Focus on the most fabulous exploits of Robbie Maddison, one of the best freestyle dirtbike champions.
Robbie Maddison well known in the world of motor sport and for good reason, in recent years this stuntman has been performing quite crazy feats on his dirtbike.
He has made the longest motorcycle jump in the world, broken that record 4 years later, landed on the Las Vegas arc de triomphe, running a backflip over London’s Tower Bridge, ect.
His last feat? Surfing on a wave … on a dirtbike. Yes, you read correctly. An idea as far-fetched as incredible that the champion of motocross freestyle has, with the technical difficulties that we can imagines, finally realized.
Here is a little recap of his greatest achievements :
1 2007 – The longest jump in the world
This Australian was already well known in the world of freestyle motocross, but it’s in 2007 that his notoriety has literally exploded. On the New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas, he made a spectacular jump of 101 meters (332 feet), beating the previous world record held by Evel Knievel who declared the jump impossible. The public state so much on fire that Robbie went back to do it a second time, just like that, for the fun!
2 2008 – Jump over the Arc de Triomphe in Las Vegas
Almost all motorcycle-based stunts are distance jumps, usually jumping over something or a variety of things like cars, buses, etc. But rarely is it jumping off of something. Robbie Maddison decided to jump on the roof of the Las Vegas arc de triomphe, a two-thirds replica of the original in Paris, which is still 33 meters high (108 feet). But that was the easy part! He then turned around and jumped off, dropping about 10 stories and almost overshooting the landing completely. Luckily, he saved it, because that one would not have felt too good. He later said, “I don’t care if you offered me $10 million, I wouldn’t do it again.”
3 2009 – The Tower Bridge of London backflip
What does Robbie do with jumps that are less than 200 feet? He backflips them, of course. In 2009, Robbie traveled to merry old England to backflip the famous drawbridge perched over the River Thames.
4. 2010 – Jumping over the Corinth Canal in Greece
The Corinth Canal in Greece has seen another incredible feat by Robbie Maddison. The length of the jump itself was not new to him as it didn’t exceed 84 meters (278 feet), but the most impressive is the fact that he was 30 meters (100 feet) in the air across a chasm. A real badass jump.
5 2011 – New world record for the longest jump in tandem
New Year 2011, Robbie decides to beat his own longest jump world record but this time in tandem with Levi LaVallee. It is above the port of San Diego (California) that they will make together a jump of 115 meters (378 feet) long.
6 2014 – Jumping from a ski jump ramp
Our extreme biker will once again amaze us with an astounding 114-meter (374-foot) jump from a Utah (USA) ski jumping ramp. As a warm-up, he first ride the bobsleigh track of the Olympic Park, before starting from the vertiginous springboard.
7 2015 – Robbie surfing a wave on dirtbike
2015, it was time to combine his two passions: motorcycle and surf. After several years of planning and preparation, the Australian has achieved the incredible feat of surfing on one of the legendary waves of Tahiti. He’d already conquered riding on land and through the air, but this project involved manoeuvring his bike on the waves of the ocean. Yes, he actually managed to ride on water.
Before his feat in French Polynesia, Robbie had already driven on the water on a lake in Italy. This video is the first part (Part 2 and part 3 on YouTube) that tells this fabulous adventure.
I don’t dare to imagine what he is preparing for the future but we can trust him to still amaze us. Follow him on his networks to know his next adventure.