Travis Pastrana’s New Line of Clothes Inspired by His Iconic 199

Fans of Nitro Circus and Ringleader Travis Pastrana know that the number 199 is important. It represents Travis, and so it represents everything Nitro is all about. Pushing the limit, finding adventure at every turn, stepping outside your comfort zone, and having an awesome time while you’re doing it. So Travis and Nitro Circus are pumped to announce a new line of T-shirts for those of us who want to rep that mindset all day long: The TP199 collection is for sale now in the Nitro Shop.

How did Travis Pastrana get the number 199? - Nitro Circus

Everyone we talked to about TP199 knew what that number symbolized, but we were a little surprised to find out that almost none of them knew where it came from, what it actually stands for. We asked several veteran members of the Nitro Crew, athletes who are friends with Travis and have known him for years, and even they had no idea in most cases. So we asked Travis himself to tell us the story. It’s surprisingly simple for how hugely symbolic this number has become.

So there you have it. 199 was Travis’ racing number, which he picked because his hero when he turned pro at age 16 was the legendary Robbie Reynard. The AMA stipulates that you can’t turn pro until you’re 16, and Reynard turned pro as soon as he could: May of 1993. So he was 593. He went on to absolutely crush it, immediately taking titles and leaving everyone in his dust — gaining a huge fan in Travis in the process. Travis took a similar approach: He turned 16 in October of 1999, but because AMA numbers are never more than three digits, he chose 199. The numbering system has since changed and is a bit complex, with numbers changing based on various factors, but Travis is grandfathered in and will always be 199. Check out some of the shirts on offer, hit this link to see them all, and be one of the first to get one:

How did Travis Pastrana get the number 199? - Nitro Circus
How did Travis Pastrana get the number 199? - Nitro Circus
How did Travis Pastrana get the number 199? - Nitro Circus
How did Travis Pastrana get the number 199? - Nitro Circus

Travis Pastrana Obliterates Mount Washington Hillclimb Record

Travis Pastrana set a new record at the Mount Washington Hillclimb this weekend, beating Subaru teammate and perennial rally rival David Higgins, who held the previous record for this event. Also known as the Climb to the Clouds, the timed race up New England’s tallest mountain was first run in 1904, back when single horsepower was still one of the better performance options. Travis’ 600 HP car had double the horses of what he drives in other rally formats and was much lighter than normal, prompting him to rave about how awesome his vehicle was before and after his record-breaking performance. Higgins was similarly equipped, but he took a bad turn on one of his runs and went off the road — thankfully he wasn’t injured in the crash. The previous record, set by Higgins in 2014, was 6:09.09. Travis beat that on his first run by quite a bit with a 5:46.28. He did even better a couple hours later on his second run, posting a 5:44.72, a nearly 25-second difference over the previous record-holder. Check out some highlights from the day right here:

Epic road, epic car, epic day! #gottherecordback!! @srtusa

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Nitro Riders Earned 9 Trophies at Nitro World Games

With the 2017 Nitro World Games in the books, we want to congratulate all the world-class athletes who competed this year and give some special shoutouts. Eight Nitro Circus veterans walked away with nine of the 18 total trophies awarded, a testament to the hard work, dedication, and experience of the Nitro Crew. Those athletes are: Ryan Williams (1st in scooter and BMX Best Tricks), Levi Sherwood (1st in Freestyle Motocross), Javier Villegas (2nd in Freestyle Motocross), Josh Sheehan (3rd in Freestyle Motocross), Beaver Fleming (2nd in skate), Brandon Loupos (2nd in BMX Best Tricks), Jaie Toohey (3rd in BMX Best Tricks), and Harry Bink (1st in FMX Best Trick). Additionally, the fourth-place finishers in four of six events were also Nitro riders, in many cases missing the podium by just fractions of a point. Just off the podium were Brandon Schmidt (BMX Best Tricks), Andy Buckworth (BMX Triple Hit), Adam Jones (Freestyle Motocross), and Sheehan (FMX Best Trick).

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It’s tempting to take the view that of course Nitro riders are going to do well at an event with the word “Nitro” in the title, so to head off that cynical perspective, here are some interesting points to remember: The Nitro World Games competition is overseen by an independent third-party. This includes the competition formats and the judges and judging process. Half the winners were non-Nitro athletes,
and the majority of the competitors were non-Nitro athletes. We’ve said it before: The NWG is not the Nitro Circus, and they go to great lengths to crown champions based on who rides best on that day. So why do Nitro riders do so well in this competition, particularly athletes you don’t see in many competitions, like R-Willy?

The first and most obvious answer to this question is that the Nitro Circus Live show brings in the best of the best already. Many of our athletes are decorated from years of competition experience, including multiple X Games medalists, as well as other major competitions worldwide. Guys like Sheeny and Sherwood are making podiums at FMX events all over the place. So naturally those athletes are going to do well in any competition. To put it another way, it’s not that Nitro Circus athletes are doing well at Nitro World Games; it’s that experienced and successful competitors are being recruited to be Nitro athletes.

The second factor is big-air experience. When it comes to events like scooter, BMX, and skate, the Nitro riders are getting so much ramp time touring with the show, that the experience rises to the top when it comes to those events in competition. And with the scoring set up to emphasize progression, it opens up the field to riders who don’t typically compete in BMX competitions, like R-Willy, Schmidt, and last year’s third-place BMX Best Tricks finisher, Gavin Godfrey (who had to miss this year due to injury). Nitro riders live and breathe progression every day, plus they ride the Giganta ramp constantly, working on new tricks as part of their routine.

The beautiful thing about NWG, though, is that anyone in the world can come and throw down and make a podium. Last year R-Willy finished last in Scooter Best Tricks, despite coming in with the most experience in one of the first scooter mega-ramp competitions ever. BMX Triple Hit is filled with non-Nitro household names from the sport, and this year a few up-and-comers emerged as dual-threat BMX athletes — several qualified in both Triple Hit and BMX Best Tricks, which require very different skillsets despite being on the same machine. The different mix of athletes on the podiums this year is a sign that this competition is maturing as athletes get more and more experience with these ramp setups and formats. We expect to see it evolve further next year, and to continue to grow and change.

Congrats again to all the competitors at the 2017 Nitro World Games. We can’t wait to see who rises to the top for Nitro World Games 2018.

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Epic Highlights From the 2017 Nitro World Games

The 2017 Nitro World Games stormed Salt Lake City in an epic competition that saw enormous and literal highs and constant edge-of-your-seat action. There are so many stories to unravel over the coming days, but in the meantime we’ve got all the highlights and winners for you.

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Arguably the biggest story of the night was Ryan Williams, the only athlete in the competition to make the finals in two events in two disciplines. R-Willy took home the win in Scooter Best Tricks and BMX Best Tricks and is officially the first competitor to ever win multiple events at Nitro World Games. After coming in as a favorite in scooter in 2016 and missing the podium, he made it his goal to do better this year. Did he ever. This year he also repeated as BMX Best Tricks champion, a win that came amid a bit of controversy.

Find out more about that and all the other crazy stories that went down at this year’s NWG. Click here for the full highlights, including video recaps of each event and a complete list of winners.

Travis Goes All-In With Nitro Circus

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

Travis Showing Off His New Head Gear

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


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

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

Check out the full story in the press release below.

 


TRAVIS PASTRANA GOES ALL-IN WITH NITRO CIRCUS PARTNERSHIP

Pastrana Now Exclusive Athlete for Nitro Circus Brand

Exclusive Consumer Products Line Featuring Headwear and Apparel Coming Soon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nitro World Games Announced!

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

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

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

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

 


INAUGURAL NITRO WORLD GAMES ANNOUNCED FOR JULY 16, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Nitro Circus:

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

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

About NBC Sports Ventures:

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

About the Utah Sports Commission:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

Wicked Tango and Nitro Circus Announce Innovative Strategic Partnership

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media Contacts:

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

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

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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

Vicki Golden Is on a Meteoric FMX Rise | Featured Rider

When FMX phenom Vicki Golden took home the MVC for best rookie on the Nitro Circus 2017 North America tour, it was just the latest in a long list of accolades the 25-year-old has accrued over the years. She’s a veteran racer with three X Games gold medals and a host of other wins and big finishes from her days in motocross, arenacross, and supercross. And though it’s only been a year since she started focusing exclusively on FMX, she’s no stranger to hitting ramps. In 2013 she was the first woman to compete in the X Games Best Whip event, where she earned a bronze medal. That appearance also made her the first woman to compete in any of the X Games FMX competitions. Now Vicki is focusing the discipline she developed in racing to progress in FMX, and the results speak for themselves. In less than 12 months she went from full-on racer to a coveted spot throwing down among the best FMXers in the world.

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I caught up with Vicki in Medford, Oregon, just before the final show of the North America tour. Vicki is new at Nitro, so only fans who came out to our North America shows this summer have got to witness her riding in our shows. But those who did wouldn’t have known that she’s the rookie on tour. Vicki’s trick list after only one year is impressive and growing. She immediately took to the specific difficulties of riding FMX with Nitro. In addition to a wide range of tricks, riders on the FMX side have to have excellent bike control and spot-on timing to perform synchro tricks and all-ins — other riders’ safety is in your hands when you’re all up the air at the same time. The control and precision is natural to Vicki, having spent so much time racing.

Vicki grew up in San Diego and is now based in Temecula, California, a moto hot-bed with a dense selection of places to ride. She got into racing at a young age, she says, because her whole family raced moto. She did well, as mentioned. But the grueling training and travel schedule started to take its toll. She explains what a typical week would look like for her: “Monday: ride and train. Tuesday: ride and train. Wednesday: fly out to whatever race it was. Thursday: wake up at 4 a.m., do press. Friday: wake up at 4 a.m., do press. Try and race on Saturday with whatever energy I had left. And then fly home on Sunday.” Then wake up Monday and start all over again. She did that for months on end during racing season and then spent the off-season sick and trying to recover. “I realized I can’t keep doing that; I can’t keep tearing my body down,” she says. “It was time to transfer over to freestyle.”

She’d already had a taste of FMX — she credits Matt Buyten with introducing her to ramps. “He was like, ‘Hey, come hit some ramps,'” she recalls. “So I met pretty much everyone in So-Cal through Buyten.” At that time, she was still racing, but she found hitting ramps to be a great way to have fun on her bike again. “I realized that maybe down the road I could make something of it,” she says. And indeed she has. When she finally made the decision to leave supercross and go all-in on freestyle, she told herself, “It’s time to get serious and learn tricks and try and make an actual job of it.” And don’t get her wrong: FMX is also very, very hard work, she says. But it comes without the physical strain of the grueling schedule. “They’re both all about repetition,” she says. “But I would say freestyle is more mental — not that racing isn’t mental. I would just say racing is more physical and freestyle is more mental.”

And now, a year into focusing on FMX full-time, she’s already achieved one of her goals. “I didn’t really expect to be here in a year,” she says. She wanted to be a part of Nitro Circus, but she thought that would take at least two years. “I thought that was a pretty realistic goal, and didn’t expect this to happen this quickly.” She credits her quick progression to that work ethic she developed on the racing circuit, plus a little motivation from friend and fellow Nitro rider Javier Villegas. Javier, who also lives in the Temecula area, is known as one of the most dedicated FMXers out there, putting in hours and hours of work every single day, no matter what. Vicki shared that dedication. When Javier suggested they practice on the Nitro World Games qualifier setup in Southern California, Vicki was all in.

Cutting her teeth on the NWG ramps had some bonuses beyond just time on a world-class setup. “That opened up a lot more doors than I expected,” she says. “Just being around the whole Nitro Crew obviously benefitted me quite a bit.” That and the self-motivation that got her to where she was in racing combined to propel her into an elite status faster than many who have been working at it for longer. “I’ve taken my race mentality and brought it into freestyle,” she says. And she and Javier made a good practice team. Their shared drive to progress kept them both focused, Vicki says. If one of them wasn’t feeling it, they went and rode anyway, because they didn’t want to let each other down.

All that training paid off very quickly. Vicki was asked to join the Nitro Circus North America tour, with her first show being San Diego, one of the biggest shows of the tour. Next she rode Annapolis, which was Travis Pastrana’s first-ever hometown show, a date that had been circled on everyone’s calendar for a long time. She didn’t let the pressure get to her and immediately cemented her place in the show. “The first one I obviously wanted to come out and set the bar high for myself,” she says. Her favorite part of the show so far is the best whip segment. She has good memories of throwing whips from the days when she was racing and could just go out and hit dirt jumps for fun between training sessions. Now, interestingly, she hits the track to decompress. “It’s funny that things have flopped, and now anytime I’m kind of over ramps I get to go to the track and just have fun on that instead. And I don’t have to put in laps, I don’t have to worry about lap times. It’s an odd feeling.”

Up-and-coming riders could learn a lot from Vicki’s meteoric rise. But her choice advice is probably the easiest to follow in theory: “Make sure you keep it fun,” she says. “If you don’t have that, what’s the point of being on your dirtbike? Because there are things that are a hell of a lot safer that you can get paid a hell of a lot more money for, so just remember why you started.” Remember the name Vicki Golden. With what she’s already accomplished in her first year of FMX and her dedication to progression, there’s no doubt we’ll be seeing a lot more from her in the future.

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Photos From Inside a Private BMX Museum in Portland

Concealed deep in the catacombs of Portland, Oregon, lies a magical utopia of enchantment and sensation. Where years worth of bravery and positive ambiances go to rest among cobwebs and controlled temperatures. For the few that know of this place, it is a black hole into the abyss of an appetite. For some, it is a place of to lose yourself for hours. For others, it’s a scrap yard.

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While driving between shows in the Pacific Northwest, James Foster and I stopped at one of the best BMX shops in the area, Goods BMX. The owner, Shad, displays a bashguard BMX collection that rivals the best out there. He told us about a vault full of old BMX bikes, and the only way to see it is to be lucky. There is no phone number, no hours, and it isn’t open to the public. Shad pulled a few strings, and James and I received the magical golden ticket.

When we arrived at the two-story establishment, we were whisked into a dining parlor that housed racks of the rarest vintage BMX bicycle frames in existence. I quickly snapped a few pictures with the owner, Gary, and we retreated to dreamland.

My childhood exists in that basement. Memories roared back of countless hours spent in class devouring magazine articles and advertisements concealed between the pages of school books. I could name every bike that was on the deck of the first indoor skatepark I went to in 1993. All of them are present within the pictures. The bent forks connected to tarnished high-tensile steel scream of good times and fears overcome in backyards and parking lots all over the world.

It’s wild to see a one-off custom-built frame for a legendary rider next to a washing machine, but it’s 1,000 percent better than losing it to a scrap yard. I wish I could tell you how to get a meeting. Instead, I can only offer you the next best thing: Check out BMXmuseum.com, as the owner of the collection runs the site and is trying to amass the largest library of BMX bicycles in the world. And then check out some of my photos right here:

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Travis Pastrana and the Nitro Crew Can’t Keep a Straight Face in ‘Bad Joke Telling’

Healthy rivalry is a cornerstone of action sports progression, and as with any tight-knit group, the Nitro Crew’s competitiveness extends beyond the ramps. That’s why when our friends at Whistle Sports asked if we’d like to get involved in their series Bad Joke Telling, the boys jumped in face-first. The way it works couldn’t be simpler. The guys are given pre-written jokes, and the first to laugh loses. Warning: The jokes are legitimately bad, which is half the fun. It’s one-on-one, so there’s no overall winner, but we have an opinion on that. We’re partial to the competitors who attempted to use their performance of the jokes to take home the win. Check out Jed Mildon in Episode 2 and Josh Sheehan in Episode 3. Nitro Ringleader Travis Pastrana also shows some of that flair right out the gate in Episode 1, making a case for being cast in Disney’s next animated musical.

But the overall win has to go to Jaie Toohey, who in Episode 1 uses the tactic of coming up with better responses than the actual punchlines to throw Ethen Roberts off his game. The “If I’m Going to Lose, We’re Both Going to Lose” Award goes to Todd Meyn, who in Episode 2 spits all over Jed while trying not to laugh. And in Episode 3, Matt Whyatt makes Andy Buckworth laugh before he can even get through his first joke. Check out all that, plus more hilariousness from Bilko, Beau Bamburg, Ryan Williams, Chris Haffey, James Foster, Harry Bink, Streetbike Tommy, Brandon Schmidt, Adam Jones, and Gregg Duffy in the three episodes below:

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Travis Pastrana Barges into Europe and 8 Things You Missed This Week

We had to take out the “other” from “8 Other Things You Missed” because chances are you did not actually miss Travis Pastrana’s historic barge-to-barge backflip on the River Thames in London this week. We were glad to see the world media take notice. Well deserved! Obviously, the all-new Nitro Circus Live shows that it precedes will be packed with tricks that are much more complex, if not quite as sketchy. Watch the video below again for fun. And the first newsy link below will give you some more background, but the fact that FMX legend Mike Metzger broke his back during a similar attempt is enough color for most people. We’re pumped Travis put that one down and can’t wait to see what comes next. Speaking of that: 2018 is going to be a great year for fans of Nitro Circus Live, as we’re bringing two completely new, completely different shows to our world tours. They’re so different, we’ve given them their own names: Next Level and You Got This. Some great info at those links, and stay tuned for a deep dive into what makes these shows bigger, better, and distinct. But first, what else happened this WildWeek?

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>>>IF YOU ONLY WATCH ONE VIDEO<<<

>>>THE NEWSY BITS<<<

MUST-READ: Travis Pastrana performed a barge-to-barge backflip in London to get your attention, Europe

MVC OF THE WEEK: Backcountry badass skier Caroline Gleich takes on Utah’s craziest lines and online trolls

GRIND-OFF: R-Willy greets fans and grinds rails on his first day back to his local park. Probably won’t hear from him for a while

PODCAST ALERT: Beaver Fleming wants to share his POV on and off the ramp in his new podcast, Leave It to the Beavez

TALENTED TOMMY: Micah lists the five ways Streetbike Tommy is actually talented, forgets he’s also a BBQ pit-master

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Vicki Golden journey from supercross to FMX to Nitro Circus Tour Rookie of the Year was a quick one

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A sneak peek at next week: Speaking of Vicki Golden, let’s get to know Nitro’s newest member.

