Nitro Circus Has a Brand-New Online Shop!

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

Nitro Circus online store

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

Nitro Circus online store

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media Contact:

For Nitro Circus:
Greg Terlizzi
greg@nitrocircus.com

Travis Goes All-In With Nitro Circus

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

Travis Showing Off His New Head Gear

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


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

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

Check out the full story in the press release below.

 


TRAVIS PASTRANA GOES ALL-IN WITH NITRO CIRCUS PARTNERSHIP

Pastrana Now Exclusive Athlete for Nitro Circus Brand

Exclusive Consumer Products Line Featuring Headwear and Apparel Coming Soon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nitro World Games Announced!

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

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

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

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

 


INAUGURAL NITRO WORLD GAMES ANNOUNCED FOR JULY 16, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Nitro Circus:

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

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

About NBC Sports Ventures:

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

About the Utah Sports Commission:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


Wicked Tango

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

Wicked Tango and Nitro Circus Announce Innovative Strategic Partnership

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media Contacts:

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

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

Jed Mildon Lands the First-Ever BMX Quad Backflip

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jed Mildon lands the first-ever BMX quad backflip

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

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

World Record Stunt – Ethen vs. the Blob

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Nitro Circus Is Now Partnering With NBC

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

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

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

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

 


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NBC SPORTS VENTURES ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC ALLIANCE WITH NITRO CIRCUS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WATCH: 5 Epic Nitro Video Clips From the Summer

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


5. Travis Is Ready for the Fall


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


4. Super Bilko


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


3. Crazy Boy


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


2. Car Wash


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


1. Buggy Jump


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

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

11 (More) Awesome Photos James Foster Took on Tour

A week or so ago we showed you nine awesome photos BMX legend James Foster took during our 2016 North America tour, and the response was unanimous: These are nine awesome photos, but surely there are more where this came from? You are correct, there are definitely more. So to appease the voracious masses, we present to you 11 more photos Foster took, this time during tour stops in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and Portland, Maine. Don’t forget to follow him on Instagram for more of this sort of awesomeness. Enjoy!


Adam Jones Drops a Dead Body


Adam Jones -- Nitro Circus

Adam Jones continues to amaze crowds at every stop. See more pictures and videos and read more about him here.


Beau Bamburg Stretches Way Out


Beau Bamburg -- Nitro Circus

Beau Bamburg even sketches out the veteran track crew.


Crum on the Recliner


Crum -- Nitro Circus

“Toss me the remote!”


Jarryd McNeil Throws His Feet Up in the Air


Jarryd McNeil -- Nitro Circus

Jarryd McNeil, king of the whips, has quite a few other tricks up his sleeve. See them and read more about him here.


Steve Mini Goes Hands-Free


Steve Mini -- Nitro Circus

Nitro’s de facto FMX leader Steve Mini doesn’t ever wear out his grips. See more photos and video of Mini here.


Garrett Ahlf Hits the Clouds


Garrett Ahlf -- Nitro Circus

Don’t overshoot the lander, Garrett Ahlf!


Blake “Bilko” Williams Turns It Down


Bilko -- Nitro Circus

It’s tough to take Bilko seriously until he’s on his bike. Find out why here.


Dusty Wygle, Freestyle Cowboy


Dusty Wygle -- Nitro Circus

If you think Dusty Wygle’s rocking horse seat grab looks sketchy, you don’t know the half of it. Learn more about it right here.


Javier Villegas Makes This Look Too Easy


Javier Villegas -- Nitro Circus

And if you think that’s nuts, wait until you see his World First right here.


R-Willy Sends It Any Which Way


Ryan R-Willy Williams -- Nitro Circus

Ryan Williams is basically inhuman with this 1080 frontflip on a scooter.


The View


Nitro Circus

If you liked that and want more, check out 5 (More) of the Biggest BMX Clips of the Summer and also 5 (More) of the Biggest FMX Clips of the Summer. Want to see us live and experience this firsthand? Head over to our tour page and find out when we’ll be in town!

WATCH: 5 of the Biggest Crash Clips of the Summer

The Nitro Crew put it on the line every time they attempt a trick. And while no one wants to crash, crashes often happen. The good thing is they can be very teachable moments. If you’re going to ride a couch down Giganta, wear a lot of padding. We improve and evolve with every bump and scrape and use the experience as motivation for getting back up and trying again. We don’t do them on purpose, but great wipeouts are undeniably some of the best clips we have. And just as we’ve been revisiting some of the biggest clips we posted over the course of the summer in BMX and FMX, we put together a list of the biggest crash clips. Here’s the Top 5:


5. The Volunteer


It isn’t exactly the safest job testing new ramps or our double winch system. It helps to have an actual warrior on staff, like Jed “Warrior” Mildon, who’ll actually volunteer for the job.


4. Big Wheels on Big Ramps


Sending a big wheel down the Giganta ramp sounds like a fantastic idea, until you try it. But full kudos goes to the rider for attempting a frontflip on this contraption.


3. Train Wreck


If you look closely, you can see the moment this rider ran out of talent.


2. Lady and the Tramp


This lucky fan had the best view in the house, getting to watch R-Willy train BMX on the tramp. So close, she could taste it.


1. The Art of the Bail


They should award points for a well-executed bail. If they did, Dusty Wygle would reap the rewards after what happens in this short but effective clip.

We’ve had some epic crashes away from tour too. Check out Five Epic Wipeouts Outside of the Tour. And if you want to experience a Nitro show and catch a fun but totally survivable wipeout, hit this link for details on where we’ll be next!

PHOTOS: Brandon Schmidt Looks Back on an Awesome Summer

Social media is awesome for us at Nitro, because it gives fans more ways than ever to keep up with what we’re up to no matter where we are in the world. If you’re reading this, you no doubt follow us on at least one social media platform. And the Crew is also all over social media on their own accounts, so you can follow as many of your favorite athletes as you can think of and see even more of what we’re all up to. We asked multi-threat athlete Brandon Schmidt to choose a bunch of his favorite Instagram posts from the last few months and tell us why he loves them. To see more from him, check out his Instagram right here. But first, scroll through this highlight gallery with captions from Schmidty himself:

With the boys on the beach in San Diego, kicking it before we left for three months of tour:


That moment you realize you’re gonna have a bad Monday:


The crew at Gold Coast Studios for a photo shoot:


Click to watch: My second landed triple backflip on a BMX, and my first landed first try in a show:


After three back to back to back shows in Ireland, landing a triple flip one night on my board and a triple on BMX the next, I flew to California from Europe to compete in the qualifying event for World Games. This was right after I qualified!

These past few days have been something out of a movie! After 3 back to back shows in Ireland, landing a triple backflip on both snowboard and BMX with back to back MVC awards, flew from Europe to LA on Monday, yesterday was practice for Nitro World Games Pre Qualifier event, where I thought I may have broke my leg. On the drive home saw a girl roll a car, ran around to help her and in the process worked my leg out (She was beat up but okay) Then today came out and landed the worlds first Double backflip X-Up on a Bmx and qualified 5th and top 6 go to event. So hyped to announce that I will be competing in the next step of World Games. Time to pack up and fly back to Europe for 3 more back to back shows starting the day I land! Thank you everyone for all of the support! #livelikeroner #nitrocircus #khebikes #launchsnowboards #sussexbikeandsport #woodwardcamp #nitroworldgames photo by @madipp

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Click to watch: A few days off of tour in Europe — what better way to spend it than in Ibiza!


Not only did I have the chance to ride Nitro World Games, but I had the chance to ride it with my two best friends Gavin and Kurtis! Couldn’t be more proud of these two!


Click to watch: Growing up I always wanted to backflip something with a motor, but never did I think I would be the first person to frontflip on a pitbike!


Click to watch: A year ago my buddy Max and I tried a tandem backflip into the foam pit. This summer we took it to resi!


Not many people have the chance to meet their childhood hero, let alone travel the world performing for the world. Travis Pastrana is the reason I am where I am today, and I can’t thank him enough!

If you liked that and want more, check out 9 Awesome Photos James Foster Took on Tour and 5 of the Biggest Wheelz Clips of the Summer. Want to see us live and experience this in person? Head over to our tour page and find out when we’ll be in town!

9 Awesome Photos James Foster Took on Tour

Obviously at Nitro we love great photos of the Crew doing what they do best, and we appoint some of the greatest photographers in action sports to get technically perfect, beautiful shots during shows. But who better to capture the real feel of a show than the athletes themselves, who have access to and knowledge of elements of the show that no one else has. We reached out to BMX legend James Foster and asked if he wouldn’t mind sharing some of the shots he’s been capturing this summer on our North America tour. Big thanks to him, and follow him on Instagram for more of his shots from the road and beyond. But first, check out nine of his awesome shots from the last couple months:


Javier Villegas: Full Extension


Javier Villegas -- Nitro Circus

Keep an eye on this FMX superstar, because his ruler isn’t even close to the only trick he executes flawlessly.


Two Dudes, One Bike


Two-Person BMX Backflip -- Nitro Circus

Taking “grab a friend and go ride” to a whole new level.


Adam Jones Checks His Blind Spot


Adam Jones -- Nitro Circus

We have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to athletes who can throw down with the best of them.


Crum’s Always Lounging


Crum Recliner -- Nitro Circus

Can your recliner do this?


R-Willy’s 720 Frontflip


R-Willy -- Nitro Circus

He does this on BMX too. No big.


Kurtis Downs Takes a Trike for a Spin


Kurtis Downs -- Nitro Circus

If at first you don’t succeed, trike trike again.


The King of the Whip Needs No Hands


Jarryd McNeil -- Nitro Circus

Jarryd McNeil is not a huge guy, but he has a huge whip.


You Must Be This Tall to Ride


Ethen Roberts -- Nitro Circus

Ethen Roberts enjoys the added visibility you get from up on the tall bike.


All Aboard


FMX train -- Nitro Circus

The train has left the station.

If you liked that and want more, check out 5 (More) of the Biggest BMX Clips of the Summer and also 5 (More) of the Biggest FMX Clips of the Summer. Want to see us live and experience this firsthand? Head over to our tour page and find out when we’ll be in town!

TICKET TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR THE NITRO CIRCUS LIVE NEW ZEALAND TOUR, 2017.

You, the ticket purchaser and/or ticket bearer (“you”) agree with Nitro Circus Touring Australia Pty Ltd (“the Seller”) to the following terms and conditions in relation to the Nitro Circus Live New Zealand Tour 2017 show to which this ticket applies (“the Event”):

1. The Event (if outdoor) may be postponed in whole or part if necessary, to the following day or a day within a reasonable time period of the originally scheduled Event, at a time determined by the Seller, due to adverse weather or other adverse conditions as deemed by the Seller. Any such postponement will be notified. In this case, your ticket will be valid for the postponed date and you will not be entitled to a refund. Please keep your ticket. Weather updates are available by phoning the following number: 0800 224 224

2. There are no transfers, exchanges or refunds on ticket prices, booking or courier fees except as required by law.  The Seller’s liability is limited to refunding the ticket price where the Event is cancelled and not postponed. To receive a refund, you must within 30 days of the Event, e-mail the ticket with your details to support@ticketdirect.co.nz. Any booking fee is not refunded where the Event is cancelled and not rescheduled, except where required by law.

3. The ticket purchaser agrees to accept responsibility for ensuring this ticket is not copied and/or used fraudulently.

4. Where concessions are applicable, suitable and valid identification must be provided at the venue.

5. The Seller may add, withdraw, reschedule or substitute riders and performers, advertised events or performances. The Seller may also interrupt, shorten, bring forward, delay or stop the Event due to circumstances beyond its control.

6. The following items are prohibited from the Event – still cameras of professional quality as determined by Seller, video or movie cameras, audio and/or video recorders, banners, goods intended for sale and/or any item which may injure or annoy other persons or hamper/impede the conduct of the Event including chairs, umbrellas, platforms or anything that can be used to erect platforms or obstruct the view of patrons.

7. You understand that the Event may be filmed or photographed and that by your attendance at the Event you are automatically granting to the Seller and its agents and assigns without compensation the irrevocable right to include your image, voice and/or likeness in or out of context in any such film or photograph and to use and exploit the same in any media for any purpose throughout the world in perpetuity.

8. You must comply with all signs, instructions and directions regulating the Event, with all directions of all police, security personnel and officials and with all conditions of entry applicable to the Event venue.

9. You consent to and will permit the search and inspection of your person and/or possessions (including clothing and bags) at any time, including upon entry into the venue.

10. The right of admission is reserved and is subject to the rules relating to the venue. No food or beverage (other than for infants or medical reasons), unsealed drink containers, eskis or glass receptacles may be taken into the venue. No gang colours, patches or other items that signify gang membership may be displayed at the Event. No illegal substances or weapons of any nature may be brought into the venue. No animals may be brought into the venue (other than Guide dogs/Seeing Eye dogs).

11. Entry may be refused and no refund given if tickets are damaged or defaced in any way. Tickets are void if on-sold, traded, scalped, used to artificially inflate the value of another item and/or are not purchased directly from the designated ticketing agent for the Event.

12. You release and indemnify the Seller against any loss, damage, claim or demand (whether personal injury, death or property damage) suffered by you or the Seller (and its officers, employees, contractors, agents, licensees and assignees), or any third party which occurs as a result (directly or indirectly) of your acts or omissions (whether negligent or otherwise) or your non-compliance with these terms and conditions.

13. The stunts performed in the Event are dangerous. It is a condition of your entry into the venue that to the fullest extent permitted by law you release and indemnify the Seller (and its officers, employees, contractors, agents, licensees and assignees) and the venue from any loss, damage, claim or demand arising as a consequence of your attendance at the Event.

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15. Failure to comply with these terms and conditions may result in refusal of entry to the Event venue or removal from the Event venue.

WATCH: 5 of the Biggest Wheelz Clips of the Summer

Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham is having a crazy summer. For starters, he was nominated for an ESPY. He’s creating new prototype gear that will bring freestyle wheelchair — aka WCMX — to more athletes and audiences. He’s also been throwing down all over with Nitro Circus, dropping jaws with his backflips and frontflips on a wheelchair. The live audience loves him, and the worldwide audience also can’t get enough online. We’ve been revisiting some of the biggest clips we posted over the course of the summer, featuring BMX and FMX so far. But these sports are definitely not the only game in town, and we think you’ll agree that Wheelz is in a category all his own. So here are five of the biggest Wheelz clips:


5. The Airport Obstacle Course Commercial


Wheelz isn’t just a pioneer of freestyle wheelchair. He’s the David Beckham of the sport, a global brand ambassador, and now the focus of an ad on France TV for the French Olympic Team.


4. Winch Growing Pains


There’s always a bit of an adjustment period from using drop-ins to our one-of-a-kind double winch system. All the athletes took some hard hits getting it dialed. But it never seems to matter to Wheelz fans whether he sticks the landing.


3. This Interview


Wheelz talks about his road to the Nitro Circus tour and his first flip on Giganta.


2. The World First Wheelchair Frontflip


Wheelz describes it as the best night of his life. The day he stuck the World’s First wheelchair frontflip, it was after a series of bruising attempts over the course of a New Zealand tour. Bonus: His mother was there.


1. The View From Up Top


This simple clip will separate the mortal from the mighty. The drop-in from the top of Giganta isn’t for the uncommitted, and it gives us all a great view of what the athletes face at every show.

Want to hear more from Wheelz? Check out our recent feature Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham Is a Flipping Wheelchair Innovator. And if you want to experience a Nitro show and maybe catch a new WCMX World First, hit this link for details on where we’ll be next!

WATCH: 5 (More) of the Biggest BMX Clips of the Summer

The summer of ’16 was a veritable arms race of huge BMX moments. We threw a massive Party of the Decade tour of Australia; a long regional tour of North America; a trip around the U.K., Wales, Ireland, and France — not to leave out the inaugural Nitro World Games. That’s a lot of trips down the Giganta. But that also means a lot of practice too, which probably helps explain why BMX has progressed so much this summer. Riders are stomping triple backflips and huge new combos regularly on tour, and the appetite for new BMX clips has been voracious. Previously, we let the audience decide how to rank the Top 5 biggest moments from the summer. But five doesn’t really do it justice. We’ve got so many more awesome videos. So here are five more BMX clips for your viewing pleasure:


5. Throwback: Todd Meyn’s World First Superman Frontflip


Todd Meyn, a veteran frontflipper with several frontflip combos under his belt, is the proud owner of the World’s First frontflip superman. The trick is crazy — just check out the distance between Todd and his bike — but somehow he gets it back and sticks it.


4. R-Willy’s No-Hander Frontflip


There’s a rumor going around that Ryan Williams isn’t from this planet. He certainly spends the least time on the ground of anyone we know, and remember, we know BASE jumpers. We caught R-Willy red-handed trying to get back home in this stunning launch.


3. Brandon Schmidt’s Double Triples on Two Contraptions


It was a summer of great action sports headlines. One of the stories we followed was the sudden burst of triple flips being landed on tour and on more contraptions. To hammer the point home, Brandon Schmidt hucked two triple flips in one night, one on the rollerboard and the other on BMX. And then he did it again, the very next show.


2. Live at the Melbourne Skate Park


Facebook Live is proving to be another great medium for action sports fans to interact with the riders. The best part about it is it can show you exactly what it’s like to hang out at a local skate park with superstars like Beaver Fleming, Kurtis Downs, Andy Buckworth, Brandon Schmidt, and Todd Meyn.


1. R-Willy’s Triple Frontflip


Of the Top 10 most-watched BMX clips from the summer, R-Willy, the scooter pro, is the subject of four of them. It was just his summer, fair play. One of the craziest moments from the Party of the Decade tour of Australia was when he landed a triple frontflip in front of a roaring audience.

