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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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THE MOTORCYCLE TRIPLE BACKFLIP
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A Day in the Life of Bilko, Nitro Circus Clown

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

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Highlights From the 2017 Australia Tour Opener
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Dusty Wygle’s Video From Black Sage Makes Us Want to MTB

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

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

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

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

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

Wheelz Wins Third WCMX World Championship

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

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

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

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

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Travis Pastrana Wins 2017 Oregon Trail Rally

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

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

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

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VIDEO: Travis Pastrana at Oregon Trail Rally This Weekend

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

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TRAVIS PASTRANA TAKES SECOND AT INAUGURAL RALLYE PERCE-NEIGE
TRAVIS PASTRANA FINISHES SECOND AT TALL PINES RALLY

Crazy FMX Tricks From Sheeny and Bilko’s POV

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

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

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

Todd Meyn Can Flair Whip Anything

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

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

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TODD MEYN’S FOCUSED AND FIT FOR BMX
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R-Willy, Schmidty, and Bilko Ride a Trampoline Park

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

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

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

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

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Toohey and Buckworth Put on a Show for Fans in Griffith

Travis Pastrana Wins PTTOW! Icon Award

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

Travis Pastrana PTTOW Icon Award Nitro Circus

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

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

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

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Harry Bink’s Biggest Tricks From His Perspective

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

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Tons of Highlights From the Central Coast Show (Image Intense)
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Highlights From the 2017 Australia Tour Opener
Toohey and Buckworth Put on a Show for Fans in Griffith

Cam Sinclair Sticks the Four-Person Backflip in the Rain

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

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

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

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Tons of Highlights From the Central Coast Show (Image Intense)
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Highlights From the 2017 Australia Tour Opener
Toohey and Buckworth Put on a Show for Fans in Griffith

Nitro Circus Partners With FIST Handwear

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

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

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

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

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

Now We Can Shred the Park Without Shredding Our Pants

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Even Wheelz Bends His Wheels

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

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Wheelz Hangs Out With a Young Fan Thanks to Schmidty
Wheelz Shreds and Grinds in Gavin Godfrey’s Latest Edit
Wheelz Is Still Killing It

Todd Meyn Riding Smooth Back in Perth

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

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

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Todd Meyn’s Modified Game of BMX
Todd Meyn’s in Fighting Shape for the Australia Tour
Todd Meyn Having Some Fun With BMX Tricks for Two
Todd Meyn on His World First BMX Double Frontflip

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

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

Check out his DIY here:

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R-Willy Talks Upcoming Nitro Circus Video Game
Ryan Williams Rode With the Yasutoko Brothers in Japan
Another Day, Another Ryan Williams BMX World First

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

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

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MORE 2017 AUSTRALIA TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

5 Video Clips From a Wet Show in Tasmania
A Whole Lot of Australia Show Photos Are Here (IMAGE INTENSE)
The Nitro Crew Is Stoked to Be Back Down Under
Highlights From the 2017 Australia Tour Opener
Toohey and Buckworth Put on a Show for Fans in Griffith
Bilko and the FMX Crew Are Always Ready to Bring the Braaap

5 Video Clips From a Wet Show in Tasmania

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

MORE 2017 AUSTRALIA TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

A Whole Lot of Australia Show Photos Are Here (IMAGE INTENSE)
The Nitro Crew Is Stoked to Be Back Down Under
Highlights From the 2017 Australia Tour Opener
Toohey and Buckworth Put on a Show for Fans in Griffith
Bilko and the FMX Crew Are Always Ready to Bring the Braaap

R-Willy Talks Upcoming Nitro Circus Video Game

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

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

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

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

#iphone edit 😝😝😝

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

MORE 2017 AUSTRALIA TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

A Whole Lot of Australia Show Photos Are Here (IMAGE INTENSE)
The Nitro Crew Is Stoked to Be Back Down Under
Highlights From the 2017 Australia Tour Opener
Toohey and Buckworth Put on a Show for Fans in Griffith

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

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

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

MORE 2017 AUSTRALIA TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

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

Toohey and Buckworth Put on a Show for Fans in Griffith

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

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

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

VIDEO: Travis Pastrana Takes Us With Him for Shenanigans Week

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

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

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

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

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

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Beaver Fleming Is a One-Man Variety Show

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

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

Andy Buckworth Is an Artist in the Skatepark

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

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

Todd Meyn’s Modified Game of BMX

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

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

Highlights From the 2017 Australia Tour Opener

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

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

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

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

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

Ryan Williams Rode With the Yasutoko Brothers in Japan

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

Check out  more awesomeness from Japan:

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

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

The Nitro Crew Is Stoked to Be Back Down Under

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

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

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

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

Check Out These Great Gear Auctions to Benefit Colten Moore

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

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

Todd Meyn’s in Fighting Shape for the Australia Tour

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wheelz Hangs Out With a Young Fan Thanks to Schmidty

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

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

Nothing Can Stop Kurtis Downs From Going Big in 2017

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

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

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

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

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More awesomeness from our 2017 Japan tour:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All the Osaka Highlights You Can Handle (Image Intense)

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

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

More awesomeness from our 2017 Japan tour:

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

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

Wheelz Shreds and Grinds in Gavin Godfrey’s Latest Edit

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

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

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

Todd Meyn Having Some Fun With BMX Tricks for Two

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

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

Beaver Fleming Goes Big at Bowl-a-Rama

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

 

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

Invites Announced for First Group of Nitro World Games Semifinalists

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

Go here for the full story and video highlights

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

Beyond the Basics: Giganta Ramp’s Tokyo Variety Show

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

Jed Mildon -- Nitro Circus -- Tokyo

Tricycle -- Tokyo Show

Nitro Circus Tokyo Show

Wheelz at Tokyo

Brandon Schmidt -- Tokyo Show

Kayak -- Tokyo Show

Dusty Wyggle -- Nitro Circus -- Tokyo

Contraptions -- Nitro Circus -- Tokyo

Jamaican Bobsled -- Nitro Circus -- Tokyo

Jed Mildon -- Nitro Circus -- Tokyo

More awesomeness from our 2017 Japan tour:

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

The Nitro Crew Sends It at a Legendary Skatepark in Japan

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

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

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

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More awesomeness from our 2017 Japan tour:

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

FMX and BMX Went Off in Tokyo (Image Intense)

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

Taka Higashino - Nitro Circus

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

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

More awesomeness from our 2017 Japan tour:

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

Inline Represents at the Nitro Circus Tokyo Shows

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

Yasutoko Brothers in Tokyo

Yasutoko Brothers in Tokyo

Chris Haffey in Tokyo

More awesomeness from our 2017 Japan tour:

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

UPDATE: Wheelz Wins the World First Bracket Challenge!

