand, a show for which he was awarded the MVC:

That foot injury continued to dog the famously tough athlete during the tight pack of shows that followed, but you wouldn’t have known it by watching him. Kurtis earned his spot on tour riding contraptions before proving his considerable skills on BMX. He was recently invited directly to the 2017 Nitro World Games semifinals as a result of his second-place finish in BMX Best Tricks in 2016. Any way you slice it, 2017 is shaping up to be another banner year for Kurtis. Check out more highlights from his Japan and New Zealand shows:

Kurtis Downs - Japan Tour 2017
Kurtis Downs - Japan Tour 2017
Kurtis Downs - Nitro Circus
Kurtis Downs -- Mario -- Japan Tour 2017
Kurtis Downs -- Mario -- Japan Tour 2017

True happiness comes from getting lost in the now. 🇯🇵❤️ 📷 @cmfk524 #blessed

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More awesomeness from our 2017 Japan tour:

All the Osaka Highlights You Can Handle (Image Intense)
The Nitro Crew Out and About in Tokyo
Todd Meyn on His World First BMX Double Frontflip Tailwhip
Inline Represents at the Nitro Circus Tokyo Shows
FMX and BMX Went Off in Tokyo (Image Intense)
The Nitro Crew Sends It at a Legendary Skatepark in Japan

All the details for our upcoming tours of Australia, the U.S., and Canada are available right here!

Travis Pastrana and Friends March in the Annapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Despite a somewhat rocky road for Nitro’s 2017 show in Annapolis, Maryland, this weekend solidified that it’s a smooth road from here, as Travis Pastrana, Streetbike Tommy, Gregg Duffy, Jim DeChamp, Trevor Piranha, and other friends were honored to be able to take part in the annual Annapolis St. Patrick’s Day parade. Trevor had the honor of driving the main “float” for this one, and despite some touch-and-go moments having to do with the overhead clearance affected by our makeshift flags, he got this beauty to the designated spot with time to spare (click here for the GIF version if you’re truly ready to party):

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All these guys call the Annapolis area home, so they were obviously really excited to take part in this longtime local tradition, but none of them were more pumped than Tommy. “It was my first time actually being in the parade after 10 years of watching,” he says. “It’s a big deal to be a part of it.” He can’t wait for Nitro’s July 23rd show in Annapolis, either. “Beyond pumped,” he says. “Been waiting seven years. I don’t know if anyone else out in the audience has waited seven years for something, but it’s a pretty big deal.” Tommy rode the bus for the mile and a half cruise down Main Street, while Travis and Gregg rode dirtbikes and Jim hopped on a mountain bike. Naturally, everyone wore the most creative green outfits someone could find at the local party supply store at the last minute, and the crowd ate it up. “I never thought I’d be in the parade, let alone a spectacle at the parade,” Tommy says. “But man, thank goodness for Nitro. Dreams come true.” Check out these highlights from the day:

Travis Pastrana - Nitro Circus - Annapolis
Nitro Circus - Annapolis
Travis Pastrana - Nitro Circus - Annapolis
Travis Pastrana - Nitro Circus - Annapolis
Travis Pastrana - Nitro Circus - Annapolis
Travis Pastrana - Nitro Circus - Annapolis
Travis Pastrana - Nitro Circus - Annapolis
Nitro Circus - Annapolis
Travis Pastrana - Nitro Circus - Annapolis

Tickets to the Annapolis show and all the details for our upcoming tours of Australia, the U.S., and Canada are available right here. To learn why the Nitro Annapolis show wasn’t a sure thing, check out Travis Pastrana Appeals to Annapolis Locals for Contested Show.

All the Osaka Highlights You Can Handle (Image Intense)

Two tours down, and the year is just getting started. We had so much fun in New Zealand and followed that up with what can only be described as pure craziness in Japan, where we did only four shows — two in Tokyo and two in Osaka. The crowds were awesome, and the Crew put on some of their best moves ever. But enough talk, let’s get to the photo dump. All images come from Mark Watson (after you check these out, hit up his Instagram to be blown away all over again).