Want to see more BMX clips? Check out 5 of the Biggest BMX Clips of the Summer. And if you want to experience a Nitro show and maybe catch a new BMX World First, hit this link for details on where we’ll be next!

WATCH: 5 (More) of the Biggest FMX Clips of the Summer

We’re still reeling from the biggest summer in action sports history. Our 10th anniversary tour of Australia featured the biggest names in FMX and the craziest tricks we’ve ever attempted on tour. A few months later, FMX changed forever in Salt Lake City during the Nitro World Games. Everyone’s game was up this summer, which meant we had an embarrassment of riches in video clips to share with you. Previously, we let the audience decide how to rank the Top 5 biggest moments from the summer. But there are so many more videos that you guys loved. So here are five more FMX clips from this summer:


5. Throwback: Adam Jones’ World First Shaolin Backflip


Nitro Circus veteran Adam Jones is an absolute anchor on tour. Reliably sending it night after night with a full variety of tricks executed with technical precision. So we took a look back at that time he took a tried-and-tested FMX trick and brought it into a new era.


4. Throwback: Cam Sinclair’s 3-Person Backflip


Multi-person FMX backflips don’t seem like a good idea. We take brave volunteers, stick them on the back of Cam Sinclair’s bike, and tell them to hold on. What could go wrong? It’s true that we’ve since moved on to the four-person backflip, but the reason this throwback to the three-person was so popular is that it opened the gates of progression by asking the question “Hey, why not?”


3. Clinton Moore Stalks the TP Roll


With everyone charging ahead to progress FMX, it is nice to revisit some classics, like the infamous TP Roll. Originally a BMX trick, it is a combination of a 720 and a flip — definitely not for the faint of heart. Travis Pastrana famously crashed while attempting it in 2011. Clinton Moore, who has been working on it for at least as long as Travis, is still trying to stick it, and he’s getting very close.


2. Harry Bink’s Warm-Up


One of the perks of purchasing a VIP ticket is you get a chance to see the athletes warm up. Warm-ups are much looser than the show, and the riders will sometimes use the inflated lander to try crazy new tricks. This is why the sixth-most-viewed video clip of the summer happens to be one shot during Harry Bink’s practice session, rather than the show itself.


1. Gregg Duffy’s World First Double Frontflip


What are the odds that a motocross racer who only recently decided to get into FMX would be the first to land one of FMX’s most dangerous and sought-after tricks: the double frontflip. Gregg Duffy had only been performing FMX tricks, and only in Travis’ backyard, for about a month. Next thing he was on a plane to join the crew on the Party of the Decade tour of Australia. It ended up being a sign of great things to come at the Nitro World Games, where the trick earned him the top spot on the FMX Best Trick podium.

Want to see more FMX craziness? Check out 5 of the Biggest FMX Clips of the Summer . And if you want to experience a Nitro show and perhaps join Cam Sinclair for an FMX backflip, hit this link for details on where we’ll be next!

WATCH: 5 of the Biggest FMX Clips of the Summer

The summer of ’16 is undeniably going down in history as the biggest year in FMX history, with tons of crazy World Firsts introduced on our tours and at the Nitro World Games. We all have our favorite clips, but to be perfectly objective we let the audience decide how to rank the big moments from the summer. Check out five of the most popular FMX clips from Nitro tours this summer:


5. Travis Pastrana’s TP Roll


The Party of the Decade Tour of Australia was an important preview of the innovation to come at the Nitro World Games. Riders were able to test new ramp designs and landers during practice and shows, resulting in crazy new World Firsts, like the TP Roll from Travis Pastrana.


4. Josh Sheehan’s Heel-Clicker Double Backflip


Josh Sheehan is one of the big reasons FMX progression is driving at breakneck speed this year. The double backflip used to be the white whale of the sport, but now Nitro athletes are sticking double backflip combos in shows.


3. Biggest Night in FMX History


There were so many epic World Firsts in FMX this summer, it’s easy to forget that three of them were hucked in one crazy show during the Party of the Decade tour. Another reason to sign up to make sure you’re first in line to get tickets to the next tour of Australia, coming in early 2017.


2. Travis Pastrana’s World First Frontflip Nac Nac


So much airtime is devoted to backflips, but that’s because frontflips are a lot tougher and so rare. That just makes this trick all the crazier, because it is a frontflip combo. Watch Travis round off a summer of FMX progression with another World First, the frontflip nac nac.


1. The Bruce Cook Story


This clip previewing the story of Bruce Cook’s comeback from injury is far and away the most popular video we shared on Facebook this summer, and deservedly so. Bruce’s journey from spinal injury to landing the World First paraplegic backflip is an incredible story and a perfect embodiment of our credo: Truly anything is possible.

We’ve been throwing down all over North America this summer. Check out Highlights From This Year’s North America Tour (So Far). And if you want to experience a Nitro show and perhaps catch a glimpse of Bruce Cook himself, hit this link for details on where we’ll be next!

Highlights From This Year’s North America Tour

The North America tour has been in full swing since the spring, and even though there are only a few shows left, there’s no sign of things slowing down when it comes to the Crew going huge. There have been some incredible shows, including the biggest North America show ever. Nitro riders are heading into the fall fired up, itching to try even bigger tricks. Check out some of our favorite moments from this year’s North American tour:


7. Endless FMX Craziness


FMX Craziness -- Anchorage -- Nitro Circus

We have an endless supply of FMX craziness on display at each and every stop of the tour. But it’s always nice to be able to see athletes stick huge tricks against a backdrop of snowcapped mountains.


6. Gavin Godfrey’s Many Talents


Gavin Godfrey -- Crazy Bike -- Nitro Circus

One of the best things about this year’s tour so far has been the sheer variety of disciplines and contraptions dropping in on the Giganta Ramp. Gavin Godfrey has been particularly active, sticking triples on the mountain bike and then sending it on the tall bike and trike.


5. Adam Jones’ Dead Body Backflip


Adam Jones -- Edmonton -- Nitro Circus

We’ve found that the typical Nitro Circus crowd is a mix of newcomers to action sports and super fans hoping to see riders land competition-level tricks. This dead body backflip from Adam Jones is a crowd-pleaser either way.


4. Mike Mason’s Shaolin


Mike Mason -- Eugene -- Nitro Circus

Mike Mason put a lot of himself on display in Eugene, Oregon, with this incredible shaolin.


3. Anchorage Nitro Bomb


Nitro Bomb -- Anchorage -- Nitro Circus

It’s an amazing thing to be able to bring the Nitro Circus signature Nitro Bomb to the regional tour.


2. The Pioneer


Wheelz -- Edmonton -- Nitro Circus

Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham is one of the biggest draws on tour and a clear fan favorite who gets some of the loudest applause. He’s gone from being known as the first-ever athlete to land a backflip in a wheelchair to a full-on pioneer of the exciting new sport of WCMX, aka freestyle wheelchair.


1. For Roner


Gavin Godfrey and Oscar Roner-- Reno -- Nitro Circus

We’ve had lots of memorable moments on tour and many still to come. But here’s one we’ll never forget. In Reno, Gavin dedicated a triple backflip to Erik Roner in front of Roner’s family and hometown crowd. Here’s a picture of Gavin with Roner’s son, Oscar.

It’s also been a summer of triple flips. Check out The Best Triple Flips From the Summer (So Far). And if you want to experience a Nitro show and witness a triple flip live, hit this link for details on where we’ll be next!

WATCH: 5 of the Biggest BMX Clips of the Summer

This summer the number of athletes who landed a triple backflip on BMX grew like wildfire on the Nitro tour — with two non-BMX athletes, Ryan Williams and Brandon Schmidt, joining the list. We’d see the same group of non-BMX and BMX pros storm the BMX Best Tricks competition at the Nitro World Games, with the top two positions claimed by scooter pro R-Willy and a mountain biker: Gavin Godfrey. They beat a tough field with tricks that defy categorization. The kind you have to watch and then rewatch to get your head around. It’s difficult to know what to expect next in BMX. Perhaps this is why a growing number of people are watching our BMX clips. We let the audience decide how to rank the most popular BMX clips this summer. Check them out:


5. Matty Whyatt’s Close Call


BMX riders who push progression are dancing on the razor’s edge between glory and splat. So it’s always exciting to watch when a rider sticks it, but barely, as Matty Whyatt does in this clip.


4. James Foster’s Triple Backflip


In what we believe is the world’s quickest triple backflip to gurney, James Foster collides with a paramedic’s stretcher after landing the big trick. It’s just Foster’s way of showing us how easily this trick can put you in the hospital.


3. James Foster’s Flip Oppo Whip to Double Whip Back


We had the chance to talk to some of our Nitro BMX stars and get them to take us through one of their World First tricks. In this case, we needed James Foster to help us unpack his. A trick that takes longer to say than to perform, James Foster’s flip oppo whip to double whip back demands repeat viewing.


2. R-Willy’s Frontflip Heel-Clicker


Less than two weeks after claiming the top prize in the Nitro World Games BMX Best Tricks event, R-Willy was at it again on tour, landing a new World First. As usual, he asked his fans to name the trick and they obliged: the frontflip heel-clicker.


1. Matty Whyatt’s Whyatt Riot


It doesn’t surprise us at all that this clip of Matty Whyatt’s Whyatt Riot made the top spot. It’s another trick with a whirlwind of craziness going on in the air that requires repeat viewing to make heads or tails of. Maybe Foster can take a cue from Matty Whyatt here, when a trick is too insane to title, name it after yourself. Check out the legendary Whyatt Riot.

Want to see more BMX insanity? Check out The Top 5 Photos From the Nitro World Games BMX Triple Hit. And if you want to experience a Nitro show and maybe witness a new BMX World First, hit this link for details on where we’ll be next!

7 Awesome Photos From Nitro Shows Down Under

It feels like we just wrapped our last tour of Australia, and we just announced another trip back to one of our favorite countries. We obviously couldn’t stay away long. Nitro riders love putting on shows in Australia, which is why we had a Party of the Decade tour to commemorate 10 years of touring there. Just as we’re doing in North America right now, we’re taking the tour to more Australian cities, so make sure you check to see if we’re coming to your town. To give you an idea of what’s in store for Nitro fans Down Under, check out these photos from past Australia tours:


7. Levi Sherwood’s Crazy Extension


Levi Sherwood -- Party of the Decade -- Nitro Circus

From the looks of it, Levi Sherwood was hoping to extend his stay at Club Nitro. Get it?


6. Ethen Roberts and Todd Meyn in the Jamaican Bobsled


Ethen Roberts and Todd Meyn -- Jamaican Bobsled -- Nitro Circus

Fun fact! Australia’s bobsled team first competed at the 1988 Olympics, the same year as Jamaica. Neither did particularly well that year, but as Ethen Roberts and Todd Meyn can attest, it’s just as much of a feat to survive the trip.


5. World First Brother and Sister Tandem FMX


Matty and Emma McFerran -- Party of the Decade -- Nitro Circus

You have to keep your family close. Even closer if you’re going over a 65-foot gap together. Brother and sister Matty and Emma McFerran stunned their hometown crowd with a series of World First tandem FMX tricks.


4. Nitro Bomb in Canberra


Nitro Bomb -- Canberra -- Nitro Circus

If Nitro Circus had to choose a photo to put on its Tinder profile, it would be a picture of a Nitro Bomb. It’s one of the signature parts of the Nitro show, crazy to see and hear in person.


3. Cam Sinclair’s Four-Person Backflip


Cam Sinclair -- 4-Person Backflip -- Nitro Circus

It’s always huge when Cam Sinclair sticks a four-person backflip. It took us a long time to get the three-person backflip right, but Nitro riders always love to go big in Australia, so we had to bring out the four.


2. Travis Pastrana Pushing Progression


Travis Pastrana -- Sequence -- Nitro Circus

The summer of 2016 will go down in history as the ultimate summer of action sports progression. Almost as a preview to the Nitro World Games, during the last tour of Australia we debuted new ramps designed to allow riders to push past some long-established boundaries, especially in FMX. Here’s Travis Pastrana sticking a crazy double backflip combo.


1. Party of the Decade


Finale in Sydney -- Party of the Decade -- Nitro Circus

This photo captures the feeling on the last year tour perfectly. It is a spiritual home for the sport, an actual home for a good number of Nitro athletes and backstage crew, and for the rest, one of the best crowds to play to. We can’t wait to get back to Australia in 2017.

Want to see some photos from the last Aussie tour? Check out the Top 5 Crazy Photos From the Party of the Decade Tour. And if you want to experience a Nitro show live, hit this link for details on where we’ll be next!

Aaron ‘Wheelz’ Fotheringham Is a Flipping Wheelchair Innovator | Featured Rider

Nitro Circus features quite a few recognizable characters, but after ringleader Travis Pastrana it’s hard to pick a more well-known Nitro athlete than Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham, pioneer of WCMX, aka freestyle wheelchair. A fan and fellow-athlete favorite, Wheelz exploded onto the scene in 2010 after landing the first-ever backflip on a wheelchair, and he hasn’t looked back, breaking records and inspiring millions, all while fearlessly sending it and having the time of his life on mega ramps and skateparks around the world.

Wheelz -- Nitro Circus

I caught up with Wheelz in Norco, California, where he was designing and testing a new line of WCMX wheelchairs, developing models meant specifically for the park and the mega ramp. When he’s not out riding, you can often find him working on growing the sport of WCMX in various ways. He’s currently the most well-known WCMX athlete, and that’s no fluke. I mentioned he was the first to ever land a backflip on a wheelchair, and he eventually followed that up with sticking the World First wheelchair frontflip during a Nitro Circus show in Wellington, New Zealand. Check it out:

But before he was sticking flips every which way off of Giganta, Wheelz was a kid growing up in a very supportive family in Las Vegas. He was born with a genetic condition called spina bifida and has never had full use of his legs. And like many little brothers, he wanted to spend more time with his older brother, who was into action sports. “I was always trying to hang out with him, but he’d never let me hang out with him,” he says. Wheelz eventually started going to skateparks with his brother and his dad. It was his brother who coaxed him to come off the sidelines at the park. “One time at the skatepark, he came up to me and he’s like, ‘Hey, do you want to try to drop into the skatepark on your wheelchair?’ Looking back, I don’t know if he was trying to help me or hurt me,” he says, laughing. Wheelz was about 8 at the time. His dad said it was OK, and while it was Aaron Fotheringham who dropped in, Wheelz was the one who rode away. Eventually.

His brother was right there to help. “Him and a bunch of the kids got me to the top of this quarter, and I just dropped in. I ate crap like four times trying that, and then I was able to roll away from it successfully, finally, and that adrenaline was something I really enjoyed, so I just kept going at it.” This was his introduction to the most important action sports lesson: Falling is a natural part of learning, and what you do after you eat dirt is what defines you as an athlete. The support of his family was key to his development. “I’m glad my parents allowed me to fall, allowed me to go to the skatepark and try to figure it out,” he says.

Wheelz -- Nitro Circus

That skatepark session was obviously pivotal, and he was a natural. The first time he dropped in on a quarterpipe he did so without any frame of reference for how to do it on a wheelchair. “I just always looked up to BMXers and skaters, so being able to get up there and try it was terrifying, because I didn’t have anywhere to look for help,” he says. The key was quickly grasping the adjustments he needed to make. “You’ve got the two small wheels on the front of the chair, and when I first dropped in I didn’t know you had to lift those up, so I just dropped in on all four and it just kind of bucketed forward, just dump-trucked forward,” he says. “I tried that a couple times, and then you learn, OK, you gotta get up into a wheelie and just stay on the back wheels until you get to the bottom, and then you can let the front wheels touch.”

Before long, he was at the skatepark every chance he could get. “It was always like, ‘OK, now where can I try to drop in?’ My brother would be like, ‘Try right here. This one’s a little taller, or this one.’ And so we would just go to a park and start on the small ones and just work my way up.” At this point, it was clear his brother wasn’t trying to hurt him.

They would go to different skateparks around Vegas, and Wheelz found that new challenges are what action sports are really all about. “At the time I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, it’s a whole new level.’ Kinda like in a video game. You’ve graduated and you’re at the next level,” he says. “Every time you go to a new skatepark it’s like a whole new possibility of things happen and open up, because each park’s a little different.”

He credits being born and raised in Vegas and having a family who let him forge his own path to his success. “Everything was just too perfect. I was adopted, so being adopted into this family, being with an older brother who’s into extreme sports, and then the city of Las Vegas has a lot of skateparks.” He could find a skatepark in almost any direction from his house within two miles, he says. That doesn’t hurt when you’re up-and-coming in the action sports world. He gives a shoutout to Pro Park in Vegas, where the size of the drop-ins was a huge part of his development as an athlete. So his initial experience at the park wasn’t much different than most riders have, with one notable exception: For most of us, progression doesn’t mean inventing a brand-new sport.

The park became his bread and butter, but the big ramps were calling to him. “I’d been riding all these parks for a few years, and I was doing grinds, and I was doing 180s, and just progressing,” he says. But kids at parks were constantly asking him if he could backflip. “It kept hitting me in the head, and I was like, ‘You know, that sounds like something I actually really want to do.'” So he set his sights on Woodward, where he knew they had a big ramp and a foam pit he could use to practice.

“I begged my mom. I was like, ‘I have to go to this place called Woodward! It’s a magical place where you can try these tricks and they have foam pits and stuff.'” His mom made the call. At the time it was unprecedented for a kid on a wheelchair. They hesitated, but not for long, and with his parents’ support — a big sacrifice for them, he says — he was off to one of the best action sports camps in the world.

