Australian daredevil Robbie Maddison pulled off his most audacious stunt yet when he successfully rode massive waves in the island of Tahiti.
For a man who has performed some of the most nerve-wracking stunts in history, riding one of the world’s most treacherous waves in a KTM dirt bike fitted with skis is next to mental. Yet somehow, whether its through force of will or just downright luck, Maddison pulled it off in spectacular fashion, proving once again that when it comes to fearless stunts, the Australian has no peer.
The incredible footage of Maddison’s wave ride was used in his “Pipe Dream” video and it’s really a sight to behold. The editing made it look even more incredible, but you can’t deny Maddison’s steely nerve to attempt a stunt like this in Teahupoo, considered as one of the premier surfing destinations in the world.
The mere suggestion of performing a stunt like this is crazy enough on its own. But Maddison’s an entirely different level of crazy and he proved as much when he somehow rode past the towering waves in his customized KTM dirt bike.
Maddison’s stunt itself is incredible to watch, but what isn’t shown is the intense preparation that goes on leading up to the death-defying ride. According to Maddison himself, this particular stunt took two years of preparation before the actual ride happened in April 2015. Even with all that time to prepare for his sick wave ride, it took Maddison a handful of attempts before finally succeeding in pulling off his amazing derring-do.
The video doesn’t do it enough justice. I’ve never seen anything quite like it and after watching it, I’m confident that a lot of you will share in my sentiments.
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Why it matters
I’ve watched the video at least 10 times and I still can’t believe how Robbie Maddison pulled it off this ride without wetting himself from the inside of his race suit.
To be fair, Maddison and his crew went through exhaustive lengths of preparation before even attempting the stunt. Even the bike itself was equipped with skis to make sure that it stayed above the water. Still, watching it for the first time makes you wonder whether Maddison was really skipping the bike in the beautiful waters of Tahiti or if there was something really insane happening.
Turns out, it was a combination of both. That doesn’t mean that Maddison’s stunt is less impressive in its entirety. It’s still amazing to watch and speaking for myself, something I have no plans of doing myself any time soon.
I’m honestly running out of words to describe the stunt. Just know that it’s awesome and it’s definitely worth the four minutes you’re going to spend watching it for the first time. Like I said, I’ve spent way more time than that just endlessly looping the video and I still can’t get tired of it.
Robbie Maddison, you’re a crazy man, you know that? I thought jumping over an entire football field or backflipping over the opened Tower Bridge in London were crazy. Turns out, you were only getting started.
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