Australian stunt rider Robbie Maddison has done the unthinkable – catching big Tahitian waves on a motorbike.
The surreal video titled “Pipe Dream”, released by his sponsor DC shoes this morning, shows the Kiama local bouncing across the surface of the water on the bike and carving the faces of waves at Teahupoo and Papara.
“I had a sickening feeling that this might be the one that kills me.”-Robbie Maddison
His motorbike was modified for the incredible feat, with small skis visible on the front wheel and a propeller tyre on the back.
Maddison told Surfer Magazine the idea came to him when he was on the back of a boat watching his wife ride a wakeboard.
“Something clicked in my head. I fantasised putting skis on a bike and riding on water. It was a stupid vision at the time, but I kept toying with it, playing with designs and concepts, and eventually it became a reality.”
He said his experience growing up on the beaches south of Sydney gave him the confidence he needed to pull off the stunt.“I’ve surfed since I was 8 years old. I’ve been a surfer for like 26 years. If I wasn’t a surfer growing up there’s no way I would have ever even imagined this, not to mention have had the knowledge of how to read the wave,” he said.“I was only comfortable in this scenario because I’ve spent the majority of my life dropping in on waves.
“If I hadn’t been a surfer at heart, I couldn’t have pulled it off.”
Doing wheelies is quite risky and dangerous but adrenaline addicts and risk takers have no problem with it whatsoever. Trying new things and seeking for new challenges is what most people do but not many of us go to the extreme points. Well, this guy in the video surely falls in the latter group- he is doing something that was thought to be almost impossible.
Of course, the part when he is doing a wheelie is not something that swept us off our feet but when he started changing the front tire of his motorcycle we were left with our eyes and mouths open. Obviously, this man is pretty skillful- he makes it look like it’s the easiest thing to do! Pretty impressive, huh?