On the first day at Woodward, they weren’t allowed to ride at all. There was an orientation and the new riders toured the facilities and could only watch, so they’d get a feel for the flow of Woodward before diving in. “I’m just looking at the foam pit. In fact, that day, that’s all I wanted to look at. I was like, ‘OK, there’s other skateparks here, but I really just want to look at this foam pit, because I’ve got one thing I came here to do,'” Wheelz recalls. “The first day they let us do anything, I was just straight there.” He spent that whole first day attempting backflips, getting advice from counselors, who were very helpful. “Just that atmosphere there makes you want to progress,” he says.

That guidance paid off. “I think it was the next day, I just felt so good with the backflip into the foam, like, ‘OK, I’m getting it every single try. Now I gotta try it onto the resi.’ And I was terrified, you know,” he says, laughing. “Because that’s, like, you have to make sure you pull it. It’s for real this time. So after about 10 or 11 tries or something around there, I ended up landing it. And I, I lost it. I called my mom — she didn’t believe me — and I’m just freaking out, like, ‘Holy crap, second day in I landed it!'” These days, he’s landing backflips regularly in Nitro shows, and he also landed the World First double backflip on a wheelchair:

He still has a good relationship with Woodward. He hasn’t led a camp there yet, but he hopes to soon. “WCMX is growing so much, and now it’s getting to the point where more and more people on chairs are going out and wanting to hit Woodward,” he says. “So hopefully we have a class or some kind of camp for WCMX soon. That’d be awesome.”

He’s modest about his contribution to what’s essentially a brand-new action sport. “I’ve just been doing it forever, so I have a little bit of a head start, you know, but I’m just really grateful that I’m in a position that I’m able to kind of help people see the wheelchair in a different light,” he says. “There’s nothing more rewarding than going to a skatepark with kids on chairs, and at the beginning the kids get there and some of them seem sort of bummed or a little down, and after they hit the skatepark they just have this perma-grin on their face, you know? They’re just so pumped and so happy. It’s just fun.”


“It really is just wheels stuck to your butt. How can that not be fun?”


He doesn’t have a specific vision for how he’d like to see WCMX evolve; he just hopes it continues to grow. Competitions, shows, more media coverage — all that would be great, but his main thing is he wants to go to the skatepark and see kids on wheelchairs having a blast getting into the sport. “I’ve always just had fun with my wheelchair, and it’s always brought joy to me. So if I can change someone’s outlook on their wheelchair and make it into a positive, that’s mission accomplished,” he says. “I’d really love to see more kids getting out there and having fun, because, you know, it really is just wheels stuck to your butt. How can that not be fun?”

Focusing on progressing his sport in the most fun way possible has served Wheelz well. One year at X-Games his dad helped him get up on one of the big features so he could drop in. He wasn’t supposed to based on the credentials he had, but no one was stopping him, so he went for it. “At the time it was the biggest thing I’d done — I think it was like a 20-foot roll-in, or something,” he says, laughing at the memory. One of his wheels dipped over the side of the coping, giving him a scare, but it was worth it, he says. Shaun White witnessed it and told Wheelz’s dad, “That just blew away anything I’ve ever done.” That’s a highlight for Wheelz.

“So before Nitro, that was the biggest thing I’d ever done,” Wheelz says. He was dedicated to getting on a big ramp, and he was reaching out to heavy hitters. “I think it was MySpace days: I was hitting up Bob Burnquist, I was hitting up Danny Way, and none of these guys were responding.” Someone suggested Nitro, and he figured it would be another non-response, so he didn’t even try. That made it especially cool when Nitro reached out to him. “They were like, ‘Since we’re Nitro Circus we’re not going to tell you no.’ And I was just, like, losing it. I actually woke my parents up to read the email.” That email came in December of 2009. He started touring with Nitro at the beginning of 2010.

The first show was scary, he said. “There’s this huge crowd, but also that huge crowd pumps you up.” He got only a couple hours of practice on Giganta before his first show. He didn’t land the backflip that night, but he’s been with Nitro ever since. He cites Steve Mini and the FMX athletes as being especially inspirational, having the incredible willpower to attempt the death-defying tricks that they do. But, he says, the athletes of Nitro are all inspiring in different ways: “There’s a point where everyone in the show has inspired me.”

The feeling is mutual, as you probably assume. “Wheelz is a one-of-a-kind super human. He truly inspires me to want to be better and always has this glow to him that makes him so welcoming,” says fellow Giganta athlete Gavin Godfrey. “Wheelz is the definition of an American badass!”

FMX legend Josh Sheehan says, “Wheelz is an awesome guy to have around, always happy and joking around and always turns it on for the crowd.”

These days in addition to touring with Nitro, riding parks every chance he gets, and hanging with his dog, Wheelz edits most of the videos you see on his social media (check out his YouTube channel here) and works with Box Wheelchairs to design a new generation of chairs. The chair he rides in the Nitro show is also his everyday chair. It is, obviously, modified from what you’d find in a standard wheelchair. It has suspension in the back and the front, special wheels, and extra cross-bracing on the frame. Basically, a WCMX chair is made for taking a beating, but it’s still comfortable. “It’s nice to be able to have a chair that can just cruise or hit the park,” he says.

Whether he’s in the park, sending it on Giganta, or designing gear for a new generation of up-and-coming athletes, Wheelz fully embodies the spirit of what it means to be an action sports icon. He’s serious about his progression and growing his sport, and he’s succeeding at that because he’s fearless and always makes sure he’s having a great time. When people talk about Wheelz, the word “inspiration” almost inevitably comes up, but that’s not because he’s taken something that many regard as a disadvantage and turned it into a kick-ass advantage. OK, it’s partly that, but it’s also because no matter why he chose the sport he chose, Wheelz has an attitude and personality that will take him to the top of anything he goes after.

Hungry for more awesomeness? Check out 5 Huge FMX Best Trick Moments From the Nitro World Games. And if you want to experience a Nitro show live, hit this link for details on where we’ll be next!

Watch Now: R-Willy and Dusty Wygle Stick More World Firsts

If the Nitro World Games taught us anything, it’s that progression can come from anyone these days. We saw scooter pros, mountain bikers, and snowboarders turn BMX upside-down with crazy World Firsts and huge wins in the BMX Best Trick event in Salt Lake City. Now the members of the Crew who competed are back on tour, and of course nothing’s changed. The riders are still experimenting with new, crazier tricks and sending it for each and every show. Check out these two World Firsts from the current tour:

It is truly Ryan Williams’ summer. The scooter pro had a commanding win at the Nitro World Games BMX Best Tricks event. It’s been less than a month since, and R-Willy’s back on the bike and already sticking crazy new tricks. During a practice session in Moncton, NB, Canada, R-Willy stuck a crazy frontflip combo that’d never been done before. Here’s another angle of the trick from the Moncton show:

As he often does, R-Willy asked his fans for help naming the trick. Judging by the comments on his Instagram post, it didn’t take long for them to come up with a name — the frontflip wheelclicker.

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While the trend of athletes crossing over into other disciplines appears to be unwavering, it’s difficult to pin down what Dusty Wygle’s discipline is. He is a self-described “professional-fun-haver” who does it all on the Nitro tour. He’s the only Nitro athlete who rides Giganta and the FMX ramps, and he’ll send it on a boogie board, a trike, or any contraption you can think of. He’s also amazing on mountain bike. With the help of Jed Mildon and with Braxton Tomlinson on camera, Dusty stuck this crazy World First one foot euro table opposite cork 7:

For those who still aren’t sold on Dusty’s incredible versatility, well, that’s his original music on the clip. So he’s awesome at that too.

Want to see more crazy World Firsts? Check out the Top 5 Nitro Circus BMX World Firsts. And if you want to experience a Nitro show live, hit this link for details on where we’ll be next!

5 Huge FMX Best Trick Photos From the Nitro World Games

Every event at the Nitro World Games featured world champions landing next-level tricks, but one event in particular was designed to push the limits of what’s possible. FMX Best Trick was by far the most anticipated event of the night. Not just because the tricks are bigger and crazier — because the stakes are way higher. The event featured another one-of-a-kind setup with takeoffs and landing ramps at least 50 percent bigger than in previous FMX competitions. For the riders, the Nitro World Games provided a platform for bigger tricks, new combos, and several World Firsts. Here are five huge FMX Best Trick photos from the Nitro World Games:


5. Van Den Putte’s Frontflip Suicide


Willis van den Putte -- FMX Best Trick -- Nitro World Games

Willis Van Den Putte was still fully extended when the bike was well into its forward rotation on this frontflip suicide. His commitment to the trick looks, frankly, suicidal.


4. Sheehan’s Superman Double Backflip


Josh Sheehan -- FMX Best Trick -- Nitro World Games

We always expect big things from Josh Sheehan in any FMX event, and he never disappoints. He’s made the double backflip a staple of his FMX competition performances. But for the Nitro World Games, he wanted to go the extra mile with a double backflip combo: the superman double backflip.


3. Bowden’s Tsunami Kiss of Death Frontflip


Pat Bowden -- FMX Best Trick -- Nitro World Games

Pat Bowden’s insane tsunami kiss of death frontflip was so beautifully extended, it earned him 94 points out of 100. The last time Rice-Eccles Stadium saw something this gnarly and pretty was when Muhammad Ali carried the torch for the Salt Lake City Olympics.


2. Duffy’s Double Frontflip


Gregg Duffy -- FMX Best Trick -- Nitro World Games

And then Gregg Duffy threw down the World’s First double frontflip in FMX competition. Mic drop.


1. Duffy’s Huge Landing


Gregg Duffy -- FMX Best Trick -- Nitro World Games

There’s a reason the double frontflip was considered to be impossible in FMX. It is an extremely tough trick with a punishing landing if you get it wrong. And, as this picture demonstrates, Duffy’s landing wasn’t pain-free, but it earned him the top spot on the podium.

Want to see more game-changing FMX from the Nitro World Games? Check out 6 Huge Moments From FMX at the Nitro World Games. And if you want to experience a Nitro show live, hit this link for details on where we’ll be next!

Gallery: 6 Huge Moments From FMX at the Nitro World Games

The Nitro World Games was crowded with historic moments, and every athlete in every discipline was firing on all cylinders to make their event the most epic. And when it came time for the FMX riders to take center stage, they also didn’t hold back. The FMX competition, like most of the events, featured a unique set of ramps and landers designed for true progression with the highest level of safety. Here are six huge moments from the FMX competition:


6. Sherwood’s Dead Body Backflip


Levi Sherwood -- Dead Body Backflip -- Nitro World Games

Levi Sherwood took home the top prize with a huge run that included this picture perfect dead body backflip.


5. Taka’s Rock Solid Backflip


Taka Higashino -- Rock Solid Backflip -- Nitro World Games

Taka Higashino made the podium too. How could he not if he’s sticking rock solid backflips like this, over a 120-foot gap, no less.


4. Javier’s Ruler Backflip


javier villegas -- Ruler Backflip -- Nitro World Games

Javier Villegas makes it look like he’s holding an inflatable dirtbike above his head because his extension is so full and relaxed.


3. AJ’s Double Grab Backflip


Adam Jones -- Double Grab Backflip -- Nitro World Games

Adam Jones does the double grab backflip better than anyone. Lights out!


2. Adelberg’s Cordova Backflip


Rob Adelberg -- Cordova Backflip -- Nitro World Games

It doesn’t get much better than Rob Adelberg and this cordova backflip.


1. The Podium


Levi Sherwood-Josh Sheehan-Taka Higashino -- FMX Podium -- Nitro World Games

Josh Sheehan, left, Levi Sherwood, and Taka Higashino topped the podium.

Want to see more craziness from the Nitro World Games? Check out The Top 5 Photos From The Nitro World Games BMX Triple Hit. And if you want to experience a Nitro show live, hit this link for details on where we’ll be next!

5 Awesome Skateboard Best Tricks Photos From the Nitro World Games

It’s not easy to hit the Nitro World Games ramp setups on anything, but the level of difficulty bumps up a notch or two when you’re not strapped in. But the competitors in the Skate Best Tricks competition saw the chance to go down in history as a Top 3 finisher in the inaugural Games, and so when it came time for them to drop in, they absolutely sent it. Here are five great moments from the event:


5. Italo Penarrubia


Italo Penarrubia - Nitro World Games

Italo Penarrubia: so stoked.


4. Beaver Fleming


Beaver Fleming -- Nitro World Games

Beaver Fleming going for the double backflip.


3. Trey Wood


Trey Wood -- Nitro World Games

Trey Wood giving you an idea of the gap looks like. In a word: giant.


2. Elliot Sloan


Elliot Sloan -- Nitro World Games

Elliot Sloan with an enormous 720.


1. The Winners


Nitro World Games

The podium: Clay Kreiner, left, Elliot Sloan, and Trey Wood.

Want to see more craziness from the Nitro World Games? Check out all the video you can handle right here. And if you want to experience a Nitro show live, hit this link for details on where we’ll be next!

Top 5 Photos From the Nitro World Games BMX Triple Hit

It was difficult to know what to expect from the BMX Triple Hit event going into the Nitro World Games. With a setup that included three separate takeoffs and landings, riders got to attempt three tricks in succession for each run. It was clear from the qualifying rounds and the semifinals that all the riders came ready to throw down. So from the looks of it, we were either going to have a huge competition with crazy trick combos or a lot of casualties. The result was one of the most entertaining moments at the Nitro World Games and a fresh addition to the world of BMX competition. Check out five of our favorite photos:


5. The Barspin to Tailwhip Backflip


Colton Satterfield -- BMX Triple Hit -- Nitro World Games

What made the BMX Triple Hit so much fun to watch? If you’re a casual fan of BMX, it is crazy to see tricks as huge as this barspin to tailwhip backflip from Colton Satterfield. The real fun, though, especially for BMX junkies, was trying to identify and name the tricks as they happen in real time.


4. The Backflip Barspin to Tailwhip


Colton Walker -- BMX Triple Hit -- Nitro World Games

Colton Walker, one of the youngest riders competing at the Games, put in a dominant performance with some heavy-hitting tricks, like this backflip barspin to tailwhip on the first jump.


3. The Frontflip Tailwhip


Logan Martin -- BMX Triple Hit -- Nitro World Games

Logan Martin secured second place on the podium with a huge series of perfectly executed tricks, including this frontflip tailwhip.


2. The Twix


Colton Walker -- BMX Triple Hit -- Nitro World Games

Colton Walker threw down an incredible run to claim first prize, ending with his signature Twix, a barspin to tailwhip.


1. The Podium


Podium -- BMX Triple Hit -- Nitro World Games

The first Nitro World Games BMX champions, Colton Walker, Logan Martin, and Alex Coleborn, earned their podium spot beating out a tight field of finalists. And the world was introduced to a different kind of BMX event in the best possible way with riders throwing do-or-die tricks in succession on monster ramps.

Want to see more BMX craziness? Check out The Top 5 Photos From BMX Best Tricks At the Nitro World Games. And if you want to experience a Nitro show live, hit this link for details on where we’ll be next!

Top 5 Photos From BMX Best Tricks at the Nitro World Games

The Nitro World Games took action sports competition to the next level. Nowhere was this more evident than with the BMX Best Tricks competition. The spirit of the Nitro Circus live show was on full display as the competing riders — all Nitro Circus athletes — sent tricks never before seen in BMX competition. And, incredibly, six of the eight riders threw triple backflips. Check out five of our favorite photos from the big event:


5. R-Willy Brings Revolutions to BMX


R-Willy -- 1080 frontflip -- Nitro Circus

R-Willy, scooter superstar, stormed the BMX Best Tricks event with a near perfect set. And then he threw a huge 1080 frontflip, clinching him the top spot.


4. Hometown Hero


Gavin Godfrey -- 360 Backflip -- Nitro Circus

Hometown hero and member of the legendary Godfrey Clan, Gavin Godfrey did not disappoint with a massive 360 double backflip.


3. The Signature Flip


R-Willy -- Nothing Bikeflip -- Nitro Circus

R-Willy’s signature nothing front bikeflip, unheard of in BMX competitions, left many speechless, including the announcer.


2. The World First


Kurtis Downs -- Backflip Quad Tailwhip -- Nitro Circus

Kurtis Downs landed a World First backflip quad tailwhip, one of the most incredible BMX tricks of all time.


1. The Icon


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The moment R-Willy became an icon in scooter and BMX, he throws down an equally iconic photo. In Salt Lake City, R-Willy proved there’s more than one route to becoming a BMX champion.

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The Nitro World Games Was More Than a Competition

The inaugural Nitro World Games are in the books, and the action sports world will never be the same. While it remains to be seen exactly what that means, it’s clear that a competition focused on progression was just what we needed. Travis Pastrana and Mike Porra’s goal to reinvigorate action sports competition is a success, if the dozens of World Firsts landed on July 16 is any indicator. But while that was the primary goal, there was another small but significant side effect that not everyone noticed, and the best example of it probably came in the BMX Best Tricks event.

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That’s a shot of Kurtis Downs and Gavin Godfrey, who finished second and third in BMX Best Tricks, respectively. The two know each other well, having both toured with Nitro for several years. But in this moment, they are technically competitors, and Gavin is sitting in second place near the end of the competition. Kurtis, who was in fourth place before dropping in, has just nailed an enormous quad tailwhip backflip, a World First that absolutely is going to draw a huge score from the judges, and Gavin knows it. In most competitions, what you’d see is a quiet and focused moment while the second-place athlete awaits his fate at the hands of the judges. But what we get is Gavin, despite knowing he’s probably about to be bumped down a notch, being so stoked to see Kurtis land a huge World First that he’s more interested in celebrating the moment than brooding about the prize money or trophy.