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

ORIGINAL STORY CONTINUES BELOW

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

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

Round 1: What a Field

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

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

Round 2: The Competition Gets Fierce

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

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

Round 3: And Then There Were Four

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

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

Todd Meyn on His World First BMX Double Frontflip Tailwhip

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

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

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

Todd Meyn - Nitro Circus

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

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

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

More awesomeness from our 2017 Japan tour:

The Nitro Crew Out and About in Tokyo

Another Day, Another Ryan Williams BMX World First

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

Check out more highlights from our 2017 New Zealand tour:

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

The Nitro Crew Out and About in Tokyo

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

Nitro Crew in Tokyo

R-Willy Tours Tokyo

Travis Pastrana Tours Japan

R-Willy's Japan Tour

Jed Mildon Tours Japan

Dusty Wyggle Tours Japan

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

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

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Check out highlights from our 2017 New Zealand tour:

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

Highlights From the Last Two New Zealand Shows

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

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

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Andy Buckworth - Nitro Circus

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Ethen Roberts - Nitro Circus

The FMX Crew - Nitro Circus

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

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@kurtisdowns getting the shot in Tauranga yesterday👍 #nitrocircus

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

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

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Check out more highlights from our 2017 New Zealand tour:

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

Beaver Wins Best Trick at Simple Session With a World First

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

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

Todd Meyn Sticks a BMX World First in New Zealand

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

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

Check out more highlights from our 2017 New Zealand tour:

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

FMX Star Jarryd McNeil Goes Off Road in New Video

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

More highlights from our 2017 New Zealand tour:

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

Highlights From an Epic Day of BMX at Franklin Farm

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

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

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Todd Meyn
R-Willy, Todd Meyn, Jaie Toohey
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Jaie Toohey

Check out more highlights from our 2017 New Zealand tour:

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

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

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


More highlights from our 2017 New Zealand tour:

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

Levi Sherwood Going Big Back Home

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

Levi Sherwood - Nitro Circus - New Zealand

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

@kurtisdowns getting the shot in Tauranga yesterday👍 #nitrocircus

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

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

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#turndowntuesday 📷 @kurtisdowns #nitrocircus #fmx

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

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

Travis Pastrana Takes Second at Inaugural Rallye Perce-Neige

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

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

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

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

Loads of Highlights From Midway Through New Zealand

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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@ajhackettbungynz was maaaaaad 🤘

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

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

Road 2 Recovery Fund Launched for Colten Moore

Nitro team member and X Games gold medalist Colten Moore’s spinal injury will need extensive, expensive rehab, and a Road 2 Recovery page dedicated to him has been launched to help cover the costs. Thankfully, Colten has been up and walking after the crash and subsequent surgery, which occurred during an attempt at a competition-first snowmobile double backflip in January. Colten slightly over-rotated and landed too flat, causing major compaction as his body absorbed the impact of the landing. He dislocated a vertebra and bruised his spine, but surgery was reportedly successful and doctors are optimistic, assuming he gets the right rehab while he recovers. Hit this link for more details on what his recovery will involve.

Two-time Snowmobile Freestyle gold medalist @colt45moore was injured during the performance of the double backflip on a snowmobile at Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado. Colten suffered a dislocated T-12 vertebra, which in turn, bruised his spinal cord. Just after the crash, he was flown to Denver from Aspen and underwent surgery to repair the dislocation. Thankfully, Colten has already been up and walking with the help of his care team. However, due to the injuries suffered, there are some complications and he’ll need to go to a rehabilitation center specializing in spinal cord injuries. You can help his #R2R cause by going to the link in our bio and donating or leave a positive message for Colten to read. More detailed information on Colten and updates will be posted on R2R's website. #HelpColtenRecover #ColtenMoore #xgamesaspen #nitrocircus 📷 @nostyleprod

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In addition to SMB, Colten is an accomplished quad rider, and he has ridden both in Nitro live shows. The Nitro Crew wishes him a speedy recovery and all the best. Here’s that Road 2 Recovery link again. Consider at least giving it a share to help out a good cause.

Andy Buckworth Is a Triple Threat on Tour

Nitro BMX is stacked right now, with everyone on the squad making a case for being the BMX story of the year. Count Andy Buckworth as a contender for that honor. The BMX superstar from Australia is doing something pretty amazing right now — one of the most difficult tricks in BMX: the triple backflip. The number of athletes who can do them may be growing, but it’s still a pretty short list. Buckworth has been performing them at shows for only about a week, and before that he hadn’t tried one since July.

This is the clip from my triple flip last night #nitrocircus

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Check out some more of his highlights from the tour so far:

Tonight's show is going to be unreal 12,000 people in the crowd and the weather is amazing #nitrocircus #bmx #newzealand

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Another super awesome show in New Zealand #nitrocircus

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How about a couple more triples?

BMX stars are covering New Zealand in tire tracks. Check out Todd Meyn’s latest highlights from the tour. And click here to find out where we’re headed next.

Jaie Toohey Is Throwing Down All Over New Zealand

It looks like it’s going to be another banner year for BMX. During just the first few shows of our first tour of the year, there has been an overwhelming burst of activity on the BMX side, with seemingly everyone pushing for progression, whether it’s new World Firsts or personal bests. These athletes are on a tear right now. The moment they are wheels-down in a new city, their wheels are down at a local skatepark. Nitro veteran Jaie Toohey is no exception. He’s riding better than ever, and along with Todd Meyn, he’s trying to master the nothing front bike flip, a trick pioneered by Ryan Williams — who’s still the only rider to ever land it. They’re both getting close, too. Along the way, Jaie is sending it at every stop we hit. In Invercargill over the weekend, he stuck a Mirra Catch in honor of the late, great BMX veteran Dave Mirra:

Check out more highlights from Jaie’s last week or so:

There’s no doubt about it, Jaie is one of the reasons why the Giganta side is lit this year. So much so, you can’t fault an FMX star like Harry Bink for wanting to get in on the action on Jaie’s wheels:

Bink isn’t the only one to be tempted away from FMX. Javier Villegas and Levi Sherwood have also been spotted on human-powered bikes. We’re on tour RIGHT NOW! Click here to find out where we’re headed next.