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Travis Pastrana Lands a Barge-to-Barge Backflip in London

Travis Pastrana added another World First to his resume yesterday when he became the only person to ever backflip from barge to barge floating unmoored in the water. The stunt took place on the River Thames in London in front of the legendary O2 Arena, as a PR event for the upcoming Nitro Circus YOU GOT THIS TOUR, set to hit Europe in 2018. But the historic backflip was way bigger than the term “PR stunt” could ever prescribe.

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Travis called it his scariest single flip since the very first one he ever tried. The unmoored barges were susceptible to the movement of the water, making the takeoff and lander unpredictable. And because the lander is sitting on a barge, Travis had finite run-out space if he wanted to stay dry — 36 feet, to be exact. So to recap: He had to hit a moving target from a moving takeoff and have the presence of mind to get the bike stopped before he came to the end of the landing barge. To top it all off, the famously grumpy English weather meant high winds and rain leading up to the stunt. At breakfast the morning of, we were talking with Travis about the conditions when he interrupted himself mid-thought as he looked out the window. “Well, it’s raining,” he said. “It’s raining sideways.” Indeed, at 8:30 a.m. — 30 minutes before he was set to go warm-up on the bike and two hours before the jump attempt — it was pouring down rain with winds almost 20 mph.

About that bike: Travis casually mentioned that the purpose of that practice two hours before the main jump was that he had never ridden that particular bike before. He was going to backflip it on a standard setup a couple times to make sure he had the feel of it down. But the rain derailed his practice time. “Guess I’ll just go one and done,” he said, adding that it wouldn’t make much difference to practice on a normal setup anyway, as the variables with the barges made the actual attempt completely different. He was going to be attempting the stunt on a bike he’d never ridden.

The clouds cleared up and the wind died down, and so after a couple ferry boat rides to get the bike and the man himself out to the barges, everything was in place for the attempt. Global media had gathered on the shore across the way, and a few random on-lookers were lucky enough to stumble on the top-secret location just in time. Travis checked out the ramp, then fired up the bike and rode a few laps around the takeoff barge. Then he sent it.

It was a picture-perfect backflip that looked way too easy for how much difficulty we now know was going on beneath the surface. “The takeoff felt squishy,” Travis said afterward. He described the G-forces that are produced when the bike hits the transition as being so great that he could actually feel that he wasn’t on solid ground as he came up the ramp. He said he immediately felt like he was going to come up short because the pop off the lip wasn’t there. Instead, he got it around clean and landed perfectly, and the rest is history. Congrats to the legend on another World First!

We’re coming to Europe in 2018 with a brand-new show, and tickets are on sale now. With shows in the U.K., Germany, France, Switzerland and more, there’s plenty of Nitro Circus Live for everyone! 

R-Willy Returns to Caloundra Skatepark With a Swarm of Local Riders

Ryan Williams celebrated his return to his local skatepark this week with a new edit. Throughout the tour this year, we’ve seen him at skateparks for unscripted sessions with local riders. We guess the word got out, because the ranks of local riders have swelled considerably since he first started filming these. R-Willy was greeted by legions of young scooter riders hoping for an autograph, which he obliged. After a good session mentoring riders, R-Willy headed to another skatepark to do some riding himself. Scooter fans are going to love the mini-competition between R-Willy and his friends to stick increasingly elaborate rail-grind combos. If you pay close attention, see if you can spot scooter world champion Jordan Clark.

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Watch Episode 1 of Beaver Fleming’s ‘Leave It to the Beavez’

There’s more to Beaver Fleming than skateboarding. He reliably drops sick edits on his social media, and we’d be fine if it was just that, but he wants to do more than just impress. He wants to inspire. In addition to skate-themed edits, Beaver puts up a weekly Motivational Monday post. This week, he dropped the first episode of his official video podcast, Leave It to the Beavez. The new show is essentially a marriage of the two things he loves, skateboarding and continual self-improvement. Perhaps the best way to emphasize his desire for fans to take control of their mindset is to make the edit a continuous POV experience. At the Clairemont Skatepark in San Diego, Beaver hits the skatercross course and the halfpipe. What better way to motivate you to send it somewhere than a trip to the park though Beaver’s eyes? Check it out:

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BEAVER FLEMING GOES BIG AT BOWL-A-RAMA
BEAVER WINS BEST TRICK AT SIMPLE SESSION WITH A WORLD FIRST

5 Things That Prove Streetbike Tommy Actually Has Talent

Some people never get the recognition they deserve. Nikola Tesla, Vincent Van Gogh, Edgar Allan Poe, and scores of others went to the grave before achieving their celebrity. It weighs on me when I see real talent where others don’t. Case in point: For the past two years while performing at Nitro Circus shows all over the world, I have had to listen to the pre-recorded announcer call Streetbike Tommy “The only cast member without any talent.” So today I am going to prove to you that Tommy doesn’t deserve that intro, and yes, I am comparing him to Tesla, Van Gogh, and Poe. No regrets.

#1 Tommy is a champion rally racer.

I don’t mean a race where the rules are made-up and everything is goofy. Tommy entered a real-deal, actual rally and came in first place. Drivers are considered athletes, so that makes Tommy …

#2 Tommy is a title-holding Big Buck Hunter champion.

You might think this is silly, but when you consider how many roughneck, hard-drinking individuals are playing Buck Hunter on any given evening, it is an incredible feat to be a champion. There is also a $20,000 purse each year, so maybe you should get working on your digital shooting.

#3 Tommy and his team won a skeet-shooting championship.

There are rumors that every other person on his team may have been a ringer, but you can’t win a medal in networking. Tommy would podium every time if you could. Also, it’s cool to see digital shooting transfer to analog shooting.

#4 Tommy is brave.

The skills needed to be a Guinea pig are off the charts. He was the first to attempt to jump a streetbike into a foam pit. He was the first to drive the Barbie car down a mega ramp. That didn’t work out well. He thrives on World’s Firsts and should be appreciated for that.

#5 Tommy is a hell of an entertainer.

From dancing to hosting to his social media exploits, Tommy is a really good time. He gives his fans heaps of love, and it is an honor to have him on a microphone with me night after night. So, to you my friend, I am on your side. We need to get that intro changed!

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Four World Firsts in One Night and 8 Other Things You Missed Last Week

That’s it! Another tour done and dusted. Our four month trek across North America was action packed with awesomeness so we’re going to get some much-needed rest now. That is, until we get back on the road next week and head for Abu Dhabi then South Africa! While we catch some Z’s, you should catch up on everything you might have missed this past week:

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>>>IF YOU ONLY WATCH ONE VIDEO<<<

>>>THE NEWSY BITS<<<

MUST-READ: With four World Firsts in one night, Nitro Circus definitely did not sleep on Seattle

MVC OF THE WEEK: Lily Rice may be the first European female to land a wheelchair backflip, and she’s only 13

PHOTO DUMP: Action sports photographer, Daniel Schenkelberg, takes you behind the lens at a Nitro show

RACY VEGAS TRIP: Travis Pastrana returns to NASCAR this weekend in Las Vegas

MOTOCROSS OF NATIONS 2017: The “Olympics of Motocross” is back, support your country’s team

HELMETS ON: The Crew put together some gnarly MTB edits while filming Action Figures 2

>>>THE RIGHT TURN<<<

>>>ONE FOR THE ROAD<<<

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A sneak peek at next week: Big things are coming from across the pond …

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Going Big on the Road in the Pacific Northwest

The penultimate weekend of shows for the 2017 North America tour was, in a word, amazing, as we rolled into the Pacific Northwest to the open arms of fans who clearly just get it. Our first stop of the weekend was Bend, a city in Central Oregon that’s known for its outdoor-sports offerings, its local craft beer, and probably other things too. Bend rivals Utah in terms of having the perfect climate and terrain for basically every action sport an adrenaline seeker could want. It recently wooed Nitro veteran Dusty Wygle away from California, and it will woo you too if you give it a chance.

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Travis Pastrana got the fans and the Crew fired up, and the show was awesome, despite some sketchy field conditions that had the ramps sitting uneven on the ground. As always, the Crew pushed through and sent it for pumped-up fans, who never would have guessed the riders were dealing with that significant variable. And there were highlights! Erik Roner’s son Oskar Roner jumped his dirtbike off a small wooden ramp during the athlete intros, earning him a huge cheer as well as the MVC at the end of the night. Oskar is only 7, but he’s a Roner, enough said. Annika Roner, his mom, had to get him to stop hitting the jump during practice because he was having so much fun. Erik is sorely missed, and the tribute to him at the beginning of the show was especially poignant in Bend. It’s awesome to see his family out at Nitro shows and continuing to spread the word to Live Like Roner.

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It was an inspirational start to a great night. The FMX side was on point, with Travis leading the charge. Local MTB rider Carson Storch threw down with the Giganta boys, and Dusty went big for his new hometown crowd. A standout moment was BMX legend James Foster absolutely nailing his triple backflip. Foster had taken some time off from triples in Nitro shows, but he’s been back at it for several stops and has clearly hit his stride. Check it out:

One, two, three! @jamesfosterbmx with the goods last night in Bend. Seattle tonight! #NitroCircus

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Just before the show started in Bend, word came down that the tour bus that was supposed to take us to Seattle at 7 a.m. the next morning was not going to do that. Senior Athlete Manager Ricky Melnik, who runs the show behind the scenes as well as during the performances, worked his magic and got us hooked up with a couple vans to get the athletes and this Nitro Writer to Seattle in time for the Saturday-night show. (The backstage crew who sets up and breaks down the ramps was scheduled to leave immediately after tearing down in Bend. These guys are the hardest workers with a tough tour schedule, and the riders’ lives literally depend on what they do. We’re going to have a feature on them very soon to get deeper into their story.) With Chris Haffey driving one van and Cam Sinclair driving the other, one has to assume we made much better time en route to Seattle than we would have with Joe Schmo from The Pretty Good Tour Bus Company at the wheel.

We rolled out of Bend around 8 a.m., making our way through the high desert, past scrubby mesas, and up into the pine forests as we climbed toward Mt. Hood and the Oregon-Washington border. This seemed like a good place to practice describing scenery. Let me know how I did with hashtag #scrubbymesas. We made great time and pulled up to the venue at around 2:30 p.m. — well before practice was set to start. And what a venue. Workers broke ground on Safeco Field just over 20 years ago, and this is a stadium that has stood the test of time. The design of the retractable roof creates an almost steampunk vibe, and the grass is so pristine you almost don’t want to walk on it. Or you want to roll around in it, depending on what type of person you are. Since the day the first baseball game was played there, FMX legend and Pacific Northwest native Beau Bamburg had been dreaming of setting foot on the Mariners’ home field. At that time he never could have guessed it would actually happen, or that he would also become the first person to ever jump a dirtbike there:

Not to take anything away from the scrappy venues we get to perform in on these regional tours — we’re pumped to throw down anywhere — but there’s something about walking into a giant, legit stadium that gets the blood pumping and the adrenaline going even before the first practice jumps. The energy in a venue like that is electric by default, and it was obvious from the moment we set our dusty gear down in the plushly appointed visiting team locker room that this show was going to be a show for the history books.

We’ll just cut right to the chase. Everyone absolutely killed it. The combination of the venue, the energy of the crowd, and the end of the tour in sight spurred the guys on. FMX was on point, contraptions were gnarly as usual, and the BMX Big Air segment was the best of the tour. Brandon Schmidt and Ryan Williams combined for four World Firsts on the night. Schmidty’s was a beautiful BMX double backflip X-up to X-up back:

@brandonschmidt92 with the World's First Double Backflip X-Up to Oppo X-Up! 🔥 #NitroCircus #BMX

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R-Willy brought the heat with three WFs: one on BMX and two on scooter. On BMX he stuck a 720 frontflip no-hander. And on scoot he landed a cashroll windshield wiper and a cashroll bri flip. He documented all three of his new tricks plus all the other awesomeness that went down in his latest vlog:

Overall, the shows leading up to the finish of this tour have been beyond epic. The North America tour is in the books (we’ll have more highlights from the last two shows coming soon), and we’re looking ahead to several shows overseas to close out the year. In the meantime, here’s a bunch of shots to hold you over:

R-Willy and Ethen Roberts in Seattle - nothing front bikeflip - Nitro Circus

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Nitro Crew Go All Out for ‘Action Figures 2’ Shoot in Oregon

Nitro Circus is all about capturing lightning in a bottle. We put together a roster of action sports legends who would be living epic lives regardless of whether or not there is a crowd to perform in front of. No matter how long the tour, or how grueling the shows are, the riders still make time to blow off a little steam on a side trip. In Oregon, the Nitro Crew took the opportunity to ride some MTB at the Oregon Dirt Park, which is Nitro veteran Dusty Wygle’s new backyard.. As action sports fans in Oregon know too well, the Oregon Dirt Park is where the Fest Series for MTB and dirtbike was hosted earlier this year. Dusty, Kurtis Downs, Ethen RobertsJed Mildon, and local rider Carson Storch (who rode the Bend show a couple weeks ago) took turns sending it on the course, producing some gnarly edits. This all went down during filming for Action Figures 2, so we know we have way more to look forward to. Check out the highlights from the riders social media:

Still dreaming about @oregondirtpark ⚔️ #blacksage #mtblife #blessed #deftfamily

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Double grab POV from yesterday's session at @oregondirtpark 🤘🏼 #darksage #mtblife #doublegrab #fiveten

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Having fun at the squirrel nest past few days. @nitrocircus show tonight in Bend! Cheers @dustywygle | @blattphoto 📸

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A Killer FMX Edit, and 8 Other Things You Missed This Week

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MUST-READ: It’s about time the world got a Catfish origin story

OLYMPICS BMX WATCH: FISE Edmonton men’s winning runs / FISE Edmonton women’s winning runs

GEAR ALERT: Brandon Schmidt’s second pro model snowboard is here

Q&A: Micah Kranz interviews FMXer-turned-furniture-designer Shawn Connors

TONY’S CHOICE: When Mr. Hawk’s mind is blown, you should pay attention

NEVER GROW UP: 7-year-old Wyatt Thurman has a national MX win for almost every year he’s been alive

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>>>ONE FOR THE ROAD<<<

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A sneak peek at next week: Big things are coming from across the pond …

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Watch the Winning Women’s BMX Runs at FISE Edmonton 2017

The top rider in women’s BMX is also the youngest. Hannah Roberts, the 16-year-old BMX phenom, claimed the top spot at FISE Edmonton 2017. The 2016 UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Champion is having another banner year; she won gold at FISE Montpelier and a bronze at FISE Budapest. Hannah’s composure was tested in Edmonton. The airline lost her bike and baggage, so she was forced to compete on an unfamiliar bike. She was also tested by her competitors, who put in some fierce runs. Nikita Ducarroz claimed bronze with a one-foot exit to can-can in the first run and opened the second run with a huge backflip. Nikita tried to close her run with a 540 but was unseated in the attempt. Macarena Perez came in second with a blast of toboggans, a one-hander and a transfer in the first run, even more in the second. She ended her run with a tailwhip on the quarter, wowing the commentators and crowd. Hannah’s run had to be perfect. Despite being four years younger than her nearest competitor, Macarena, she showed the poise of a veteran with a smooth set of runs that included a 360 and tailwhip flyout in the first run and a barspin 360 and a seemingly improvised nose manual in the second. Remember, many of the riders winning these events in the men’s and women’s BMX freestyle park event are very likely going to be competing for their country at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Click here for the men’s results. Check out the winning women’s runs here:

 

 

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Friends of Friends Q&A: FMX Veteran and Designer Shawn Connors

The relationships built through action sports are special. From time to time, I’m going to introduce you to some very exceptional friends of mine. These are people that have participated in the lifestyle in a unique way, and hopefully you find inspiration in them. These are all people who feel the way I do about action sports: Doing what we do as a means of creative expression is essential. Besides being a vigorous form of exercise, action sports helps clear the mental hurdles of life. Some use it to get away from everything, while others see it as a good way to get everyone together. Life is what you make it, and the way you use your respective device for fun or therapy is up to you.

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The first person I want to introduce is Shawn Connors. I met Shawn doing BMX and FMX shows in Canada, and his energy is exceptional. Besides stretching tricks beyond what his over-6-foot frame should allow, his mind always stuck out to me as unique. He lives life incredibly easy and simple while always finding himself in the most complicated of places. I have driven with him into the heart of Mexico while the transmission in his van kept popping out. I watched him build an entire motocross landing out of matchsticks and thin plywood in Turkey and then jump the ramps himself the same day. I painted him blue and called him an Avatar for an entire 24 hours on his birthday. But what is truly amazing about Shawn is how he is handling life after professional freestyle. He has used his vision to create some incredible art pieces, and I’d like to share some of them with you.

How did you get into motocross shows?

I started motocross racing in Vermont at the local races and made it into the expert class and did quite well. Through Arenacross, I qualified for the Vegas race and placed pretty well. Then my buddy Adam Cusino built a metal freestyle ramp, and he invited me to come jump it with him. It soon got to the point where I was missing really important races and would stay home and ride freestyle. Long story short, I met someone who asked me if I did tricks and I said yes. He said, “If you build a metal landing I’ll hire you to do a monster truck show.” I did the show, he didn’t pay me. But I got a phone number for someone else and was booked in Stafford Springs, Connecticut. Then it snowballed from there and I kept getting calls from USFMX and it all started.

That’s an appropriate way to start your career, getting screwed by a promoter.

It got me ready for the future.

What are your career highlights, riding-wise?