The short answer for why it went down like this is that a focus on progression truly amps everyone up to see that progression happen. The athletes want to win, of course, but they’re all so focused on the idea that to win you have to break a record, and the result is rivalries motivated by respect and even excitement when your competition does well — if you had to break a record to beat me, that’s awesome for you and for the sport in general. And, by the way, Kurtis’ World First on his final run was good for second place. Gavin took home third.

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The Nitro Circus spirit clearly influenced the atmosphere of the Games, which is another major factor in the backstage camaraderie. The BMX Best Tricks finals was an all-Nitro Circus athlete lineup. BMX superstar Todd Meyn, who made the Nitro Games semifinals but narrowly missed a spot in the finals, competed professionally before transitioning to Nitro. He sees contests and life in the Circus as different beasts: “For contests, you’re there with all your friends, but you’re riding and competing against each other. There’s stress and the whole mental game comes into it,” he says. He adds, “But with Nitro, you’re just on top of the ramp, you’re riding in front of thousands of people, you’re doing stupid things, and you’re just there with your friends cheering each other on.” That spirit clearly carried over to the Games.

According to Cam Coghlan, one of Nitro’s athlete managers, the can-do attitude, the overwhelming spirit of encouragement and progression comes from the top down. Of Travis, he says, “I think having someone that is so amazingly talented and accomplished — not only as an athlete, but as a leader — who is at the same time so humble and respectful, really rubs off on the rest of the crew.” As we all know, Travis has been integral in making the Games what they are, so it makes sense that the same influence he has on the Nitro Circus live show can be seen and felt throughout the Games. With Travis setting a tone of spirited but friendly competition, Cam says, the result will always be real progression. He’s talking about Nitro Circus, but the implications for the Games are clear. “The other athletes really push each other. People that turn up that might be great BMXers but have never double backflipped, or double frontflipped, they turn up and now 100 percent of our guys double flip.” This is not the kind of competition where you play it safe and aim for a clean run. It’s the kind that challenges you to go bigger and see what’s possible, to win the greatest reward of them all — the look on everyone’s face when you land it.

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“Everyone’s got the same mind, and everyone’s crazy, so they just send it night after night, because they love what they do,” Todd says of the Nitro Circus live show. And they love what the other riders are doing too. The sense of family and shared vision tends to extend beyond the athlete’s traditional lane, as Brandon Schmidt observes. Brandon is a snowboarder who’s new to BMX, yet he made the Nitro World Games finals in BMX Best Tricks. “It shows that it doesn’t matter what you ride or what you do. It just matters that you’re having fun and enjoying what you’re doing,” he says. “Because everyone knows that they’re there for the same common cause.”

And what is that common cause? Above all else, to take things to the next level, whether it’s in competition or a show. That’s what everyone wants to see happen, from the audience to the crew, but most of all the athletes themselves. Because when someone does something to kick the sport up a rung, it’s a victory for everyone. Nitro Circus is as much a touring show as a creative incubator for action sports athletes who draw on each other for inspiration, support, and as sources of friendly competition to drive progression in their sport. And now the Nitro World Games has taken that ethos and injected it into a competition that preserves the camaraderie and support while giving athletes even more reason to push the limits of what’s possible.

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Dozens of Records Fall at the First-Ever Nitro World Games

The greatest action sports competition ever went down Saturday night, as the inaugural Nitro World Games came to Salt Lake City and left a sea of broken records, stunned fans, and crazy moments in its wake. The complete list of competitors and winners is below!

With something like 32 World Firsts, it’s going to take some time to analyze every angle. But highlights of the night include an insane FMX double frontflip by Gregg Duffy, who won the FMX Best Trick competition. Josh Sheehan took home trophies in both FMX events, with a third in Best Trick and a second in FMX. The craziest event of the night might have been BMX Best Tricks, which saw six of eight athletes land triple backflips and a huge win for Ryan Williams, who took a commanding lead early on and kept it easily, sticking huge tricks including a nothing front bikeflip and a 1080 frontflip. And Colton Walker rode away with a win in BMX Triple Hit, despite being the youngest rider in that event.

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Full results:

FMX Best Trick:
Harry Bink
Pat Bowden – SECOND
Gregg Duffy – FIRST
Taka Higashino
Marc Pinyol
Josh Sheehan – THIRD
Jackson Strong
William Van den Putte

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FMX:
Levi Sherwood – FIRST PLACE
Taka Higashino – THIRD PLACE
Adam Jones
Javier Villegas
Rob Adelberg
Josh Sheehan – SECOND PLACE
Harry Bink
Libor Podmol

BMX Best Tricks:
Ryan Williams – FIRST
Brandon Schmidt
Kurtis Downs – SECOND
Andy Buckworth
Jaie Toohey
Gavin Godfrey – THIRD
Colton Satterfield
James Foster

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BMX Triple Hit:
Brandon Loupos
Nick Bruce
Logan Martin – SECOND PLACE
Colton Satterfield
Colton Walker – FIRST PLACE
Daniel Sandoval
Alex Coleborn – THIRD PLACE
Pat Casey

Skateboard Best Tricks:
Elliot Sloan – FIRST
Trey Wood – THIRD
Italo Penarrubia
Mitchie Brusco
Rony Gomes
Beaver Fleming
Evan Doherty
Clay Kreiner – SECOND

Inline Best Tricks:
Roman Abrate – SECOND PLACE
Chris Haffey – FIRST PLACE
Dave Lang – THIRD PLACE
Wake Schepman
CJ Wellsmore

Scooter Best Tricks:
Jordan Clark – SECOND PLACE
Capron Funk – FIRST PLACE
Corey Funk – THIRD PLACE
Dakota Schuetz
Ryan Williams

Finalists Set for Inaugural Nitro World Games

The field is set for the inaugural Nitro World Games, with finalists in FMX, BMX Best Tricks, BMX Triple Hit, and Skateboard Best Tricks qualifying through a semifinal competition today. The athletes competing in the other events were previously announced, and a complete list is below. The finals for the Nitro World Games will take place Saturday, July 16, and will be broadcast live on NBC at 8 ET, 7 CT, 7 MT, and 8 PT. They’ll be streaming live for the rest of the world at NitroWorldGames.Live.

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In FMX, Levi Sherwood put on a great showing, with standout performances from Taka Higashino, Javier Villegas, Rob Adelberg, Adam Jones, and Libor Podmol. Harry Bink landed an insane frontflip no-hander to cap his run, and despite a slow start Josh Sheehan came back to qualify with a solid showing during the second half of his run.

In BMX Best Tricks, the guys came to throw down, and if you didn’t know any better you’d think you were watching the finals already. Ryan Williams, who’s one of the only athletes competing in two disciplines (he’ll be in Scooter Best Tricks too), took a commanding lead early in Heat 2 with a couple huge tricks, including his famous nothing front bikeflip. Brandon Schmidt, Kurtis Downs, Andy Buckworth, Jaie Toohey, Colton Satterfield, and James Foster all earned their spots landing huge tricks, with no one holding back through the end. Gavin Godfrey also landed a spot in the finals, especially noteworthy as he isn’t primarily a BMX rider.

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In BMX Triple Hit, which looks to be a dark horse contender for one of the craziest and hard fought events at the Games, Brandon Loupos showed he came to compete. Nick Bruce, Colton Satterfield, Logan Martin, Colton Walker, and Daniel Sandoval made it a tight race for the eight qualifying slots, with Alex Coleborn and Pat Casey nipping at their heels. It’s clear this is going to be a close competition for the three podium spots.

The Skate Best Tricks semifinal got off to a slow start, with athletes having to bail on big attempts. But it was just a sign that they came to send it, and once they dialed it in, the huge tricks were flying. The eight finalists are Elliot Sloan, Trey Wood, Italo Penarrubia, Mitchie Brusco, Rony Gomes, Beaver Fleming, Evan Doherty, and Clay Kreiner.

Here’s a complete list of finalists for all seven events:

FMX Best Trick Finalists:
Harry Bink
Pat Bowden
Gregg Duffy
Taka Higashino
Marc Pinyol
Josh Sheehan
Jackson Strong
William Van den Putte

FMX Finalists:
Levi Sherwood
Taka Higashino
Adam Jones
Javier Villegas
Rob Adelberg
Josh Sheehan
Harry Bink
Libor Podmol

BMX Best Tricks Finalists:
Ryan Williams
Brandon Schmidt
Kurtis Downs
Andy Buckworth
Jaie Toohey
Gavin Godfrey
Colton Satterfield
James Foster

BMX Triple Hit Finalists:
Brandon Loupos
Nick Bruce
Logan Martin
Colton Satterfield
Colton Walker
Daniel Sandoval
Alex Coleborn
Pat Casey

Skateboard Best Tricks Finalists:
Elliot Sloan
Trey Wood
Italo Penarrubia
Mitchie Brusco
Rony Gomes
Beaver Fleming
Evan Doherty
Clay Kreiner

Inline Best Tricks Finalists:
Roman Abrate
Chris Haffey
Dave Lang
Wake Schepman
CJ Wellsmore

Scooter Best Tricks Finalists:
Jordan Clark
Capron Funk
Corey Funk
Dakota Schuetz
Ryan Williams

VIDEO: Javier Villegas Preps a Monster Trick for the Games

With the first-ever Nitro World Games on the horizon, the best action sports athletes in the world are preparing for a competition that will take FMX, BMX, skate, inline, and scooter to the next level. But while most athletes like to keep quiet about their plans for the competition, Javier Villegas is more than happy to talk about at least one huge trick he’s planning to bring to the July 15 FMX semifinals, with the hope of being among the eight riders to make it through to the finals, which will be broadcast live on NBC on July 16 and streamed live around the world.

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Javier’s latest success is a Surfer Takeoff to Kiss of Death, a trick inspired by feedback from judges in previous competitions. “Years ago, frustrated by the judges that told me I didn’t have any takeoff combos, I decided to add some new stuff to my trick list,” Javier says. He learned some side-saddle takeoffs, but judges still weren’t impressed, citing the fact that side-saddle had been done too much. So he went back to the drawing board and came up with a new plan. “I remembered that back in the day some crazy Australian guy was taking off [standing] on his seat at about 45 feet.”

His initial attempts went well, so he decided to make it a combo. “I added the ruler and held it as long as I could. And that same day I did it (2013) I knew I could flip like that, but I had no access to a foam pit.” As you’ll see in the video below, this isn’t the type of trick you want to try for the first time without a soft landing, but luckily FMX veteran Jimmy Fitzpatrick came to the rescue, offering up his foam pit for Javier to practice the more complex tricks he hadn’t been able to try, including the elusive surfer takeoff combo. “When I got my invite to Nitro World Games,” Javier says, “I knew I could’t keep waiting and that I had to master the trick in record time, and I started pushing my mental limits the next day.” Obviously that paid off. Enough with the suspense; here it is:

Javier says it took him about two months to land it clean in the above video, which happened during a Nitro show just days ago. Practice was pretty straightforward. “I practiced as many tricks as I could taking off standing on my seat, just to convince myself I was able to control the surfer takeoff,” he says. Once he felt confident, he tested it on different setups, just to make sure. But foam was the real key. “The bigger step was taking it to the foam pit, where I tried it on the super kicker the first day, since that ramp makes flipping easier. It proved that I could actually do the trick, and the very next day I took it to the full-size ramp in the foam pit,” he says.

Practice was a quick success, except for one huge factor: “After a couple jumps, I felt I could do it; I just wasn’t mentally ready for it,” he says. And with good reason. The biggest challenge of the trick, he says, is getting the rotation down, because for most of the duration of it he isn’t able to control that rotation. “In the early development of the trick, I tried to get a faster rotation and instead got a bigger ruler, which stalled the rotation completely, resulting in me getting buried very deep in the foam pit. I tried to extend the trick too early, not knowing at which part of the rotation I was,” he says. “If that would have happened on dirt, it would have cost me a lot more.”

To put it another way: “You have to deal with how hard it is to flip with only engine power and not knowing how the flip is going, since you have minimum contact with the bike to feel where it is in the rotation,” he says. And that’s just the rotation part. Here’s how he explains the whole trick from his perspective:

“Several things go through my head. Number 1 is that my speed perception and throttle control changes, being so high above the bars. Number 2 is that my three balance points (right and left pegs and handlebars) turn into two (seat and handlebars), so if i’m not at a hundred percent of my game, several things can go wrong. Once I secure my balance on the seat, I start approaching the ramp trying to get the right speed. And here’s when it gets tricky (ha, get it?): I also lose my leverage from flipping in that position. Normally, for a regular flip, as your arms pull the handlebars, your legs push the pegs, getting the rotation constant. Here, I only have engine power and arm strength, so I try to use my butt as a counterweight as I give the bike all the power available. Without any contact with the bike more than my hands, I can’t tell whether the bike is rotating or not until my wrists hit the flip levers. Once I hit the flip levers, I try to get the extension of the ruler, not really sure if I’m already upside-down. After that is all about getting back on the bike and finishing the rotation. So far I can only see the ramp when I take off and the landing when I finish, but I assume that the more I do it I’ll be able to see more throughout the trick.”

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And now Javier plans to include the Surfer Takeoff to Kiss of Death in his trick arsenal when he competes in the inaugural Nitro World Games. He’s worked hard to have it ready for this competition, and he credits a somewhat unlikely source for his motivation. “A couple weeks ago, my 11-year-old son started taking his scooter and motocross riding more serious and asked me what it takes to be better,” he says. “I told him it was mostly in controlling your emotions and not giving up, being the boss of your instincts and stopping fear in its tracks. It is OK to be scared, but it is better to overcome that fear. That the greatest things that would happen in his life would happen outside his comfort zone.”


“If you think you can’t, don’t even bother.”


The next day, Javier says, he and his son went to a freestyle park. His son wanted to try a backflip on the ramps for the first time. “That inspired me, watching him,” he says. Javier started moving toward a full attempt at his surfer takeoff combo on tour, but was still feeling that mental barrier. “I couldn’t pull the trigger thinking that I could ruin an amazing year for a silly move, especially after a couple weeks of not even trying it into the foam pit. Finally, we all went to the show in Oklahoma and went to check out Mat Hoffman Skatepark.” At the park, his son pointed to a feature and asked him, “Dad, do you think I could flip that?” Javier didn’t think he would try it, but he responded: “It’s all in your head. If you think you can, you’re right.” And so his son went and did it.

“Sure enough, he did, and it sparked that fire in me. I had to do something to show him I wasn’t just talk,” he says. So he did. “In practice I started flirting with the trick again and did the most important part of learning a new trick: disconnecting all those alarms of fear going off inside my head. And I went for it. It was one of the best feelings in the world to show my kid that the greatest things in life happen once you step off your comfort zone.” Still, he says, it’s new enough that it’s scared him each of the handful of times he’s attempted it. But that’s just one of the aspects that make FMX so awesome. “It is a very challenging trick, especially on the mental part, which probably makes up for 90 percent of our sport,” Javier says. “If you think you can do it, you’re most likely right. If you think you can’t, don’t even bother.”

Keep an eye on Javier in the upcoming Nitro World Games. The finals will be broadcast on NBC on July 16. You can follow him on Facebook and Instagram.

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VIDEOS: 5 Epic Wipeouts Outside of the Tour

Hitting massive ramps night after night is tons of fun, but the danger involved with putting on such a dangerous show can be mentally and physically exhausting. You’d think that when the Nitro Crew gets some time off from tour they’d opt for simpler and safer activities. That’s just common sense, right? Maybe for most people, but to them, time off is best spent walking that fine line between epic and dangerously insane. They’ve attempted a lot of crazy tricks outside of shows over the years, and they’ve had their fair share of close calls. We put together five of our favorite Nitro Circus fails to show that just because a tour is over doesn’t mean the craziness has to stop.


5. When BASE Jumping Goes Bad


BASE jumping can really go one of two ways, and this clip shows both. Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham stomped his first-ever BASE jump. But things didn’t go as smoothly for Brandon Lillard.


4. Trevor’s Epic Launch


Trevor Jacob narrowly avoided disaster after he jumped the massive FMX ramp at Pastranaland, nearly missing the airbag. Proof that there are few sensations more exhilarating than not dying.


3. No Right Turn


We dug deep in our archive for this one, but we doubt anyone has forgotten it. Remember when Ben Smolen attempted a backflip but in doing so broke the infamous Pastranaland “No Right Turn” rule? Bet you he still does.


2. When Roller Snowboarding Goes Wrong


Nowadays roller snowboarding is a regular part of the Nitro Circus live show, but at first we weren’t sure it would be a good fit on the Giganta Ramp. In fact, we had to take a few runs at making it work. Former pro snowboarder Quentin Robbins bravely made the first attempt. Thanks for helping us get it dialed in, Quentin!


1. Tommy’s Legendary Crash


It is considered the most legendary crash in Nitro Circus history. The day Tommy Passemante tried to frontflip (or backflip) a streetbike into Travis Pastrana’s foam pit earned him the nickname Streetbike Tommy for the rest of his life.

Nitro athletes love to throw epic tricks on and off tour but there’s no better feeling than sticking a World First. Check out the Top 5 Nitro Circus World Firsts. And if you want to experience a Nitro show live, hit this link for details on where we’ll be next!

VIDEOS: The Top 5 Nitro Circus BMX World Firsts

Almost everyone who knows how to ride a bike learned on a BMX, which is what makes these five World Firsts so crazy. Because while nearly everyone can ride a bike, almost no one can do what these athletes have done on one. From the stunningly complex to the scarily straightforward, here are five of our favorite BMX World Firsts landed by the Nitro Circus Crew.