Bodin Wins X Games Gold; Moore on the Mend

Daniel Bodin took home the gold in Snowmobile Best Trick at X Games Aspen, an event that saw two riders — Colten Moore and Heath Frisby — attempt a competition-first double backflip and fail, sending Colten to the hospital. A few days earlier, Bodin had landed the World First snowmobile double backflip outside of competition. In the final event of X Games Aspen, he stuck a super clean seatgrab indy backflip on his final run to take home his third win in this event. His previous golds were in 2011 and 2013.

Feels good to do media with a🏅 around my neck @xgames #ifyouaintfirstyourelast 📸 @jwesterling

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Colten over-rotated on his double backflip attempt and hit too far down the lander, essentially casing it and causing him a severe lower back injury. Several outlets reported that he had emergency surgery soon after and is doing well. He confirmed that by taking to Facebook following his surgery, posting: “Hey! I’m good!! Thank you all for the support!!! We do what we love. Period.”

Todd Meyn Is on Fire in New Zealand

Sometimes when a new tour starts, especially the first tour of the year, it takes a show or two for the athletes to get back fully into the groove, but by all accounts Nitro’s first tour of 2017 is going smooth as ever. That’s especially true for BMX artist Todd Meyn, who started the tour off by volunteering to be the first to test the ramp despite strong winds in Palmerston North, followed that up by winning the MVC in Whangarei, and is now on his way to sticking a trick that up to this point only one rider has ever landed. And we’re only a week in. Through it all he’s been a one-man documentary crew, giving us all a glimpse inside the world of the Nitro tour.

Always such an honour to win MVC. Thankyou Whangarei for having us . #nitrocircus

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The trick he’s working on is the nothing front bike flip, which Ryan Williams landed first and no one else has duplicated. Now Todd and fellow BMX all-star Jaie Toohey are getting personal coaching on the trick from R-Willy. “I still have a long way to go, but I’m determined to get it done,” Todd says. “Whether it’s in a month or a year, or even two. I will keep trying ’til I figure it out.”

As we mentioned before, Todd’s training on the bike flip started out with going through the motion and timing on solid ground before he took it to the ramp. He says R-Willy is a great teacher, which is good since he’s the only one who actually could teach someone how to do this. “I’ve always been in awe about this trick that Ryan does and have always given him such a huge amount of respect for it, but that level of respect has gone up another few notches. Ryan is really a genius on these insane unique tricks that he does,” Todd says. As luck would have it, during a break from performing in New Zealand, Todd and a bunch of the Crew spent the day in someone’s backyard, and it wasn’t just any backyard: It happened to have an air bag and a ramp equivalent to what the Nitro athletes ride in the live show. Todd got a chance to try the bike flip into the bag. Check it out (he makes his attempts at about 4:45 in, but you’re gonna want to watch the whole video unless you suffer from chronic fear of missing out):

As you can see, he’s getting close. He says that Toohey is also very close. Todd describes the adjustments he needs to make: “The hardest thing about this trick is getting the flick of the wrists off the takeoff to get the bike to spin around and stay close to your body,” he says. “I’ve got the flick figured out, but keeping the bike close is the next task.” Stay tuned as we follow Todd and Toohey’s progress on the road to landing the elusive trick.

Todd and the Nitro BMX cohort are also spending loads of time at the park between shows, giving the locals a bit of a free show and having a great time. If you follow Todd’s Instagram and YouTube closely, it’s the next best thing to being there with him. He’s got tons of footage and photos from the first week of tour, with plenty more to come. Here’s a taste:

Synchronising BMX with my good mate @mattwhyatt What else should we synchronise !?

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Double front flip no hander from Whangarei ! #nitrocircus

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It’s not all riding when the Crew gets together. Check out some Nitro boat and beach adventures from New Zealand. And we’re on tour RIGHT NOW! Click here to find out where we’re headed next.

Foster, Loupos Among Competitors at Triple Challenge Stop 2

The BMX Triple Challenge had its second stop of a three-stop tour last week, and on the heels of an awesome first stop in Anaheim, California, the best dirt riders in the world came out once again in Glendale, Arizona. It’s a fun competition with a simple format: Riders showcase their best tricks over two back-to-back jumps, and the best run wins.

See you at 8:00am ☕️☕️☕️ . @Monsterenergy @ToyotaUSA #BMXTripleChallenge #bmx

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James Foster, Brandon Loupos, Colton Satterfield, and Logan Martin were among the competitors. The field was tough, but Martin finished third and Loupos finished sixth but still managed to come away with the Best Trick prize for a slick cashroll tailwhip:

The final stop in the series will be in Atlanta. Here are some more highlights from Glendale:

@tylerrizzibmx caught me chilling. Thx dude. @monsterenergy

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If you liked these highlights, make sure you check out the highlights from the first stop!

FMXers Levi Sherwood and Javier Villegas Riding a Different Type of Bike

It’s always fun to see action sports athletes working outside their main area of focus to learn something new, apply their mad skills to a different discipline, or just plain cut loose in a new way. As fun as FMX is, even the best dirtbike riders in the world love to swap their gas-powered machines for human-powered rides just to have some fun between shows.  Case in point: Javier Villegas, riding BMX as a way to unwind and spend some time with his son. He points out that you don’t really follow him to see BMX, but maybe you should.

Speaking of that, you probably follow New Zealand’s Levi Sherwood because he’s a lights-out moto rider who won the FMX event at the first Nitro World Games. But here he is going big on a mountain bike, which is also awesome.

It's been fun learning something new! #rotozdirtjumppark #mtb #apprentice @shoguncycles

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Boats and Beaches Between Shows in New Zealand

One of the bonuses of traveling around the world on tour is that we often find ourselves with some time to kill between shows. During our first full week in New Zealand, after the first two super fun shows in what is looking to be an amazing 2017 touring season, the Crew got to decompress with a day at the beach and a day diving, paddleboarding, and swimming from a boat around the Poor Knights Islands, just off the coast of the North Island of New Zealand.

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The group of islands is a nature preserve with some of the best diving around, and the Crew took full advantage. The photos and videos speak for themselves, so sit back and get ready to live vicariously.

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When the Crew isn’t lounging around on beaches and boats, they’re going big in shows around the world! Find out where we’re headed next right here.

Wheelz Is Still Killing It

Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham isn’t done making history. As the most well known ambassador for the emerging sport of WCMX, he’s riding his wheelchair harder than ever and defining what’s possible with every trick he adds to his arsenal, which seems to be growing daily. Not that you needed it, but here’s more proof that Wheelz will be a man to watch this year.