I jumped my grandmother’s house for the CMT show All Jacked Up. I won a bunch of IFMA events. But my biggest achievement was winning without flipping. To my knowledge, I am one of the last, if not the last person to do a sterilizer in competition from metal ramp to portable landing and on the brushed concrete. I was beating guys doing flips doing sterilizer on that type of setup. That was my biggest accomplishment in IFMAs.

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What is it like traveling the world, including developing countries, to build ramps?

Now I’ve learned the system. After Taiwan, I now ship all of my materials and tools with me. No matter what! My first wooden landing I built, we were there for two weeks and I didn’t get an extension cord for eight days. It was me and my friend Adam, and we were stuck over there and it was hard. I mean really hard. I threatened to leave, and the next day we had the tools. The landing was jumped four times a day for a month straight, and it held up.

How many wooden landings in strange places have you built?

I built one in Taiwan, one in Dubai, and two in Turkey. Gobble Gobble.

Are you still working on monster trucks?

No, I have been asked to be back for a while, but the travel is too much. I wasn’t working on monster trucks — I was working on the quads and side-by-sides. It was a great opportunity, and I loved it, but Shawn Connors Designs has picked up and I need to be selfish and focus on me and the family.

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Let’s talk about Shawn Connors Designs. What is this company all about? How did you come to furniture?

When I moved back from doing shows in China, I had an injury. I could not pursue freestyle at the time, so I got a job at a local dirtbike shop. I worked a decade just riding dirtbikes, so it was time to join the workforce again, and I got a job working on motorcycles. I started accumulating all of these parts, and I enjoyed wondering what I could make these parts into. So I said fuck it and decided I wanted to make myself a table. I was inspired by something I saw one of my friends make online, and I decided I’m going to make something. So I made my first table. It was a round side table that goes by your couch. I was pumped on it, had no intentions of selling it or making a business. I was just proud of it. I put it on social media, and it exploded. I could post 100 pics of a dead body or a flip on a dirtbike and nothing got a response like that picture. So I took the table to my local dirtbike shop and I showed it to them, and the owner ended up buying it. I thought, “This is cool.” Next, I built a fire pit out of old motorcycle parts. It went viral and was shared all over the internet. Someone stole it, sent it to Racer X, and they posted it and gave credit to some guy named Outlaw. So whoever Outlaw is can suck eggs. That’s my fire pit!

Are you selling or making lots of pieces now?

Everything is a stepping stone. Everything is happening really fast. I feel like I’m really lucky to have started at this level I’m at now, and I can only go up from here. I’m really excited to see what the future holds. The response I’m getting is crazy. I built an office desk for a Ford dealership, and that turned into more sales of the office desk. It is one of the biggest and most popular pieces. I just built a new model called the “High Roller” that is accompanied with one of the office desks, and it was sold to an art gallery in Las Vegas. It is inside an art gallery at the Venetian Hotel, in the Grand Canal shops. My mind is blown.

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Has welding ramps on the side of the road in Mexico helped you in this endeavor? Now you’re selling things at art galleries in Vegas!

I don’t believe it. When I go there and see them and am in the Venetian, I’ll believe it. Until then it’s all just emails and phone calls. It’s wild.

I saw a few pieces where you incorporated wood. Is this something you will continue?

I worked with wood for a while. Right now, the only wood I’m working with is whiskey barrels, making them into tables. Oddly, my shop is small, and wood makes lots of dust, so I don’t like it. I want to focus mainly on the metal for now. And later when I have a big shop I’ll dedicate an area for wood.

How did freestyle help in all of this?

The roots of motocross helped with exposure, because I had a small 1,500-person following. But all of this came from years of watching my family’s construction company build whatever they needed from whatever they had. My family moves houses for a living, and if they need something, you can’t go to the house-moving store. You have to build it. And from watching my family create is where I got this inspiration. My imagination is crazy. I see visions and I make them happen.

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‘Tailwhip’ Tells an Awesome BMX Story We Can All Relate To

Erik Aguilar is a 14-year-old BMX rider who perfectly represents what we love about BMX and action sports in general. For so many of us, this is way more than a hobby. It’s what we think about all day, it drives us literally and figuratively, it gives us something to aspire to, and in some cases it’s a savior. We ride because we love to ride, but we also ride because we have to. The drive is all-consuming. YouTube channel Uninterrupted brings us Tailwhip, a look at how BMX has shaped Erik’s life in ways we can all relate to. It’s a great story, and we can’t wait to follow Erik as he progresses in the sport. Check it out:

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Watch the Winning Men’s BMX Runs From FISE Edmonton 2017

One of the biggest action sports events in the world went down last weekend in Edmonton, Canada, and it didn’t disappoint. Festival International des Sports Extreme Edmonton 2017 featured the top-seeded athletes in skate, scooter, MTB, and BMX. The capstone event of the weekend was the BMX Freestyle Park competition, part of the UCI Freestyle Park World Cup series. Winning at FISE is huge on its own, but the event took on added significance because of the recent announcement that BMX Freestyle Park will be an event in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. A win here goes a long way to boost your chances for a spot on your country’s Olympic team and a chance to be among the first athletes to win a medal in the newly minted Olympic event. Strong winds created unfavorable conditions going into the final day of competition. Nonetheless, the riders threw down in the men’s competition. Daniel Sandoval took third place in a run that included a sick 360 barspin to tailwhip. But ultimately, smooth execution over pyrotechnics won the day with razor-sharp runs from Logan Martin, who came in second, and Daniel Dhers taking the top spot. Dhers, who took second at FISE Budapest 2017, brought the biggest guns to the fight with two massive transfers, a backflip tailwhip, and a 360 barspin tailwhip. Check out the winning men’s runs here and stay tuned for the women’s winning runs:

 

 

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FMX + Rihanna, Skate + Art, BMX + Whoa | WildWeek

Gonna keep this intro short, as we are loitering in a coffee shop ahead of tonight’s show in Bend, Oregon. It’s been awesome to get to drop in on the tour for a few stops this summer, and the next two weekends are going to be huge. We’re in Seattle tomorrow, Tri-Cities, Washington, next Friday, and Medford, Oregon, to close out the tour on Sunday the 24th. Tickets are flying, so get them while they last if you’re in the Pacific Northwest and want to see us live! Stay tuned for stories from the road, and in the meantime, check out everything awesome from the last week or so:

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Watch every second of the Battle of Hastings. It’s almost irritating how many amazing BMX competitions are happening these days. Awesome, but irritating because we don’t have enough time to watch every one. OK, just one more … BINGE IT

Rihanna brings FMX to NY Fashion Week. We’re going to go out on a limb and guess that Fashion Week has never been high on you priority list. But there’s a first time for everything. ROCK IT

If you watch only one R-Willy vlog. Dateline: Midland, Texas. An improbably place for one of the most eventful Nitro Circus live shows in recent memory. See what went down. WATCH IT

Bilko should make more videos. There’s a reason he’s known as the personality of Nitro. The best thing we can do to get him to make more of these is to watch them. Too easy. ENCOURAGE IT

Tony Hawk, art lover. Earlier we saw FMX paired with fashion, so skateboarding and art coming together seems like a logical addition as well. This new skatepark/art gallery in Detroit is Tony Hawk’s latest awesome project. ADMIRE IT

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>>>ONE FOR THE ROAD<<<

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A sneak peek at next week: Closing out the 2017 North American tour.

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Bilko Shows Inside a Nitro Tour Bus, More From Our Texas Shows

Not all the Nitro athletes are as prolific as others when it comes to social media and vlogging. Some don’t vlog at all. Some, like Blake “Bilko” Williams, only a few times a year. But what Bilko lacks in volume he more than makes up for in insults per minute. And entertainment, of course. He has a reputation for being the funniest guy on tour, and that reputation is well earned. His latest video is from our recent shows in Texas, and while a video from Ryan Williams gives us a solid look at the Giganta side during that weekend, Bilko’s offering is unsurprisingly more FMX focused. It’s also more focused on bodily functions, Josh Sheehan’s mustache, and a sneak peek at what life on the tour bus is like. So between the two of them we’ve got exhaustive coverage of everything important from the road that weekend. Please enjoy:

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R-Willy Captures One of the Biggest Live Shows in Nitro History

Question: How can you tell when something huge is going to happen at a specific Nitro Circus Live show? Answer: The show has started. We’re not too modest to admit that the very nature of our show means that every night something major and exciting happens. But then there are those shows where it seems like every single segment goes perfectly and features something new and different, where you have to start counting the firsts on your toes because you’re out of fingers. The best, most recent example of this was last week in Midland, Texas. Ryan Williams attempted two World Firsts and landed one of them. James Foster laid down his first-ever quad whip (and a perfect triple backflip as well), earning him the MVC. Brandon Schmidt had a perfect show, including sticking a triple on his rollerboard, one of the toughest tricks in the show. And in a Nitro Circus first, according to the Crew, West Texas got to experience a perfect contraptions segment — meaning all the sketchiest stuff we do went off perfectly (anchored by Schmidty’s triple on the rollerboard). Granted, a perfect contraptions segment may be slightly less fun for the audience, since wipeouts are entertaining, but the boys were stoked to check this one off the list. Luckily, as ever, R-Willy was filming the whole time and documented the magic. Check it out:

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Travis Pastrana Meets Clint Dempsey Ahead of Nitro’s Seattle Show

U.S. FMX legend Travis Pastrana and U.S. soccer legend Clint Dempsey traded jerseys ahead of a home game for Dempsey’s club team this weekend in Seattle, where Nitro Circus is set to perform in a few days. Veteran striker Dempsey plays for the Seattle Sounders as well as the U.S. men’s national team, and he is currently tied as the top scorer of all time for the U.S. men, an accolade he’s all but certain to hold on his own before his career is over. Travis is in town ahead of the last two weekends of the North America tour, with stops in Bend, Oregon, on Friday and Seattle on Saturday. If you’re in the Pacific Northwest, you’re going to want to grab tickets while they last!

Two American sports legends: Travis Pastrana and Clint Dempsey

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Mic’d Up, MTB 1440, and R-Willy, Naturally – WildWeek

We just Googled it and found zero results for “dad body backflip,” which is a shame for several reasons, not the least of which is that it highlights the fact that we haven’t come up with an original pun since TV shows were only available on the actual TV. Which reminds us: Did you know that Facebook is making shows now? And did you also know that one of those shows is a Nitro Circus original series called Mic’d Up (simple premise: stick a mic on the boys during Nitro shows and let the funny fly)? And did you know you can go watch it right now? Did you also know that if you like the Mic’d Up Facebook page you will be fed new episodes of the show every week? So you should go do that, and we’ll stop asking questions. OK, one more question: What would a dad body backflip even be? Exciting times.

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Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus Annapolis show gets a D.C. feature. It’s in a magazine called The Washingtonian, which sounds way too high-brow to be focusing on us. Either that or we’ve finally made it. TP199 for president? PERUSE  IT

R-Willy documents World Firsts and near-disasters. AKA just another work day at Nitro. Come for the debut tricks, stay for the contraption horror show. We have a feeling Ethen Roberts and Dusty Wygle are going to wake up in a cold sweat a few times over what we’re hoping becomes known as penny-farthing-gate.  WATCH IT

Woodward Way South. The future-freestyle-star incubator set up shop at the Hard Rock Riviera Maya near Play del Carmen, Mexico. It will almost certainly be in the Top 5 raddest action sports camps the Yucatan Peninsula has ever seen. Maybe even Top 3. BOOK IT

Is “sports” the wrong noun for action sports? In his weekly column, Nitro MC Micah Kranz explains why he’s not loving the phrase “action sports,” particularly when it applies to BMX. If that doesn’t get you riled, he also takes a swipe at baseball. Ooooooooh, let’s get him! TO THE COMMENTS!

It’s a little early to think about snowboard season. Unless you looooove making those fresh tracks on a cold winter morning. Several reliable outlets are already predicting a banger winter for many parts of the Northern Hemisphere, and TransWorld Snowboarding wasn’t ashamed this week to release a handy guide for getting your stance just so. They might be biased, but we’re all about it. SHRED IT

>>>THE RIGHT TURN<<<

>>>ONE FOR THE ROAD<<<

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A sneak peek at next week: Next week? We don’t even know what we’re having for lunch today …

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Opinion: What’s in a Name? Rethinking ‘Action Sports’

[Editor’s note: Nitro MC Micah Kranz writes a weekly column for the Nitro Circus blog. The opinions he expresses are his own, not that of Nitro Circus or other Nitro Circus employees, even if the rest of us Nitro Writers usually agree with him.] 

What’s in a name? Shakespeare penned, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” With those words, the character Juliet is saying that the essence of a thing is not affected by its title. However, the human mind has an irresistible need to categorize things. The term “action sports” is a perfect example of this, a way to file a group of things nicely beside other socially acceptable activities. But to me, that phrase doesn’t feel accurate (with apologies to Juliet and Bill S.).

What’s the origin for “action sports” as a collective term for what we do? In 1995, ESPN created the Extreme Games by lumping several already-active contest series into one made-for-TV spectacle that featured sky surfing next to freestyle bungee jumping and, later, modified snow shovel racing next to speed ice climbing. “Extreme sports” is what they called it, and passionate insiders grudgingly hopped on board despite not buying into the broad categorization. Perhaps the biggest slap in the face was seeing the same term — “extreme” — used to describe tacos. Almost immediately, ESPN changed it to “action sports,” and the name of the competition to X Games, and gravitated toward more mainstream events, though you can still get a medal for playing video games.

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During this naming spree, the term “BMX” became the blanket narrative for tricks on 20-inch-wheeled bicycles. Before this, BMX was considered bicycle racing on dirt tracks, and freestyle BMX described trick riding. “BMX” is short for “bicycle motocross,” which suggests it’s referring to racing. Again, the powers in place at the time decided this, and now we’re stuck explaining to people that BMX doesn’t mean racing. Combine all that under the umbrella “action sports,” and what we have is many layers of words that don’t do a great job of describing the thing they’re meant to describe.

The conversation about categorizing athletic endeavors is much larger than action sports — it reaches to sport in general. Take baseball. For over a hundred years there has been controversy about whether baseball should even be considered a sport. Some (a small but vocal group) qualify it as a skills game, because there is roughly 17 minutes of action during a three-hour timeframe. Some have referred to it as “the filibuster of the athletic world.” I read an essay that said, “Cheerleading is more of a sport than baseball, because you can’t chew tobacco and form a human pyramid at the same time.” I’ll let you form your own opinion on that one.

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A sport by definition has to have some sort of competition associated with it. Most sports feature team versus team with a set of strict rules. The second use of the term “sport” refers to someone who behaves in a positive way to being harassed or teased. Some of us can’t even hear the word “sport” without some dark undertone of hazing and agitation. Sure, there are competitions in our world, but those exhibitions are the exception, not the rule. The vast majority of riding is not done in competition or even in preparation for competition. It’s done for the love of being on a bike. The only “other team” at the skatepark is the one inside your head. Meaning, the only person you are against is yourself. Therefore, the only opponent is fear. And conquering that anxiety becomes the obsession.

To me, what we collectively call action sports are closer aligned to artistic expression than to any actual sport. And I’m not alone. In Europe there have been art installations in some of the most historic museums where they build mini ramps and have flatland BMX displays. It’s nearly impossible to definitively declare a “winner” in a creative endeavor. The problem with trying to judge a creative work is that the evaluator cannot be truly subjective. There are tons of outside influences that could cause a judge to score one rider over another. And let’s not forget one of the best parts about action sports: There are no rules. Maybe BMX defies categorization. Or maybe BMX is whatever you feel like you want it to be.

Jed Mildon - Nitro Circus

Bottom line: Trust the art, not the artist or the art salesman. When you see or experience something, you should judge it by your feelings or mindset and not by what the owner of it has to say. Maybe you feel BMX truly should be categorized as a sport. To that, I say maybe the biggest issue I have with the phrase “action sport” is that it doesn’t capture how gnarly BMX actually is. I can’t compare Jed Mildon’s quadruple backflip to someone catching a fly ball, scoring a touchdown, or shooting a ball through a hoop. Maybe we can just go back to the term “freestyle BMX.” And in the end, it probably doesn’t matter much as long as we don’t get grouped with barefoot water ski jumping.

 

Nitro Circus Shirts and Hats Headed to Zumiez Stores

Nitro Circus and ’47 are excited to announce that select Nitro Circus T-shirts and hats will be available in Zumiez stores around the United States starting Friday, Sept. 8. You can see the full line of available shirts and hats right here on the Zumiez website. See below for a list of locations where you can go check out the goods at a Zumiez store in person, for those who like to give their gear a once-over before making that purchase. And, naturally, here are a few shots of some of the shirts and hats in action to get you pumped to pick them up for yourself:

Jaie Toohey - Nitro Circus and '47 at Zumiez
Pat Bowden - Nitro Circus and '47 at Zumiez
Beaver Fleming - Nitro Circus and '47 at Zumiez
Todd Meyn - Nitro Circus and '47 at Zumiez

ZUMIEZ STORE LIST:

CIELO VISTA MALL – EL PASO, TX
COLUMBIA CENTER – KENNEWICK, WA
FOX RIVER MALL – APPLETON, WI
FRONTIER MALL – CHEYENNE,WY
INGRAM MALL – SAN ANTONIO, TX
LEHIGH VALLEY – WHITEHALL, PA
MALL OF AMERICA – BLOOMINGTON,MN
MARKETPLACE MALL – ROCHESTER, NY
MEADOWOOD MALL – RENO, NV
MESA MALL – GRAND JUNCTION, CO
MIDLAND PARK – MIDLAND, TX
MILLCREEK MALL- ERIE, PA
MT. SHASTA MALL – REDDING, CA
NORTH BEND PREMIUM OUTLET – WA
NORTHTOWN MALL – SPOKANE, WA
OLD MILL DISTRICT – BEND, OR
ONTARIO MILLS – ONTARIO, CA
RIVERSTONE – COEUR D’ALENE, ID
ROGUE VALLEY MALL – MEDFORD, OR
SEATTLE PREM OTLT – TULALIP, WA
SUNRISE MALL – CITRUS HEIGHTS,CA
TACOMA MALL – TACOMA, WA
THE CITADEL – CO SPRINGS, CO
VALLEY PLAZA – BAKERSFIELD, CA
WESTGATE MALL – AMARILLO, TX

R-Willy’s Take: A Night of World Firsts and Contraption Craziness

We’re stampeding toward the finale of our 2017 North America tour, bringing a bit of extra Wild to the Wild West. There are only five shows left, so if you live on the West Coast, you may want to hit this link and lock down some tickets. Here’s an example of why you should do that: In Grand Junction, Colorado, last week it got real with Ryan Williams landing two huge scooter World Firsts: a cashroll double whip to rewind and a 720 frontflip turndown, back to back during the show. And he got started even earlier in the day with a personal first: the World First “R-Willy tries a high dive.” You’ve got to see it to believe it (which you can, below).