5. James Foster: Flip Oppo Whip to Double Whip Back



4. Andy Buckworth: Superman Double Frontflip



3. Ryan Williams: Double Grab Frontflip



2. R-Willy: Triple Frontflip



1. Jed Mildon: Quad Backflip


Want to see the Crew in action? Check out the best triple flips from Nitro’s summer so far. And if you want to experience a Nitro show live, hit this link for details on where we’ll be next!

Back From Injury, Can Jed Mildon Top the Quadruple This Year?

BMX legend Jed Mildon will be among the athletes competing for a spot in the inaugural Nitro World Games BMX Best Tricks finals in Salt Lake City. The New Zealand pro faces 18 other world-class riders on July 15 at Rice-Eccles Stadium, with eight moving on to the finals, which will be broadcast live on NBC on July 16. Mildon, who owns the World First titles for the BMX triple backflip and the BMX quadruple backflip, secured one of the three wildcard spots for the semifinals after an insanely fast six months of recovery from a major injury that was supposed to keep him off his bike for nine months or more.

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Jed is pumped to be a part of the Games, particularly with its focus on progression, new competition formats, updated ramps, and bringing the Nitro spirit to a competition. “It’s the Nitro riders’ element,” he says. “We love these ramps and performing in front of rad people! It will be the show of the decade.”

It’s been a whirlwind year for Jed, who made history in 2015 with the quadruple backflip, narrowly beating James Foster to land the trick first. Jed and James both battled through the enormous physical demands that came from attempting a trick of that size. They were both injured several times over, but one of the injuries finished James’ run, while the lane remained open for Jed, and he added another entry to the BMX history books.

Despite avoiding major injury during the quadruple build-up, Jed got unlucky and was not able to continue the streak. As 2016 approached, disaster struck while he was riding on a friend’s ramps in New Zealand. “It was New Year’s Eve, about mid-morning,” Jed recalls. “I was keen to send the year out with a bang. That I did.” The jumps he was riding that day are the biggest handmade jumps in the world, he says. “I hit the 40-foot first jump. I overcooked it, went way too fast, and landed halfway down the landing.” He broke his tibia, his fibula, and the top of his foot and tore a ligament in his foot. Here’s a graphic picture from the hospital — warning, it is not for the faint of heart.

The doctors told him he was facing at least nine months of recovery, which would have ruled him out for the Nitro Games and nearly a year of shows and practice. Jed wasn’t having it. “I knew I could get back in four to six months, so I aimed for six months and it timed perfectly with NWG, so I’ve focused on this for half a year now,” he says. “I was bed-ridden for two months, spent another month in my cast, two months rehab, then my pin came out. Now we’re three weeks after that, and I’ve never felt better.”

“The key was good food, love, and sleep. I got plenty of all!” he says. He’s looking forward to reaffirming his place in the BMX world with a showing at the Games, which will effectively be his triumphant return. “I will do a show the weekend before, then into the Nitro World Games,” he says.

Leave it to Jed to show the world how you take a broken leg in stride. And somehow, it worked out. With the screws out, Jed was able to get back on the bike and hit the ramps. Jed says, “It is amazing being back on my bike in time for Nitro World Games after a half-year’s rest. It is the perfect scenario.” For him, the glass is always half full.

The man who stomped the BMX quad backflip is headed to Salt Lake City to compete in the Nitro World Games, and in a way it feels like he’s a returning champ. He’ll face fierce competition from old Nitro rivals like Foster and new BMX competitors like Brandon Schmidt and Gavin Godfrey. Jed proves that you can bounce back from anything with the right mindset. In this case, it was his strong motivation to get back on his bike and compete at the upcoming Nitro Games. So now that it’s actually happening, what is he planning to show us at the Games? Jed offers a cryptic reply: “All my tricks will be World Firsts when I do them!” We should expect nothing less.

Jed will be joining more than a handful of Nitro Crew members and other world-class action sports athletes at the Nitro World Games this year. Want to hear more about the BMX competition? Check out the full event description for the Best Tricks event here. For tickets and other event information, click here. And if you can’t make it in person, tune in to the Nitro World Games live on NBC at 8 pm / 7 pm CT on July 16, 2016.

Schmidt Trades His Board for a Bike for Nitro World Games

When athletes try to change disciplines, it doesn’t always work out. Being the greatest of all time in basketball may not translate to success hitting the links. From years of touring live shows with multiple disciplines throwing down tricks on the same ramps, we’ve learned that action sports is an exception to the rule. For some athletes, straying outside of your lane is a form of progression. There’s no better evidence of that than what Brandon Schmidt, Nitro snowboard and rollerboard monster, achieved at a recent Nitro World Games qualifying event — in BMX. Competing against world-class, podium-veteran BMX athletes, Brandon threw down a World First, qualifying in the Top 6 and guaranteeing him a spot at the games. The crazy part is Brandon just started riding BMX on the live tour last year.

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As incredible as that sounds, the fact that a snowboarder can scale BMX competition so fast wouldn’t really surprise anyone on the Nitro crew. Nor would it surprise Nitro fans, who follow our tour highlights on Facebook and Instagram. We haven’t been keeping it a secret — Brandon Schmidt has been lighting it up on tour this year on everything he touches.

Brandon became the first Nitro athlete to win back-to-back MVCs when he stomped a triple backflip on the rollerboard in Dublin and then a huge triple backflip on BMX the next night in Cork.

It has been a year of professional milestones — Brandon celebrated his 150th show with the Nitro Circus while taking part in the Party of the Decade tour of Australia. He also landed his first BMX Aussie Roll in Sydney.

Brandon is likely to be among those who’ve covered the most miles for Nitro Circus this year. As soon as the Aussie tour ended, he was back on a plane to join the regional tour of the U.K., Ireland, and France. What is it like to travel the globe and launch off massive ramps night after night? In a way, Brandon has been showing us, as he documents his whirlwind tour through posts on social media.

Taking a week’s break from a bewildering tour schedule to attend the qualifying event, Brandon didn’t really have a lot of time to practice on the new ramps. But apparently he didn’t need it. He whipped out a World’s First double backflip X-Up on a BMX, a trick he called “a 720 degree backwards rotation 180 degree bar turn” in response to a question about what it should technically be called. Either way, when the record is yours, you get to name the trick — check it out here. Brandon is going to the Nitro World Games semifinals, and we can’t wait to see how he stacks up against the other BMX greats.

When you come to one of our live shows, you get to see athletes like Brandon Schmidt progress in their sport, introducing tricks that go on to win competitions, so check the links to see where we’re heading next in England and France.

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Gavin Godfrey Stuns the BMX World With a Nitro Games Bid

The Nitro World Games are set for July 16, but already there are signs that a change is coming to action sports, especially to BMX. Just look at R-Willy, hands down one of the most gifted freestyle scooter riders to grace the sport, who nonetheless holds the record for landing the World’s First triple frontflip on BMX. The Nitro World Games BMX qualifying event was stormed by athletes who aren’t primarily focused on BMX. First we had Brandon Schmidt, a snowboarder and master of triple flips, who threw down an actual World First in the qualifiers. Then Gavin Godfrey stepped up to the plate. Gavin, nephew of Gregg Godfrey and member of the legendary Godfrey Clan, is primarily known for his work on a mountain bike. But he’s also among the core Nitro Circus athletes — riders who have been there from the start like Dusty Wygle and Travis Pastrana. Maybe he picked up a few things along the way. Because at the Nitro World Games qualifier, Gavin stomped a backflip super seat, earning him a place at the Nitro World Games.

Gavin Godfrey - Eugene - Nitro Circus

Is he ready? Somehow, yes. When Gavin showed up for the qualifiers, he had just stepped off a plane. On a short break from a blistering tour and with only a few practice runs, he stomped a trick gnarly enough to put him above some BMX pros on the board. This must be some tour. He’s been on the road since the early spring, touring North America, the UK, Ireland, and France. He’s still on tour right now. And he’s been killing it, throwing huge tricks off the Giganta ramp on mountain bike, tall bike, and trike, reaching for real progression at every stop. “I’m all over in the show. I’m pretty much sprinting the whole time. As soon as I land, I’m running back to the top. It is nonstop chaos,” he says. The Nitro Tour is incredibly fertile grounds for progression, and the perfect conditions to create the kind of athlete that can throw down in any discipline, because they are on the ramps nearly every damn day.

Backflip super seat from qualifiers yesterday and now off to the UK! 📷 @vitalbmx

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Remember, Gavin is the guy who stomped the triple backflip on a mountain bike in 2014, a World First. Now, unbelievably, he has taken the trick on tour. It’s one thing to land a trick in ideal conditions on a ramp built specifically for that purpose; it is another thing entirely to attempt the trick on tour. For one thing, you’re largely in control of all the conditions when you’re trying to make your first attempt. Bad weather? Postpone it. Ramp not cooperating? Fix it. On tour, the show must go on. The ramp has to be constructed new at each and every stop, and good weather conditions are pretty much down to luck or prayer.

Here is video of that World First:

He’s throwing himself around so hard, you get the sense he’s carrying the weight of the tour on his shoulders. He bears a mentality of 100 percent ownership — ownership of his performance and in representing the Nitro Circus brand to new audiences — and he carries that into each and every show, inspiring everyone around him. The thing to understand about Gavin is he was literally born into this.

“I started when I was a little kid. I grew up in a family of chaos. My dad was a professional motorcycle rider, and my mom was a professional skier. So they pushed us into sports. I grew up playing football, soccer, baseball, and wrestling and, all throughout, motorcycles and bikes on the side.” But it was wrestling that really took hold of him.

Gavin Godfrey -- Hustling Back Up the Ramp -- Nitro Circus

In wrestling, Gavin learned self-reliance. “I learned a valuable lesson in that no matter what sport you do, you’re not going to be good at it unless you put 110 percent effort into that sport,” he says. And he did. “I kind of stopped riding bikes when I got into high school to dedicate myself to wrestling.” He trained up to four times a day, competing at the state level at the weight class of 152 pounds, while at the same time attending school like a normal high school kid.

His dedication paid off when he became the Utah State Champion in 2012, which is huge; it is an achievement that most of us could dine off of for the rest of our lives. Gavin credits wrestling for being the most formative experience of his life. “It taught me to be tough and hard work and no matter what, you win or lose, it’s entirely on you, because in wrestling it’s just you and the other guy,” he says. He chose not to pursue it past high school, even though he had the opportunity to wrestle at the collegiate level. “Wrestling was fun. It was a stepping stone, it was a goal I had since I was a little kid, and I accomplished that goal, and I had to move on and create more goals,” he says.

Gavin Godfrey on the tall bike -- Nitro Circus

“My coach would tell me: ‘Don’t ride motorcycles, don’t do bikes while you’re wrestling.’ But I was never into the rules. Because during the week I had school and wrestling. I was training four times a day and doing school, so I never had much time during the week. But on the weekends, I was out riding my bike doing all the fun stuff with my cousins and family,” he says.

Not following the rules seems to run in the Godfrey family. “We don’t really like to follow the rules, you know? I feel like rules are meant to be broken. If you put yourself in a box, you’ll never understand until you get outside the box,” he says. And when he did, he discovered his true passion. “My real base is motorcycles and bikes; that’s my love, that’s my real passion, and I wanted to chase that,” he says. “The goal is to take it as far as I can in action sports now and be the best at whatever I’m doing.”

Gavin Godfrey on the trike -- Nitro Circus

All the ingredients are there for Gavin to become an action sports icon. For one, he had one of the most awesome debuts in Nitro Circus live tour history. “I flew over to Australia when I was 16 and went over to see the show. We flew in, got picked up at the airport, and went straight to the venue in Perth. And I get there and my uncle goes, ‘Yo, do you want to be in the show?’ And I’m like, ‘Sure, why not? What do I have to do?’ And he goes, ‘You just have to jump this trike.’ And I’m like, ‘OK, easy!’ I get up to the top of the ramp and realized it is pretty big.” Good thing he had Dusty there to give him advice. “He told me I was good and to just send it — because I’m light.” Since that first trip, Gavin learned he needs to drag his feet at the top of the ramp or else he’ll get too much speed on the trike. But that day, he didn’t have that information. “I should have dragged two panels, but he told me I was good, so I just dropped in and pretty much learned to fly. But that’s just how Dusty rolls. Dusty is a maniac. I swear he’s made of rubber. That dude sends it and doesn’t get hurt ever. But I trusted him, and I ended up going way too far!”

That was considered a successful tryout for Nitro Circus. They put him straight into the show, but with an additional request: “You can flip, right?” they asked him. He said, “Yeah, yeah, I flip my bike and stuff.” That’s the type of mentality that makes you a permanent member of the Nitro Crew. “I mean, I had never flipped anything that big,” he says. Plus that was only his second time riding the tricycle. The rest of the story is pretty hazy for him. “They sent me down, I flipped, pulled way too hard on it, over-rotated. I was wearing a little wakeboarding helmet. Totally turned it aside, the helmet came off, hit my head, and I come to 45 minutes after I crashed. I don’t remember anything about the flight or even two days before that. I woke up in a room with a curtain saying ‘Nitro Circus Live.’ and I was like, ‘What the heck? There’s an Australian guy talking to me!’ And I’m sitting there with Erik Roner, who was taking care of me — to this day I say it was the worst concussion I ever had.” Erik would look out for him as Gavin started to establish himself on the tour years later. It was his introduction to the craziness of the Nitro Crew and also its amazing sense of family and mutual support.

Just as Gavin is providing leadership to younger riders on the North American tour now, he credits the example set by other athletes for helping pave a path for him. Being first and foremost a mountain biker, Gavin looked to his peers for inspiration on where to take his sport next, and he felt the example was set by Jed Mildon on BMX. “I first got the idea when Jed Mildon landed the triple backflip,” he says. When Gavin expressed interest in taking on the triple, Jed’s response was both generous and supportive, which will surprise no one who knows him. “‘Come to my house and I’ll teach you,’ Jed said, so I flew out to New Zealand and Jed pretty much took me under his wing and helped me out so much at Franklin Farm, which is his compound where they have a foam pit big enough to do triple backflips.”

Some of Jed’s mentoring was on the unorthodox side. Gavin’s first attempt at the triple came in response to a dare, but it helped him get his head around the trick. “I did about five that day and then five the next day. The next day we had to leave for the Australian regional tour. I kept doing as many doubles during the show as I could, and I would watch myself on camera doing triples at Jed’s foam pit,” he recalls. When he got home from tour, he decided to make a serious attempt at the triple. Just as Jed drew on the support of friends, family, and peers to hit this triple and later the quad, Gavin looked to his support base — the Godfrey Family. He corralled his cousin Ethen Roberts to help him. “Ethen and I built a ramp in two weeks, rented an airbag from a local ski resort. It was a contest but also a fun family event where I ended up being the first one to stomp the triple backflip.” One wonders if Jed will come to regret mentoring Gavin now that he’s stepped into the ring in BMX at the Nitro World Games

Gavin Godfrey - For Roner - Nitro Circus

Gavin hadn’t attempted the triple since his record-breaking first attempt in 2014, but he couldn’t resist breaking it out to help kick off this year’s North American tour and at the biggest U.S. show in Nitro Circus history before 17,000 screaming fans at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. Landing a trick like that is a lot like capturing lightning in a bottle, which is why it is awesome to witness it live. On the first attempt in Eugene, he bailed: “I came up a little short on the takeoff and landed on the knuckle and just fell over,” he says.

Almost had the triple backflip tonight!! #nexttime #cameupshort 🎥 @prgodfrey255

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Gavin was deeply motivated to land the trick on this tour, and in Reno he found a most worthy cause for doing so — Reno is Roner’s home crowd, and Roner’s family was at the show. Gavin was on a break from tour when Roner passed, so he missed out on performing in one of the shows that were dedicated to Roner during the 2015 U.S. tour. But in Reno, he got his chance. “I was there for Rubs and his family and to show the respect he gave me when I was coming up on tour,” he says. At the top of the ramp, Gavin’s thoughts turned to Roner. “I said, ‘Rubs, this is for you; I’ve always wanted to do something for you.’ And he was there to help me stomp it. I could feel Roner there. It was one of the times in my life I will remember forever,” he says.

Now he plans to take the trick to every show. “I love it. I feel really comfy with it. It definitely is my favorite trick,” he says. “You’re hitting a ramp that’s like a wall. As soon as you hit it, you tuck into a ball, pull as hard as you can, and it throws you into a crazy spin. And the thing about the triple is you spin so far that I legitimately miss the first flip and count the last two. The first one is a blur, and then you count one, two, and spot the landing on the second, coming into the third. It either comes in perfect or slightly over-rotated.”

Gavin Godfrey - Side by Side - Nitro Circus

And the crowds are eating it up. The audiences on the regional tours are among the best Gavin has ever performed in front of, he says. As he sees it, the regional crowds, cities that normally don’t get to host this level of show, respect it more. “You get to reach towns where kids don’t ever have the chance to see the Nitro Circus. My favorite part is reaching out to people that have never had the craziness come to their city. Every time after a show I get people thanking me, saying, ‘This is the craziest thing to ever come to this town. It was so much fun to watch you guys do what you love to do.’ That’s the biggest thing in this life, is to inspire others and let people see what we’re trying to do in the smaller cities.”


“I was never into the rules.”


And Gavin’s teammates are just as stoked on what he’s doing as the audiences. BMX phenom Todd Meyn says, “Gavin always pushes the limits with anything to do with extreme sports; it seems as if he is more comfortable on two wheels than he is on his own two feet.”