A little sideways action at #ProPark for #whipitwednesday ! #WCMX #BoxWheelchairs #whenindoubtwhipitout

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Highlights From a Strong Tour Kick-Off in New Zealand

Our 2017 world tour kicked off in New Zealand with two shows for the ages. The fans in Palmerston North and Whangarei were as good as it gets, and the Crew came out swinging. What a great start to what’s sure to be our best year of tours yet.

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We’re riding a new Giganta ramp setup for this tour, but high winds before the show in Palmerston North meant the Crew were unable to get their practice runs in. Not only that, it was the first show of a new tour, so the bikes were also basically new. If ever a warm-up is necessary, it’s a situation like this. But it obviously didn’t stop these guys. Todd Meyn took the first run, and the rest was history. Todd’s been killing it even more than usual lately, and you’re sure to see a ton more from him as the tour progresses.

Local FMX legend Levi Sherwood is a crowd favorite here, naturally, and he rode the first show like a man possessed. (Levi has also been invited back to the FMX finals at the 2017 Nitro World Games).

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

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Andy Buckworth has had two huge shows, landing a triple backflip for the first time in a show and then repeating it  again in Whangarei.

This is the clip from my triple flip last night #nitrocircus

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And those are just a couple of the absolutely huge things that have already gone down in just two shows. It’s been unforgettable so far, and we are literally just getting started in 2017. Check out a few more highlights below:

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First Competitors for Nitro World Games 2017 Announced

finalists-return-200pxThe first competitors invited to the 2017 Nitro World Games will be the winners of the FMX, BMX, and skate events from last year, ensuring they will have a chance to defend their titles this summer in Salt Lake City. FMX superstars Gregg Duffy and Levi Sherwood, BMX phenoms Ryan Williams and Colton Walker, and skateboard extraordinaire Elliot Sloan have been invited directly to the finals. Tickets are available now for the 2017 Nitro World Games, which are set for June 24 at Rice-Eccles Stadium, to be broadcast live on NBC. Stay tuned for more lineup announcements in the coming weeks.

Read the full story on NitroWorldGames.com

Will Todd Meyn Be the Next to Stick the Nothing Front Bike Flip?

R-Willy landed the World First nothing front bike flip in 2015. When he sent it at the Nitro World Games last year on his way to winning the BMX Best Tricks Event, it was one of the more memorable moments of the night. Though it’s been almost two years since the first one, it’s not a trick you see every day, because it’s incredibly difficult. Just to recap: The nothing front bike flip is where the rider frontflips the bike in mid air without being on it — so they float there behind the bike until it comes back around. It’s a beautiful, gravity-defying move when it’s done well. When it’s not it looks like a weightless yard sale. But now Todd Meyn has his eyes on sticking the elusive trick. He’s been killing it on the New Zealand tour and is already having an epic year, so don’t be surprised if we see a nothing front bike flip from him soon. Plus, he can find no better teacher for this. Here’s what an R-Willy master class looks like in real life:

And just for good measure, here’s R-Willy mid-trick in Whangarei, New Zealand. Awesome photo, Bruce Cook!

Just floating around! 🚲🚶🏼 📸@brucecookfmx #NitroCircus #newzealand #tour #fun #flying #willy #goodtimes

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R-Willy Eyeing Another BMX World First

Call it the R-Willy effect. Because of athletes like Ryan Williams and events like the Nitro World Games and the BMX Triple Challenge, we honestly can’t say what the next watershed moment in BMX will be. The rules are being rewritten before our eyes. Case in point: In one of his latest videos, R-Willy is practicing a tailwhip front bikeflip, another potential video game trick in a long line of impossible things he’s landed, which, like many of his signature BMX moves, evolved from scooter. Athletes from different action sports worlds coming together, sharing ideas, and in the process making something even better. There’s nothing more Nitro than that. Check it out:

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Bilko’s Throwback Clip and the Perfect Australia Day Tribute

To our Australian fans around the world, happy Australia Day from all of us at Nitro Circus. We owe so much to the land Down Under. The Nitro Circus Live tour started in Australia over 10 years ago, a landmark we celebrated on our Party of the Decade tour last year. Many of our athletes and backstage crew hail from there, so we think of Australia as one of our home countries. A very specific gift Australia has given us — no, not Vegemite — is FMX star and Nitro class clown Blake “Bilko” Williams. We couldn’t imagine him being from anywhere else. So we’re giving him back to you. Happy Straya Day from Bilko and the rest of us, and for more Bilko being Bilko, check out the throwback video below:

#strayaday happy Australia Day pop a collar go mad 🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺

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Beaver Fleming and Dusty Wygle Go for a Skate

Beaver Fleming is Nitro’s resident skateboard guru, and Dusty Wygle is Nitro’s resident Swiss Army knife (meaning of course he skates in addition to riding contraptions, pitbike, mountain bike, and anything else that’s lying around). So what happens when these two get together to hit the park? It absolutely dumps rain and hail, forcing them to escape indoors. Beaver tells us that their session in the below video started outdoors at MLK Park in Carlsbad, California, but the crazy weather forced them to retreat to drier ground. That ended up being the bowl at Aura Skatepark a few miles away. It was Beaver’s first time there. “The bowl was sketchy, but an awesome time!” he says. Check out what he means in the clip:

If you liked this video, you should check out Andy Buckworth’s board skills. And make sure you hit the tour page to see where we’ll be next!

City of Annapolis Welcomes Nitro Circus Live

We are headed to Annapolis this summer. After a planned Nitro show in Travis Pastrana’s hometown met a bit of resistance from some of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium’s surrounding neighborhoods, Travis and Mayor Michael Pantelides went door to door around the venue to ensure the locals were as informed as possible about what Nitro Circus is all about. Today we’re happy to announce that we’re set for a July 23 show there, and we plan to build upon the good faith the residents of Annapolis, the mayor, and the alderman of that ward have shown us. Tickets will go on sale Feb. 17.

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Mayor Michael Pantelides, Travis Pastrana, and Alderman Fred Paone

“I appreciate the city’s support of our event, and I want to thank the local community for their ongoing encouragement,” Travis says. “This performance is about being able to bring something that I am very proud of to my hometown.”

The list of concerns that prompted the initial veto of the performance was focused primarily on noise. Travis and other representatives of Nitro met with city officials and residents to discuss ways to alleviate those concerns and found common ground to allow the show to proceed. Additionally, Travis has pledged to invite local charity groups and kids to a VIP pre-show segment. More details on the show will be available soon.