Despite all that, Josh Roberts walked away with the MVC in Grand Junction. How’s that? In a show where R-Willy landed two never-been-done-before tricks, it takes some serious sketch to earn the MVC. Josh delivered in contraptions. He almost rode off the stair side of Giganta on the always-sketchy penny farthing and somehow kept his composure enough to correct, send it, and stick the landing. Then he went for a double backflip on the roller skis, lost a ski mid-flip, but was committed enough to try to get there. He landed on his visor, which is just a sliiiight under-rotation. Luckily, R-Willy was there to document all of this, so check it out:

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New Nitro Circus Series ‘Mic’d Up’ Launches on Facebook

Nitro Circus and Facebook are pumped to bring you Mic’d Up, a new original series debuting as part of Facebook’s move into original programming. Mic’d Up takes you inside the helmet of your favorite Nitro Circus athletes during our live shows. This is one of the most fun shows we’ve done, especially for those of us who have always wondered what world-class athletes are thinking while they’re attempting those huge tricks. Mic’d Up is exactly what it sounds like: We stick a microphone on our riders and then let them do their thing. Athletes featured in Season 1 include Travis Pastrana, Ryan Williams, Dusty Wygle, Ethen Roberts, and many more. New episodes drop every Friday, so click here to check it out, and like the Mic’d Up Facebook page to be notified when new episodes are released! See below for episode descriptions.

Nitro Circus Mic'd Up on Facebook Watch with Travis Pastrana

Mic’d Up Episode 1
Go inside the helmet with live audio from BMX/scooter superstar Ryan Williams and FMX legend Levi Sherwood as they’re Mic’d Up while performing the nuttiest tricks in action sports.

Mic’d Up Episode 2
The legendary Travis Pastrana is Mic’d Up for his first-ever hometown show, along with the always unpredictable Trevor Piranha.

Mic’d Up Episode 3
Ethen Roberts rides the stuff other stunt performers won’t touch. Get to know what goes through his mind as he’s Mic’d Up during a show in Japan.

Mic’d Up Episode 4
It’s all moto on this episode of Mic’d Up, as we get inside the helmets of Beau Bamburg, Taka Higashino, and Adam Jones as they perform the biggest tricks in FMX.

Mic’d Up Episode 5
Hear what goes through the minds of freestyle superstars Dusty Wygle, Jed Mildon, and Todd Meyn as they’re Mic’d Up while riding the 40-foot-tall Giganta ramp on BMX, MTB, and several contraptions that weren’t meant to jump!

Check it out right now, and then come back every Friday for more!

FMX Superstar Harry Bink Is Just Going to Send It | Featured Rider

Harry Bink is always ready to send it. The Canberra, Australia, native is only 22 years old, but his FMX career milestones read like that of a veteran. He put the world on notice when he sent the biggest rock solid backflip ever; he remains one of very few riders capable of performing that trick. He’s one of only a handful of riders who has landed a double backflip. At the 2017 Nitro World Games, he took another step forward when he landed a World First rock solid frontflip, described by Travis Pastrana as FMX’s best-ever trick. It catapulted him to the top of the podium for the FMX Best Trick event and cemented his status as a rider to watch for pushing progression.

“I decided I wanted to do FMX when I was 17, and built a ramp and never looked back,” Harry says, explaining how such a young athlete has moved so far so fast in his career. And it takes a special kind of rider to spearhead progression while at the same time performing every weekend on tour. “This whole year we have been touring the world with the Nitro Circus Crew,” he says. “We started our first tour in January. It’s now almost the end of August, and we have been to New Zealand, Japan, Australia, Canada, and now all of America.” It’s an epic run of shows, considering Harry didn’t start the year at 100 percent. “I was battling a bad shoulder injury, and three different shoulder specialists told me that I was up for a shoulder reconstruction. But I refused and went on with my year,” he says.

Harry Bink - Nitro Circus

Despite being on tour, Harry was determined to head into competition season with something new up his sleeve. “During the Australia tour, I had to fly back and forth to the foam pit at the Nitro Circus compound to try and come up with a new trick for Nitro World Games. I tried a heap of different ones, but my biggest and baddest trick was the rock solid frontflip,” he says. “It took me at least 50 to 60 attempts into the foam pit. There were definitely stages where I thought I was never going to be able to pull it off.” The rock solid backflip is hard enough. As we said, very few athletes have ever done it, and Harry is one of only a couple who do it consistently. Even still, it’s not a guaranteed stick by any stretch.

It’s well documented that a frontflip is much more difficult than a backflip. So obviously the rock solid frontflip is a much different beast than the backflip combo. The only real similarity is the rider lets go of the bike at some point during the trick. “When you take off the ramp, you have to throw your weight over the front of the bike as hard as you can to get the bike spinning good,” Harry explains. “You go to the superman seatgrab with both hands as relaxed as possible — to make sure you don’t miss it — then pull yourself into the bike. Then you let go with both hands (performing the rock solid). Then the hardest part: grabbing the seat back and the superman seat grab again, pulling yourself back onto the bike while making sure you’re getting the seat directly under your bum.” And during all that, he must resist the force of final rotation to avoid being thrown over the handlebars while transitioning his hands from the seat back to the handlebars.

During all this training, Harry continued to tour with Nitro. The first leg of the 2017 North America tour spanned the four weeks before the NWG. “To roll straight into it with a vision of winning, I had a lot of mixed feelings,” Harry says. “I was so scared, I couldn’t sleep at night, eat food during the day, and I was battling injuries. At the same time, I loved every bit of it!”

Competition day arrived, and when it was time for FMX Best Trick, Harry’s fears manifested in the worst way: He crashed on his first run. “I was devastated. I thought I missed out on the opportunity of my childhood dream,” he says. “Once I figured out I didn’t break any bones, the first thing I did was run back to my bike and give it another crack!” If you’ve made it to this point in the story, you already know how that second attempt went. “To pull it off and then win? Wow, I still am lost for words,” Harry says. “And man, I hope I never have to do that trick again.”

Even if he never attempts the rock solid frontflip again, his arsenal still includes some of the most difficult and dangerous tricks in FMX. And life on the road is tough too. “It’s extremely hard,” Harry says. “Most people go home to relax. We go to airports to ‘relax.’ Then, soon as you get one little injury, it snowballs and gets worse.” FMX at this level takes an incredible toll on the body, even for well-executed tricks. Harry lists a few of his ailments: “A really common FMX injury is to break legs or ankles. I have broken both my legs a few times. I am up for reconstructive surgery on my shoulder. I tore a muscle off my hip a month before Nitro World Games, which kept me off the bike for three weeks. I pulled my groin muscle not long ago. I currently have a broken big toe.”

Harry takes his cues from his FMX heroes on tour, veterans like Travis and Blake “Bilko” Williams who have managed to stay in the game longer than most by being as smart and careful as possible even while they’re pushing progression and having a great time. Harry’s philosophy? “You just gotta send it! Be awesome. Be fun and good to work with. But you also need to be very smart, because one bad crash will end your career,” he says. Luckily, Harry is as smart as he is naturally skilled, and we can’t wait to see what this future FMX hall-of-famer has in store as he continues to push the sport into the next generation.

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Nitro Circus Shared Sacred Ground in Colorado

Touring small-city America has its perks. From the glorious foods to the prideful ownership of the “World’s Largest Something,” there is engagement around every corner. I survive by gathering old friends and meeting new locals at skateparks and spots. Seeing Colorado Springs on the schedule, I instantly knew it was going to be a sensation. We had to cancel the show last year due to snow, and the internet roared over it.

colorado-springs

The instant we landed, Colorado Springs Legend Duncan Gore was on hand and swept Jed Mildon and me to a historical tour of the city. Duncan is BMX. He has watched action sports live and die through thousands of sponsorship dollars. For over 30 years he could be found learning flatland maneuvers or blasting ramps to the moon. I grew up with a picture of Duncan on my wall, and when I met him the first time we straightaway filmed clips, the decisive sign of friendship.

Duncan Gore

We ended by a window tint shop that had a light on. I peered in and was surprised to see AFA BMX champion James McGraw filming in an incredibly small garage. Action sports is in the veins of Colorado. I was stoked!

James Mcgraw cross walk

The conversation instantly turned to the venue. Duncan started telling me how the lands were enchanted and started bringing up how in 1998 there was a King of Vert contest at the exact location of our Nitro Circus Live show. The King of Vert, or KOV, series was put on by Ron Wilkerson, who was throwing wild contests at any venue that would let him. Often, he would set up ramps in an abandoned lot with no permits and call it “Meet in the Street.” It’s hard for me to fathom that any venue knew what was exactly happening, and that made it even more fun. James added in several stories about how the level of riding at that time was incredibly intimidating. He talked about Leo Chen pulling a decade air on vert and Kurt Schmidt blowing minds doing backwards hang 5s on the deck. It was this kind of do-it-yourself contest that kept action sports alive in the early ’90s, and it rules to do a show on the same ground.

The moment we returned home, I began searching vigilantly online for anything about the contest. I found some archives and a video and thought it would be rad to share them with you. Enjoy!

BMX insider Micah Kranz is one of the Nitro Circus Live MCs, currently on tour with the show. To watch him work, hit this link to see where we’re headed next, and make sure you check back every week for more fine words from him.

VIDEO: Travis Pastrana, Jolene Van Vugt Race From Vegas to Reno

A couple weeks ago Travis Pastrana and Jolene Van Vugt joined Jim Beaver for Best in the Desert, a 500-mile race through the brutal terrain between Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada. Each team member took a turn at the wheel and battled harsh conditions over the course of a couple days. Their vehicle of choice was a Polaris RZR — the format of this race allows for entrants in trucks, dirtbikes, and UTVs, making for an epic event with something for everyone. Luckily, a camera crew was along for the ride with Jim, Jolene, and Travis. We won’t spoil it, but let’s just say the team has their share of obstacles during the race. Check it out:

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Travis Pastrana Wins ARA Championship in an Epic Comeback

A season-long battle for the 2017 American Rally Association Championship came to a close last weekend at the Ojibwe Forests Rally. Travis Pastrana and co-driver Robbie Durant overcame a five-point deficit behind Subaru Rally Team USA teammate and summer-long rival David Higgins and co-driver Craig Drew in the sixth and final round of the series. Travis and Robbie needed to do more than win the race — a straight win would have resulted in a tie in points. They had to win enough rally stages to put them ahead of David and Craig in points, which are earned over the course of the season. By the end of the first day, things were already looking tougher, as Travis had gone through six of his 10 tires allotted for the entire rally. But the Red Team persevered and in the end had just enough to bring home the big win. Both Subaru teammates and their co-drivers had incredible performances in the series, and rally fans can look forward to seeing more pyrotechnics from them in the future. Check out some highlights below:

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R-Willy Makes His Case for an X Games Bid

Ryan Williams spent a few days at Woodward East between tour stops last week, his first time riding at the legendary action sports hub. He’s had an incredible last few years, landing enormous World Firsts in scooter and BMX (including the tentpole BMX triple frontflip), as well as winning the Nitro World Games Scooter Best Tricks competition this year and the BMX Best Tricks competition two years in a row. His accolades have left some wondering why the decorated athlete hasn’t been given a shot at the X Games.

The best analog to the NWG BMX Best Tricks competition is X Games BMX Big Air. The setups are different in a few ways, one of the most crucial being that the X Games incorporates a quarterpipe at the end of their lander. It’s a difference that many speculate is the main reason R-Willy hasn’t been called up to X Games qualifying. Well, it turns out Woodward East’s mini mega setup ends in a nice little 18-foot quarterpipe, and this week R-Willy got the chance to air it out and show another side of his growing BMX arsenal (video by Nitro MC and website contributor Micah Kranz):

Does this automatically mean R-Willy gets an X Games invite? No. But it should answer one big question in the minds of the organizers. He’ll continue to work toward his goal of riding X Games. During the next chance he gets when he’s off tour, he’ll be headed to Woodward West to session their quarter.

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Pastranaland, Loupos Win, and Rally Weekend – WildWeek

We’re pumped to announce that starting today you can receive a bite-sized version of WildWeek directly in your email inbox every week. It’s like this, only it comes to you instead of you coming to it. The best part is, in the newsletter version we’re going to be including lots of Nitro Shop discount codes and other special offers, along with all the action sports news you could ever want, so even if you’re happy getting your WildWeek in this form, you probably want to get the newsletter too so you can take advantage of all the sweet sweet offers we’ll be including in it. So what are you waiting for? Click here to subscribe!

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We have the action sports golden ticket. Pastranaland is an action sports playground in Maryland that happens to also be where Travis Pastrana lives. And like Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, it’s invite only. And also like Wonka’s place, you can hurt yourself pretty bad if you don’t know what you’re doing. Totally worth it. SEE IT

Eye on the big prize. Brandon Loupos crushed it at FISE Budapest. The win puts him in second place worldwide in the 2017 UCI BMX Freestyle Park rankings and the top seeded Australian rider. Why are we so excited? BMX riders aren’t just trying to win competitions now, they’re jockeying to qualify to compete at the first-ever BMX Freestyle Park event at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. WATCH IT

YouTuber Roman Atwood came to one of our live shows. The inevitable result was a trip down Giganta, and the precedent for non-pros hitting the big ramp is well established. You wipe out your first try, and it sucks. Roman has some experience in action sports, so he’s not a newbie. But as he’ll plainly tell you in the video, this ramp is no joke. He handled himself well on one drop in. The other? Let’s just say one out of two ain’t bad. SEE IT

Don’t forget! Travis Pastrana and Subaru Rally Team USA teammate and rival David Higgins will face off a final time in Round 6 of the 2017 ARA National Championship at the Ojibwa Forests Rally this weekend. Competition has been fierce all summer. Travis goes into the weekend just five points behind. A win this weekend will result in a tie-breaker based on a points system of all stage finish positions. In other words, if Travis wins, the championship will come down to math. Don’t let anyone tell you math isn’t useful in the real-world. RALLY AROUND IT

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A sneak peek at next week: MC Micah Kranz with a brand-new weekly column!

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VIDEOS: On the Road From Rochester to Erie

We’re headed into the homestretch of our 2017 North America tour, with 11 shows remaining in six states, and I’ll be traveling with the show for a couple weekends to bring you highlights. Last week, we rolled into Rochester, New York, for a massive show at Frontier Field, where we were joined by YouTube legend Roman Atwood. Roman was awesome — he even took a trip down Giganta on a trike, which you’ve gotta see. Overall, the boys were pumped and ready to rock despite a strong headwind that made conditions difficult. Here are some highlights:

After the Friday-night show, we had a day off in Rochester. A few of the guys took a drive out to Niagara Falls, while some of the Giganta riders explored the city and had a street session. Rochester has a ton of interesting features to ride near its business district along the river, and the local BMX scene is full of laid-back riders who came out to hang with the guys. Ryan Williams brought his scooter, and as always the local scooter kids also showed up to ride with one of their heroes.

2 Street Clips in Rochester, NY before I left!🛴#nitrocircus #street #scooter #tricks #flair #RWillyTurnedStreet

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Sunday we were set to head for Erie, Pennsylvania, at 10 a.m., but as we gathered in the hotel lobby, word spread that the tour bus was having mechanical issues and we’d be delayed an hour or more. Some of us reclaimed our room keys and headed back up to chill or answer emails, while others decided to run to a grocery store to stock up on food for the road (the health-conscious have to plan ahead or face the mostly bad interstate fare). Speaking of healthy, BMX star Todd Meyn used the delay to squeeze in a workout at the hotel gym. I need a bit of his self-discipline. The surprise delay, while not ideal, is just part of life on the road, and with a long day ahead of us, some took it as a welcome change of plans.

The bus arrived, we hit the road, and a few short hours later we rolled in to the Lake Erie Speedway, which had beautiful facilities for us to get ready and an awesome three-eighths of a mile banked oval racetrack, which Stage Manager Jeremy Kelber explained is ideal for the setup crew, since concrete is much easier to build the ramps on than grass is. The only issue here was the short banked track meant that they had to build everything on a slant, which made for an interesting show. But what a show it was! Erie fans are awesome, and they went nuts for Nitro that night. There were tons of awesome moments, but here are three standouts from the Giganta side:

James Foster, fresh off his X Games gold medal, stuck a beautiful triple backflip (and it’s been more than a year since he’s attempted one on this setup):

Matt Whyatt laid down a flawless Whyatt Riot — a backflip tailwhip to late 360 — which helped earn him the night’s MVC. Erie was Matt’s last show of this tour, so the MVC was also in honor of him killing it all summer in North America on his bike and contraptions.