“Gavin may come off as a pretty calm, mellow kid at first, until you get to know the real Gavin, then you will learn he is anything but. He knows how to send it and how to have a good time,” according to fellow Giganta star and now Nitro World Games rival Brandon Schmidt, who added: “He’s my partner in crime! Straight-up legend.”

There are so many things Gavin is loving about this tour, but his teammates top the list, particularly some of the other Nitro veterans he gets to work with. He lists all these athletes as being amazing on and off the ramp, and he highlights one in particular: “One of my favorite parts of the show is having Wheelz back on tour. He really brings something you can’t capture without him there. Just him rolling out to the crowd is the coolest thing, because no matter what he does everyone is so stoked to see him there. And they are just amazed at what he does, because what he does is unbelievable and really unique.” And the feeling is mutual: “I don’t think I’ve ever seen Gavin turn down an opportunity to push the limits. Gavin is someone I look to for motivation, and I’m lucky enough to call him one of my best friends,” Wheelz says.

Gavin will be joining more than a handful of Nitro crew members at the Nitro World Games this year, check out the full list of athletes invited to compete. Want to hear more about the BMX competition? Check out the full event description for the Best Tricks event here. For tickets and other event information, click here. And remember to tune into the Nitro World Games live on NBC at 8pm / 7 pm CT on July 16, 2016.

Gavin and the rest of the Nitro Circus Crew in a city near you! We’re touring the U.S. and Canada and the UK and Ireland and France this summer. Hit those links for more details, and come experience this insanity live!

FMX and BMX Semifinalists Set for the Nitro World Games

The semifinalists in FMX and BMX are set for the first-ever Nitro World Games, with top athletes from around the world qualifying to compete on July 15 at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City. Seven world-class FMXers join the previously announced 10 semifinalists, and nine BMX stars have been added to the previous 10 semifinalists. Among the additions are veterans and up-and-comers, ensuring a wide-open field and a tight competition for the eight slots that will compete for the trophies on July 16 at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

Among the FMX riders who made it through in open qualifying are Javier Villegas, Christian Meyer, and Jarryd McNeil. Steve Mini made the grade as a wildcard. On the BMX side, Andy Buckworth punched his ticket for both events, as did Brian Fox and Brandon Loupos. Perhaps the most stunning qualifiers in Best Tricks are Gavin Godfrey and Brandon Schmidt, who are both all-around action sports athletes who don’t primarily focus on BMX.

The complete list of semifinalists is below, followed by the full press release.

FMX

Rob Adelberg (AUS)
Kyle Demelo (CAN)
Taka Higashino (JPN)
Adam Jones (USA)
Jarryd McNeil (AUS)
Maikel Melero (ESP)
Christian Meyer (ESP)
Steve Mini (AUS)
Clinton Moore (AUS)
Libor Podmol (CZE)
David Rinaldo (FRA)
Alastair Sayer (RSA)
Josh Sheehan (AUS)
Levi Sherwood (NZL)
Dany Torres (ESP)
Cal Vallone (USA)
Javier Villegas (CHI)

BMX Triple Hit

Nick Bruce (USA)
Andy Buckworth (AUS)
Pat Casey (USA)
Alex Coleborn (GBR)
Daniel Dhers (VEN)
Kurtis Downs (USA)
TJ Ellis (USA)
James Foster (USA)
Brian Fox (USA)
Brandon Loupos (AUS)
Logan Martin (AUS)
Kevin Peraza (USA)
Daniel Sandoval (USA)
Colton Satterfield (USA)
Ryan Taylor (GBR)
Ben Voyles (USA)
Colton Walker (USA)
Ben Wallace (GBR)
Zack Warden (USA)

BMX Best Tricks

Andrew Ahumada (AUS)
Andy Buckworth (AUS)
Vince Byron (AUS)
Pat Casey (USA)
Kurtis Downs (USA)
James Foster (USA)
Brian Fox (USA)
Gavin Godfrey (USA)
Dominic Kirkham (USA)
Alex Landeros (USA)
Brandon Loupos (AUS)
Todd Meyn (AUS)
Jed Mildon (NZL)
Colton Satterfield (USA)
Brandon Schmidt (USA)
Jaie Toohey (AUS)
Zack Warden (USA)
Matty Whyatt (AUS)
Ryan Williams (AUS)

Press release follows:


FMX AND BMX FINAL QUALIFIERS SET FOR NITRO WORLD GAMES

Six Riders Advance to the FMX Qualifying Event, In Addition To One Newly Announced Wildcard, Joining 10 Athletes Invited Directly to the Final Qualifiers Taking Place July 15 at Rice-Eccles Stadium

Six Riders Advance From Pre-Qualifiers in Both BMX Triple Hit and BMX Best Tricks, In Addition To Three Newly Announced Wildcards, Joining Athletes Invited Directly to the Final Qualifying Event, Also Taking Place July 15 at Rice-Eccles Stadium

LOS ANGELES, CA (Wednesday – June 29, 2016) – Following the announcement of the Top 10 list of athletes invited directly to the Nitro World Games FMX Final Qualifiers, six more riders have now punched their tickets to the next round of the highly anticipated competition during a pre-qualifier event held in Southern California. Also just announced, one additional rider will now join the field as a wildcard.

Just as FMX has gone global, the Nitro World Games FMX lineup includes athletes from across the planet. Javier Villegas, born in Santiago, Chile and the first non-European rider to win the FIM FMX World Championship, topped the leader board during pre-qualifiers. Villegas has toured worldwide, including with Nitro Circus on its current North American trek, but is now looking to step up to the next level in major competition. Christian Meyer, who came in second, is an up-and-comer from Spain (first place in the 2015 X Pilots FMX Tour; 2014 Spanish FMX Championship winner). Meyer also trains at a second home in Argentina. Alastair Sayer – an X Games medalist who started riding in the Kalahari Desert in his native Botswana before his sixth birthday and has raced on the South African circuit – claimed third. Australia’s Jarryd McNeil, took fourth. McNeil, with three X Games gold medals to his credit (including two golds this year) now wants to show the world the full extent of his skills. Center of Gravity winner Kyle Demelo from Canada and Metal Mulisha member Cal Vallone from the U.S. round out the qualifiers. These six will join a hand picked Top 10 list of riders, chosen by an independent panel of industry leaders and former athletes, in the next phase of the competition.

Joining the pre-selected invitees and pre-qualifiers as a wildcard selection is veteran rider Steve Mini (Australia). These 17 athletes will clash at Rice-Eccles Stadium on July 15 – the day before the Nitro World Games. Only the eight highest scoring riders will advance to the inaugural Nitro World Games event on July 16. A full list of FMX riders is below. Stay tuned for the announcement of competitors for FMX Best Trick.

The BMX final qualifying lineup is also now complete. Following the announcement of athletes invited directly to the final qualifiers for BMX Best Tricks and BMX Triple Hit, additional riders have advanced from pre-qualifiers that were held at Nitro Circus’ Academy of Excellence in California earlier this month. Newly announced today, three more athletes in each competition will also be joining the field as invited wildcards.

BMX Triple Hit

In BMX Triple Hit, Brian Fox, hailing from Florida, earned the top score in the pre-qualifying round. Andy Buckworth and Brandon Loupos, both from Australia and with huge world firsts on their resumes (Superman double frontflip for Buckworth, Cash Roll tailwhip and Cash Roll double tailwhip for Loupos), took second and third. UK natives Alex Coleborn and Ryan Taylor, widely seen as two of the top park riders in the world, grabbed fourth and fifth place respectively, while Arizona’s Kevin Peraza rounded out the final list of athletes advancing from pre-qualifiers. These six athletes will join a stellar list of riders already invited to the Triple Hit Final Qualifier event, taking place on July 15 at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Three wildcard athletes were also just announced, and include Southern California’s vert master TJ Ellis, a competition favorite who famously hucks a huge frontflip tailwhip when the chips are down, the U.K.’s Ben Wallace, X Games medalist and holder of the Guinness World Record for highest backflip on a bike, as well as six-time X Games medalist, and one of the best park riders on the planet, Venezuela’s Daniel Dhers.

BMX Best Tricks

In BMX Best Tricks, Andy Buckworth and Brian Fox qualified in this event in addition to their spots on the BMX Triple Hit list, taking first and sixth place, respectively. Joining them, in a stunning development, is Nitro Circus Live all-around star Gavin Godfrey. Determined to push his skills and compete against the best in the world, Godfrey jumped at the chance to compete for a spot and astonishingly leaped into second place at the pre-qualifying event. Up-and-comers Dominic Kirkham and Alex Landeros then took third and fourth place. Brandon Schmidt is another athlete stepping up and making waves outside of his regular discipline. A snowboarder and contraptions specialist on the Nitro Circus Live tour, Schmidt shocked onlookers by placing in the top five. Three more athletes have also been added to Best Tricks as wildcard selections: Seven-time X Games medalist Vince Byron, the world’s first triple and quadruple backflipper Jed “The Warrior” Mildon, and Andrew “Mini” Ahumada, who recently battled against Ryan Williams in attempt to land the massive first BMX triple frontflip, will all compete in the July 15 Nitro World Games final qualifying event.

The 19 final qualifiers in both BMX Triple Hit and in BMX Best Tricks will clash at Rice-Eccles Stadium on July 15 – the day before the inaugural Nitro World Games. Only the eight highest scoring riders in each event will advance. See below for the full list of athletes advancing to the BMX Triple Hit and BMX Best Tricks final qualifiers.

The 19 final qualifiers in both BMX Triple Hit and in BMX Best Tricks will clash at Rice-Eccles Stadium on July 15 – the day before the inaugural Nitro World Games. Only the eight highest scoring riders in each event will advance. See below for the full list of athletes advancing to the BMX Triple Hit and BMX Best Tricks final qualifiers.

Coming to Salt Lake City, Utah’s Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday, July 16 and airing in primetime in the U.S. on NBC, the Nitro World Games will feature the best in extreme and action sports’ most exciting disciplines including FMX, BMX, skate, scooter and inline.

Nitro Circus, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert and the Utah Sports Commission rocked the sports world in December 2015 when they unveiled the inaugural Nitro World Games. Created by Michael Porra and Travis Pastrana, the Nitro World Games will feature new formats and never before seen tricks. Each competition will be a final round with everything on the line, creating intensity on the track, energy in the stadium and must-see action for both digital and television viewers.

Nitro World Games is the next phase of Nitro Circus’ multi-year partnership with NBC Sports Ventures. NBC Sports will present three hours of coverage airing in primetime in the U.S. on NBC. For fans outside of the U.S. and Canada, more TV broadcast details will be announced soon (NBCUniversal International Distribution is handling the international linear and digital sales for Nitro World Games). In addition to NBC’s televised coverage, fans outside the U.S. can also watch the July 16 final on Nitro Circus’ worldwide webcast. The Nitro World Games is also a marquee destination event. Fans who want to experience the excitement in person can purchase tickets to the July 16 final. The Nitro Club VIP package is the next best thing to an all access pass at $79 per person (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.

For new updates, athlete qualification announcements and more about the #NitroWorldGames go to nitroworldgames.com. Fans can also follow Nitro Circus on Twitter: @nitrocircus and Facebook: www.facebook.com/NitroCircus

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

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

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.

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

For the Utah Sports Commission:
Jeff Robbins: (801) 328-2335 / jlrobbins@utah.gov

The Best Triple Flips From Nitro’s Summer (So Far)

Nitro Circus has taken the show to more cities than ever before on our summer-long tour of North America, the U.K. and Ireland, and France. Throughout the tours, Nitro athletes have been individually pushing themselves to greater heights of progression, including a growing number of athletes who are consistently sticking triple flips. Jed Mildon changed the course of BMX history when he landed his in 2011. And James Foster actually brought the BMX triple backflip on tour. On this year’s tour, the triple has become the “crossover” trick, with athletes like R-Willy, Gavin Godfrey, and Brandon Schmidt leading the charge with triples on scooter, mountain bike, and rollerboard. They’re even stepping into Jed and James’ lane and throwing them on BMX.

Nitro Circus

There’s no top or bottom of this list; a triple is a triple. Except when it is a double triple. Schmidty already holds the record for sticking the World First triple backflip on rollerboard. On tour, he became the first athlete to win back-to-back MVCs when he landed a triple on rollerboard and a BMX in successive nights. He’s now part of an exclusive club of athletes who can land the trick in more than one discipline.

It can be difficult to keep up with R-Willy’s blistering pace of progression, regardless of the ride. So there’s no telling how many disciplines he’s planning on owning. He landed the World First triple backflip on scooter in 2015. He also holds the record for World First triple frontflip on BMX. He even took the trick on tour for the Party of the Decade in Australia.

 R-Willy is back on the North America tour — it is anyone’s guess what crazy trick he’ll throw next.

Jordan Clark is one of Nitro’s new scoot recruits. A scooter world champion in his own right, Jordan quickly followed R-Willy into the scooter triple club, throwing down a World First triple frontflip.

Gavin Godfrey holds the record for the World First triple backflip on a mountain bike. This spring, he took the trick on tour, landing it in Reno in tribute to Erik Roner.

Sticking the triple regularly is crazy, especially when the tour is in open-air stadiums in the U.K. Rain and wind can push tricks as challenging as the triple into even more dangerous territory. Gavin skirted that line a few times, landing the trick under some forbidding skies.

With athletes throwing triples everywhere, it’s easy to get the impression that the trick is simple. It isn’t. Foster has been landing it the longest, and even for him, now and then the trick will send him straight to the medic.

The triple flip started out as a one-off stunt, performed on special ramps by relatively few athletes, and now it’s a regular part of our touring show. Make sure you head over and check out our tour page to see where we’re headed next. Sign up for the newsletter while you’re there for occasional updates and to be first in line for tickets.

For more enormous tour highlights, check out All the European Tour Highlights You Can Handle. Also follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

5 Crazy Photos From the Party of the Decade Tour

Every Nitro Circus live show is a party. If you’ve been to one, you know this. So that’s why we took it especially serious when we decided to head out on a tour where the party was the whole point. We knew going in that the crowds that came out for this tour were going to see some of the biggest moments in the history of action sports, but we also knew we wanted to make it a literal party, with all the explosions and confetti you’d expect from a Nitro rager. Here are five shots that might be used as evidence that we accomplished the goal.


5. Arrive in Style


Party of the Decade -- Nitro Circus

Travis Pastrana and Lyn-Z Pastrana know how to make an entrance. Obviously, Nitro parties are always family-friendly. Always.


4. Make Some Noise


Party of the Decade -- Nitro Circus

What gets the party going faster and stringer than making some noise to amp everyone up? And who’s better at making noise than Streetbike Tommy? We gave him those noisemakers, but he no doubt would have found a way to get loud without them.


3. Light It Up


Party of the Decade -- Nitro Circus

The pyrotechnics are a foregone conclusion. But pyrotechnics that engulf the entire Crew in a swirling blaze of glory? Now that’s a party.


2. Don’t Forget the Confetti


Party of the Decade -- Nitro Circus

Ideally made from all that boring paperwork you left behind so you could come out and cut loose. Is it dangerous to mix pyrotechnics with a boatload of flying paper scraps? That’s a concern for some other, non-party time.


1. Follow the Leader


Party of the Decade -- Nitro Circus

The main man always gets the biggest sparkler. And when your main man is Travis, you can expect that sparkler to push the limits of what’s sensible. This isn’t a sparkler anymore — it’s an explodler, and we’ll take a couple cases to go, please.

Want to see the Crew in action? Check out the Top 5 Photos of Nitro Contraptions in Action. And if you want to experience a Nitro show live, hit this link for details on where we’ll be next!

Wheelz Snags an ESPY Award Nomination: Vote Now!

Nitro veteran Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham has been nominated for an ESPY Award for his pioneering abilities in the sport of WCMX. Wheelz is a man who needs no introduction, having landed the World’s First wheelchair backflip as well as the World’s First wheelchair frontflip, and he continues to amaze audiences all over while he innovates the sport and attempts new World Firsts on tour with Nitro Circus. The ESPYs are fan-picked accolades, so go vote now to make sure this one goes to the guy it belongs to (no registration required)!

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Congrats to Wheelz for the nomination! We’re pumped to see another Nitro athlete honored for the crazy work he’s doing. If you get a chance to see any of the Crew live, take it. Click here for tour details!

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Tony Hawk Joins Todd Richards and Travis Pastrana to Co-Host the Nitro World Games

Skateboarding icon Tony Hawk is one of three action sports legends who will call the competition when the Nitro World Games takes over Salt Lake City’s Rice-Eccles Stadium on July 16. Olympic snowboarder and sports commentator Todd Richards will host, joined by FMX pioneer Travis Pastrana for NBC’s live three-hour broadcast.

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Tony Hawk, Todd Richards, and Travis Pastrana

Travis will be providing commentary from down on the competition floor, while Hawk will set his sights on the skateboard events, for obvious reasons. The broadcast team also includes commentators and analysts from all over action sports and media: Cameron Steele, champion motorcycle and trophy truck athlete, will handle play-by-play for the FMX competitions with analysis by Andy Bell, a former professional FMX and supercross rider. Veteran action sports commentator Jimmy Coleman will present the play-by-play for BMX, with accomplished BMXer TJ Lavin on the color commentary. Reporter Laurette Nicoll will be down on the ground grabbing interviews with the athletes as the Games unfold.

The first batch of athletes has been announced for the Games, with more qualifying taking place over the next couple weeks. Check out the full press release below, and head over to NitroWorldGames.com for more details!