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Kurtis Downs Logs Final Moto Session Before New Zealand

Nitro’s Kurtis Downs is more than a touring BMX pro — he’s about that action sports lifestyle. Before winning everyone over with his considerable skills on BMX, Kurtis earned his spot on tour riding contraptions. But that’s just the day job. Between tours, when he’s not practicing or competing, Kurtis can be found back home or with the Godfrey Clan in Utah, on a dirtbike. He made sure to get in one more moto session before grabbing his BMX and heading to New Zealand to kick off the first Nitro Circus tour of 2017. Check it out:

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Todd Meyn Visits His Home Park Ahead of New Zealand

The start of our 2017 touring season is so close we can taste it, with our first show this week, a whole slew of stops confirmed, and many more to come. The fans are pumped, everyone behind the scenes at Nitro is pumped, and of course the riders are pumped. Nitro superstar Todd Meyn has been very vocal about how excited he is for the upcoming shows. The BMX pro is based in North Carolina, but he’s originally from Perth, Australia. He decided to make a stop back home before heading to New Zealand, and he got some great photos and videos at Belmont Skatepark in Perth. “It was pretty much my second home growing up,” he told us. Welcome back, Todd! It’s obvious he’s right at home in the sprawling outdoor skatepark. Check it out:

Pretty happy with this first try effort, Came in a little to hot 😂 #perth

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Some DOUBLE action today with my good friend @nathandobbie . Such a fun day riding. #perth

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Some tech clips from yesterday's ride at Bayswater.

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Fun last ride tonight at the local before headed to New Zealand 🇳🇿 #Belmont

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Andy Buckworth: From Bikes to Boards

It’s no secret that most people who are into action sports are usually into more than one, and that’s true of your everyday weekend warrior all the way up through the most decorated professional athletes. The Nitro Crew is no exception, and today we wanted to share some fun times with BMX superstar Andy Buckworth, who has been riding with Nitro forever and is definitely someone you should keep an eye out for. Like we said, you already know Buckworth as a BMX legend:

Sometimes I like to hang off the back of it. #A1 #monsterenergytriplecrown @monsterenergy

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We’re past being surprised when we find out our athletes are great at many things, but it’s still fun to share their posts when they step out of whatever discipline they’re most known for. Speaking of which, here’s Buckworth on a wakeboard:

And a snowboard with fellow BMXers James Foster and Logan Martin:

Back on the mountain…. showing @loganmartinbmx and @jackbmx the ropes #bearmountain #bigbear @bear_mountain

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Glorious day on the hill today #bluebird #bearmountain #bigbear #snowboarding #rainbowpaddlepop #str8g 📸 @jamesfosterbmx

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Any bets on what we’ll see him riding next?

We’re heading out on a world tour for 2017, with plenty of dates already announced and more to come!

R-Willy Challenges Owen Carter to a Game of Mini SCOOT

Ryan Williams’ latest YouTube clip is a scooter fan favorite, an old-fashioned game of SCOOT, but with a small twist. To make things interesting, R-Willy and Aussie scooter pro Owen Carter decided to play the game with a mini scooter, which neither of them have much experience using. Owen had landed only two tricks on the mini, they estimated, prior to challenging R-Willy, who has even less experience riding one but is nonetheless widely known for his ability to quickly master new disciplines. For those unfamiliar, the game of SCOOT is based on basketball’s game of HORSE. The first rider performs a trick, and the second must perform the same trick. If the second rider fails, he gets a letter, starting with S. The rider who spells SCOOT first loses. It’s a simple game but with a tendency to get incrementally crazier as the competition heats up. Check it out:

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Jed Mildon’s Home Crowd Is Pumped to Have Him Back

With our first shows of 2017 hitting New Zealand in a matter of days, the Nitro athletes are getting revved up to kick off our 2017 world tour. Nitro BMX legend Jed Mildon is no exception, and the first set of shows are especially exciting for him, as he’ll be back in front of his home-country crowd doing what he loves best.

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The people of New Zealand are pretty pumped to come out and see Jed ride too. We’ve been keeping an eye on New Zealand media, and the whole country is ready for this tour to kick off. Jed talked to one publication about how he started out wanting to play for the All Blacks, one of the more famous teams in rugby. “It’s gone from wanting to be an All Black and doing the haka in these venues to being in Nitro Circus with Travis Pastrana and doing the haka in these venues. It came true, but it came true on a bike — something that I love more than anything in the world,” he said. Read the full article here.

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Jed also was featured in the New Zealand Herald’s Northern Advocate, where he talks about the meditative state he enters when he’s attempting huge tricks, like the World First BMX quad backflip that he landed in 2015, which will be featured on TVNZ on Jan. 22 in New Zealand. Read that full article here.

That last interview also mentioned how the first person Jed calls when he hits career milestones like that is his mom. And in another article, the author noted how down-to-earth Jed is despite being a world-class legendary BMX athlete. Read that article here. None of this surprises the people who know Jed personally, because even though his nickname is Warrior, he’s a big teddy bear at heart. You wouldn’t know it by the way he rides, though, which is why if you get the chance to see Jed throw down live, you owe it to yourself to take it.

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Nitro Riders Eager to Kick Off the 2017 Tour

Our first tour of 2017 is set to start in a matter of days, on Jan. 27. The Nitro Circus Regional Rampage Tour is headed to New Zealand, and then we’re off to Japan and Australia. The athletes are getting pumped up about this year of touring. It’s fun to keep an eye on social media to see everyone getting ready to rock, so we’ve picked a few posts to get you into the spirit as well. Check them out, and when you’re done, hit the links below to see when we’re to a city near you.

The first Nitro Circus tour of 2017 kicks off at Palmerston North, New Zealand, on Jan. 27. Make sure you lock down your tickets! We’ve got all your 2017 tour dates right here, with more to come. Sign up here to be notified when we’ll be in your area!

Ethen Roberts Shows Us Why Utah Is King With Just Two Photos

It’s no secret that we love on Utah whenever possible. Most of you already know that it’s basically like Disneyland for action sports junkies, but just in case some of you still aren’t sure, we will continue to spread the message. It doesn’t hurt that “spread the message” in this case means sharing epic photos and videos from all over the state. And in the last two weeks Ethen Roberts posted a couple photos taken by Aaron Brimhall that would convince even the biggest doubters.

Ethen says, “The first photo was taken up at my local resort, Brighton. A hidden gem compared to all the ski resorts in Utah! We have been getting unloaded on with snow. Every day it’s been a winter wonderland!”