Then Jed Mildon went head first into the Zorb, and it was nuts:

Streetbike Tommy was on hand to help Catfish and Micah with MC duties, and of course the crowd loved every minute of it. Tommy always has a good time at shows, but it’s pretty clear his favorite part is when he gets to use the T-shirt cannon:

Streetbike Tommy with the T-shirt cannon at Nitro Circus in Erie, PA

The moto boys also had an epic night, particularly considering the tilted ground they were riding on. The sun dipped below the horizon halfway through the show, enveloping the venue in that comforting dusk that feels like you’re just out riding on a summer night with your crew. Our show is loud and rowdy, but in the end that’s what it’s all about. Check out these photo highlights from the rest of the night:

Nitro Circus in Erie, PA
Nitro Circus in Erie, PA
Nitro Circus in Erie, PA
Nitro Circus in Erie, PA
Nitro Circus in Erie, PA

After the show, we hit the road for Cleveland, a journey that took twice as long as it should have but was also twice as fun as I expected. We arrived at the hotel sometime between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m., but who’s counting? During this tour, we scatter during the week and meet back up for the next shows, so most of us were flying out of Cleveland the next morning. Some of the guys who had early flights looked at the clock and decided it made more sense to just stay up, but that’s a story for another day, told by one of those brave souls. The rest of crashed hard after an epic weekend, looking forward to doing it all again in a few short days.

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Beaver Fleming Cleans Up at the 2017 Clash at Clairemont Skatercross

Beaver Fleming thinks you should pay more attention to skatercross, and we agree. He recently won the second annual race at the 2017 Clash at Clairemont, a skateboard race that’s like motocross meets steeplechase on skateboards. Invented by skateboarding legend Andy Macdonald, the event features multiple athletes racing over jumps, pumps, and berms. Beaver took home the win for the race and also competed in the high jump competition, where he placed second by clearing 11.5 feet with a kickflip indy. He’s had an awesome year with a win at Simple Session, a second at Nitro World Games, and a fifth at his very first appearance at the iconic Bowl-a-Rama in Bondi Beach. With a win at Clairemont, Beaver is the man to beat in this up-and-coming sport. Check out his recap:

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R-Willy Got Roman Atwood to Backflip Giganta

YouTube legend Roman Atwood joined us in Rochester, New York, over the weekend, and what was bound to be fun ended up being something even more special. Roman was on hand for a top-secret project that you’ll hear more about soon, but while he was there he met up with Nitro veteran Ryan “R-Willy” Williams and got an inside look at a Nitro Circus live show. Roman admitted to being a fan, and when R-Willy nudged him to try something truly memorable in Rochester, Roman jumped at the chance. Literally. Sorry, had to. It doesn’t happen often, but when non-professionals are given the chance to hit the big ramp, it’s widely believed that the trike is the best vehicle for them to try it on, for a variety of reasons that mostly boil down to the fact that it’s the least likely to actually kill you. That said, everyone still wipes out, because “easiest” is not the same as “easy.” But there’s a first time for everything, especially at Nitro Circus, and Roman’s Giganta ride was a perfect example. The first video embedded here is R-Willy’s vlog from the day. The second video is R-Willy’s vlog Part 2, which begins with Roman’s jump (for those who can’t wait to see it). The third video is Roman’s vlog from the day, a great look at what it’s like behind the scenes at Nitro from an outsider’s perspective. Pop the popcorn now, because it’s all worth watching.

 

 

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Travis on Pastranaland: ‘If You Can Think It, We Can Build It’

Most of you already know what Pastranaland is, but here’s a quick explanation for those who don’t: Quite simply, Pastranaland is one of the greatest (if not the greatest) action sports playgrounds in the world. Many of the biggest milestones have been achieved there: the motorcycle triple backflip, the BMX quad backflip, the BMX triple frontflip, just to name a few recent World Firsts. Pastranaland is also where action sports legend Travis Pastrana actually lives. We caught up with him to chat about how he created an action sports paradise geared toward progression in his home state of Maryland. See what he has to say after you watch this drone video that gives a nice look at the property:

The list of features at Pastranaland would scratch almost any action sports itch you could think of. It includes (but is not limited to): a world-class skatepark, a super tramp, an FMX park, two airbags, one airbag lander, a pitbike track, a Polaris RZR track, a motocross track, a Strider track for the kids, an indoor concrete oval, and, of course, “all the equipment you could ever need to move dirt and/or weld ramps and contraptions together,” Travis says. (Because Pastranaland is his home, it’s not a place where anyone can just show up and throw down, unfortunately. But we would love to know where you all go to ride and progress, which is why we’re asking everyone the question: Where is your #Pastranaland?)

Travis bought his rural Maryland property after he signed his first pro contract, at age 16 (incidentally, going pro at 16 is also how he got his iconic number 199). Along with the property, he bought a bulldozer to move dirt around and shape the landscape into the ultimate riding spot. Next he added a shed to store bikes. The property’s potential as a place to ride and play had to factor in quite a lot, as it wasn’t until a couple years after he purchased it that he built a house there. “It was just woods when I got the land. One small logging road, and that was it,” he says.

Travis Pastrana at Pastranaland - Nitro Circus

The evolution of Pastranaland syncs with Travis’ career and his personal life. He started out in racing, and as his career turned toward freestyle, he added a foam pit and more and more ramps. “As I ventured into cars and dove deeper into FMX, it changed to accommodate that,” he says. “Then I married a skateboarder, so we built a skatepark. Now with kids it’s starting to evolve in a different direction!” That different direction includes more trampolines, a concrete oval track in the shed (perfect for go-karts), and a lot more kid-sized bikes, scooters, and skate gear lying around.

The skatepark at Pastranaland is a showpiece for sure. You’ve definitely seen it featured in many Nitro videos, but it’s tough to get a sense of the scale until you’ve set foot there in person. It’s huge and beautifully conceived. It was designed by legendary ramp artist Nate Wessel and built by Nate, Combover Steve, and a crew over the course of four months. “It was my last year at X Games, and I made a deal with Nate that whatever money I won at X Games I would put into the park,” Travis says. “I won two gold medals that year.”

When you consider Travis and his career, it’s not at all surprising that his home is unique and amazing. He doesn’t do anything halfway, and he’s always looking to evolve, progress, and have a hell of a lot of fun while he’s doing it. The philosophy that takes you from wooded acreage with a rutty logging road to an epicenter of action sports progression is simple, according to Travis: “If you can think it, we can build it.” And as with the tricks that Nitro athletes are landing (many of which are practiced and perfected in Travis’ backyard), Pastranaland itself won’t stop getting better and better. “It is always evolving, and we are committed to building bigger takeoffs and safer landings,” Travis says. “Game on.”

Check out the Nitro Shop online to grab one of those Pastranaland shirts for yourself, and browse all the other designs we’ve got, including more TP199 tees, the first line inspired by Travis Pastrana himself.

Brandon Loupos Wins FISE World Budapest

Aussie BMX magician Brandon Loupos took home the top prize at Festival International des Sports Extremes over the weekend, with two enormous runs in a competition that mirrors the format of the new BMX Freestyle Park event at the 2020 Olympics. The FISE competition also affects the world rankings, meaning his win in Budapest sets Loupos up for an Olympics run. Check out his runs right here:

Daniel Dhers took second, and Irek Rizaev was third. Loupos’ win moves him into second place in the UCI World Cup standings. Keep an eye out for the competition to heat up as 2020 gets closer.

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Wheelz, RZRs Galore, and Real Moto – WildWeek

Fans who followed our live videos from the inaugural Polaris Invitational at Pastranaland may have been disappointed when the RZRs race of the week’s champions had to be postponed due to Trevor Piranha’s questionable inclusion of Zima in the awards ceremony where the winners were chosen. As promised, the RZR race still happened, and we have the footage for you. Part 1 is embedded right here, and Part 2 is on our YouTube channel. We apologize for the delay, but Zima takes some time to work its way out of the system. Enjoy Wheelz’s record-breaking lap (emphasis on “breaking”) and then enjoy some of the best of the best from the last week!

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It’s about time we featured Hubert Rowland. He’s Nitro Circus’ master engineer and manager of Travis Pastrana’s action sports playground, Pastranaland. But now he’s striking out on an adventure of his own in his epic Big RedNeck Adventure across the USA. Perhaps there’s no better way to see America right now than behind the wheel of a UTV. Hubert and crew are hitting the Trans-America highway, going coast-to-coast in Polaris RZRs. No one has ever attempted it, and Hubert is finding out why. Exposed to the extremes of America’s weather and terrain, the crew are on the road in a vehicle intended for use off-road. What could go wrong? SEE IT

Pat Bowden is quietly killing it this year. He took third place in the FMX Best Trick event at the Nitro World Games. He just won gold at X Pilots in Tijuana in FMX and Best Whip. Once again, the FMX star and graphic designer noticeably sported his all-white outfit in a bid to get sponsors to take notice of the branding opportunity he poses, just as he did at the Nitro World Games. Sponsors, you can’t go wrong betting on gold. CHECK IT

This year’s Real Moto edits are real awesome. X Games Real Moto challenges FMX riders to put together edits of sick riding and personal flair. Jacko Strong rose to the challenge in a huge way with a video that not only gets to the heart of what FMX is all about, but it makes you happy to be alive. What can we say but take a knee and watch it, and then check out edits from the four other contenders. WATCH IT

Pay attention to Street League Skateboarding. Founded by Rob Dyrdeck, the SLS Crown World Championship is the official world street skateboarding series according to the International Skateboarding Federation — skateboarding’s governing authority. The competition is relatively new, so you’re forgiven if you weren’t aware that there are a number of qualifying events leading up to 2017 SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championships. SLS was in Chicago this week on its first North American stop of the world tour, and it didn’t disappoint. They’re headed to Los Angeles in September. In the meantime, check out this recap of Chicago’s event. SUPPORT IT

The greatest generation shows us why it’s still great. 68-year-old retiree and former Red Devil Paratrooper Mike Smith made his 100th skydive in a charity event in the UK. He was joined by two 91-year-old veterans of World War II. The message is clear: Never stop sending it. APPLAUD IT

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Everyone’s Favorite RedNek Is Going Coast-to-Coast on a RZR

Hubert Rowland, who manages Travis Pastrana’s action sports playground, aka Pastranaland, is just past the halfway point on his Big RedNek Adventure, traveling coast-to-coast from South Carolina to Oregon on the Trans-America Trail. In true Nitro style, he’s doing it in a way that no one has ever attempted before: He’ll be the first to do it in a UTV. Hubert and crew are driving three Polaris RZRs: the XP Turbo, XP 1000, and the Polaris General, which will be reserved for some special guests along the way. Hubert even provides a way for fans at home to track his route, with the LeadNav GPS app; you can incorporate his route into the app here. Hubert and crew are about to hit Utah, so you know things are just getting good. You can follow them by GPS or by hitting his social media for updates. Check out some of the highlights of the route so far in the gallery below.

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Real Moto 2017 Is Crazy Good

X Games Real Moto is back with five crazy edits from five of the best freestyle and freeride moto legends on the planet. The way it works is simple: The riders put together short edits that include killer riding and a bit of personal flair (which ends up being arguably the best part). Through Aug. 28, you can vote on which 90-second video rules them all. This year’s contenders are Tyler Bereman, Kris Foster, Axell Hodges, Ronnie Renner, and Jacko Strong. Check out Jacko’s video embedded below, and then make sure you click here to watch the rest and cast your vote!

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R-Willy Gives Us the Contraption Rider Reactions We Didn’t Know We Needed

For quite some time now Ryan “R-Willy” Williams has been vlogging from Nitro Circus live shows around the world, giving fans a look at the show from the athletes’ perspective. This month in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he documented the feeling that goes through the riders’ heads when they’re riding a rickety contraption toward a 40-foot gap, a phenomenon that we were all aware of but didn’t realize there was a way to clearly show it. It’s actually pretty simple: Stand next to the ramp and film their faces in slow motion as they approach the lip. Dusty Wygle, wrangler of multiple contraptions, once described the land boogie board as “a death trap,” which helps explain the steely but resigned determination on his face while he’s dropping in. Todd MeynJed Mildon, Chris Haffey, and Matt Whyatt also get in on the action. The slo-mo fun starts about two and a half minutes in, but the rest of the video is awesome as well, so sit back and enjoy the whole thing:

Like that T-shirt R-Willy’s wearing throughout this video? Check out the Nitro Shop online to grab one for yourself and browse all the other designs we’ve got, including TP199 tees, the first line inspired by Travis Pastrana himself.

Off-Road Races, TP199 Is Coming, and Near Misses – WildWeek

So you’re looking for the perfect Nitro T-shirt? Well, we’re excited to announce that on Monday, Aug. 14, the Nitro Circus online store will be back with all-new designs and our first-ever line inspired by Travis Pastrana. If you’ve always wanted to rep the 199, Pastranaland, or a genuine Pastrana riding jersey, your chance has arrived. Sign up here to be notified the moment you can check them out and grab one for yourself. Beyond the TP199 line, you can expect a slew of new Nitro T-shirt and hat designs that you’ve never seen before, and a commitment from us to continue to grow and add merchandise to give you a wide selection of Nitro approved gear for any occasion. Bottom line: We’re excited. You should be too. See you there on Monday!

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REMINDER: We’re on tour in the U.S. this very second. With a lucky 13 stops left on the 2017 U.S. tour, there’s a fair chance we’ll be swinging by a city near you between now and the end of September. Most of the shows will be in cities we’ve never performed in, because we take it very seriously when you message us asking why we’ve never been to your town. We’re looking at you, Medford, Oregon. CHECK IT

Mammoth Mountain just had their second-longest season ever. While much of California is on the hunt for new sources of water, Mammoth Mountain has been saving up a steady supply of the frozen version deep into August. Normally, the last ski day of the year ushers in the beginning of summer. This year, it arrives just as fall is on the horizon. We don’t have too long of a wait to get back on the slopes. Mammoth is set to reopen in November. CALENDAR IT

The craziest race in the Enduro World Series in MTB is this weekend. Nitro MTB star Dusty Wygle is stoked, but we feel a little sorry for the athletes competing. The Canadian Open Enduro is round 7 of 8 of the Enduro World Series MTB competition and widely viewed to be the toughest in the series. Hosted at Crankworx Whistler in British Columbia, the race is in five stages over nine hours and is renowned for separating the pros from the weekend warriors. Stage 1 kicks off on Sunday. CARB UP

Is there anything Travis won’t race? Travis Pastrana is set to drive the Vegas to Reno Off-Road Polaris RZR Star Car race, which sounds like something someone came up with in a fever dream at Studio 54. But it’s real, we checked. Jolene Van Vugt can confirm, as she has participated in the race before and will be competing again this year. The race is the longest of its kind in America at 550 miles. It kicks off Aug. 18. RACE IT

This GQ article on the diet of a BMX athlete is inspirational for future BMX foodies. Queens BMX star and Forbes Top 30 under 30 Nigel Sylvester proves that maybe not every athletic discipline requires a particular diet. It’s a good read for restaurant recommendations on either coast, but you will not land a backflip on the back of lobster taco from Escuela Taqueria, folks, no matter how good they are. READ IT

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Here's the video of my crash yesterday. For how bad it was it was pretty good. I'm home and resting. Thanks for all the messages. I have to make a statement here. I landed head first. Didn't black out didn't see stars didn't ring my bell. All because of the quality of the helmet I had. This could've been so much worst. My #bellmoto9flex probably saved my life or forma bigger injury. Guys. Don't spend money on graphics and bling for your bike if you haven't got your self the best helmet. #priorities #bellmoto #bellhelmets #frontflipfail #frontflip #fmxfail @rockstarenergy @canvas_mx @fitzarmyfmx @theactionvillage @bell_powersport @dragon_motorsports @alpinestars @fisthandwear @newartgraficas. @az_fmx_works @fmf73 @no_toil @nostsuspension @nithrone @ridedunlop @matrixconcepts @cyclopsgear @supersproxusa

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A sneak peek at next week: The Nitro Shop is back with all new designs, including a new Travis Pastrana signature line! Sign up here to be notified when it opens.

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Nitro + Hexbug = Fun for Kids of All Ages

UPDATE: To get you all in the spirit of these awesome Hexbug toys, check out 10 of our favorite Nitro Circus contraption crashes. Can you re-create any of these with your Hexbug sets and the accompanying app? Watch this, then read on for more details on how to get your hands on a set:

Travis Pastrana and the Nitro Crew live life according to a pretty simple philosophy: Push progression in action sports and have a great time while doing it. Fans know that the love of fun is core to everything we do, so no one should be surprised that Hexbug’s new line of Nitro Circus toys is fully responsible for Travis and Blake “Bilko” Williams losing a whole afternoon to good old-fashioned play time, according to Travis. “We played with this for hours and never got bored,” he said in an Instagram post. Check them out!

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You can collect all five of the hilarious characters to send off the Nitro Circus Freestyle Ramp, the Nitro Circus Giganta Ramp, and the Nitro Circus Capture It — which features Augmented Reality cards for use with a free app, perfect for creating your own Nitro-style videos to share online. Get the app for iOS right here and for Android right here. Check out a demo:

This is just the first of many awesome things we have coming out for kids. Keep your eye out for the relaunch of the Nitro Shop, which will include a collection of shirts for the kids as well. Check out Hexbug, stay tuned for more, and make sure you set aside some free time, because you’re gonna need it!