TONY HAWK JOINS TRAVIS PASTRANA AS CO-HOST OF THE NITRO WORLD GAMES

TODD RICHARDS NAMED OFFICIAL HOST OF THE EVENT

Elite Athletes and Expert Industry Voices Round Out Broadcast Team

Airing on NBC Saturday, July 16 at 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. Central

LOS ANGELES, CA (Thursday – June 16, 2016) – Olympic snowboarder and extremely popular television commentator Todd Richards will host the inaugural Nitro World Games. Joining him as co-hosts are skate icon Tony Hawk and FMX legend Travis Pastrana. The Nitro World Games will air Saturday, July 16 on NBC at 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. Central from Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Richards has been a prominent figure in snowboarding and the wider action sports community for over two decades. A seven-time X Games medalist, World Snowboarding Champion and Olympian, Richards is also a rising media star, equally at home in the broadcast booth as he is on the medal stand. Richards has provided in-depth analysis for ESPN’s X Games coverage and most recently served as NBC Olympics’ snowboarding analyst for coverage of the 2014 Sochi Olympics, a position he has held since the 2006 Winter Games in Torino. He is also a published author and successful business owner.

With over 30 X Games medals between them, Hawk and Pastrana have redefined their disciplines, breaking landmark records, such as Hawk’s seminal 900 and Pastrana’s groundbreaking double backflip, previously thought insurmountable. Their achievements have blown away millions of fans and made action sports part of the pop culture conversation. Now Richards, Hawk and Pastrana will share their insights and experience with viewers during this action-packed three-hour event.

“Words can’t describe how excited I am to have Todd and Tony host the Nitro World Games,” said Pastrana. “Todd is an amazing snowboarder and has been a great ambassador for action sports. To have a passionate and knowledgeable action sports athlete who has experience hosting his own TV show in the past is exactly the personality the World Games was hoping for. I don’t know if an event of this caliber has ever had a lead host with as much first hand knowledge as Todd. To have Tony Hawk, who is the all-time most influential athlete in action sports, backing him up will be icing on the cake. These guys are just as passionate about progression as I am and we all know firsthand how a world’s first can change everything! It’s going to be an honor working next to these guys! Can’t wait to see what goes down in Salt Lake City.”

“Todd, Tony and Travis bring a tremendous amount of knowledge, credibility and expertise to the Nitro World Games. Having athletes of their stature participating is fantastic,” said Michael Porra, CEO and creative director for Nitro Circus. “They will inform, entertain and engage both core action sports fans and the wider mainstream audience.”

“Having three of the most iconic action sports athletes serving as commentators for the Nitro World Games will provide the fans and athletes a unique experience and perspective on the event,” said Jeff Robbins, president and CEO of the Utah Sports Commission.

The Nitro World Games’ analyst and reporter lineup includes the most respected names in action sports. After opening the telecast, Pastrana will move to the stadium floor to give commentary from the thick of the action throughout the event. Hawk will offer his incomparable knowledge and perspective during Skate Best Tricks. Cameron Steele, a champion motorcycle and trophy truck athlete, will deliver play by play during the FMX competitions with Andy Bell, a former professional FMX and supercross rider providing analysis. Veteran TV personality Jimmy Coleman, who has covered action sports for more than a decade, will present the play by play for BMX while accomplished BMX athlete TJ Lavin will offer analysis. Laurette Nicoll, a very experienced host, reporter and announcer, will bring compelling athlete interviews to viewers.

A bold reinvention of action sports competition, the Nitro World Games will feature the best action sports athletes in the world in the category’s most exciting disciplines including FMX, BMX, skate, scooter and inline. The initial list of athletes going to the semi-final round includes top riders such as 2016 X Games FMX medalists Josh Sheehan, Clinton Moore and Rob Adelberg, BMX riders Pat Casey, James Foster and Colton Satterfield, plus skate stars Elliot Sloan, Jake Brown and Mitchie Brusco, with additional competitors to be announced.

Nitro Circus, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert and the Utah Sports Commission rocked the sports world in December 2015 when they unveiled the Nitro World Games. Created by Michael Porra and Travis Pastrana, the Nitro World Games will feature new formats and never before seen tricks. Each competition will be a final round with everything on the line, creating intensity on the track, energy in the stadium and must-see action for both digital and television viewers.

Nitro World Games is the next phase of Nitro Circus’ multi-year partnership with NBC Sports Ventures. NBC Sports will present three hours of coverage airing in primetime on NBC. For fans outside of the U.S. and Canada, more TV broadcast details will be announced soon. In addition to NBC’s televised coverage, fans outside the U.S. can also watch the July 16 final on Nitro Circus’ worldwide webcast.

For more information about the #NitroWorldGames go to nitroworldgames.com. Fans can also follow Nitro Circus on Twitter: @nitrocircus and Facebook: www.facebook.com/NitroCircus.

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

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

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.

Contact:

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

For NBC Sports Group:
Alex Rozis: Alex.Rozis@nbcuni.com

For the Utah Sports Commission:
Jeff Robbins: (801) 328-2335 / jlrobbins@utah.gov

All the European Tour Highlights You Can Handle

We are well into our regional European tour and the Crew is killing it despite some threatening weather and a tight schedule. Athletes like Gavin Godfrey, Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham, and Brandon Schmidt are among the Nitro veterans who are standing out on this tour even more than they normally do. It’s been wild, and there’s a lot more to come. We’ve got highlights from the tour below, and be sure to check out our tour page to see when we’ll be in a city near you!

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We kicked off the tour in Worcester, Livingston, and Hull. Doing the show in these slightly smaller venues is perfect for an up-close-and-personal experience with amazing U.K. crowds. Some of these rowdy audiences sounded like they were five times bigger. What a great bunch of fans.

In Hull, it was Andrew “Mini” Ahumada’s birthday, and as a gift to himself and the audience, he stuck a frontflip cliffhanger on BMX and took home MVC in the process. Wheelz sketched out on a frontflip twice, but on his third attempt, during the final train of the night, he rode away clean. He’s been focused and unstoppable all tour, even when dealing with windy conditions.

In Dublin, Wheelz attempted a double frontflip and almost landed it. Stay tuned on that one, because it’s definitely coming. Jaie Toohey landed a triple tailwhip backflip. Brandon Schmidt landed his triple backflip on the rollerboard and took home the MVC. Gavin Godfrey stuck a perfect triple backflip on a mountain bike. And Harry Bink nailed a rock solid backflip less than a week after a near-miss on that trick at X Games.

Schmidty was crowned MVC again in Cork, where he landed a triple backflip on a BMX for only his second time ever. With the triple on the rollerboard, he’s starting to stand out as one of the craziest multi-threat athletes on tour, one of the few in the world who can cleanly triple backflip two very different types of ride. Check it out:

Gavin is having a particularly noteworthy summer as well, having brought his MTB triple backflip (which he was the first-ever to land) on tour and has started landing it regularly. In Belfast, under what could only be described as “oh hell no” conditions, he pulled it around again. Josh Sheehan rejoined the tour fresh off of three X Games podiums and wowed the crowd with signature backflip combos despite the slick lander. Everyone sent it despite the conditions. Here’s Gavin’s triple:

Last night I sent a triple backflip and came out on top! Stoked to get this one landed in Ireland!

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Those are just a few of the many amazing moments from an amazing tour so far! Make sure you head over and check out our tour page to see where we’re headed next. Sign up for the newsletter while you’re there for occasional updates and to be first in line for tickets.

And here’s a bonus boatload of photos from Worcester, just for good measure (click to enlarge):

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First Competitors Announced for Inaugural Nitro World Games

The moment is finally here. Today Travis Pastrana and Nitro Circus announced the first group of athletes that have been invited to participate in the inaugural Nitro World Games. The list reads like a future action sports hall of fame, with semifinalists invited in FMX, BMX, and skate, as well as finalists invited in scooter and inline. Your favorite athletes are already on board most likely, but if not, no worries, because there are still qualifying rounds with slots up for grabs all over the place. But the field is narrowing for the group of athletes who will come out on July 16 and take action sports to the next level at Salt Lake City’s Rice-Eccles Stadium.

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Among those chosen by an independent panel of industry leaders and former riders are several Nitro veterans.  In FMX, Josh Sheehan and Clinton Moore, both with three medals each at X Games Austin this year, are joined by Adam Jones. In total, 10 riders have been invited to compete in the semifinals on July 15, with the finals for each event to take place the following day. There are still six open slots for the FMX semifinals, to be determined in upcoming prequalifying competitions.

In the two BMX events, Best Tricks and Triple Hit, 10 riders have been invited to the semifinals for each, with six slots remaining to be filled as well. In Triple Hit, James Foster and Kurtis Downs will be competing for a place in the finals. Those two will be joined in the Best Tricks competition by a ton of other Nitro riders, including Todd Meyn, Kurtis Downs, Jaie Toohey, Matty Whyatt, and of course Ryan Williams, who’s also been invited directly to the finals in the scooter event, the only athlete so far competing in more than one discipline.

Eight semifinalists will qualify for the finals, which will be broadcast live from Salt Lake City on NBC on July 16.

Ryan Williams

For skate, 14 semifinalists are invited, including Beaver Fleming, with two slots to fill through prequalifying. For inline and scooter, the fields are set with five riders in each discipline bound for the finals. Nitro’s Chris Haffey and Wake Schepman will be competing in the inline final, and joining R-Willy for scooter will be the Funk Brothers.

And those are just a handful of the athletes that are gearing up for the first-ever Nitro World Games. Check out the complete list below!


FIRST NITRO WORLD GAMES COMPETITORS ANNOUNCED

Top Athletes in FMX, BMX and Skate Invited Directly to the Semi-Finals Stage of the Event at the Nitro World Games

Rice-Eccles Stadium on July 15

More Riders to Battle in Pre-Qualifying For Last Semi-Final Spots

LOS ANGELES, CA (Thursday – June 9, 2016) – Action sports legend Travis Pastrana and Nitro Circus have announced the initial list of athletes who will take part in the inaugural Nitro World Games. Coming to Salt Lake City, Utah’s Rice-Eccles Stadium on July 16 and airing in primetime in the U.S. on NBC, the Nitro World Games will feature the best in extreme and action sports’ most exciting disciplines including FMX, BMX, skate, scooter and inline. In all, more than 100 of the most skilled riders on the planet will vie for a chance to step onto the podium.

“After all of the planning and preparation, I’m so excited to announce this awesome list of athletes,” says Pastrana. “All of the guys are psyched about the event and totally committed to the progression that is at the heart of it. Fans are going to be blown away.”

“To see such a deep list of riders, including all of the big names in the world from each discipline, sign on for an all-new event is unheard of,” says Michael Porra, CEO and creative director for Nitro Circus. “It speaks to the need for bold, innovative thinking in action sports competition.”

Nitro Circus assembled an independent panel of industry leaders and former elite riders who decided on the invitation list for the semi-final round in FMX, BMX and skate. In FMX, 10 athletes, including 2016 X-Games medalists Josh Sheehan, Clinton Moore and Rob Adelberg, have been invited to the semi-finals, taking place July 15 at Rice-Eccles Stadium – the day before the epic Nitro World Games. In addition, more riders will battle it out in pre-qualifying events later this month for the remaining six spots in the semi-final.

In BMX Best Tricks and BMX Triple Hit, the Top 10 lists of athletes selected to go directly to the semi-finals features Pat Casey, James Foster and Colton Satterfield. More BMX athletes have also been invited to participate in pre-qualification. Out of this pool, only six more athletes in both BMX Best Tricks and in BMX Triple Hit will move on to the semi-finals to compete against the Top 10 riders in each event.

In Skate Best Tricks, 14 athletes, including Elliot Sloan, Jake Brown and Mitchie Brusco, were invited to the semi-finals. Two more riders will be selected to round out the semi-final field.

Only the eight best athletes in Skate Best Tricks, BMX Best Tricks, BMX Triple Hit and FMX will advance to the July 16 Nitro World Games.

The finalists for Scooter Best Tricks and Inline Best Tricks have also been announced. Scooter contenders include Ryan “R Willy” Williams, and the Funk Brothers: Corey and Capron Funk. The inline field includes Roman Abrate, Chris Haffey and Dave Lang. These athletes will compete in the July 16 Nitro World Games. There will be no qualifying events for these disciplines.

A full, current list of athletes participating in the Nitro World Games is below. Note: the competitors for FMX Best Trick will be announced at a later date.

FMX

Top 10 athletes selected to go directly to July 15 semifinals:

Rob Adelberg
Taka Higashino
Adam Jones
Maikel Melero
Clinton Moore
Libor Podmol
David Rinaldo
Josh Sheehan
Levi Sherwood
Dany Torres

Additional athletes invited to pre-qualifying for a chance to earn one of the last six semifinal spots

FMX BEST TRICKS

Competitors to be announced

BMX TRIPLE HIT

Top 10 athletes selected to go directly to July 15 semifinals:

Nick Bruce
Pat Casey
Kurtis Downs
James Foster
Logan Martin
Daniel Sandoval
Colton Satterfield
Ben Voyles
Colton Walker
Zack Warden

Additional athletes invited to pre-qualifying for a chance to earn one of the last six semifinal spots

BMX BEST TRICKS

Top 10 athletes selected to go directly to July 15 semifinals:

Pat Casey
Colton Satterfield
Kurtis Downs
Jaie Toohey
James Foster
Zack Warden
Brandon Loupos
Matty Whyatt
Todd Meyn
Ryan Williams

Additional athletes invited to pre-qualifying for a chance to earn one of the last six semifinal spots

SKATE BEST TRICKS

16 athletes selected to go directly to July 15 semifinals:

(Riders for final two spots to be announced)

Marcelo Bastos
Jake Brown
Mitchie Brusco
Evan Doherty
Jagger Eaton
Beaver Fleming
Rony Gomes
Clay Kreiner
Andy Macdonald
Italo Penarrubia
Edgard Pereira
Jono Schwan
Elliot Sloan
Trey Wood

INLINE BEST TRICK

Invited to July 16 Nitro World Games

Roman Abrate
Chris Haffey
Dave Lang
Wake Shepman
CJ Wellsmore

SCOOTER BEST TRICK

Invited to July 16 Nitro World Games

Jordan Clark
Corey Funk
Capron Funk
Dakota Schuetz
Ryan Williams

Nitro Circus, NBC Sports, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert and the Utah Sports Commission rocked the sports world in December 2015 when they announced the inaugural Nitro World Games. Created by Michael Porra and Travis Pastrana, this complete reinvention of action sports competition will feature new formats and never before seen tricks. Each event will be a final round with everything on the line, creating intensity on the track, energy in the stadium and must-see television for viewers. “With Utah’s long history hosting both summer and winter action sports, we are thrilled to be welcoming and being a key partner of this year’s most premier action sport event in the world,” said Jeff Robbins, president and CEO of the Utah Sports Commission. “This event will bring significant economic impact and image building to Utah, The State of Sport.”

Nitro World Games is the next phase of Nitro Circus’ multi-year partnership with NBC Sports Ventures. NBC Sports will present three hours of coverage airing in primetime on NBC in the United States. For fans outside of the U.S. and Canada, more TV broadcast details will be announced soon (NBCUniversal International Distribution is handling the international linear and digital sales for Nitro World Games). In addition to NBC’s televised coverage, fans can also watch the July 16 final on Nitro Circus’ worldwide webcast.

The Nitro World Games is also a marquee destination event. Fans who want to experience the excitement in person can purchase tickets to the July 16 final. The Nitro Club VIP package is the next best thing to an all access pass at $79 per person (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.

To purchase tickets and for more information go to nitroworldgames.com. Fans can also follow Nitro Circus on Twitter: @nitrocircus and Facebook: www.facebook.com/NitroCircus.

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

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

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.

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

For the Utah Sports Commission:
Jeff Robbins: (801) 328-2335 / jlrobbins@utah.gov

Josh Sheehan Dedicates X Games Wins to Fallen Brother

Nitro athletes went on an all-out blitz of the FMX podiums at X Games Austin this year, and Josh Sheehan led the pack, attacking each of his four events with his usual laser focus and athleticism. He didn’t disappoint. Sheeny walked away with a gold medal in the Freestyle event after a great run that culminated in a double backflip with a landing so smooth and seemingly effortless that it would be easy to forget that he’s one of the few athletes who can even land a double. Sheeny went on to pick up silver medals in QuarterPipe and Best Trick, walking away with three medals for the weekend. But it wasn’t all about medals this year. Sheeny was riding to honor the memory of his older brother, Chris Sheehan, who tragically died in 2015.

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Josh Sheehan performing a Lazy Boy during a Nitro Circus Live show.

Not for the first time, Sheeny put the FMX world on notice in 2015 when he landed the biggest trick in action sports history, the World’s First triple backflip. He remains the only athlete in the world to land a triple and one of only a handful who consistently lands doubles (in almost every Nitro Circus Live show, in fact). That combined with his huge backflip combos, his insane whip, and now some double backflip combos have earned him considerable renown and cemented his nickname: The Unicorn.

Unfortunately, just a few months after Sheeny landed the triple, his brother was killed in a dirtbike accident in Australia. It was a devastating loss for the family, of course, and the immediate aftermath of the accident had Sheeny unable to find the motivation he had before. But he knows his brother would have wanted him to press on, and he paid tribute to Chris at the X Games, dedicating his performance to his brother’s memory.

The course of FMX history was forever changed the day Sheeny landed the triple backflip, and it seemed like the sport would then go in whatever direction he chose to take it. At the X Games this year, Sheeny used Chris’ memory as the motivation he needed to bounce back and show the world he’s still the athlete to watch in FMX.