The getting was good! @brightonresort #powdays #whitelines #welostheather #ride @aaronbhall

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And a quintessential fabled trait of any awesome action sports paradise is that you can snowboard all morning and ride dirtbikes all afternoon in the same day. That’s Utah:

Riding under the moonlight! #cainville #offthegrid 📷: @aaronbhall

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“Shooting for my new webseries Off the Grid, riding under a full moon, a bonfire and a few road flares in the Utah dessert,” Ethen says. “Cainville is a strange-looking place during the day, but it came alive at night!” Sign us up, Ethen!

We are about to hit the road for our 2017 touring season! We’ve got dozens of showed announced with more to come all over the world, so check out our tour page, and sign up here to be notified when we’re coming to your area.

R-Willy Takes Us on His First Park Session of 2017

Ryan Williams had his first scooter session of the year on his home turf at a skatepark in the Sunshine Coast, Australia, recently, and lucky for us he caught the whole day on camera. Over the years we’ve collected hours of footage of R-Willy sending huge tricks, and this video is no exception, but what’s great about his YouTube channel in general is that we get to see a bit of that winning personality in addition to the mad skills. We even get a glimpse at what he eats for breakfast. Check it out:

If you enjoyed that, here’s more R-Willy being R-Willy:

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The Nitro Crew’s Day at the Dunes, Plus More Australia Highlights

We’re set to kick off our next tour of Australia on March 11, and we can’t wait to get back to one of our favorite places. Australia is where we put on our first live shows 10 years ago. To celebrate that, we threw the Party of the Decade tour last year. It was so much fun. World Firsts were nailed. Audiences were blown away. This year, we’re bringing the Regional Rampage Tour, taking the mayhem to 15 cities. One of the obvious perks of a regional tour is we get to see way more of the country. Australia is a playground for action sports athletes, and we look forward to side trips almost as much as putting on the live shows. On one of our previous visits to Western Australia, the Nitro Crew spent a day at the dunes, where we got to break out all of our toys. Check it out:

We always go big when we’re Down Under. Check out this clip of Travis Pastrana and Josh Sheehan attempting side-by-side double backflips to close the Gold Coast show, and few photo highlights from past shows in Australia:

 

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Foster and Buckworth Highlights From the BMX Triple Challenge

Over the weekend Monster hosted the first stop of the BMX Triple Challenge, a three-city event that has the best BMX dirt riders competing in a cool format around the U.S. Riders included Nitro athletes James Foster and Andy Buckworth, along with Brandon Loupos, Colton Satterfield, and several BMXers who competed in the 2016 Nitro World Games. With a star-studded list of invited competitors along with open qualifiers, all sorts of awesomeness went down.

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Riders get a chance to show their best tricks over two jumps — simple as that. Buckworth and Foster missed the podium — and Buckworth nailed a no-hander double backflip followed immediately by a no-hander frontflip, because BMX is getting bonkers — but we’ve got highlights for you to prove they didn’t go down easy. Next stop on the circuit: Glendale, Arizona, at the end of January. Check out some video and more photos below.

Foster killed it in this run:

And check out this superman seatgrab from Buckworth:

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Loupos also showed up big:

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All photos and videos except the Buckworth superman seatgrab shot by our own Lisa Sabalvaro. For more info on the Triple Challenge click here. And check out our tour page to see where we’re going to be performing next!

Ethen and the Blob, Plus More New Zealand Highlights

We’re kicking off our next tour of New Zealand on Jan. 27, which has us looking back at some of Nitro Circus’ greatest Kiwi hits, from show shenanigans to detours in search of greatness. New Zealand and Australia (where we are headed after New Zealand) have played host to some of our biggest stunts outside of shows. It helps that Kiwis are always game to help us make the crazy happen, no matter how terrifying. Take the time we teamed up with NZL rugby legends Josh Kronfeld and Jeff Wilson to try for a world record catapulting Ethen Roberts off of a blob in a harbor in Auckland. Check it out:

And for good measure, check out this gallery of highlights from previous New Zealand shows to help get you as pumped as we are for the upcoming tour:

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Travis Pastrana Goes Door to Door; Nitro Athletes Weigh In

Travis Pastrana and Nitro Circus supporters joined Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides to go house to house this weekend around Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium after a planned Nitro show there was vetoed by neighborhood associations. The goal for Travis was to ensure that the residents of that community are fully informed about what a Nitro Circus show involves and to change their minds about letting us perform in this venue in his hometown. By all accounts, the day was a step in the right direction.

Prior to the outing, thousands of people weighed in via a Capital Gazette poll, which as of this publishing has more than 12,000 votes supporting Nitro (almost 10 times more than the number who voted against the show). But Travis and Mayor Pantelides know that the poll doesn’t matter if the people who actually live in that neighborhood aren’t swayed, which prompted the door to door. After all was said and done, Travis and supporters managed to garner 428 signatures, which is a huge effort by a small group hoofing it around in the snow. And, more importantly, the mayor estimated in a letter to Eye on Annapolis that the relevant neighborhood has 600-plus homeowners, so that 428 is potentially a sizable chunk of the people who matter most. Whatever the case, Travis and Mayor Pantelides concede that whatever the residents decide is binding.

As this story develops, we’re learning a little more about residents’ concerns. The list of initial objections had largely to do with the potential noise the show would cause. Part of Travis’ information campaign has been to point out that our show will be smaller and less noisy than a college football game, which is one of the things the stadium regularly hosts. One resident who supports Nitro said that some of our fans have taken to the community associations’ pages and left inflammatory comments, which is not going to help. We agree that this is not the way to get it done. We know we can settle the whole thing without any negativity, so as much as we appreciate the support, let’s make sure we’re making our case respectfully. Remember, these are people just looking out for their neighborhood; their intentions are good. The best thing we can do is specifically address their concerns and make sure everyone involved knows what Nitro means to the athletes and fans — and overwhelmingly that spirit is about positivity.

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We talked to a couple Nitro athletes about the Annapolis show. The conversation turned to what Nitro is all about, in light of this surprising first for our live show, which has been touring for a decade around the world. Nitro BMX and rollerboard athlete Brandon Schmidt says, “The Nitro spirit is one of brotherhood, camaraderie, and a mutual goal of progressing action sports. It drives you to be better and help push those around you to be better.” BMX superstar Todd Meyn adds, “We are a big family with huge aspirations and determination to push action sports to new heights while motivating and inspiring not just the younger generation of action sports but everybody and anybody.”

We’re hoping for a positive outcome for the potential Annapolis show, and the mayor says if necessary the city’s February council meeting will address the situation. We’ll be following the story closely, obviously, so stay tuned.