R-Willy Attempts a New World First for Brett Banasiewicz

Nitro riders progress in leaps and bounds throughout the touring season. They challenge each other during practice before the shows and egg each other on at the top of the ramp. It doesn’t always result in a new World First, but it always results in an awesome show. It’s true that the riders don’t land everything they try the first time, but no matter what, a big moment can happen at any of our shows. Check out Catfish’s expression when Ryan “R-Willy” Williams called an audible at the top of the ramp in Indianapolis and announced he was going to attempt a frontflip back bikeflip:

R-Willy surprises Catfish at Nitro Circus Indianapolis

Snowboard/BMX star Brandon Schmidt came up with the idea for the trick. But R-Willy was inspired to try it in honor of South Bend, Indiana, BMX star Brett Banasiewicz. Brett has made multiple X Games appearances and was the first rider to stick a 540 flair on BMX on a standard quarter, inspiring a younger R-Willy to attempt it on scooter. There’s definitely more to see in R-Willy’s edit of the Indianapolis show, with plenty of POV shots of BMX and scooter tricks. Check it out:

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Beaver Fleming Eyes Olympics After Strong Finish at Vans Park Series

If you want to be up to speed in time for the skateboarding park event at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, you need to be paying attention to events like the Vans Park Series, the continental qualifier for the World Championships in Shanghai in September. Nitro skate legend Beaver Fleming made a convincing run, placing ninth out of 80 athletes. “I only got one real day of practice on the course. On the day of the competition, on my one practice run before the heat, I collided with another skater,” Beaver says. Ever the optimist, he sees only positives in the result. “It was amazing being involved and figuring out where I need to grow to get ready for the Olympics, which is a major goal.” In his latest edit, Beaver shares his perspective on his runs. He is known for his variety of tricks, so it’s useful to have the athlete himself call them out. Check it:

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BEAVER FLEMING GOES BIG AT BOWL-A-RAMA
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Bruce’s Big Return and R-Willy Takes US Behind the Trick – WildWeek

Advice of the Week: Be like Bruce Cook. There are lots of reasons to admire the FMX star and record holder for the World’s First paraplegic to backflip a motorcycle. This week, it’s for his sage advice to a young fan and FMX up-and-comer. We’re going to keep our Advice of the Week brief and end it there. We can feel your eyes being drawn to the video below — the one with the title Wildest Wipeouts. You see the word “wipeouts” and the universe fades away until all there is left is the play button. You’re like a Golden Retriever now and the video is the tennis ball. Check it out and the rest of the week’s shenanigans below:

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Ryan “R-Willy” Williams presents VH1 Behind the Trick. R-Willy’s latest video series Web Edit Wednesday is the action sports version VH1 Behind the Music, where he takes a trick from his (already legendary) Web Edit 3 and talks about what inspired it and how he accomplished it. This week’s trick is called the Backflip Nosemanual to Inward In, or the button masher if this was a video game. It’s easy to take R-Willy sticking a crazy trick for granted. He has so many in his arsenal; it’s tempting to think he’s capable of whipping one out at will. That’s why it’s instructive to watch him plow through bail after painful-looking bail because it shows that it ultimately comes down to practice and willingness to eat cement. WATCH IT

When 14-year-old FMX phenom Trevor Wahr got the chance to meet his hero Bruce Cook, he asked what it takes to become a member of Nitro Circus. There are few better athletes than Bruce Cook to exemplify the virtues of hard work and perseverance, but he had more wisdom to impart. He said you need hard work, perseverance and a solid social media game to get your name out. We, the Nitro Writers, heartily agree. Trevor, if we can add to that: You need hard work, perseverance and a consistent pipeline of video edits for us to write about and share. Nitro Writer to future Nitro Circus athlete fist bump. SHARE IT

Look, it’s Bruce Cook’s week in the spotlight. The FMX icon is making his big return to Hamilton, his first since his crash after attempting a World First double frontflip that took away the use of his legs. We talked to him about his feelings before the show and why he wants to give back to his Hamilton fans. PITTER PATTER (Ed. Note: This is a Canadian inside joke)

This week’s WildWeek theme is shaping up to be patterned after the old triad: the true, the good, the beautiful. Bruce spoke the truth when he extolled the virtues of social media in helping publicize athletes, his comeback to Hamilton is an unambiguous good, and action sports variety show Ethen Roberts is here to bring us the beautiful. Ethen’s gorgeously shot web series Off the Grid is a must-see love letter to his home state of Utah. ADMIRE IT

Spend a day at Travis Pastrana’s Pastranaland compound with skateboard legend, Lizard King. In a spot for Supra Footwear’s We Are Supra Passionate video series, Lizard King talks with the Nitro Circus ringleader about their passion for action sports and life. Come for the inspiring conversation, stay for the sheer variety of action sports they take part in at Travis’ compound. And make extra sure you keep watching to see the best first attempt at a motorcycle backflip Travis has ever seen. WATCH IT

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Want to see what not to do when trying a back flip 😂 @Boditurner747

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A sneak peek at next week: We still have so much more to look forward to before summer is out. We’re ready to go big in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and we have plenty more shows left on our North America tour. Stay tuned!

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Don’t Call it a Comeback: Bruce Cook’s Big Return to Hamilton

The North America Nitro Circus Live Tour is heading to Hamilton, Canada this weekend. And while the approach is the same for every show we do, some shows have added significance that inspires us to take it up a notch. Annapolis was huge because it’s Travis Pastrana and several Nitro Circus veterans’ hometown crowd. For Canadian FMX star Bruce Cook, this will be his first show in Hamilton since his crash in ’14 when he lost the use of his legs. His bounce back has been epic. In just three years, he’s become a popular member of the live tour, the subject of a documentary, and record holder for being the World’s First paraplegic to backflip a motorcycle.

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Still, you could hardly fault Bruce for having pre-show jitters. “Show day will be my first time back in Hamilton since my injury, and I’m really looking forward to it! I’m just stoked to get a good show done and get that off my back,” Bruce says. But it’s more than that. Bruce is Canadian. “It’s just awesome putting on shows on home turf. We travel all over the world in front of amazing crowds, but there’s something special about doing it in your home country. You can definitely feel the love from everyone,” he says. “I’m really looking forward to the Hamilton crowd. They were so amazing after my accident with hundreds of messages of support and well wishes – it’s going to be awesome to kind of give back a bit and put down a successful run!” Check out some recent highlights below:

What’s next for Bruce Cook? “This year will be a whole lot more shows all over North America then on to South Africa in October as well as shooting some stuff for Travis Pastrana’s Action Figures 2 where I’m hoping to do more stuff on my bike, rzr and maybe try my hand on a snowmobile,” he says. Whatever he plans to do, we know he’ll send it.

Get tickets right here for Hamilton, and Grand Rapids, or a city near you on our North America tour, which runs through the end of September.

R-Willy and Jordan Clark Make a Special Appearance at the All-In Skatepark

Scooter game-changers Ryan “R-Willy” Williams and two time world champion Jordan Clark made a special appearance at the All-In Action Sports Performance Week at the All-In Store and Skatepark in Ontario, Canada. It’s always inspiring for young riders to get a chance to ride with their action sports heroes, and it appears that the presence of the action-sports legends inspired everyone to progress, even dads. With R-Willy’s help and encouragement, local 43 year old scooter dad, Jason Zimmerman became what may be the oldest person to land a backflip on scooter. He first attempted it to foam before he stepped up and landed it on resi. Check it out:

R-Willy didn’t limit himself to mentoring local dads in scooter. In an edit dropped on Jordan’s social media, the scooter rider-turned-BMX-champion can be seen giving pointers to Jordan on BMX as well, a development sure to concern BMX riders everywhere:

Of course, R-Willy and Jordan took some time to send some sick tricks themselves:

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Ethen Roberts’ Love Letter to Utah

If we haven’t convinced you to head outside and do something memorable this summer, then you need to watch Ethen Roberts’ web series Off the Grid. The seven-episode series is a love letter to Utah’s storied backcountry. And who better to guide than one of Nitro’s most versatile athletes — Ethen can send it on pretty much everything — and one of the state’s hometown heroes? In his latest edit, Ethen takes us on a trip to illustrate the diversity of Utah’s terrain by snowboarding and wakeboarding on the same day. It’s probably the gnarliest straight up geography lesson ever committed to film. Ethen’s work is always beautifully shot with dramatic backdrops that will have you planning your trip to Park City or Cainville. Check it out, and catch up with the rest of the series below.

 

 

 

 

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Travis’ Big Week: Hometown Hero and Rally Win – WildWeek

This was the week for Travis Pastrana. For a guy who’s built a nice life being the best at things most of us only get to do on weekends, that’s saying something. But this week, Travis won another rally, rode his first-ever hometown Nitro Circus show (despite some weather-related setbacks), and gathered more than a dozen of the best action sports athletes in the world at his house to start filming Action Figures 2, the sequel to one of the greatest action sports movies in the last five years, if not ever. Action Figures 2 is going to be to Action Figures what the FMX double backflip was to single backflips. Progression made tangible. A game-changer for fans and riders alike. The signal that things just got realer than real. Over the coming weeks and months, news will start to trickle out into the action sports community about what’s been going down just outside of Annapolis, Maryland. But you aren’t going to fully appreciate it until you see it for yourself. Luckily, that’s not a matter of if, just when. The quote of the weekend came from Ryan Williams (if we’re remembering correctly), and forgive us for having to paraphrase, but the gist of it was: Travis is amazing not just for the things he’s accomplished himself, but because of the things he’s helped other athletes accomplish.

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We lit Annapolis up. You can’t fault us for savoring a gentle “I told you so.” Travis Pastrana finally got the chance to bring the show he founded to his hometown and he didn’t disappoint. The Nitro Crew battled through tough weather to execute a perfect show in front of 22,000 fans, one of the largest crowds we’ve ever had in North America. It was a special occasion for the Nitro Crew that saw the return of some of Nitro’s tough old breed, like Streetbike Tommy, Special Greg Powell, Jim DeChamp, and Jolene Van Vugt. CELEBRATE IT

Helmets on: Action Figures 2 is coming. Pastranaland was once again turned into action sports’ own Area 51 this past week with freestyle legends converging on Travis’ home for some high-octane research and development. If your social feeds over the next few weeks are full of things flying in the air that shouldn’t be, it’s probably just us working on something for the sequel. Action Figures 2 is all about pushing progression to the next level — higher, bigger, crazier, and sillier. It’s going to be huge. GET STOKED

Travis Pastrana breaks his rally co-driver, wins the race anyway. Travis made his comeback from a 10-point deficit to SRTUSA teammate and rival David Higgins to win round five of the ARA Championship series. His co-driver Robbie Durrant suffered a compressed spine injury halfway into the race after a hitting a huge jump, but Travis somehow found a volunteer brave enough to replace him in Greg Dorman. Congrats on the win but Greg, a word of advice, next time you start a new job, make sure to ask what happened to the guy you’re replacing. READ IT

OK, so this could either be the opening scene to the next season of Fargo or True Detective, depending on where the story goes next. An Oklahoman man adjusting a dirtbike and ATV jump in his backyard discovered a low-mileage SUV complete with its original tires. The SUV belonged to the previous owner, who had reported it stolen. This is awesome. READ ON

There are amazing MTB racing events all over the place, but here’s the one you have to try before you die. The 2017 BC Bike Race has just concluded and we wish (like, a lot) we’d have been there. Widely considered to be among the world’s best MTB race, it starts in Vancouver and ends in Whistler Mountain Bike Park. British Columbia’s unparalleled terrain challenges riders and rewards them between stages with awesome views and incredible camping. Here’s to learning about amazing racing events before they start, rather than after they’re done for the rest of the year, right? RACE TO IT

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A sneak peek at next week: Summer is flying past us and there’s too much going on to even predict what next week will bring. We’re going to put down some huge shows in Hamilton, Ontario and Grand Rapids, Michigan. Stay tuned!

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Bucket List News: Wheelz Is a Playable Character in a Video Game Now

There can’t be too many things left on Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham’s bucket list. He landed the World First backflip and frontflip on a wheelchair. He won three back-to-back WCMX World Championships. He was nominated for an ESPY for Best Male Athlete With a Disability. He performed at the opening ceremony for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Maracana Stadium in Brazil. What’s left? How about being made a character in a video game? Boom. Wheelz was stoked to announce this week that he is now a playable character in the new stuntman themed DevinSuperTramp app game for Apple and Android users. To play as Wheelz, download the app via iTunes here or Google Play here.

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Travis Pastrana’s ‘Action Figures 2’ Is Going to Be Phenomenal

Those of you who follow Nitro Circus on Facebook and/or Instagram and/or Snapchat — or if you follow any of the Nitro Crew — will have been deluged with nutty photos and videos coming from Travis Pastrana’s house this week, with references to the Polaris Invitational at Pastranaland and Action Figures 2 prominent in the captions. One thing is clear: Travis knows how to push progression, obviously, but few people really appreciate what that looks like behind the scenes.

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This week, to kick off what’s sure to be an epic adventure making the sequel to a truly special action sports film, Travis invited athletes to spend a few days at his house competing in the first annual Polaris Invitational at Pastranaland, a park and big air (oh, and trampoline!) contest where the only rule is you have to absolutely send it to even come close to a prize. Ride whatever, do whatever, just make jaws drop. What Travis has set up is a genius way to encourage the best action sports athletes in the world to go huge and be creative, and they checked those boxes hard. A special shoutout to Polaris, Wienerschnitzel, and Andersen Hitches for making all this possible! Action Figures 2 is going to be off the rails, and we’re only into the first few days of filming. No major spoilers, but we’ll post a few of the riders’ pics and videos here to give you a taste, and stay tuned for more details. Keep an eye on social media for sneak peeks at the awesomeness! Also, catch up with the first Action Figures on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Xbox, Vimeo on Demand, or Vudu.

Soooo apparently we are jumping these jumps tomorrow 🤔😛😛 #PastranaLand

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And one last sneak peek. Here’s Travis hucking it in the big air competition on a mountain bike:

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Travis Pastrana Wins Round Five of the ARA Championship Series

Travis Pastrana claimed his second victory in a row at the New England Forest Rally, with another 1-2 finish ahead of SRTUSA teammate and rival David Higgins. The event is round five of six in the American Rally Association Championship and was Higgins’ race to win after a dominant summer-long performance that put the team 10 points ahead of Travis and co-driver Robbie Durant; a victory here would have won Higgins the championship. Travis’ clutch performance is all the more amazing because halfway into the event on Saturday, Durant suffered a back injured caused by a huge jump, forcing Travis to scramble to find a replacement in Greg Dorman, who came in to call notes on short notice. Travis’ victory means we have one final race to look forward to: The Ojibwe Forest Rally August 25th and 26th. Check out Travis’ account of his NEFR win:

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TRAVIS PASTRANA FINISHES SECOND AT TALL PINES RALLY

The Most Epic Moments From Travis Pastrana’s First Hometown Show

It was a night that Travis Pastrana, the Nitro Crew, and the city of Annapolis will never forget. After more than a decade of touring the world, Travis got to bring Nitro Circus Live to his hometown for the first time ever. It was not without its challenges in the lead-up as well as on show day. Wet weather caused a delayed start and an extended intermission, but the Crew came to show Annapolis what they’re all about, and they absolutely did. Despite the sometimes heavy rain, the crowd (which by early estimates is one of the largest we’ve ever had in North America) was hyped and stayed through it all. Gregg Duffy, Streetbike Tommy, Jolene Van Vugt, Special Greg Powell, and Jim DeChamp, who are also Maryland locals, were all there and stoked about the hometown show. The rest of the Nitro Crew also showed up in force to throw down for Annapolis.

There were so many huge moments to go through that we can’t begin to explain them all. But a couple that deserve special mention: In honor of the occasion, Travis landed a double backflip for the first time in years, sending the crowd and the Crew into a frenzy. Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham absolutely nailed a wheelchair frontflip. Duffy landed a huge frontflip nac. And in the final FMX train of the night, two riders went for frontflips: Harry Bink and Steve Mini. Steve had a massive crash on that one, which he’s going to feel tomorrow, but no permanent harm done.

Watched @travispastrana do a double flip today… Still got it pal. @nitrocircus #nitrocircus

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That just happened😳😳😳 #nitrocircus

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And here are 10 photos that capture the soggy glory of Nitro’s first-ever Annapolis show:

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More Rally, Annapolis, and ‘Game of Thrones’ References – WildWeek

Coming up with new tricks for the Nitro Crew is fun. Everyone should have a crack at it. For us, it’s like writing a check with other people’s money, since the ideas are intended for the Nitro Riders to perform, not the Nitro Writers. It’s only a matter of time before we introduce a great white shark into the mix. For those who don’t feel like clicking: Michael Phelps is going to race a shark, and because Shark Week cannot jump itself, we’ll all probably watch. We digress. The point is, there’s definitely a writer behind that idea, not an Olympic swimmer. Last week we brought you an idea for a new wakeboarding trick. This week we’re leaving the water and opting for another element, with a skateboard trick from our own Chris Cowan, aka Freestyle Moto Chris. Beaver Fleming is bringing some serious creative mojo to skateboard, stirring ideas borrowed from FMX and other disciplines into the bowl. But why stop at action sports? He should borrow from other hot properties, like Game of Thrones. The hit HBO show is back. Everyone is all about it. To usher in the new season, we think Beaver should wield the Board of Light. The trick is a Christ air bowl flyout but with a flaming skateboard, in honor of Beric Dondarrion, that flaming sword guy. (Ed. Note: This trick has not been sanctioned by Beaver Fleming, the Nitro Pyro team, or the local fire department.)