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Nitro Circus - Osaka, Japan
Ryan Williams - Nitro Circus
Bruce Cook - Nitro Circus
NItro Bomb - Osaka - Nitro Circus
Mario Brothers - Kurtis Downs and Ethen Roberts - Nitro Circus
Nitro Circus
Brandon Schmidt - Nitro Circus
Ryan Williams - Osaka - Nitro Circus
Travis Pastrana, Bruce Cook, Aaron Wheelz Fotheringham - Nitro Circus
Josh Sheehan - Nitro Circus
Nitro Circus
Travis Pastrana and the Nitro Circus Crew
Nitro Circus
Brandon Schmidt - Nitro Circus

More awesomeness from our 2017 Japan tour:

The Nitro Crew Out and About in Tokyo
Todd Meyn on His World First BMX Double Frontflip Tailwhip
Inline Represents at the Nitro Circus Tokyo Shows
FMX and BMX Went Off in Tokyo (Image Intense)
The Nitro Crew Sends It at a Legendary Skatepark in Japan

More from Photographer Mark Watson right here! And tour information right here!

Wheelz Shreds and Grinds in Gavin Godfrey’s Latest Edit

Gavin Godfrey is back with a new edit for our viewing pleasure. One of the best things about his videos is how eclectic his catalog is. For Gavin, if it’s rideable, it’s worth shooting. This time he puts the focus on a friend: Nitro superstar and WCMX pioneer Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham. The pair has wanted to work together for a while, Wheelz tells us. “Gavin the filmmaker is just as passionate as Gavin the athlete. He knows the shot he wants, and he gets it,” he says. “And then when he was editing the clip he really worked and worked to make it perfect. There were probably six rough cuts before he settled on this one.”

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Gavin couldn’t find a better subject. What makes watching Wheelz special is that he’s defining what’s possible in his sport, a trick at a time. Some are familiar — he sticks a spine hand plant — others defy easy comparison and very likely represent something entirely new. Take the trick that comes at about 40 seconds into the clip. “That’s a new grind I had been thinking about trying for a while, and I actually landed it for the first time the day before Gavin came to film wth me,” he says. “I guess you could call it a Side Grinder to Drop In!” Hey, you invent it, you get to name it. And there’s plenty more to come: “As far as new park tricks I’m hoping to land, a backflip to fakie on a quarter, a flair, a handplant 360 over a spine, and I have plans to do a backflip onto a rail,” he says. We hope Gavin is there to film each and every one of them. Check out the video!

The Nitro Crew just blew audiences away in New Zealand and Japan and is headed for Australia, the U.S., and Canada next. Click here for more info!

Todd Meyn Having Some Fun With BMX Tricks for Two

BMX is a solo sport that, sure, can and should be enjoyed with a group of friends often, but even as a group activity you’re still doing your own thing … usually. Todd Meyn, fresh off of killing it on the first two Nitro tours of 2017, was back in his hometown of Perth for a quick stop before he headed back to his current home in North Carolina, and he took some time to meet up with friends and ride Belmont Park, which he knows quite well from growing up there. They decided to try out some nontraditional tricks — turning their session into a team effort and giving us something that’s tons of fun to watch. Check it out:

The Nitro Crew just blew audiences away in New Zealand and Japan and is headed for Australia, the U.S., and Canada next. Click here for more info!

Beaver Fleming Goes Big at Bowl-a-Rama

Skateboard pro and Nitro Circus star Beaver Fleming competed in the General Pants Bowl-a-Rama in Bondi Beach, Australia, for the first time this year, and surprising no one who has seen him shred, he destroyed. Bowl-a-Rama is an incredible proving ground as Australia’s biggest skateboarding competition. It attracts the world’s leading up-and-comers, seasoned pros, and a masters division featuring legends like Tony Hawk and Steve Caballero. Beaver placed fifth in the overall standings, a great result for a first-timer, and he won Big Air with a 10-foot backside air. He also definitely scored some Nitro points by being one of the more entertaining performances of the competition while at the same time introducing tricks that have never been seen at this event. Like so many of his Nitro compadres these days, Beaver put together a vlog of his trip Down Under, which includes a sick hip flip at a local skatepark, as well as some footage of his runs in competition. Check it out in two parts below:

 

This is Beaver Fleming’s second big finish of the year, and he is just getting started. Earlier he picked up the prize for Best Trick with a World First at Simple Session 17. Nitro Circus live is heading to Australia next, so check this link to see where we’re stopping!