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Travis Pastrana Appeals to Annapolis Locals for Contested Show

Nitro Circus Live’s planned July 2017 show in Annapolis, Maryland, has met with some unexpected resistance. Local residents from the surrounding neighborhood have voiced concerns about the event and voted to prohibit Nitro from performing at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, whose zoning permit includes a clause allowing the nearby neighborhood association to veto proposed events. What makes this an even bigger surprise: Annapolis is the hometown of Nitro Ringleader Travis Pastrana, who is now planning to go door to door with the city’s mayor to appeal to residents directly.

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A poll posted on the Annapolis Capital Gazette’s website as of this publishing has 11,400 votes to let Nitro move forward with the planned show, compared with 1,300 votes against. If you have an opinion, please don’t hesitate to vote here.

These numbers aren’t surprising to us, of course. This is a first for Nitro Circus. We’ve performed in venues big and small all over the world for the better part of a decade. Those venues have been located in every type of place you can imagine, including many in residential neighborhoods. Now, obviously, many of the pro-Nitro votes on that poll are not from the people who live in the neighborhood immediately around that venue, and those are the people who need to be convinced (though we have received support from others in the Annapolis area and surrounding county). We think they’re just slightly misinformed about what to expect from a Nitro show and, more importantly, what Nitro is all about. Here are their primary concerns:

The production is designed to be loud 
Heavy metal rock music is played throughout
Cannon blasting and unmuffled motorcycle engines create more noise
The show includes pyrotechnics
There’s loud commentary from a prominent public address system

Clearly, the main concern is about noise, which is easily addressed by pointing out that our show is not much different noise-wise than any sporting event. This list isn’t accurate in the context of the entire show. There are brief moments with some of the elements described, but the entire show is within a more-than-acceptable noise range. In fact, tests we’ve had conducted to address noise restrictions in previous venues have shown that our show is less noisy than many other athletic events, including football games, which Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium regularly hosts. And even if noise were a potential issue, the proposed show time is a Sunday afternoon — not late into the night.

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Most of all, we want to make sure that this community understands what we’re all about before they write us off fully. One official was quoted as saying, “The majority of events held at the stadium are community-related and beneficial to the community.” Ouch! Nitro Circus Live is a show for the whole family that’s exciting and original — the best athletes in the world performing feats you won’t see anywhere else. But more than that, Nitro Circus is about positivity: the idea that anything is possible if you work hard enough. We’re about inspiration: overcoming obstacles when everything feels stacked against you. We’re about giving back to the fans that allow us to continue to do what we do. More concretely, we support many people and causes in communities around the world. Travis said it best in a recent Facebook post:

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Adding to all of this, of course, is the fact that this is Travis’ hometown. He lives outside of Annapolis to this day and counts the community as his hometown crowd. Because this is all clearly a case of some inaccurate information being spread, Travis plans to go door to door in the surrounding neighborhood with Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides to personally talk with residents about the show and make sure that those who would be most affected by it are fully informed. Mayor Pantelides says that the city’s February council meeting may also be dedicated to the ongoing discussion. We hope to win over the neighborhood by then, and if anyone can do that, it’s Travis. Stay tuned for more as this story unfolds, and don’t forget to hit the poll to weigh in.

While the Annapolis show is in flux, we have several other dates that aren’t! Check out our tour page and sign up here to find out where we’re headed next.

That Time Jed Mildon Led a Haka in New Zealand

In a few short weeks, we’ll be kicking off our 2017 tours in New Zealand. The Land of the Long White Cloud is a storied destination for Nitro Circus. It has hosted some of our greatest and earliest World Firsts. It also brought us one of Nitro’s most popular members, BMX pro Jed Mildon, otherwise known as The Warrior. On one of our New Zealand tours, Jed, who is of Maori ancestry, suggested we begin our shows with a performance of the Haka dance. Naturally the Nitro crew jumped at the chance to perform it with Jed providing spirited leadership. It is one of our favorite memories of past tours of New Zealand and just one of many reasons we can’t wait to get back. Check it out:

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More Winter Fun With Nitro: Curling and Snowboarding

Some members of the Nitro Crew are at home in the cold. Others, including notable badasses of summertime sports are easily felled by ice and powder. Here are two times Nitro athletes braved the cold for some winter fun:

One of the best places in the U.S. to experience winter awesomeness is Utah, a state with geography to suit any action sport (an important reason why we picked Salt Lake City to host the Nitro World Games). After the Nitro tour touched down in Salt Lake City, the Crew took a day off to go snowboarding. When you’re riding with world-class snowboarders Brandon Schmidt and Ethen Roberts, you know you’re going to see sick jumps. But you have to give credit to snowboarding rookies for braving the same slopes and trying to stick some of the same tricks.

Curling isn’t a sport you would normally associate with Nitro Circus. It’s not exactly a sport that gets the adrenaline pumping. But when the crew gave it a try, they decided to add an extra element to make things more interesting — human curling.

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What It Looks Like to Be Inside a Nitro Bomb

We’re back on tour in just a few weeks, and we can’t wait to kick it off. The Nitro Crew have been hard at work developing new tricks to take on the road to make sure our Aussie and Kiwi fans see something they’ve never seen before. But there’s one trick you can see only when the gang gets back together for the show. Nitro’s signature trick must be witnessed live in its full braaap glory. The Nitro Bomb. It’s one thing to watch it from the sidelines but quite another to see it from the point of view of one of the riders. Josh Sheehan gives us just that in this clip. Check it out:

Keeping it tight! #NitroCircus #FMX #Motocross #MonsterEnergy @monsterenergy @xdubai @alpinestars @nitrocircus

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For more Nitro Bomb madness, check out the Top 5 Shots of the Best Nitro BombsThe Nitro World Games 2017 are set for June 24! For more information, check out the website!