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Rally events are the Game of Thrones of racing. They’re gritty, full of twists and turns, feature many colorful characters, and are more fun to watch if you keep up with the whole story. Oh, and much of the action takes place in the woods. So we’ll try to catch you up. Travis Pastrana’s victory at the Mount Washington Hillclimb was incredible, but it was not a formal part of the ARA Championship series, which is a six-round event. The next official ARA race is this weekend at the New England Forest Rally, with Travis again facing teammate and rival David Higgins, who’s ahead in total points. This is the fifth round, and we can’t wait to see if Tyrion ends up in charge of everything. BINGE IT

When movie buffs and BMX stars meet. Action sports videographer and photographer Hadrien Picard — movie geek and lover of BMX — is clearly a fan of the long shot. In the latest edit in his series Lined Up, Picard captures BMX rider Courage Adams’ creative line through Madrid. Come for the BMX, stay for the Serrano ham. WATCH IT

Annapolis is like Westeros and Travis is our Khaleesi. OK, last GoT reference for this week. Probably. We are headed to Annapolis, Maryland, this weekend for Travis’ first-ever hometown show. Can you believe it almost didn’t happen? Since we just promised no more GoT references, how about this: Imagine if Memphis had banned Elvis from performing in his hometown, but then reversed the decision and the show was this weekend. Goosebumps, right? And what if Elvis brought dragons with him when he came back! Oops. SHIP IT

We were not paid to link to this Kickstarter campaign for a new drone. We just love the video edits we get from our athletes and our media team. The Nitro Crew and their documented adventures fuel so much of what the Nitro Writers get to cover, so we have serious skin in the game when it comes to amazing new waterproof and highly wind-resistant drones and other cameras. It honestly doesn’t really matter what gear they use, we just live for the results, and we have a feeling you do too. SHOOT IT

The Onion, as ever, is almost too close to reality. Nitro stalwart Nate Adams and Travis are name-checked in The Onion’s amazing write-up on the X Games. We aren’t going to attempt to be witty before sending you off to read the masters, so we’ll just get out of the way. READ IT

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#tbt check out my head #zoomin 📷 @fssphotography #2009 #xfighters #crash @rockstarenergy @foxheadaustralia

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A sneak peek at next week: Not only are we doing our first Annapolis show on Sunday, filming for Action Figures 2 is happening all next week at Pastranaland. Stay tuned!

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Everyone Get Pumped: Nitro Circus Annapolis Is Finally Here

The North America Nitro Circus Live tour is back after a few weeks off for the summer competition season. The Crew will be in Charleston, West Virginia, Friday night and then it’s on to a show we’ve had circled on our calendars for quite a while now: Annapolis, Maryland. Now, we’re excited for every single show, but Annapolis is a big one for Travis Pastrana, because it’s the first time Nitro Circus Live will be throwing down in his hometown (and there are great seats still available right here). A bunch of members of the Nitro Crew have been staying at Travis’ house in preparation for this leg of the tour, and from the looks of it they’re getting lots of great work done.

Another fun day mucking around at Pastrana land @nitrocircus @monsterenergy Video @patbowden_

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Summers days in the pool at @travispastrana house 🤘🏻☀️#pastranaland

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#pastranaland words can't describe how fun it is here, thanks @travispastrana @lynzskate 😘

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There were a few hurdles in the planning stages for Annapolis, as a small but vocal group initially wanted to block Nitro Circus from performing at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Travis and friends went door-to-door in the neighborhood around the stadium with Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides, and eventually showed that the vast majority of residents supported the Nitro show. Here’s Travis with the mayor (left) and the alderman from the neighborhood around the stadium:

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Once it was all settled, Travis and friends were invited to march in the Annapolis St. Patty’s Day parade, something that fellow local Streetbike Tommy was super stoked about. He said he’s been coming to this parade all his life, and despite the international fans he’s gained over the years, being in this particular parade was a high point. Here are a few photos from the parade; check out even more right here.

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Get tickets right here for Charleston, Annapolis, or a city near you on our North America tour, which runs through the end of September.

Do Try This at Home: R-Willy Unveils a Pair of Tricks for Everyone

Ryan “R-Willy” Williams has yet another surprise up his sleeve. Rather than the usual “Don’t try this at home” type of riding he’s known for, his latest edit features two tricks that anyone can try. A variation on the barspin, the tentatively named “Kaynetwist” and the “Willtwist” are elegantly simple and complicated at the same time. R-Willy is firmly in the instructor role, teaching the trick to kids around the park. In fact, we recommend you follow along at the 7:42 mark when he goes through it slowly. The scooter and BMX icon recommends you try it on the flat before you take it out to the ramp. If it gets you outside trying something new, we count this edit as a victory. Check it out:

As always, R-Willy challenged his fans on social media to help him name the trick, resulting in a long list of suggestions. Make sure you hit up his Instagram with your ideas to name his new trick before he makes up his mind:

What should I call this trick?🤔 #namethetrick #worldfirst #scooter #originality #fun #PickingAWinningNameTomorrow

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Helmets on: Filming Has Started on ‘Travis Pastrana’s Action Figures 2’

Filming has officially started for Travis Pastrana’s Action Figures 2, we’re stoked, and you should be too. Action Figures is Travis’ ode to the action sports films of yesteryear, back when we’d take a bad idea and add pyro and wheels. It’s Travis with his friends (and fellow action sports legends) letting their hair down, having fun, and raising hellfire with whatever contraption happens to be nearby. It’s America’s actual funniest home video. The first one is amazing and has some of the biggest tricks we’ve ever committed to film. The next one promises to be no different. Keep watching this spot for sneak peaks from filming over the next few months. In preparation for the sequel, grab the first Action Figures from Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Xbox, Vimeo on Demand, or Vudu.

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Sherwood, Foster Among Winners at X Games Minneapolis

X Games Minneapolis is in the books, and Levi Sherwood doubled down on his FMX dominance with his newfound affinity for double backflip combos, which earned him gold medals in Moto X Freestyle and Best Trick. That’s four wins in major events for Sherwood this summer after his wins at Nitro World Games and X-Fighters. In BMX Big Air, James Foster won his first gold medal and Kurtis Downs walked away with a bronze in his X Games debut.

@cazymoto with the sequence from #xgames best trick last night 👍

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Stoked! Huge thanks to everyone who has helped me along the way!! #xgames #gold #fmx 📸 @ctikneebraces

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Clinton Moore earned bronze medals in Moto X Freestyle and Moto X Best Trick. FMX superstar Jarryd McNeil also won two medals: gold in Step Up and silver in Best Whip. He was on his way to a third medal for the weekend, but a wipeout in Quarterpipe High Air left him with an injury that forced him out of the contest. On his first run of three, he went huge in what was later revealed to be a height that would have given him the lead at that time (if he’d landed it, it would have been good for third overall at the end of the contest), but he lost his grip on a hard landing and was catapulted off his bike. He was taken away for further evaluation with what was described as a leg injury.

Josh Sheehan took second in Moto X Freestyle with his now-signature double backflip anchoring a solid run. With Sherwood and Sheehan bringing double backs to the table and making podiums at Nitro World Games, X Games, and X-Fighters in 2017, riders like Taka Higashino and Adam Jones, who have been nipping at their heels this summer, will surely be looking for an answer.

I can't even put into words how amazing this feels!!!🙏 Still can't believe it! It has always been one of my biggest dreams to be a part of xgames and to win a gold medal, seriously on cloud 9 right now!! I just want to tell everyone if you have a dream, you can achieve it! the only thing stopping you is yourself if you pour your heart and soul into it and always remain positive, humble and never give up you are unstoppable!!! I want to thank @xgames for having me there and to all the amazing people that make it happen!! I want to thank my sponsors and all my fans and anyone who supports me you are the best and I love you all!! The most amazing week of my life for sure!!👌 Already looking forward to next year!!🙌🙌 📷: @kylecarlson @unit @totalbmx @bellbikehelmets @gformprotects @monsterenergy @monsterarmy #totalarmy #bell #unitfamily #gform

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Colton Walker, the reigning two-time Nitro World Games BMX Triple Hit champion, took home the gold in BMX Dirt in his debut. He finished just off the podium in BMX Park as well, so keep an eye on the young phenom going forward. Logan Martin earned himself three silver medals: BMX Dirt, BMX Park, and Dave Mirra’s BMX Park Best Trick. Vince Byron took silver in BMX Big Air. Kyle Baldock won Dave Mirra’s BMX Park Best Trick and also added a bronze in BMX Dirt to his medal collection.

Elliot Sloan, Tom Schaar, and Clay Kreiner were Skateboard Big Air’s Top 3. For a complete look at the results and tons of video from the podium runs, click here.

MORE COMPETITION NEWS:

Riders to Watch at X Games Minneapolis
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Sherwood, Sheeny, Taka on Podium at X Fighters Madrid
Nitro FMX Dominates at X Games Austin
Josh Sheehan Dedicates X Games Wins to Fallen Brother

Dueling Double Backflips and Travis Is King of the Hillclimb – WildWeek

Nitro fans love to suggest crazy new tricks for the Nitro Crew to try, and we all love to hear them. Well, most of them. At least weekly we get a message over Facebook asking us why no one has ever switched bikes mid-air. We know: You thought you were the first to come up with that one, sorry to break it to you. We promise that if anyone at Nitro lands this trick, we’ll try to give credit to all 5 million of you who have suggested it. But we like the other creative ideas we’ve heard, so we Nitro Writers wanted to suggest some tricks too. (Ed. Note: These suggestions are not sanctioned by the actual athletes of Nitro Circus and are basically idiotic.)

In honor of embracing the Go Go Go lifestyle this summer, how about this wakeboarding trick idea from Charley, one of the Nitro Writers: Go for a straight air (maybe throw in a grab, optional but awesome). Instead of landing clean, you nose down, diving deep under the water until you’re fully submerged (you’re going to need some tight bindings, but it’s worth it). Don’t let go. Stay under for as long as you can, maybe until anyone watching starts to get a little worried. Then you burst from under the water like a breeching fish (this is another good time to throw in a grab of some sort if you catch enough air), and stick it. Call this one The Charley Tuna. (Note: Also works on snowboard or skis if you’re in deep enough powder.) Don’t try this, because we want to be the first to land it. Next week we’ll get a trick suggestion from another Nitro Writer: Chris, aka Freestyle Moto Chris.

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Travis Pastrana is King of the Hill at the Mount Washington Hillclimb. Travis Pastrana set a new record (video above!) at the Climb to the Clouds, ending the summer winning streak of Subaru Team USA teammate and rival David Higgins. Travis’ plan was simple: Strap 600 HP to the lightest Subaru format possible, and try to keep it on the road. David’s plan was similar, but he fluffed the second part — luckily, he’s fine. READ IT

X Games Minneapolis is upon us,  and we’re stoked! Nitro Circus and Nitro World Games riders are well represented in FMX, BMX, and skate, from X Games veterans to X Games debuts. This comp is a bit like the Quidditch World Cup: a sprawling event with a bewilderingly large field. It’s easy to lose track of who is competing when. We put together a competition primer that is an absolute must-read for the Nitro fan planning to tune in this weekend. READ IT

X-Fighters Madrid is done, dusted, and toweled off. Yes, there’s a hyphen here but not in X Games. We’re all coping with it. Levi Sherwood and Josh Sheehan’s domination of the podium continued over from the Nitro World Games with their command of the FMX double backflip. In just a few short years, the trick has come to be the crucible for ranking above the tear-line. Here are the takeaways from this year’s X-Fighters. READ IT

More Olympic hopefuls Rising up in BMX. The No. 1 women’s BMX rider has her eyes on Olympic glory in 2020. Hannah Roberts is a FISE world champion several times over and the holder of the first UCI Women’s BMX Freestyle Park World Cup championship. The young rider is expected to make a run for a position on the US Olympic team. It’s time for women’s and men’s BMX to hit the big stage. 2020 can’t come soon enough. READ IT

When it rains, it pours, especially in Seattle. A new indoor park devoted to promoting pro scooter is being planned just outside of Seattle. We couldn’t be more happy for the city of coffee, progressive politics, and uplifting music. We’ve watched scooter go from a derided action sport to one of the most exciting to watch. Scooter now features some of the most popular and envelope-pushing riders in the world. SUPPORT IT

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Story of my life…😅 #XGames

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A sneak peek at next week: X Games results and the Nitro Crew begins to converge on Annapolis for Travis Pastrana’s first-ever hometown show.

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Hair-Raising POV Video of Travis Pastrana’s Record-Breaking Hillclimb Run

Last weekend, Travis Pastrana won the Climb to the Clouds in convincing fashion, shattering rival David Higgins’ record in the process. Now Subaru has released on-board video of his entire record-breaking run, including some in-car and outside POV footage that will have you gripping your armrest even though you already know how it ends. Check it out:

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Kurtis Downs Is Ready to Send It at His First X Games

BMX star Kurtis Downs will compete in his first X Games in Minneapolis this weekend, a moment that’s been years in the making for the Nitro veteran. Kurtis’ BMX journey is a strange one. He started out as a dirtbike rider and was invited to tour with Nitro Circus because of his versatility and small stature — perfect for riding Nitro contraptions. Kurtis has since won the respect of Nitro’s legendary BMX roster. Known for adapting FMX tricks to BMX, he is one of Nitro’s many athletes revolutionizing the sport with fresh ideas from other disciplines. Last year was a pivotal year in his career. He was invited to the X Games as an alternate and took home second place in the Nitro World Games BMX Best Tricks competition. Judging from his social media, Kurtis is pretty stoked to be in Minneapolis as a competitor this year, and we’re all stoked to see how he does.

Getting those last minute rides at @wasatchpark in before @xgames next week🤘🏼 #xgames #wasatchbikepark

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Got the whip all dialed in for @xgames this week🤘🏼 #xgames #khebikes #letsparty #mindovermatter

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Made it here to @xgames Minneapolis🤘🏼 📷 @gavgodfrey #xgames #sohyped

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Tabes for the babes!!! 📷 @gavgodfrey #xgames #tabesforthebabes #megaramp #roadsidewarriorz

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My POV from yesterday's practice. Getting hyped with @texasmwade #xgames #magaramp #lovethisramp #havingfun

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Interested in Kurtis Downs? Check out some more KD highlights here:

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The Nitro Crew Reminds You to Get Out There and Go Big This Summer

For Nitro athletes, the love of action sports goes well beyond the tour or competitions. It’s a whole lifestyle. That’s why they’re often out doing various action sports between tour stops or while on vacation. The message is clear: Get outdoors and do something awesome this summer. Bonus if it’s something beyond your usual comfort zone, because when you’re way out there, you learn the most about yourself. It isn’t really about taking risks, either. Wear a helmet, a harness, or a lifejacket, but make sure you’re pushing a personal boundary. Check out the Crew making the most of their time away from tour:

How do you shoot on this thing? Morning rays creeping over the horizon here in #moab pc

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Fun in the sun😎 #boatlife #keepincool

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Dreaming of days like this @surfzonepr @albumsurf @hurley 📸: @c_dvoracek #albumdisasym #rideeverything

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Gymnasts vs Nitro.. @sheenyfmx was the only one left from our crew.. my cousin @bhuff1 and her crew crushed us..

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Riders to Watch at X Games Minneapolis

X Games Minneapolis is set to go off this week, and a bunch of Nitro riders and Nitro World Games competitors in FMX, BMX, and skate are poised to make podium runs. The FMX field in particular is loaded with riders you can see at most Nitro shows, and a handful of Nitro BMX riders are also in Minneapolis looking for gold. Those riders include James Foster, Andy Buckworth, and Kurtis Downs, a Nitro veteran making his X Games debut. Kurtis has worked super hard, and with a second-place finish at the 2016 Nitro World Games under his belt, he’ll look to add some more hardware to his collection this weekend. Buckworth and Foster will compete in BMX Dirt, with the finals on Sunday, and Foster and Downs will compete in Big Air, with the finals on Friday. Colton Satterfield and Zack Warden will also be throwing down in the BMX Big Air event.

Made it here to @xgames Minneapolis🤘🏼 📷 @gavgodfrey #xgames #sohyped

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First practice in the books for #xgames #minneapolis #2017 #wienerfam #wienerschnitzel #monsterenergy

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On the FMX side, we’ve got riders in every event, and Nitro athletes are dominating the field in terms of numbers for Moto X Best Trick and Moto X Freestyle. Josh Sheehan, Adam Jones, Harry Bink, Jarryd McNeil, Beau Bamburg, Jackson Strong, Nate AdamsTaka Higashino, and Clinton Moore are among the riders competing, some in multiple events. Levi Sherwood, fresh off wins at Nitro World Games and X Fighters Madrid, will compete in Best Trick and Freestyle. The Freestyle finals are Friday and the Best Trick finals are Saturday. McNeil will compete in Step Up and Best Whip, where he’s always a favorite to make the podium. Both of those events will have finals on Saturday.

Noteworthy athletes who made a splash at Nitro World Games and are always serious contenders at X Games and any competition they enter: Elliot Sloan and Andy Macdonald, podium finishers at NWG, will both compete in Skate Vert, with finals on Thursday, and Sloan will also vie for the gold in Skateboard Big Air, with finals on Saturday. Colton WalkerNick Bruce, Logan Martin, Daniel Sandoval, and Brian Fox are also in on the BMX side. For a complete list of X Games Minneapolis invited athletes, click here, and for a complete schedule of events, click here.

MORE COMPETITION NEWS:

Videos and Results From the 2017 Nitro World Games
Sherwood, Sheeny, Taka on Podium at X Fighters Madrid
Nitro FMX Dominates at X Games Austin
Josh Sheehan Dedicates X Games Wins to Fallen Brother

Watch Todd Meyn Lovingly Assemble His Bike in a Time-Lapse Video

For some of us, the tools we use to get our jobs done are just that: tools. If you’re a doctor you have a stethoscope, if you’re an accountant you have a calculator, and if you write for Nitro Circus you have a rickety laptop covered in cool stickers. But when an accountant’s calculator fails, it will very rarely lead to severe road rash. BMX superstar Todd Meyn recently put up a time-lapse video of him assembling the tool of his trade. A BMX rider who can tear down and build up his own bike is a rider who can trust that every part is functioning how it should when it counts, whether it’s a street session or a Giganta session. As you can see from Todd’s posts, when you develop that kind of relationship with your bike, well, you become darn near inseparable.

Time lapse of building the bike up yesterday. On the way to @woodwardwest for a few days !

