Dare­devil en­joy­ing the ride

South Waikato News - - Front Page - LUKE KIRKEBY

Apart from sus­pected con­cus­sion, Nitro Cir­cus BMX star Jed Mil­don is feel­ing amped about his up­com­ing tour of New Zealand.

Af­ter all it has been two years since he last show­cased his dare­devil skills on the pub­lic stage in his home coun­try and a lot has hap­pened since.

Many know Mil­don, who grew up in Taupo and who largely trains at Franklin Farm in Toko­roa, for be­ing the first per­son to ever suc­cess­fully land a triple back­flip on a BMX which he did in Taupo in 2011 mak­ing him a Youtube sen­sa­tion with over seven mil­lion views.

It was in 2015 how­ever that he well and truly ce­mented his place in the his­tory books af­ter be­com­ing the first per­son to suc­cess­fully land a quad flip on a BMX in Mary­land, Amer­ica which is the home of ac­tion sports star and Nitro Cir­cus founder Travis Pas­trana.

Mil­don, who joined the cir­cus six years ago af­ter the pow­ers that be took no­tice of his im­pres­sive tal­ent, said it has been a wild ride get­ting to where he is to­day. With crowds of up to 37,000 that’s no ex­ag­ger­a­tion.

‘‘It has been a dream sce­nario and I have prob­a­bly now done about 100 odd shows from Aus­tralia, Ja­pan and China to Western Europe and the United States of Amer­ica and now back here,’’ he said.

He said it all be­gan at Christ­mas when he was six.

‘‘I got my first bike and all the kids in the neigh­bour­hood had bikes which was how we got from A to B,’’ he said.

‘‘All of a sud­den you were think­ing out­side the square and jump­ing off curbs and build­ing jumps. I grew up in an area which was be­ing sub­di­vided so there were al­ways dirt piles and that was all we did, that’s how we got our kicks but it wasn’t un­til I was 14 that I learnt BMX was ac­tu­ally a sport.’’

‘‘I played rugby for 13 years and liked the team as­pect but I liked the in­di­vid­u­al­ism of BMX more and had a real pas­sion for it which is the key to life.’’

‘‘It was some­thing I loved do­ing with my mates, I never thought I could make money out of it but now it’s even­tu­ated into trav­el­ling the world with Travis Pas­trana which is a real trip,’’ he said.

The Nitro Cir­cus’ New Zealand tour will visit six New Zealand lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing Tau­ranga on Fe­bru­ary 11. For tick­ets visit ni­tro­cir­cus.com.

‘‘It was some­thing I loved do­ing with my mates, I never thought I could make money out of it but now it's even­tu­ated into trav­el­ling the world with Travis Pas­trana which is a real trip’’

PHOTO: ANDY JACK­SON/FAIRFAX NZ

LUKE KIRKEBY

Jed Mil­don in Toko­roa.

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