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Nitro FMX Dominates at X Games Austin

Nitro Circus FMX athletes came up big at X Games Austin. There was at least one Nitro Athlete on the podium for every one of the FMX events, and in a couple, it was a clean sweep. Jarryd McNeil kicked off the weekend with a tie for gold in the Step Up competition, despite being a rookie in the event. He also successfully defended his Best Whip title. Clinton Moore had an incredible competition, achieving his lifelong dream of winning an X Games medal not once but three times, for Freestyle, QuarterPipe, and Best Trick. Tom Pagès and Josh Sheehan were the other two medalists on the QuarterPipe podium. The Best Trick competition might as well have been called the Vegemite Bowl, with an Aussie sweep featuring Jacko Strong, Sheeny, and Moore. Sheeny competed in four events this year, collecting a gold in Freestyle in addition to his two silvers.

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Sheeny, Jacko, and Moore sweep the Best Trick podium.

Perhaps the craziest story of the weekend is Jacko Strong’s trip to the gold in the Best Trick event. After throwing a huge Double Drop on the QuarterPipe, he landed hard, hitting his neck on the handlebar. He was air-lifted to the hospital to get it checked out. The CT scans cleared him to go, so he hopped back in the chopper and headed right back to the competition, just in time for the Best Trick event. And to show the world what Aussies are made of, he stuck a frontflip, winning the gold. Check out the full story here. And watch the video here:

This guy blows my mind… When it all comes down to it he threw it all on the line again for the ultimate prize… Another gold medal…. After crashing so hard in qtr pipe, getting air lifter to hospital for CT scans on his neck, he somehow convinced the hospital staff to not only let him out, but get the same chopper ride he came in on to get back in time to line up for best trick… Arrived after intros, dropped in, hucked a front flip and won the contest… With a hospital band still on his wrist 😂😂😂 of thats not commitment then I don't know what is! @jackostrong your a dead set mad dog! And it probably goes unnoticed because best trick hasn't been at X games for a couple of years but that's a 3-peat of gold for this aussie mad dawg!!! Congrats buddy! 'You deserve it' dosent even do it justice !!! #madcunt #straya #legend #oneofakind #thatslivin #goodthanks #urwelcome

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That’s right, Bilko was there too, taking part in his 10th X Games. Nitro’s resident funnyman kept the gang entertained during the rain delays.

Could be a slight delay for Best trick 😂😂😂 @xgames @takafmx trying to fly high!

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Bilko helped keep the vibe fun and relaxed between events. Just like you’ll find at any Nitro Circus Live show, athletes could be seen cheering each other on, while trying to outdo each other with sick tricks.

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Clinton Moore Triples Up at X Games Austin

Nitro Circus athletes had a crazy showing last weekend at X Games Austin, with podium sweeps in almost all the FMX events. For Clinton Moore, who was the champion at X Fighters last year, winning an X Games medal has been a lifelong dream, and this year he finally made that dream come true with not one but three Top 3 finishes in Austin: Freestyle, QuarterPipe, and Best Trick. He faced fierce competition, mostly from his Nitro teammates, but in the end the veteran’s epic body varials helped set him apart from the pack.

Clinton Moore - Nitro Circus

Clinton Moore with his signature bundy during a Nitro Circus Live show.

Friday in the Freestyle event Clinton put together a medal-worthy run that included a flair, a couple of backflip combos, plus a volt and a bundy that helped earn him the third-place spot on the podium and his first-ever X Games medal in this competition. But he wasn’t done. On the final day, he geared up for QuarterPipe and Best Trick. In the QP competition he stuck a beautiful straightforward flair highlighted his strength and technical skill and was enough for third place in that event. Check out this sequence:

And for the main event, Best Trick, Clinton went into his final run having already secured a medal spot with only one more rider to go, so he had nothing to lose. He opted for a huge bundy to no-hander landing and reminded us all why he’s the body varial master. Watch this:

Clinton was one of several Nitro FMX athletes who took home hardware over the weekend, including Josh Sheehan, Jarryd McNeil, and Jackson Strong.

Clinton Moore - Nitro Circus

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Jarryd McNeil Whips Up Two Wins at X Games

We call Jarryd McNeil the king of whips, and it’s a title he has definitely earned over the years, having won five medals in the Whip event at X Games over the last six years. Last weekend in Austin, he took home his second gold in the event, entering as the reigning champion and living up to his reputation. He also tied for first in the Step Up competition, increasing his overall X Games medal count even more.

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Jarryd McNeil with a huge whip during a Nitro Circus Live show.

Jarryd went into Thursday’s Step Up competition a rookie in the event, which is essentially like the high jump but on dirtbikes. After a spirited competition, he and Libor Podmol were the two men left standing, both having cleared a 33-foot-high bar. Neither could make it over 33.5, however, so the judges awarded them a tie for gold.

The Whip event was settled via fan vote, and the fans got this one right. Jarryd did what he does best, and no one was surprised that he ended up on top of the podium. Watch his winning whip here.

Jarryd McNeil - Nitro Circus

And a bunch of Nitro FMX athletes took home hardware in Austin over the weekend, including Josh Sheehan, Clinton Moore, and Jackson Strong.

The Nitro Crew is dominating podiums with tricks you can see them do LIVE in a city near you! Click here for more details.

For more huge tricks from the best action sports athletes in the world, check out the Top 5 Nitro Circus World First videos. Also follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

Amazing Photos From Back-to-Back Reno Shows

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

Reno - Nitro Circus

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

Javier Villegas - Eugene - Nitro Circus


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

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


Reno - Nitro Circus

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

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

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

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

Top Five Action Sequence Photos -- Nitro Circus

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

FMX Gear for Competition -- Nitro Circus

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

BMX Gear for Competition -- Nitro Circus

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

Gavin Godfrey Stomps the Triple for Roner -- Nitro Circus

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

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

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

Also: Check out LiveLikeRoner.com to help support the family of Erik Roner. There’s a donation page, with all proceeds going to Roner’s wife and kids. Hit that link to learn more!

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

Brandon Schmidt and Todd Meyn Talk BMX Competition Gear

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

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

Todd Meyn in Manchester -- Nitro World Games

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

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

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

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

Nitro’s Biggest North American Show Ever | Tour Report

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

Adam Jones - Eugene - Nitro Circus

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

Javier Villegas - Eugene - Nitro Circus

Javier Villegas

Aaron 'Wheelz' Fotheringham - Eugene - Nitro Circus

Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham

Wake Schepman - Eugene - Nitro Circus

Wake Schepman

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Beau Bamburg and two “lucky” volunteers

Eugene - Nitro Circus

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

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

Top 5 Action Sequence Photos in Nitro History

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

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


5. BMX Triple Backflip


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


4. FMX Frontflip


Jackson Strong - FMX frontflip - Nitro Circus

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


3. Wheelchair Frontflip


Aaron FOtheringham - wheelchair frontflip - Nitro Circus

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


2. FMX Triple Backflip


Josh Sheehan - FMX triple backflip - Nitro Circus

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


1. Side-by-Side Double Backflips 


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

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

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

Josh Sheehan and ‘Bilko’ Williams Talk FMX Competition Gear

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

Josh Sheehan -- Nitro Circus -- Nitro World Games

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

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

Josh Sheehan -- Nitro Circus -- Nitro World Games

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

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

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

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

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

Blake 'Bilko' Williams

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

Blades of Glory and the Party of the Decade | WildWeek

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

Highlights from Nitro Circus in Australia! -- Nitro Circus

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

Five Videos of Nitro Circus World Firsts -- Nitro Circus

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

The World First double backflip combo -- Nitro Circus

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

R-Willy does the Iron Lotus -- Nitro Circus

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

Jaie Toohey with the pitbike backflip -- Nitro Circus

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

Also: Check out LiveLikeRoner.com to help support the family of Erik Roner. There’s a donation page, with all proceeds going to Roner’s wife and kids. Hit that link to learn more!

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

Back in Australia for the Party of the Decade

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

Nitro Circus in Australia

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

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

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

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

Nitro Circus in Australia

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

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

Nitro Circus in Australia

Top 5 Nitro World First Videos

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


5. Ryan Williams: The Scooter Triple Backflip


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


4. Jed Mildon: The BMX Quadruple Backflip


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


3. Ryan Williams: The BMX Triple Frontflip


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


2. Josh Sheehan: The FMX Triple Backflip


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


1. Bruce Cook: The Paraplegic FMX Backflip


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mic'd Up with Bilko -- Nitro Circus

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

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

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

Whyatt Riot POV -- Nitro Circus

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

Also: Check out LiveLikeRoner.com to help support the family of Erik Roner. There’s a donation page, with all proceeds going to Roner’s wife and kids. Hit that link to learn more!

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

New Mexico Highlights: Tour Report

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

Nitro Circus in the United States

Beau Bamburg

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

Nitro Circus in the United States

Javier Villegas

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Adam Jones

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Javier Villegas

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

Nitro Circus in the United States

Gavin Godfrey

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Wake Schepman

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Gavin Godfrey and Colton Satterfield

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

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

Top 5 Nitro Circus BMX Photos

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


5. Todd Meyn, Madrid


Todd Meyn in Madrid - Nitro Circus

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


4. Ryan Williams, Melbourne


Ryan Williams, Frontflip 720, Melbourne - Nitro Circus

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


3. Special Greg, Cologne


Special Greg, Special Flip, Germany - Nitro Circus

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


2. Chad Kagy, Salt Lake City


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

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


1. James Foster, Arnhem 


James Foster, Triple Backflip, Arnhem - Nitro Circus

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

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

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

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

Top Five Contraptions -- Nitro Circus

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

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

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

Colten Moore Running Out of Talent -- Nitro Circus

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

Heli-skateboarding -- Nitro Circus

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

Also: Check out LiveLikeRoner.com to help support the family of Erik Roner. There’s a donation page, with all proceeds going to Roner’s wife and kids. Hit that link to learn more!

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

Kicking Off the 2016 North American Tour | Tour Report

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

Nitro Circus in the United States

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

Nitro Circus in the United States

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

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

Nitro Circus in the United States

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

Top 5 Photos of Nitro Circus Contraptions in Action

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


5. The Recliner


Crum in the recliner - Nitro Circus

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


4. The Penny Farthing


The Penny Farthing - Nitro Circus

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


3. The Wheelbarrow


Taking a wheelbarrow off the big ramp - Nitro Circus

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


2. The Trikes


Tricycle cliffhanger - Nitro Circus

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


1. The Rocking Horse 


Rocking horse - Nitro Circus

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

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

Wild Shows, Side Trips, and New Trick | WildWeek

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

Nitro Circus in South Africa

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

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

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

Ryan Williams has a new trick -- Nitro Circus

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

When sending it goes wrong -- Nitro Circus

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

ATV Front Flip at Pastranaland -- Nitro Circus

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

Also: Check out LiveLikeRoner.com to help support the family of Erik Roner. There’s a donation page, with all proceeds going to Roner’s wife and kids. Hit that link to learn more!

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

Top 5 Photos From Crazy Nitro Circus Side Trips

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


5. Croatia: Cliff Ramps


Croatia - Nitro Circus

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


4. Svanstein, Sweden: Jet Ski Explosions


Nitro Bomb - Nitro Circus

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


3. Zurich, Switzerland: Rainy Day Riding


Ethen Roberts in Zurich - Nitro Circus

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


2. Utah Salt Flats: Badass Desolation


Utah Salt Flats - Nitro Circus

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


1. Going Big in the Backcountry 


Backcountry snowboarding - Nitro Circus

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

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

The Biggest Show Ever: Nitro Circus in South Africa

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

Nitro Circus in South Africa

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

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

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

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

Nitro Circus in South Africa

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

Nitro Circus in South Africa

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

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

Rollerboard Hero, Bombs Away, and Full Bilko | WildWeek

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

Brandon Schmidt Rollerboard Superstar -- Nitro Circus

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

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

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

Bilko getting pumped up in Stockholm -- Nitro Circus

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

Snowboarder jumps to a chairlift -- Nitro Circus

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

Jet Skiing at Lake Powell Utah -- Nitro Circus

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

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

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

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

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

Brandon Schmidt - Nitro Circus

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

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

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

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

Brandon Schmidt - Nitro Circus

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

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

Brandon Schmidt - Nitro Circus

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

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

Brandon Schmidt - Nitro Circus

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


“I just like to flip.”


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

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

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

Brandon Schmidt - Nitro Circus

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top 5 Shots of the Best ‘Nitro Bombs’

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


5. Sydney, Australia, 2012


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


4. Johannesburg, South Africa, 2014


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


3. Melbourne, Australia, 2014


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


2. Lille, France, 2014


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


1. Europe, 2016


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

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

Kurtis Downs, Five Flips, and Blind Ambition | WildWeek

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

Kurtis Downs from contraptions to BMX Superstar -- Nitro Circus

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

Adam Jones does the dead body backflip -- Nitro Circus

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

4-Person Backflip in Canada -- Nitro Circus

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

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

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

Don't Fall Asleep in Pastranaland -- Nitro Circus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kurtis Downs - Nitro Circus

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

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

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

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


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


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

Kurtis Downs - Nitro Circus

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

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

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

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

Nitro Circus Moto Mayhem - Madrid 2015

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

Top 5 Nitro Photos of Huge FMX Backflip Combos

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


5. Dead Body Backflip


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


4. Lazy Boy Backflip


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


3. Double Grab Backflip


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


2. Ruler Backflips


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


1. Cliffhanger Backflip


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

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

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

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

Ethen Roberts, High Flying Family Man -- Nitro Circus

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

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

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

Travis Pastrana Pinning It -- Nitro Circus

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

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

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

The Slip and Bleed -- Nitro Circus

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

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

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

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

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

Ethen Roberts - Nitro Circus

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

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

Ethen Roberts - Nitro Circus

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

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

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

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

Ethen Roberts - Nitro Circus

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

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

Ethen Roberts - Nitro Circus

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

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

Ethen Roberts - Nitro Circus

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

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

Ethen Roberts - Nitro Circus

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

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

Ethen Roberts - Nitro Circus

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

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

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


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


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

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

Ethen Roberts - Nitro Circus

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

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

Nitro Golf - Nitro Circus

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

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

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

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

Cam Sinclair, Comeback King -- Nitro Circus

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

Streetbike Tommy Jumps a Streetbike into Foam -- Nitro Circus

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

Chris Haffey's Double Backflip -- Nitro Circus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cam Sinclair Is the Comeback King | Featured Rider

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

Nitro Circus Moto Mayhem - Budapest 2015

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

Cam Sinclair - Nitro Circus

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

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

Nitro Circus Moto Mayhem - Budapest 2015

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

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

Cam Sinclair - Nitro Circus

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

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

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


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


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

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

Nitro Circus Live - Auckland

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

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

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

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

Nitro Circus - London, UK 2016

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

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

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

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

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

Todd Meyn, BMX Madman -- Nitro Circus

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

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

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

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

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

Kurtis Downs Jumping a Whiskey Barrel -- Nitro Circus

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

Trevor Jacob Goes from Board to Bike -- Nitro Circus

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

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

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

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

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

Todd Meyn - Nitro Circus

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

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

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

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

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

Nitro Circus Moto Mayhem - Budapest 2015

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

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

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

Nitro Circus Moto Mayhem - Vienna 2015

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

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

Todd Meyn - Nitro Circus

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

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


“IT’S PRETTY MUCH A DREAM.”


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

Todd Meyn - Nitro Circus

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

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

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

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

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

Beaver Fleming's Dual World Firsts -- Nitro Circus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Travis Pastrana and Beau Bamburg

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

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

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Adam Jones

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

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

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Big-mountain skiing on Mt. Cook in New Zealand

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

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

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Nitro Circus in Madrid, Spain

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

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

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Jaie Toohey

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

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

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Full arena in Munich, Germany

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


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


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

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

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

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

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Dusty Wygle

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

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

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Josh Sheehan

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

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

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Erik Roner

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

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The Nitro BMX boys in Soweto, South Africa

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


“MY JOB IS TO TELL A STORY.”


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

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

Nice to be back in #oz.

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

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

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

Beaver Fleming and the Fleming Flips | World Firsts

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

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

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

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

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

@beaverfleming doing his new trick, the Fleming Flip Squared! #FlemingFlip #VideoGameTrick #beaverfleming

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Matty Whyatt riding Bikepark Zurich -- Nitro Circus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Checking Out Skate Parks Across Europe | Tour Detour

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Steve Mini, R-Willy, and Backcountry | WildWeek

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Watch Oh Sh*t Moments With Erik Roner: CRUM CRASH
This week, we released the first episode of a never-before-seen series starring the late Erik Roner. He put his heart into making these videos so we hope you enjoy watching them as much as he enjoyed making them. (Watch it here)

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

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

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Flying Bikes & Floating Ice | Tour Detour in Norway

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

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

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

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

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

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Totally worth it!

Oslo, Norway | Nitro Circus Live 2016

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

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

Steve Mini: Fearless Leader | Featured Rider

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

Steve Mini in Osaka, Japan - Nitro Circus

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Biggest Week in Action Sports

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Travis Pastrana: World First Aussie Roll - Nitro Circus

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

The Road to the Unthinkable bonus features are amazing

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

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

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

Brandon Schmidt World First triple backflip on a rollerboard

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

The Godfrey Clan in Salt Lake City

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Josh Sheehan: The Last Unicorn | Featured Rider

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

Josh Sheehan - Nitro Circus

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

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

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

Josh Sheehan - Nitro Circus

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

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

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

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

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

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

Josh Sheehan - Nitro Circus

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

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

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

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

Josh Sheehan - Nitro Circus

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

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

Oslo Detour, Female Frontflip, and Trike Trick | WildWeek

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

Get to know The Unicorn: Josh Sheehan - Nitro Circus

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

Come see Nitro Circus live in Europe!

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

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

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

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

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

On the Road With Nitro Circus

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

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

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