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Two New World’s Firsts, Cirque Eyes BMX, and More – WildWeek

Hey, a new feature! We’re keeping this intro short so we can get right down to it. We decided to start kicking WildWeek off with a cool video every week for your viewing pleasure. First up: It’s a look behind the scenes as Cirque du Soleil starts implementing BMX into the Wheel of Death. It’s five minutes that you should give up right now if you decide to only watch one thing from this  week’s edition:

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Levi Sherwood lands the World’s First double backflip no-hander. Riders are finally building on the FMX double backflip. There are still very few people in the world who can stick a double at all, so adding a no-hander is just crazy. Because the only way Levi could crack the World’s First double backflip no-hander is with a high degree of thigh power, we might start calling this trick the Thigh Master. READ IT

Schmidty’s road to the World’s First double backflip barspin took a left turn. We were lucky to get the madman himself, Brandon “Schmidty” Schmidt, to tell the story of how he took a trick that dogged him in BMX for years and converted it to a World’s First and personal best. It’s a story we can all relate to, because none of us knows which road will take us to success. When in doubt, do what Schmidty does, and send it everything. ADMIRE IT

USA BMX is taking its talents to Tulsa. The home of USA BMX and potentially the location for the BMX Olympic trials in 2020 will be in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Evans-Fintube industrial facility will be converted to a large indoor arena, the only one in the state, so riders can train year-round. We applaud any move to grow action sports. And we know firsthand that investing in improved facilities helps push progression forward and results in better riders overall. SUPPORT IT

There’s a reason Pat Bowden was dressed like the Stig at the Nitro World Games. Call it the craziest “Your Ad Here” billboard campaign in history. FMX star Pat Bowden rocked a near-blank, all-white kit throughout his journey to the NWG podium to demonstrate to potential sponsors a cool place to put their logo. Better get on board soon. Pat’s home may be Australia, but his reach is global. READ IT

Subaru Rally Team USA teammates David Higgins and Travis Pastrana resume their rivalry. Fun fact: The Climb to the Clouds event is one of the oldest in motorsports. The first one took place in 1904, which we are assuming was a decidedly steampunk affair with Jules Verne facing HG Wells and Nikola Tesla officiating. Higgins currently holds the record for the hillclimb, but Pastrana has held it in the past. Nitro’s ringleader will be looking to post a new record time and break Higgins’ streak of first-place finishes. READ IT

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A sneak peek at next week: With X Fighters Madrid this weekend and X Games Minneapolis next weekend, we’ll be keeping an eye on the Nitro athletes who are going big at competitions in cities that start with M all over the world!

Check out the previous WildWeek right here.

Sherwood, Sheeny, Taka on Podium at X Fighters Madrid

These three can’t be stopped: Levi Sherwood, Josh Sheehan, and Taka Higashino went one-two-three at X Fighters Madrid over the weekend. With Sherwood taking home the top prize at Nitro World Games in June and X Games coming up this weekend, the Kiwi legend is poised to win the FMX Triple Crown this summer. All three landed some of their biggest signature tricks to edge out a tough field for the podium in Madrid. In 2016, Sherwood, Sheehan, and Taka went one-two-three in the inaugural Nitro World Games FMX event. At the 2017 Nitro World Games, Sherwood took first and Sheehan took third — Taka had an unfortunate wipeout attempting a frontflip in his semifinal run. This weekend, all three will be competing at X Games Minneapolis in Moto X Best Trick as well as Moto X Freestyle, so make sure you keep an eye on that. In the meantime, check out some highlights from X Fighters:

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Spin Left: Schmidty’s Barspin Blues Turned to World’s First Greatness

Editor’s note: We’re super excited to bring you a guest column from Nitro veteran and BMX superstar Brandon Schmidt, who landed the World’s First double backflip barspin during Nitro World Games practice in Salt Lake City in June. The trick is rad, but the story of how he got there makes it even cooler, so we’re going to show you the video and then let Schmidty tell you why this was a career moment for him.

My name is Brandon Schmidt, and this is the story of the struggle and success to land my hardest BMX trick. When I first got a BMX bike as a kid around 12 years old, I had a really hard time learning any tricks. I would ride little dirt jumps that my friends and I would build, but for years I don’t think I ever did one trick. I would hop on my bike from time to time, but I was dedicated to becoming a pro skateboarder. After a few years of no effort on my bike, I decided to start riding again. This was around 16 or 17. At that point I started to learn a few tricks: no-footer, tuck no-hander, backflip. There was one trick that for some reason I could never get even close: a barspin. I would spend hours and hours trying to learn how to do them. I tried out of banks, resi, even hop, but nothing I tried ever worked. I would lose my cool on a daily basis because of that trick.

Fast-forward a few years. I was 19. I had started to really ride my bike a lot at this time of my life, really learning some tricks, and I started to progress at a pretty rapid rate. I decided that it was time to give up the dream of one day being a pro skateboarder, so I converted and officially changed my title to BMX rider. Still, at this point I had never even gotten close to a barspin, with thousands of attempts under my belt and no progress to show. I was losing hope that a barspin would ever be in my trick list.

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A few years later, I was riding for Nitro. The game was starting to change for me. Dream tricks that I thought would never be done started becoming close and closer to a reality, but after tens of thousands of attempts I had still never done a barspin. Officially all hope was gone, and I wrote the trick off completely. One day at Woodward, I was riding with BMX legend Jeremiah Smith, and we played a game of B.I.K.E. He did a barspin, and I told him that I couldn’t even get close, but I gave it a try anyway. As usual, I looked like a fool and didn’t get anywhere near the trick. Jeremiah came over and said, “You’re throwing your bars the wrong way. You ride with your left foot forward, so you need to throw the bars with your left hand.” I had always thrown my bars with my right hand. So I started arguing with him, saying that that’s not my natural direction to throw them, and blah blah. He told me to give it a try, so I did. I’m not even kidding you, I threw the bars, they did the barspin, I caught the bars, but put one foot down. I started freaking out, excited with how close I was. So I went for it again. On my second attempt ever at throwing a barspin with my left hand, I landed it! Everything clicked all at once, and it finally made sense. Six years and thousands upon thousands of attempts and I was doing it backwards the whole time!

Cut to last month at Nitro World Games practice. I had the idea on my mind to do the World’s First double backflip barspin. I was feeling really confident, but still had my dark past of barspins weighing on me before I dropped in. I cleared my mind of the nonsense, told myself I was going to land it, and dropped. I yanked off the lip and straightened my legs to grip onto the seat. At the same time, I threw the bars, caught the spin, tucked up for the second rotation, and stomped the World’s First double backflip barspin. I still can’t believe the journey I’ve been on from this one trick, but if it’s taught me anything it’s that no matter how hard or impossible something may seem, keep at it, because one day you may even shock yourself with what you truly are capable of.

ICYMI: R-Willy’s Giganta Backflip on a Booter in Calgary

Judging by the reaction from fans and the number of highlights the riders put up on social media, the Calgary Nitro show was epic back in June. We didn’t want this to get lost in the shuffle of Nitro World Games, so we waited to post it. Fans who have been watching Ryan “R-Willy” Williams vlog this summer know he’s been experimenting with some odd contraptions — mutant crossovers between action sports disciplines. One of those experiments is a BMX bike with scooter handlebars, which rides as awkward as it sounds. In a previous edit, R-Willy somehow managed to stick some tricks and even appear somewhat fluid on it by the end of filming. Nevertheless, his fans wanted to see more of the “booter,” so it was inevitable that it would make an appearance on the Giganta ramp. No matter how easy R-Willy makes things look, this was a dangerous thing to do. It’s probably a good rule of thumb that if you ever have an idea that makes a man named Catfish nervous, throw it out. But in true Nitro fashion, the risk was deemed worthy of the reward — progression and glory. Unbelievably, he stuck a backflip on his first (and last?) try. The video has so much more amazingness in it too. Check it out:

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We Deserve Some ‘Us’ Time – WildWeek

Advice of the week: Observant regular readers of this weekly feature may start to notice some things, even beyond the fact that we rarely actually offer advice in this “Advice of the Week” intro. One thing you should know: We try to include news and fun from all over the place in WildWeek, because in addition to promoting our own shenanigans, we feel there are plenty of shenanigans we aren’t involved in that will interest you. But this week, we’re taking a moment to go heavy into our own stuff (and a shorter overall post to boot), having just come off one of our biggest events of the year with the Nitro World Games. We want to especially give a shoutout to all the Nitro riders who absolutely sent it in Salt Lake City. With nine trophies between them and a bunch of near misses, the boys went big and made us all proud. We’ll be back next Friday with a wider mix of stuff, but until then, happy Fourth of July! Enjoy this shorter WildWeek for a long weekend:

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Every successful person is driven by something important to them. It can be as simple as an adrenaline rush or as complicated as proving to your stepfather that you’re not wasting your life. Because writing for Nitro Circus IS A REAL JOB, Dennis. What were we talking about? Oh yeah: At the 2017 Nitro World Games, stories of redemption were plentiful. Here are four of the best featuring Ryan Williams, Brian Fox, Javier Villegas, and Beaver FlemingREAD IT

So what happened with the results of Nitro World Games BMX Best Tricks? We saw a lot of justified questions about how one rider went from first to almost last without any real explanation on the live broadcast. When NBC signed off, Dawid Godziek appeared to be the winner, but the judges reviewed the scores when it became clear he had performed the same trick twice. Here’s Ride BMX with the official unofficial unbiased third-party breakdown: WATCH IT

If you have friends on the fence about action sports, show them R-Willy’s Web Edit III. Perhaps it’s pointless explaining to the unconverted the significance of R-Willy’s latest edit. It’s probably inconsequential to them that he hasn’t released one of these in five years or the impact the previous one had one his career. The reason to share it with your friends is that it’s an unmitigated triumph and celebration of everything we love about the sport. Plus it makes the hair on your arms stand up. REVEL IN IT

Still searching for Sugarman? In the latest C3 Project Summer Series edit, the legend Cam McCaul, Nitro variety show Dusty Wygle, and MTB star Ryan Howard head out to the desert for the session of a lifetime. The video features sick tricks over sick lines over sick music by the elusive folk singer from the Oscar Award-winning documentary Searching for Sugarman. The sequel to the documentary is you searching for the songwriting credit in the video. ADMIRE IT

Olympic snowboard hopefuls are training on an airbag lander. Hey, those look familiar. You know our stance on this: The ability to push progression safely has improved action sport, no question. We know from experience that this means the next Olympics snowboarding slopestyle event will be all the gnarlier. SEE IT

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Have you seen our new series Cutting Room Floor? It’s basically a playlist tailor-made for this space, so we’re going to give you an episode and link to the full list here.

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A sneak peek at next week: Happy Fourth of July! We’re going to be taking a couple days off to celebrate ‘Murica and then will be right back at it. Right after our post-patriotism-party nap.

Check out the previous WildWeek right here.

Dusty Wygle Co-Stars in a Backcountry MTB Work of Art

You can count on Dusty Wygle to bring creativity to everything he’s involved in. In addition to MTB, he rides a wide variety of contraptions in Nitro’s live shows. Away from Nitro, Dusty still finds interesting ways to express himself through sport. Take this edit, part of the C3 Project Summer Series filmed by videographer Harrison Mandel and featuring the legend Cam McCaul, Dusty, and MTB threat Ryan Howard. It features the trio exploring virtually untouched desert backcountry in the ultimate dream session. At the end of the day, freestyle MTB is all about how the riders choose to express themselves with the lines the terrain provides. It’s the riders’ creativity that elevates this to a form of art. Come for the artful use of terrain and crazy tricks, stay for the cowboy narrator and kick-ass soundtrack.

WANT TO SEE MORE FROM DUSTY? CHECK IT:

DUSTY WYGLE DOES IT ALL
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DUSTY WYGLE RODE A PITBIKE TO ACTION SPORTS GREATNESS

R-Willy Gifts the World Web Edit III

If you’re feeling a ripple in space-time, you aren’t alone. Nitro World Games scooter and BMX champion Ryan “R-Willy” Williams dropped his highly anticipated Web Edit III this week, the culmination of five years of breakneck progression in both disciplines, setting the action sports world on fire. The multi-threat icon may be one of the most prolific bloggers in the Nitro Crew, but don’t mistake this edit with the ones he typically shares on his social channels. The last Web Edit dropped five years ago and was, in R-Willy’s eyes, a major turning point in his career, helping him win a role with Nitro Circus. Five years on, we see a rider in full command of two action sports disciplines with an unbelievably large arsenal of unique tricks. If we sound breathless here, it’s because we unashamedly are. Fans that have watched scooter riders maligned in the comments section should have a look at what they’re saying about this video, because the page has been turned. Watch it, like it, replay it, share it:

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ICYMI: Travis and the Nitro Crew Put on a Giganta Show for James Corden

We were a little busy last week with the Nitro World Games, and so much was happening that we couldn’t get to it all. Luckily, some of it is timeless. So in cased you missed it, Travis Pastrana paid a visit to the Late Late Show With James Corden last week to win hearts and blow minds, but above all invite everyone to tune in to the Nitro World Games. With Nitro’s ringleader introducing the riders and calling the tricks ramp-side, late-night fans were treated to a demo from BMX legends Jaie Toohey, Matt Whyatt, Kurtis Downs, James Foster, Andy Buckworth, and Todd Meyn. Ryan “R-Willy” Williams represented Nitro’s growing roster of multi-threat riders, sending tricks on BMX and scooter. Jake Brown stood tall for skateboard, putting down a 360. Check it out:

This wasn’t our first visit to the Late Late Show. Who can forget the last time Travis and Crew paid a visit? Not James Corden. Check out Travis taking the late-night host for a bracing spin around the Late Late Show backlot:

Nitro Circus and Ethika Join Forces

We’re excited to announce that Nitro Circus and Ethika are collaborating to bring you a new collection of underwear that’s available at Ethika.com starting today in the U.S. and Canada.

The Ethika x Nitro Circus Collection, inspired by Travis Pastrana and the Nitro Circus Crew’s achievements, features three styles available in men and boys sizes: You Got This, I Believe I Can Fly, and Nitro Doodle. Check them out:

Nitro Circus partners with Ethika

Travis, being a co-founder of both Nitro and Ethika, had some serious input into this line, and he’s pumped that it’s now available. “Ethika’s design team has collaborated with our riders every step of the way, and I think fans will love the results. I am stoked to connect the Ethika and Nitro Circus Families,” he says. For those who somehow don’t know Ethika: It is an underwear brand that’s all about owning your identity and living life with confidence, which couldn’t fit better with the Nitro philosophy. Not only that, their products are legit, whether you’re backflipping a Giganta ramp or hitting the town for a night out. You’re gonna want to give them a try if you haven’t already. Head over to their site and check out the Ethika x Nitro Circus Collection now.

VIDEO: Tyler Pynnonen’s Snowmobile Frontflip in His Debut Nitro Show

Every time the Nitro Circus Crew puts on a show, they want to show the crowd something they’ve never seen before. So if we hear of someone out there doing something amazing that we could include in a show, we don’t hesitate to try to make it happen. So we invited Tyler Pynnonen, a snocross rider and freestyle snowmobiler (who also happens to be active-duty U.S. Army) from Grand Rapids, Minnesota, to our San Diego show to attempt a World’s First snowmobile frontflip to mobile lander. He did not disappoint:

It’s a trick with quite a backstory. To hear him tell it, it was sheer dumb luck he got the chance. “I just happened to be practicing at a local ramp in Michigan and Steve Mini and Jaie Toohey just happened to come up and saw me practicing,” he says. They shot some video of Tyler landing tricks on his snowmobile and sent it to the Nitro producers. Less than a week later he was invited to make the long drive from Grand Rapids to San Diego to perform the trick.

Despite the short notice, Tyler had been unwittingly preparing for this moment for quite some time. He started working on the trick in 2009, but work and injury waylaid his plans to take his snowmobile further. He persisted and eventually felt the frontflip was something he wanted to try. “The first moment I finally realized it was possible was spring of 2010 while practicing at my friend Scott Murray’s home; I just purchased a newer snowmobile that was a little shorter and had a better center of gravity. The flip came around to where the skis were pointed up in the foam pit, and it was the first time that the snowmobile started making the part of the rotation that was most important,” Tyler says. The trick is incredibly complicated to practice: “Training for this trick involves a lot of practice working on timing everything because, you need to hit the brakes at the right moment to use the track momentum to help you rotate forward. I work out at the gym in my town and do a lot of training when I can, because it takes a lot to throw around that much weight,” he says.

Lest anyone forget, a backflip and a frontflip are very different animals. Frontflips are much more challenging and dangerous on wheels, let along a contraption as cumbersome as a snowmobile. “What makes a frontflip so much more gnarly than a backflip is that you are coming in blind. With a backflip, you can see what’s coming and where you are at easily in the rotation. On a snowmobile it seems even more amplified because it is such a big machine I can’t see anything until the last second, so I rely on my peripheral vision to be able to see the landing right before and react quickly,” he says. With the backflip, riders can make adjustments in the moment to ensure they get enough rotation. “If you are under-rotating you can give the snowmobile more throttle and help you rotate faster to save it. With the frontflip, it is all timing, when to hit the brakes and throw the body forward and committing. A backflip you can always give it more gas to rotate faster, but you only have so much brake. So you just hold on, and if you did it right it would work out. If you didn’t, you find out pretty quickly,” he says.

For his debut performance and, Tyler was awarded the MVC. It’ll be a night neither Tyler, the riders, or the San Diego crowd will forget for a long time.

What’s next for Tyler? In terms of his next trick, he’s keeping that under wraps for now. “I have a few ideas for some new things down the road, but I’ll keep that stuff secret.” He’s starting to sound like a pro already.

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

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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:

Nitro World Games Scooter Qualifier Highlights
Scooter Has Officially Grown Up
R-Willy Backflips a Booter, the Scooter-BMX Hybrid
R-Willy Breaks Out the Heely’s, and Naturally Scooter Combos Follow

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 <<<

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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
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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:

Can’t Get Enough of Beaver?

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BEAVER WINS BEST TRICK AT SIMPLE SESSION WITH A WORLD FIRST

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

>>> NON-NITRO MVCs OF THE WEEK <<<

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.

>>> THE RIGHT TURN <<<

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

>>> NON-NITRO MVC OF THE WEEK <<<

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?

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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.

Nitro Circus in Australia

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.

Nitro Circus in Australia

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.

Nitro Circus in Australia
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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