Invites Announced for First Group of Nitro World Games Semifinalists

The second- and third-place finishers from the 2016 Nitro World Games FMX, BMX Best Tricks, BMX Triple Hit, and Skate Best Tricks events have been invited straight to the 2017 semifinals, setting up a series of epic rematches this summer in Salt Lake City. The first-place finishers in the FMX, BMX, and Skate events were previously invited directly to the 2017 finals. The 2017 Nitro World Games will take place at Rice-Eccles Stadium on June 24, and tickets are already on sale. The competition will be broadcast live on NBC.

Go here for the full story and video highlights

Click here for more info on the 2017 Nitro World Games and to claim your tickets while they last.

Beyond the Basics: Giganta Ramp’s Tokyo Variety Show

We’re firing on all cylinders in Japan on all sides of the show. BMX is (as always) pushing progression every night, FMX is, well, rock solid, and inline is well-represented with two noteworthy local guests joining us. But one of the things that sets Nitro apart is the wide variety of wheeled vehicles we send down the big ramp at every show. We’ve got rollerboards, scooters, tricycles, recliners — and that’s just the beginning. Check it out:

Jed Mildon -- Nitro Circus -- Tokyo

Tricycle -- Tokyo Show

Nitro Circus Tokyo Show

Wheelz at Tokyo

Brandon Schmidt -- Tokyo Show

Kayak -- Tokyo Show

Dusty Wyggle -- Nitro Circus -- Tokyo

Contraptions -- Nitro Circus -- Tokyo

Jamaican Bobsled -- Nitro Circus -- Tokyo

Jed Mildon -- Nitro Circus -- Tokyo

More awesomeness from our 2017 Japan tour:

The Nitro Crew Out and About in Tokyo
Todd Meyn on His World First BMX Double Frontflip Tailwhip
Inline Represents at the Nitro Circus Tokyo Shows
FMX and BMX Went Off in Tokyo (Image Intense)
The Nitro Crew Sends It at a Legendary Skatepark in Japan

The Nitro Crew Sends It at a Legendary Skatepark in Japan

Japan, as always, has been almost too much fun. In addition to the shows themselves, the Crew has had some time to see the sights and ride at some amazing places, including G Skates Park, the skatepark that Takeshi Yasutoko and Eito Yasutoko call home. Obviously what went down that day has to be seen to be appreciated, and we’ve got you covered. Come to watch the Nitro Crew send it on everything — BMX, skate, inline, wheelchair, scooter — but stay for a glimpse of Ryan Williams riding inline, because of course he can. Check it out in Todd Meyn’s video from that day:

And since one clip is never enough, here’s a load more highlights:

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Epic day with the @nitrocircus crew. Big thanks to @gskatepark the Yasutoko brothers and @47brand for today!

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More awesomeness from our 2017 Japan tour:

The Nitro Crew Out and About in Tokyo
Todd Meyn on His World First BMX Double Frontflip Tailwhip
Inline Represents at the Nitro Circus Tokyo Shows
FMX and BMX Went Off in Tokyo (Image Intense)

FMX and BMX Went Off in Tokyo (Image Intense)

Two shows down in Japan, and what a trip it’s been. The crowds are huge, the fans are amazing, and the Crew was so amped up that they’ve been trying all sorts of crazy new tricks. We have so much to share from two enormous Tokyo shows that we’re dividing it up. First we showed you some inline highlights. Today we’re focusing on FMX and BMX, and we’ll have another Giganta post soon. No surprise, but everyone’s riding amazing, but we have to give a special shoutout to home-country hero Taka Higashino, a fan favorite anywhere in the world but especially in Japan:

Taka Higashino - Nitro Circus

When you look up “extension” in the dictionary, they should just have a picture of Taka riding. But the rest of the FMX and BMX Crew also threw down in Tokyo, so settle in and brace yourself for an image dump:

Adam Jones - Nitro Circus
Matt Whyatt - Nitro Circus
Beau Bamburg - Nitro Circus
Kurtis Downs - Nitro Circus
Nitro Circus
Nitro Circus
Jaie Toohey - Nitro Circus
Nitro Circus
Jarryd McNeil - Nitro Circus
Travis Pastrana - Nitro Circus
Brandon Schmidt - Nitro Circus

More awesomeness from our 2017 Japan tour:

The Nitro Crew Out and About in Tokyo
Todd Meyn on His World First BMX Double Frontflip Tailwhip
Inline Represents at the Nitro Circus Tokyo Shows

Inline Represents at the Nitro Circus Tokyo Shows

Nitro Circus inline superstar Chris Haffey was joined by two very special guests for the two Tokyo shows on our quick four-stop tour of Japan. Brothers Takeshi Yasutoko and Eito Yasutoko are aggressive inline vert skate champions from Japan. Inline fans will need no introduction to these two. Between them, they have won as many as 20 gold medals at the X Games. Takeshi holds the Guinness World Record for being the youngest X Games athlete ever; he was 11 years old when he made his first appearance at the games in 1998. It was incredible having them with us, and we can’t wait to perform with them again in Osaka. Check out some highlights below:

Yasutoko Brothers in Tokyo

Yasutoko Brothers in Tokyo

Chris Haffey in Tokyo

More awesomeness from our 2017 Japan tour:

The Nitro Crew Out and About in Tokyo
Todd Meyn on His World First BMX Double Frontflip Tailwhip

UPDATE: Wheelz Wins the World First Bracket Challenge!

UPDATE: Wheelz took home the win over R-Willy in our first-ever Bracket Challenge, a fan-vote competition to crown a favorite Nitro World First. His wheelchair frontflip took 58 percent of the vote in the final round after beating out some seriously impressive contenders throughout. The videos of the tricks that Wheelz and R-Willy faced to make it to the finals are below. Congrats to Wheelz for his epic win!

ORIGINAL STORY CONTINUES BELOW

When we began the World First Bracket Showdown (follow the link to vote and see the full results) we had the absolutely brutal task of selecting 16 Nitro Circus World Firsts from dozens of contenders to represent the best historic moments from multiple disciplines. But we put the hardest part on the fans: You had to select winners from those 16 in head-to-head match-ups. Every one of these is enormous and worthy of winning. But after three weeks of voting, we’re down to two: Ryan Williams’ scooter 1080 frontflip and Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham’s wheelchair frontflip. Take a look:

We wanted to take a look at the tricks these two had to compete against to make it to the finals. Now, obviously this is a subjective contest, and it turns out a little campaigning probably doesn’t hurt. But Wheelz and R-Willy definitely deserve to be here after taking on these other World Firsts and coming out on top.

Round 1: What a Field

In the first round, the left side of the bracket was stacked with FMX, skate, scooter, and inline World Firsts. R-Willy’s first match-up was another scooter trick landed by … R-Willy, setting up a rivalry with potential for a rematch later in the finals, as R-Willy also had the BMX triple frontflip in contention. Both R-Willy and R-Willy’s scooter tricks deserved a win, but in the end the 1080 frontflip easily beat the triple backflip with more than 75 percent of the vote. Here’s the scooter triple back:

On the other side of the bracket, Wheelz was up against some of the greatest moments in BMX, MTB, and contraptions, with his first match-up being Ethen Roberts and the mountain bike scorpion double backflip. But in what would become a trend for this competition, the might of a frontflip was too much for even a double backflip combo, and Wheelz advanced with almost three-quarters of the vote. Here’s the MTB scorpion double backflip in action:

Round 2: The Competition Gets Fierce

Down to eight, we didn’t realize it yet but some heavy foreshadowing was in play: Of the 16 original entrants, only five were frontflips, and four of those five made it out of the first round, with the only exception being the lone frontflip combo, the BMX superman double front, losing to the BMX quad backflip. Now half the field was frontflips. In Round 2, Wheelz seemed to have his work cut out for him against Brandon Schmidt’s rollerboard triple backflip, but in the end it was academic and Wheelz cruised through. Here’s the rollerboard triple backflip:

R-Willy faced Beaver Fleming and the Swift Roll, a skateboard trick he invented in honor of his favorite pop star. T-Swift apparently didn’t get the memo, and the freight train that is R-Willy plowed through to the Final Four. Here’s the Swift Roll:

Round 3: And Then There Were Four

Four frontflips out of five made it to the penultimate round. Wheelz faced R-Willy’s BMX triple frontflip with the threat of an all R-Willy final looming. R-Willy’s scooter 1080 frontflip was up against Gregg Duffy’s FMX double frontflip, the odds-on favorite to take the whole competition. But R-Willy pulled the upset, and some late campaigning by Wheelz helped stave off a complete sweep, so the finals were set. Here are the FMX double frontflip and the BMX triple frontflip:

Now it’s up to you to choose an overall winner. Will it be the wheelchair frontflip? Or can the scooter 1080 frontflip rule them all? Click here to pick your favorite, and if you vote, you’ll be entered to win a Nitro T-shirt. The contest ends Feb. 24, so get in there ASAP!

Todd Meyn on His World First BMX Double Frontflip Tailwhip

Anyone who keeps up with Nitro Circus shenanigans knows that BMX phenom Todd Meyn is always pushing his riding, and that 2017 has already been an enormous year for him. There’s no room to recap all of his highlights here, but for those needing a primer, look no further than his penultimate World First, a frontflip whip catch whip, which he stuck in New Zealand less than two weeks ago. Yes, “penultimate” means next-to-last, because we’re back to report that in the first night of two shows in Tokyo, Todd did it again, this time notching a double frontflip tailwhip during practice before the show. Watch it here and then read on for more details from Todd about how he finally rode away on a trick that was three years in the making.

For those who watched with the sound on, you might have noticed a couple extra things. One, the engine revving was one of the moto guys practicing in the background. Most of us would need an engine to accomplish this trick, but not Todd. And two, the reaction of the filmer when Todd landed wheels down should give you all the degree-of-difficulty context you need, if you had any doubt.

“I have done frontflip tailwhips for the past eight years, and it was time to step it up and add something to it,” Todd says. He added frontflip tailwhip no-handers and then double frontflips and then double front no-handers. The double frontflip became pretty standard in his arsenal at that point. “I thought, ‘Why not add a tailwhip?'” he says. He started working on it, but it took about a year of attempts before he became absolutely convinced that it was even possible. “About two years ago at Cam Sinclair’s house we had a foam pit session, and I got it all the way around. And from then, it was game on!”

Todd Meyn - Nitro Circus

It turns out the ramp itself was as important as the mechanics of the trick, Todd says. “I tried on so many different ramps with different lips and angles.” He hadn’t ridden the current setup in almost a year, but he had a good feeling about it. “The problem was, I was going too high, so every time I came down and landed I would blow off the bike, because I would come down so hard. So that’s when I knew I needed the same ramp with the same dimensions but just a little less tall,” he says. “I knew that this [ramp in Japan] was the best takeoff to do it on after trying to figure out how to get it done, so I have been waiting to get my shot.”

In addition to the correct height, the current setup has a wider gap — 40 feet compared to 36 feet. “So I could still go the same speed and get the same air time, and it worked” Todd says. “I woke up the other morning with this burning desire to get to the venue and send it in practice until I landed it, and that’s what I did.” But first, he and Matt Whyatt stopped by a local skatepark and got a nice session in, despite the cold weather:

Let’s nerd out on some details to close. Here’s Todd’s breakdown of what it takes to execute a BMX double frontflip tailwhip: “The most important part of this trick is getting a good snap off the lip. With double frontflips, what you actually do is pull back and lean back as you are going up the ramp, and at the very top of the lip, you snap forwards and hit your back brake, which catapults you forward. Sometimes if you rush you will snap too early on the ramp, which will cause you to not get good forward momentum, causing you to land on your back. It’s the kind of trick where you know as soon as you take off whether you have it or not. So it’s important to relax, which is hard to do, to say the least. You just have to trust yourself.”