Spin Into 2017 With Todd Meyn and Friends

We’re kicking off the new year with a little progression session inspiration for you, featuring Todd Meyn and Brian Fox riding at Daniel Dhers Action Sports Complex in Holly Springs, North Carolina. Todd moved to North Carolina from Australia because the BMX scene is so big there, and DDASC is just one great example of why. But take note of this, BMXers: No matter how many times you ride a park, you can always find ways to challenge yourself. With a crazy new line, a series of tricks you’ve never combo’d before, pushing each other to progress. If you haven’t already come up with some goals for 2017, let this edit motivate you to do something you’ve never done before:

Todd and Brian have had a bit of a rivalry that goes back a ways, and fittingly the basis for that rivalry is spinning. Todd tells us that the two have been competing to be the first to stick a 1440, and while they’d both obviously love to be the first to do it, they’ve become very supportive of each other as they get closer to landing it. We’ll definitely be following this as it develops, so stay tuned. In the meantime, you can’t stick a 1440 until you master a 1080, so:

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Spotted: 10-Year-Old Videos of a Young R-Willy

One of the questions we get a lot around here is: What does a burgeoning action sports athlete need to do to become a professional? Our answer is always the same: It takes dedication and practice, combined with a bit of natural ability and a sprinkle of luck. Now we have a bit of living proof. Recently multi-threat Crew member Ryan Williams put out a YouTube video in which he revealed that he still has a live MySpace account that features decade-old videos of him riding scooter — so he’d be about 12 in the videos. Check out some screen grabs and click the small photos for bigger versions:

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What we see in the actual clips (click here to watch them) is a pre-teen who totally rips. R-Willy tells us that a couple of these clips take place in the first skatepark he ever rode, down the street from his childhood home. For those aspiring athletes out there, you might look at this and see a fully formed rider on the road to becoming the R-Willy we know today. But consider the bigger picture. He’s been riding for more than half his life to get to where he is. Undeniably, he has innate skills, but the way he dedicates himself to his disciplines for years to keep progressing is such a huge part of becoming the best he can be. That’s something we can all do, whatever it is we’re passionate about.

Get on the progression train! The 2017 Nitro World Games are set for June 24, and tickets are already on sale. Pick yours up while they last! More info here.

#1: The First Nitro World Games | WildYear 2016

Topping our list of the best moments from 2016 is the first-ever Nitro World Games, an action sports competition years in the making, dreamed up and designed by legends. The inaugural event was more than the sum of its parts, which included dozens of competition World Firsts and a few tricks that would have been impossible not long ago. World-class athletes in FMX, BMX, skate, scooter, and inline competed in seven events designed to push the limits of what is possible, and the result was bigger and better than Mike Porra and Travis Pastrana ever imagined. The Nitro World Games takes the Nitro Circus spirit — testing the boundaries in a serious and safe way — and evolves it to fit a competition format that sees seven winners crowned in a single night of action. Travis and Mike were the driving force behind it all, and with the date set and tickets on sale for the 2017 Nitro World Games, it will surely be the place where action sport levels up for years to come.

Click here for highlights from all seven 2016 Nitro World Games events.

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For more information on the 2017 Nitro World Games, check out the official site.

#2: The FMX Double Frontflip | WildYear 2016

The #2 moment on our year-end countdown is a World First that has a checkered history for the Nitro Crew. In 2014, while attempting the World First FMX double frontflip during a Nitro Circus Live show, Bruce Cook sustained a spinal injury that cost him the use of his legs. It was one of the darkest moments in Nitro Circus history and all but cemented the idea that the double frontflip was too risky even for the best riders in the world.

Bruce would never walk again, but despite what his doctors told him, he defied the odds and eventually got back on his bike, becoming the first paraplegic rider to backflip a motorcycle, which was one of the highlights of our WildYear round-up last year.

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Notwithstanding Bruce’s inspiring passion and drive, the double frontflip remained elusive, with speculation about whether it was possible and worth continuing to try. Whether it could be done or not, after Bruce’s accident, many, including Nitro Circus CEO and Creative Director Mike Porra, didn’t really want to see anyone try it again.

But then a rider known for racing, not FMX, stepped up. Gregg Duffy hadn’t ever competed in freestyle motocross before the Nitro World Games in July 2016, yet after a ton of practice at Pastranaland, he would ultimately use his first competition as a stage to make history. Two years after Bruce’s accident, Duffy landed the double frontflip and put the FMX world on notice. Welcome to the freestyle party, indeed. Watch it here:

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The first Nitro World Games was one of the biggest nights in action sports history. If you want to be there for Nitro World Games 2017, you better get your tickets fast.

#3: A Decade of Nitro Circus Live | WildYear 2016

The #3 entry in our countdown of the best of 2016 is a whole tour that represents everything we’re about. In 2016 we hit a ton of tour milestones, performing in dozens of cities we’d never been to before, putting up our two largest shows ever in North America, and making more stops around the world in one year than ever before. But our biggest milestone was celebrating 10 years of bringing the boom to live audiences. That’s right, our first live shows were a full decade ago, and to celebrate we set off on an epic tour around Australia, where the journey began for Nitro Circus Live.

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The Party of the Decade Tour had a lot to live up to, as many of the Nitro veterans felt it was the culmination of a decade of progression — how do you meet expectations? Well, you assemble the greatest group of legendary athletes from all over the world, bring in bigger ramps, and set them loose for some of the best fans in action sports. No problemo. The Crew blew away expectations, continuing to up the game beyond what any of us thought was possible when this story started so long ago. This edit from one night encompasses what the whole tour was about, and what Nitro is all about:

The spirit of Nitro has achieved a new level, starting in Utah as a group of friends making videos out of their garage, it has evolved into the live show that started in Australia and has become the world’s biggest progression session, and our 10th anniversary tour fully, unequivocally set a new bar for us. We can’t wait to top it in 2017. Here’s some more highlights:

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#4: Record Crowds in Eugene and Edmonton | WildYear 2016

Coming in at #4 on our list of best moments of 2016, we look back at two milestone shows. For the Nitro Crew, crowd size doesn’t affect how well they ride or how much fun they have doing it. We’re equally happy throwing down for a packed stadium or three friends in someone’s backyard. But this year we hit some cities that we’d never been able to get to before, and the result was incredible. During our summer 2016 North America tour, we drew the biggest U.S. audience we’ve ever had and the biggest Canada audience we’ve ever had — so the two biggest crowds for North America in Nitro history, combining for more than 30,000 awesome fans!

In Eugene, Oregon, more than 16,000 people came out to Autzen Stadium, better known for being one of the loudest venues in college football during Oregon Ducks home games. It was a true honor to get a feel for that energy. Here are some highlights:

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In Edmonton, Alberta, more than 15,000 fans packed Commonwealth Stadium, typically home to Edmonton’s CFL team. The Canadian crowd was bonkers, which made us feel right at home. Check out some of the best moments:

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Thanks to the North American fans for continuing to come out strong for us! We’re set for another epic run in 2017, so get ready for even more mayhem! Click here for #5 on our WildYear 2016 list!

The Nitro World Games 2017 is set for June 24. For tickets and information, check out the website!