More awesomeness from our 2017 Japan tour:

The Nitro Crew Out and About in Tokyo

Another Day, Another Ryan Williams BMX World First

Ryan Williams has notched yet another BMX World First. As he has done so often in the past, he’s asked his fans to help him name it. The choices are the Christ Air Frontflip or the One-Hand Superman Seatgrab Frontflip. We think he should consider calling it the One-Hand Inverted Air Jordan. The trick is crazy, but make sure you stay tuned to watch the rest of the clip to see Jed Mildon walk away from a savage bail from an attempt at his signature Chinga Flip and a razor-sharp triple backflip from Andy Buckworth. The clip also has more footage of the Haka performed in honor of Christian Ngaropo, a member of the Nitro Circus security staff we recently lost. Check it out:

Check out more highlights from our 2017 New Zealand tour:

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

The Nitro Crew Out and About in Tokyo

The Nitro Crew threw down all over New Zealand and are now in Japan for several shows before heading to Australia. Between all those shows, they took a short break from the ramps to see the sights. Tokyo is renowned for its Zen gardens and tranquil temples, but the Crew seems most drawn to the controlled chaos of the Shibuya pedestrian scramble, the city’s most iconic intersection. That said, they did manage to find a sense of stillness amid the hustle of the famously fast-paced city, so we guarantee their batteries will be fully charged for the next set of shows:

Nitro Crew in Tokyo

R-Willy Tours Tokyo

Travis Pastrana Tours Japan

R-Willy's Japan Tour

Jed Mildon Tours Japan

Dusty Wyggle Tours Japan

Shibuya Station last night… crazy… #tokyo #shibuya 📸: @inciteimages @nitrocircus #nitrocircus

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@rwillyofficial you rebel you… #sosorry #japan #shibuyacrossing #scooter #5O #cops #nitrocircus

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Check out highlights from our 2017 New Zealand tour:

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

Highlights From the Last Two New Zealand Shows

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

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

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Andy Buckworth - Nitro Circus

Nick Franklin - Nitro Circus

Ethen Roberts - Nitro Circus

The FMX Crew - Nitro Circus

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

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@kurtisdowns getting the shot in Tauranga yesterday👍 #nitrocircus

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

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

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Check out more highlights from our 2017 New Zealand tour:

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

Beaver Wins Best Trick at Simple Session With a World First

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

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

Todd Meyn Sticks a BMX World First in New Zealand

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

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

Check out more highlights from our 2017 New Zealand tour:

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

FMX Star Jarryd McNeil Goes Off Road in New Video

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

More highlights from our 2017 New Zealand tour:

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

Highlights From an Epic Day of BMX at Franklin Farm

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

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

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Ryan R-Willy Williams
Ryan R-Willy Williams
Jed Mildon
Todd Meyn
R-Willy, Todd Meyn, Jaie Toohey
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Jaie Toohey
Jaie Toohey

Check out more highlights from our 2017 New Zealand tour:

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

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

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


More highlights from our 2017 New Zealand tour:

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

Levi Sherwood Going Big Back Home

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

Levi Sherwood - Nitro Circus - New Zealand

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

@kurtisdowns getting the shot in Tauranga yesterday👍 #nitrocircus

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

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

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#turndowntuesday 📷 @kurtisdowns #nitrocircus #fmx

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

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

Travis Pastrana Takes Second at Inaugural Rallye Perce-Neige

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

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

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

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

Loads of Highlights From Midway Through New Zealand

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

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

Kurtis Downs BMX stripper flip - Nitro Circus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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@ajhackettbungynz was maaaaaad 🤘

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

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